The OPTICON consortium exists to deliver a simple yet challenging set of strategic objectives. Structuring the European astronomical community by ensuring astronomers are able to carry out state of the art research on state of the art facilities. Developing European astronomy by allowing astronomical communities to develop scientific plans for their own future facilities. Strengthening European astronomy by delivering technology research and development, helping ensure extant and future astronomical research facilities are state of the art. The consortium membership required to attain those goals defines the OPTICON partnership. The consortium is composed of all the national and international organisations which (wholly or in-part) own and operate Europe’s medium-sized modern optical-infrared astronomical observatories, and several major Institutes and organisations which develop and build innovative instrumentation – hardware and software – for those observatories and telescopes. All modern mid-sized telescopes are involved, both night-time and Solar. OPTICON will incorporate the following networking (NA), trans-national access (TNA) and joint research activities (JRA) activities.

For reference a list of the original FP7 contract (2009-2012) Activities is available here (PDF file).

List of OPTICON FP7 (2013-2016) Activities
Workpackage Number Description
WP1 Towards Adaptive Optics for the European
Extremely Large Telescope
WP2 Fast Detectors and Cameras
WP3 Astrophotonics
WP4 Image reconstruction in optical
WP5 Development of Active Freeform Mirrors
WP6 Novel Dispersive and Holographic Optical
Elements for Astronomy
WP7 Transnational Access
WP8 Management
WP9 Innovation
WP10 European Extremely Large Telescope
WP11 Time Domain Astronomy
WP12 Medium Sized Telescope Integration
WP13 Enhancing community skills - Integrating
WP14 The European Interferometry Initiative