European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 8/2022

ALMA: First-Ever Detection of Gas in a Circumplanetary Disk

ALMA: First-Ever Detection of Gas in a Circumplanetary Disk

Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study planet formation have made the first-ever detection of gas in a circumplanetary disk. The detection also suggests the presence of a very young exoplanet. The results of the research (ALMA Makes First-Ever Detection of Gas in a Circumplanetary Dis) are published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Image: © ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), A. Sierra (U. Chile). AS 209 is a young star in the Ophiuchus constellation that scientists have now determined is host to what may be one of the youngest exoplanets ever. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), A. Sierra (U. Chile)

EHT: Resolving the core of the J1924-2914 blazar

EHT: Resolving the core of the J1924-2914 blazar

Scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) have imaged the distant blazar J1924-2914 with unprecedented angular resolution, revealing previously unseen details of the source structure. The images reveal a helically bent jet emerging from a compact quasar core; EHT scientists managed to map the linearly polarized emission in the inner part of the J1924-2914 quasar. Read the full EHT article here.

Understanding the emission in J1924-2914 was also very important for the recently published EHT observations of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole in the center of our own galaxy.

Image: © VLBA (Hunt et al. 2021), GMVA (Issaoun et al. 2019), EHT (Issaoun, Wielgus, et al. 2022). A multifrequency view of the bent jet in J1924-2914.

Save the date! Conference on the 40th anniversary of the start of VLBI in Italy planned for May 22-26, 2023

Save the date! Conference on the 40th anniversary of the start of VLBI in Italy planned for May 22-26, 2023

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of VLBI operations in Italy, a VLBI conference with the provisional title  Bologna-VLBI: Life begins at 40! New frontiers and scientific challenges with enhanced frequency/time/space dynamic range is planned to take place in Bologna at the CNR Research Area on May 22-26, 2023.

The event aims at bringing together the astronomical community to discuss and reposition the relevance of milliarcsecond radio astronomy in the current and forthcoming framework of multiband facilities, and in the light of the many new scientific discoveries and advances over the past few years. Developments are expanding the potentials of VLBI, a number of existing arrays are including new antennas, and the frequency range available for VLBI observations spans now several orders of magnitude, from the few hundred MHz of LOFAR-VLBI, to the few hundred GHz of EHT, thus encompassing an unprecedented range of new astrophysical areas where milliarcsecond radio astronomy is bound to play a unique role.

More details will follow.



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EC: Annual Report on 2021 EU’s R&I activities

The Annual Report on Research and Technological Development Activities of the European Union and Monitoring of Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 in 2021 has been issued on August 5, 2022.

EU framework programmes: Information on data & statistics for R&I

Horizon Dashboard now gives access to the data & statistics on ALL the EU framework programmes for Research & Innovation.

New EU Award for Gender Equality Champions

This new EU Award for Gender Equality Champions is the European Commission's initiative to recognise and celebrate the outstanding results achieved in the implementation of gender equality by academic and research organisations. There are 3 prize categories:

• Sustainable Gender Equality Champions

• Newcomer Gender Equality Champions

• Inclusive Gender Equality Champions

Applicants can only apply to 1 of these 3 categories. Each prize winner will receive €100,000. The application process to this first edition of this EU Award is now open.

Find more information here.

Deadline for applications: October 13, 2022 at 17.00 (CET).

EC: New guidelines for knowledge valorisation in research and innovation

On 9 August 2022 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the guiding principles for knowledge valorisation with the aim to increase social and economic value from knowledge and transforming data and research results into sustainable products and solutions. Read here the EC article on the proposal published by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation on August 10, 2022.



IRAM Telescopes: Call for proposals open

IRAM Telescopes: Call for proposals open

The call is open for observing proposals on IRAM telescopes, both the NOEMA interferometer and the 30-meter telescope, for the winter semester 2022/23.

For both observatories, the scheduling period is December 01, 2022 to May 31, 2023.

Access/funding offered through the ORP (Opticon RadioNet Pilot) project.

Submission deadline: September 15, 2022, 17:00 CEST (UT + 2 hour).

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

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) offers 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.

LOFAR Long Term Archive (LTA) is a long-established archive and access facility supporting the international LOFAR telescope. It is currently the largest radio astronomical archive in the world already exceeding 45 PB from LOFAR’s past 10 years of operations. The LTA provides a central and key resource for all observed LOFAR astronomical science programs where the data become public within 12 months of first creation. The access/funding is offered through the ORP project.



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

• SARAO  RRFI Spezialist – position – deadline 01.09.2022

• University of Rome – 3 postdoctoral positions at the ERC-funded “BHianca” project- position – 21.09.2022

• ESO – Opto-Mechanical/AIT Engineer – position – deadline 24.09.2022; Fellowship Programmes Europe and Chile 2022/2023 – position – deadline 15.10.2022; 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



• 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

• ESA Industry Space Days – September 28–29, 2022 – Noordwijk/NL

• Village de l'astronomie – October 1-2, 2022  – Le Dévoluy/FR

• 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

• Galaxy evolution with the ESA Euclid mission and ESO telescopes – October 25-28, 2022 – Madrid/ES

• 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)

• New Eyes on the Universe: SKA & ngVLA – April 30-May 5, 2023 – Vancouver/CA

• Bologna-VLBI: Life begins at 40! New frontiers and scientific challenges with enhanced frequency/time/space – May 22-26, 2023 – Bologna/IT

• EAS 2023 – July 10-14, 2023 – Krakow/PL

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

• ALMA at 10 years: Past, Present, and Future – December 4-8, 2023 –  Puerto Varas/CL

 See also the Calendar




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