European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 5/2022

EHT Image of the Black Hole in Sgr A* - MPIfR scientists tell the story

EHT: Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. The image was produced using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

Progress on the EHT continues, the ongoing expansion of the EHT network and significant technological upgrades will allow scientists to share even more impressive images as well as movies of black holes in the near future. Read the EHT article here.

EHT Image of the Black Hole in Sgr A* - MPIfR scientists tell the story

EHT Image of the Black Hole in SgrA* - MPIfR scientists tell the story

Get here inside information, emotional backgrounds, and exciting explanations from scientist of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy on the groundbreaking image of SgrA*

Image: © EHT Collaboration This is the first image of Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short), the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.  It’s the first direct visual evidence of the presence of this black hole.  It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an array which linked together eight existing radio observatories across the planet to form a single “Earth-sized” virtual telescope.  The telescope is named after the “event horizon”, the boundary of the black hole beyond which no light can escape.  Although we cannot see the event horizon itself, glowing gas orbiting around the black hole reveals a telltale signature: a dark central region (called a “shadow”) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure. The new view captures light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole, which is four million times more massive than our Sun. The image of the Sgr A* black hole is an average of the different images the EHT Collaboration has extracted from its 2017 observations. 

Open Call at INAF for IAF – INAF Astrophysics Fellowships

Open Call at INAF for IAF – INAF Astrophysics Fellowships

IAF consists in a single call for proposal offering 5 to 10 fellowships of 24 or 36 months duration for experienced young researchers. The research activity will be carried out at INAF Research Centres.  Find details here.

Deadline: July 7, 2022.

ALMA Science Archive School on 5-7 October 2022 in Bologna

ALMA Science Archive School on 5-7 October 2022 in Bologna

The European ALMA Regional Centre Network organises, co-funded by the ORP, the ALMA Science Archive School at the Italian ARC node headquarters in Bologna ITaly) on 5-7 October 2022.
This school will present an overview of the most advanced tools to exploit the archive content for science, and a discussion of possible tricks to address mining issues.
The event is targeted to astronomers with an interest in ALMA archival research and a basic understanding of interferometry. For this reason lectures and tutorials will be combined with discussion and support sessions to address participants’ requests, offered by members of the European ARC network.
In order to guarantee an efficient training environment in presence, and to cope with post-pandemic safety limitations, participation is limited to 50 people. In case there are more than 50 registrations, priority will be given to applicants having plans for archival mining projects.

Registration to the school is possible until 15 July 2022 using this registration form.

More information here.

The JIVE Council is seeking the next Director of JIVE

The JIVE Council is seeking the next Director of JIVE

The JIVE diretor position is initially for five years, with possible renewal. Deadline for applicaction is July 31, 2022 - 23:59 UTC. Read more details here.



European Research and Innovation Days 2022

European Research and Innovation Days will be held as digital event on

September 28-29, 2022. This event is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

This year’s European Research and Innovation Days gives the opportunity to discuss and shape new solutions to strengthen Europe’s resilience and its strategic autonomy with topics like the new European Innovation Agenda, the European Year of Youth, the richness of European cultural creativity, the Horizon Europe Missions and many more. Read more.

EC Funding and Tenders Portal  - Evaluation survey

The EC has started for evaluation a Funding and Tenders Portal survey. The aim is to receive feedback and collect ideas for future improvements or new functionalities. Participation is open to all interested users of the participant portal.

EC adopted amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022

On May 10, 2022, the European Commission has adopted the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, increasing the budget by nearly €562 million to further support EU Missions  towards innovative solutions to green, health and digital challenges and more actions to boost the European innovation ecosystem. The programme's budget for 2021 and 2022 now reaches a total of nearly €16 billion.

Report "EU research and innovation and the invasion of Ukraine: Main channels of impact" published

The EU published the report aiming to identify and investigate the impact of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in early 2022 on research and innovation (R&I) in Europe. Read more here.

Impact of measures adopted by the EU against Russia

Find information on the impact on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe grants of the restrictive measures adopted by the EU against Russia over its military aggression against Ukraine here.



