Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy

Horizon 2020

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Gaia Science Alerts Workshop 2017

Warsaw, Poland, 6-8 December 2017

The details of the workshop and the registration are available here:

We encourage all people interested in Gaia Science Alerts, their follow-up observations and scientific study to attend the workshop. We also invite everyone willing to join the worldwide network of Gaia Science Alerts collaborators as well as representatives of other transient surveys programmes. We would appreciate if you could pass this information to your colleagues.

The main goals of the 8th Gaia Science Alerts Workshop are:

  • update on the Gaia and Gaia Alerts status
  • talk about recent highlights from Gaia Alerts
  • organize the follow-up campaigns and scientific goals
  • maintain the existing connections between the follow-up partners
  • meet new follow-up partners

This year we plan to have a hands-on session on Gaia Alerts follow-up organization. We will learn about and practice with the available tools, developed by the Alerts Team. We will learn how to optimise the observations and how to process them in order to maximise the scientific outcome.

The registration is open until 12. November 2017 and can be directly accessed here:

Looking forward to seeing you in Warsaw in December!

Lukasz Wyrzykowski
on behalf of the Workshop Organizing Committee.

Fizeau Exchange Visitors Program

Call for Applications

The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month, and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff), with priority given to PhD students and young postdocs. Non-EU based missions will only be funded if considered essential by the Fizeau Committee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek also partial support from their home or host institutions.

The deadline for applications is October 15. Fellowships can be awarded for missions to be carried out between December 2017 and May 2018!

Further informations and application forms can be found at www.european-interferometry.eu

The program is funded by OPTICON/H2020.

Looking forward to your applications,
Josef Hron & Peter Abraham
(for the European Interferometry Initiative)