European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 7/2022

James Webb Space Telescope: sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date

James Webb Space Telescope: sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.

On July 11, President Joe Biden released one of the James Webb Space Telescope’s first images in a preview event at the White House in Washington. Read the NASA press release here.

The full set of the telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data released on July 12, 2022, are available here. For a full array of Webb’s first images and spectra, including downloadable files, please visit here.

Image: © NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

ORP at the EAS2022 in Valencia

ORP at the EAS2022

About 1800 scientists from around the globe attended the European Astronomical Society (EAS 2022) Annual Meeting in Valencia. Opticon RadioNet Pilot project (ORP) was subject of several presentations on the special session European Forum of Astronomical Communities on June 30, 2022. Main aim is to discuss the development of underrepresented astronomy communities in Europe and to present the current opportunities for researchers within Europe. This year the talks covered bside ORP also topics related to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), European Space Agency (ESA), European Southern Observatory (ESO) and also research networks like EUROPLANET or MW-Gaia COST Action. All  presentations and talks are available on the session’s website.

Read more here.

Image: © ORP

ASTRONET´s Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap: Input welcome

ASTRONET´s Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap: Input welcome

ASTRONET first started in 2005 as a consortium of European funding agencies and research organisations and is now a self-sustained group of funding agencies and associated bodies. The network aims at encouraging a common science vision for all of European astronomy.

Astronet is working on the next Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap to include all aspects of European astronomy and over the last few months has aimed to improve the drafts and to take account of comments from the community and other international strategic reports.

ASTRONET is now seeking further community input. Find the  latest drafts of the science and cross-cutting chapters here, along with the draft summary and recommendations.Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be provided to Malcolm Booy.

Deadline: August 30, 2022

ORP lanced a questionnaire to find out the users´ needs for astronomical infrastructures

Support ORP: Fill in the   ORP questionnaire on users´ needs

The Opticon RadioNet Pilot (ORP), which brings together two mature communities, optical/IR and radio/sub-mm to work towards the harmonization and improvement of services has lanced a short survey to help assess user´s needs.

You are invited to complete the 3-minute-questionnaire here and help assesing the requirements and suggestions of a broad spectrum of users.

Official inauguration of NOEMA

Official inauguration of NOEMA

On September 30, 2022, the inauguration of the NOEMA Observatory by Antoine Petit (CNRS President), Martin Stratmann (MPG President) and Karl Schuster (IRAM Director) will take place; official addresses with an introductory statement by Prof. Reinhard Genzel, Physics Nobel Laureate 2020, in the Superdévoluy ski resort.

Image: © IRAM

ESCAPE to the future, October 25-26, 2022 in Brussels/BE

ESCAPE final event

The ESCAPE Final Event, the conference ESCAPE to the future will take place on October 25-26, 2022 in Brussels/BE.

Participants can join the conference in person or through remote connection. Limit of participants in person is 150; registration is open until September 24, 2022.

Find more information here.

EAS 2023

EAS 2023 in Krakow

The European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting (EAS) 2023 will take place from July 10 to 14, 2023 in Krakow, Poland.

The call for sessions is out, you find relevant information here.

Deadline: September 30, 2022. Proposals should be submitted online.

UPDATE: JIVE Council seeking next Director of JIVE - Application deadline extended to August 21, 2022

UPDATE: JIVE Council seeking next Director of JIVE - Application deadline extended to August 21, 2022

The JIVE Council is seeking the next Director of JIVE. The position is initially for five years, with possible renewal. The deadline for application has been extended  to August 21, 2022, 23:59 UTC.

JIVE is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium recently established by the EC to support the European VLBI Network (EVN). JIVE currently has seven member countries (UK, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Latvia, Italy) and bilateral arrangements with research bodies in Germany, South Africa and China.

JIVE’s core mission is to promote and implement the use of VLBI and other radio astronomy techniques, including: the correlation and archiving of EVN data; supporting EVN users at all stages of the process; developing hardware, software and algorithms for EVN in particular and radio astronomy in general; ensuring the maximum scientific output of the EVN. The EVN now incorporates more than 20 of the world’s largest radio telescopes in Europe, Russia, China, South Africa, US and S. Korea into a network which provides milliarcsecond resolution, micro- Jansky sensitivity and a broad wavelength range and makes important contributions to a wide range of astrophysical research.

Find here more information on JIVE and on the vacancy of the position of Director of JIVE.

SKAO Signs Hosting Agreements With Australia And South Africa

SKAO news

• The SKAO's Director-General Prof. Philip Diamond has been re-appointed for a third term at the helm of the organisation by the SKAO Council.