The 100-m radio telescope of the MPIfR: Call for Proposals open

The 100-m radio telescope of the MPIfR: Call for Proposals open

Access to the 100-m radio telescope of the MPIfR, one of the World’s largest fully steerable instrument is open to all qualified astronomers. Use of the instrument by scientists from outside the MPIfR is strongly encouraged. The institute can provide support and advice on project preparation, observation, and data analysis. Access/funding is offered through the ORP (Opticon RadioNet Pilot) project. See the full call information here.

Deadline: June 1, 2022 (15:00 UT)

European VLBI Network: Call for Proposals open

European VLBI Network: Call for Proposals open

The call for proposals for the European VLBI Network (EVN) is open. EVN access and travel support is possible through the Opticon RadioNet Pilot project (ORP). All regular proposals should be submitted through the Northstar submission tool.

Deadline: June 1, 2022 (16:00 UTC)

EAVN call open

EAVN call open

Call for Proposals for the East Asian VLBI Network for the 2022B semester is open.

Proposals should be submitted via the EAVN website.

Deadline: June 1, 2022

European ALMA Regional Centre

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. The ARC is staffed by scientists with expertise in radio astronomy and interferometry and it supports its users throughout the lifetime of a project, from proposal preparation to data analysis. Users that want to visit an ARC node for a face-to-face visit can apply for funding through the ORP project. 

The Westerbork Apertif Long Term Archive (ALTA) is a brand new facility offering to the world-wide astronomical community free virtual access to data and scientific products produced from all sky surveys of the Northern sky that will be conducted with the new Apertif frontend of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), as well as tools to query, further exploit and perform data mining of these products adaptable to diverse research goals. The access/funding offered through the ORP project.



• ESO – Project Manager – deadline 11.06.2022;  Logistic Assistant in Santiago, Chile – position – deadline 01.06.2022

• UCLA – Assistant Researcher Position in Physics & Astronomy – position – deadline 05.06.2022

• SKAO – Technical Information Engineer – position; Telescope RAM and Logistics Engineer - position; Internal Communications Specialist - position – deadline 06.06.2022

• CSIRO – Head of Engineering Operations – SKA-Low Telescope – position – deadline 06.06.2022

• NRF / SARAO SKA-Mid HSE Officer position; SKA-Mid Site Environmental Officer – position deadline 14.06.2022; SKA Mid – Senior Network Engineer – position – deadline 26.06.2022

• NAOJ – Assistant Professor Solar-C project – position – deadline 08.07.2022

• DIAS – Assistant Professor Position in Seismology – position – deadline 09.07.2022

• JIV-ERIC – Director –  position – deadline 31.07.2022

• University of Bern – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant – position

• Vanderbilt University – Assistant Professor in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics – position

Check also EURAXESS



• 240th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society – June 12-16, 2022 – Pasadena/US

• LOFAR Family Meeting 2022 – June 13-17, 2022 – Cologne/DE

• EAS Annual Meeting 2022 – June 27-July 1, 2022 – Valencia/ES

• The National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2022 – July 11-15, 2022 – Warwick/UK

• 2022 EVN Symposium – July 11-15, 2022 – Cork/IE

• ESOF2022 – July 13-16, 2022 – Leiden/NL

• COSPAR 2022 – July 16-24, 2022 – Athens/GR

• PARI2022 – July 18-20, 2022 – hybrid (Manchester, UK or online)

• XXXI IAU General Assembly – August 2-11, 2022 – Busan/KR & virtual (hybrid)

• XV Reunión Científica de la Sociedad Española de Astronomía – September 5-9, 2022 – Tenerife/ES

• VLASS in the Multiwavelength Spotlight – September 7-9, 2022 – Socorro/US

• Panchromatic view of the life-cycle of AGN (workshop) - September 14-16, 2022 - Villanueva de la Cañada/ES

• ERIS2022 – September 19-23, 2022 – Dwingeloo/NL

• European R&I days – September 19-23, 2022 – virtual

• ALMA Archive School 2022 – October 5-7, 2022 – Bologna/IT

• ICRI2022 – October 19-21, 2022 – Brno, CZ

• ADASS XXXII – October 31-November 4, 2022 – Victoria/CA

• IAU Symposium 365: Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres – August 21-25, 2023 – Moscow/RU

 See also the Calendar




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