Newsletter                             Issue 09/2017

Message from the Coordinator: 100 Days of RadioNet

RadioNet Coordinator appointed Chair of the EHT Board

In its last meeting, the Board of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) elected Prof. Anton Zensus its Chairman. The EHT is an international collaboration aiming at  creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope with unprecedented angular resolution.  “Our goal is to test  some of the key predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity by imaging the immediate vicinity of a Black Hole ” explains Zensus, who is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, and for the second time in succession the Coordinator of RadioNet. Read more

RadioNet partners awarded with HR Excellence in Research

AALTO, TUD, UMAN, RUG, UOXF, UNIGLAS, and UMK received the HR Excellence in Research award among 379 organisations!

The ‘Human Resources Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The concrete implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions will render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project. The ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award identifies the institutions and organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers. Read more

50 years of pulsars! [4-8/09/2017]

50 years of pulsars

The IAU Symposium 337 - Pulsar Astrophysics: The Next Fifty Year, co-funded by RadioNet, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the pulsar discovery by Anthony Hewish and Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

More than 200 participants discussed in Jodrell Bank/UK [4-9 Sep 2017] the achievements, research breakthroughs and future of this field of astronomy, which has been responsible for testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity and is credited for the discovery of the first planets outside our Solar System. Read More

YERAC: Proud of half a century

YERAC: Proud of half a century

50 years ago Émile-Jacques Blum, Peter Mezger and Harry van der Laan had a vision of a meeting where young Europeans in radio astronomy could meet each other and exchange their experiences. The first Young European Radio Astronomers Conference (YERAC) was held in Paris in 1968, and since then nearly every year it has been hosted by the various European Radio Astronomical Institutes. RadioNet has assured the continuation of YERAC conferences in the last 15 years, by supporting the event organisers and participants. Read more.

EVN Newsletter 09/17 published

In the September issue, the new Chairman of the EVN Consortium Board of Directors John Conway thanks the outgoing CBD Chairman Rene Vermeulen for his excellent stewardship. Additionally, one will find information about observing opportunities, scientific and technical highlights as well as details on upcoming events. Read more.




RadioNet's Transnational Access programme ensures free of charge access to the best European radio astronomical research infrastructures. This opportunity is open to all European researchers and to some extent to researchers from non-EU countries. More

EVN: apply by 1/10/2017

Observing proposals for the European VLBI Network (EVN), a VLBI network of radio telescopes spread throughout Europe and beyond, operated by an international consortium of institutes. The observations may be conducted with disk recording (standard EVN) or in real-time (e-VLBI). More

The submission deadline is on 1 October 2017.

Effelsberg telescope: Proposals deadline 4 /10/ 2017 (15:00 UT)

Effelsberg telescope: apply by 4/10/2017

The 100-m radio telescope of the Max-Planck-Institut for Radio astronomy is one of the World's largest fully steerable instruments. The present policy allows the allocation of up to 40% of available observing time to external astronomers. The institute can provide support and advice on project preparation, observation, and data analysis. More

The submission deadline is on 4 October 2017, 15:00 CEST



Open Science FAIR 2017

Funders and policy makers, publishers, content providers and creators, Research Infrastructures/communities, researchers, institutions, libraries, and innovators met at the inaugural international conference for all topics related to Open Science - Open Science FAIR in Athens (6-8 September, 2017). The goal was to bring together different stakeholders to discuss  "roadmaps" towards implementation on targeted aspects of Open Science. Watch the sessions online.


Future Open Science services for the scientific community

 The workshop will take place in Berlin (Germany), on October 24th 2017. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a new flagship European Commission initiative that aims to accelerate and support the current transition to more effective Open Science and Open Innovation in the Digital Single Market. This workshop will address researchers from diverse scientific communities, as well as research administrators and libraries, to present the EOSC vision, its first phase of implementation via the EOSCpilot project, and OpenAIRE’s services for Open Science. Agenda and registration.


Towards the ESFRI Roadmap 2018

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The competitive and open access to high quality Research Infrastructures supports and benchmarks the quality of the activities of European scientists, and attracts the best researchers from around the world. The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 update has been launched. Read more


EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018 - Call open

The European Commission  launched  the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to award women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The first prize is €100 000, with second and third prizes of €50 000 and €30 000 respectively. A special prize of €20 000 will be dedicated to the Rising Innovator Award (30-years-old or younger) for an exceptional innovator at the beginning of her career.

After the application deadline of 15 November 2017, the four winners, to be announced on the International Women's Day on 8 March 2018.  Application Guide


UPCOMING EVENTS supported by RadioNet

• IAU Symposium 333: Peering towards Cosmic Dawn on October 2, 2017

• CASA-VLBI workshop on October 2, 2017

• RadioNet EXEC teleconference on October 4, 2017 10:00 am

• 6th International VLBI Technology Workshop on October 9, 2017

• ERIS 2017 on October 16, 2017

• Submm/mm/cm QUESO Workshop 2017 on October 25, 2017

More RadioNet supported and related events here.  




• ASTRON NL - PostDoc researcher and Junior telescope scientist application deadline 01/10/2017

• SKA SA - Senior Software Engineer – Control & Monitoring apllication deadline 13/10/2017

• Bowdoin College USA -  Assistant Professor application deadline 15/10/2017

• Chalmers University of Technology SE - several PhD and Postdoc vacancies

• Additional vacancies for scientists and engineers at EUMETSAT 



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