• The SKAO attended the launch of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development under the auspices of UNESCO. IYBSSD aims to celebrate the contribution of sciences to society in the form of employment, innovation, education, etc. and all research organisations are encouraged to take part.

• The SKA Observatory has a new website. Officially unveiled at the SKAO Council meeting earlier this month, the website was designed with accessibility requirements front and centre and will soon be available in some 12 languages.




Research & Innovation Days 2022

The European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. The event will take place online on 28 and 29 September 2022, find the programme here and registration here.

Open calls for evaluation of impact of Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020

The European Commission has launched two new calls for evidence for the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe and the post-evaluation of Horizon 2020. These initiatives will help evaluate the first results of Horizon Europe’s research and innovation actions funded by the EU and the outputs and impact of the entire Horizon 2020 programme. Deadline for both calls: 29 July 2022 .

EC: Final Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment

The EC made public the final Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment on July 20, 2022. The agreement sets a shared direction for changes in assessment practices for research, researchers and research performing organisations, with the overarching goal to maximise the quality and impact of research.  You can download the final agreement here.

Read the EC news article on the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment here.

ERC Work Programme for 2023 adopted: Nearly €2.2b in grants

The ERC has announced its Work Programme for 2023 with a total budget of around €2.2 billion for grants. This amount will support more than a thousand top researchers across Europe. Established by the ERC Scientific Council, the Work Programme 2023 has been adopted on July 11, 2022 by the European Commission. Find the ERC Work programme for 2023 here.

ERC Starting Grants: Open Call for proposals

Call for Proposals for ERC Starting Grant (ERC-2023-STG) is open. The conditions specific to ERC grants are described in the ERC Work Programme 2023 under the heading 'Admissibility and eligibility criteria' and in the ERC Rules of Submission. Deadline: 25 October 2022.



100-m Effelsberg radio telescope: Open call for proposals

100-m Effelsberg radio telescope: Open call for proposals

Access to the 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. 

Submission deadline: September 29, 2022, 15:00 UT

MPIfR 2022 call for APEX Proposals open

MPIfR 2022 call for APEX Proposals open

The Max Planck Institut for Radio Astronomy´s call for APEX Proposals 2022 is open.

See the call here.

Submission deadline: August 11, 2022, 18:00 CEST

Image: © ESO

Green Bank Observatory Call for Proposals: 2022A Semester

Green Bank Observatory Call for Proposals

The Green Bank Observatory (GBO) invites scientists to participate in the 2023A Semester Call for Proposals for the GBT. Observing: February 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023.

Submission deadline August 1, 2021, at 17:00 EDT / 21:00 UTC

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.



• SARAO – Product Data Engineer – position; Stakeholder Coordinator – position – deadline 04.08.2022

• SKAOSKA-Mid Head of Engineering Operations – position – deadline 31.07.2022; Standards Engineer – position – deadline 10.08.2022; Operations Scientist  position deadline 19.08.2022

• Universität Bielefeld – Research position (PostDoc) in the field of data-intensive radio astronomy – position – deadline 17.08.2022

• UNIMANPulsars & Fast Transients Firmware & Software Engineer – position – 17.08.2022

• ICRAR – Senior Research Fellow / Data Science – position – 22.08.2022

• CNRS – Tenure Track Position: GPU4ASTR/Real-time architectures for new-generation large astronomical observatories – position – deadline 31.08.2022

• ESO – Internships: Science Journalism – position – deadline 31.12.2022

• TU Berlin – Research Assistant/ Astronomy and Astrophysics – position

• MPIfRPostdoctoral Positions in Radio Astronomy at ERC project M2FINDERS – position

Check also EURAXESS



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

• 51. YERAC – August 24-26, 2022 – Aalto University Campus/FI

• The 2nd Malaysian VLBI workshop – September 5-8, 2022 – Kuala Lumpur/MY

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

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

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

• K-Band Science Using the Green Bank Telescope workshop – September 19-21, 2022 – hybrid and Greenbank,WV/US

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

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

• 2022 NEON Observing School – October 2-15, 2022 – Observatoire de Haute-Provence/FR

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

• Next Generation Space VLBI (ngSVLBI) workshop – October 17-19, 2022 – Dwingeloo/NL

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

• ESCAPE to the future – October 25-26, 2022 – Brussels/BE

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

• 11th IRAM Interferometry School – November 21-25, 2022 – Grenoble/FR

• IAU Symposium (IAUS) 380 Cosmic Masers: Proper Motion toward the Next-Generation Large Projects – March 20-24, 2023 – Kagoshima City/JP (hybrid)

• EAS 2023 – July 1-14, 2023 – Krakow/PL

• 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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