SS9a: European Forum of Astronomical Communities | 28 June 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
For more than two decades, the EU has been supporting free transnational access (TA) to existing national research infrastructures (RI). In particular, the optical/infrared and the advanced radio astronomy communities are now recognised as TA flagship communities. Their telescopes and instrumentation complement each other with respect to wavelength coverage, as well as spectral, spatial and time resolution, and therefore together form a cohesive suite of RIs that made ground breaking discoveries possible and thus strengthened Europe's leading role in international science. While scientists more and more rely on multi-wavelength and multi-disciplinary access to the best RIs, there is a quest by the RI providers for a sustainable funding scheme for TA, since establishing and maintaining outstanding RIs requires considerable resources. In this pilot, the best research institutions from both communities will combine their efforts to further improve and harmonize their services and to make best use of their RIs, allowing mutual and TA to telescopes, telescope networks, and data archives. This will facilitate multi-wavelengths and time-domain studies. TA shall be simplified by the development of a common proposal submission tool. Improved instruments, adaptive optics, and software to deliver science ready data products will boost the performance of our RIs. This pilot will address imminent threats to astronomical research from satellite mega constellations and commercial radio emitters, and finally, it will develop plans for a long-term mutual relationship and for a continued funding of TA beyond this pilot.
After 20 years of productive activity the OPTICON network ends on June30 2021. Many of its activities however continue in the new ORP EC-funded OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot, while some activities are considerably expanded. This includes continuing and new forms of access to large numbers of optical/IR telescopes, support for extensive time-domain astronomy programmes, support for VLTI-based research and training on the new-generation instruments, adaptive optics research access, and plans to develop and implement multi-wavelength single-application large projects.
09:50 - 10:02 CEST - Joint Action to harmonise astronomical facility access within the OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot programme | Rob Beswick - Jodrell Bank Centre For Astrophysics, United Kingdom
Within the Horizon 2020 EU-funded OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot (ORP) programme a key goal is to provide improved and harmonised access for users to services and facilities across the wide range of world-class optical, infrared, millimetre and radio facilities within the ORP. In this presentation I will describe the plans and actions being undertaken to enhance these services and provisions by applying common harmonization principles to benefit both the users and the providers of access to European RIs within the ORP. These including opening up new access routes for science users to allow seamlessly access multiple facilities, enhanced and harmonious proposal submission applications and enhancements of user access to data archives across multiple facilities, and multi-wavelength shared-expertise to enhance user support provisions.
10:02 - 10:15 CEST - Optical and infra-red astronomy training in ORP | Heidi Korhonen - ESO, Chile
The educational component of the EU Funded OPTICON RadioNet Pilot (ORP) is organised through its Training work package. This work package runs a community training programme which delivers expert knowledge in infrastructure use and development for both sub-mm/radio and optical/infra-red wavebands. In this talk I will present the training programme for optical and infra-red astronomy. The main activity is the yearly NEON Observing school that gives hands-on observing experience to young astronomers at a professional telescope. Additionally, we organise other schools concentrating on different aspects of observational astronomy, for example on astronomical instrumentation and proposal writing. Some of the schools are also synergy schools organised together with the sub-mm/radio part of ORP. Here, I will give an overview of the planned activities for the next four years at the optical/infra-red wavebands.
10:15 - 10:23 CEST - Global network of small telescopes for time-domain science | Lukasz Wyrzykowski, Paweł Zieliński, Krzysztof Rybicki, Maja Jabłońska - Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory, Poland
A network of small and mid-sized telescopes scattered around the world is coordinated by the OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot (ORP) grant of the European Commission in order to facilitate time-domain scientific data to be collected.
Time-domain targets, for example, supernovae, FU Ori type stars, microlensing events, are being observed by a set of heterogenous instrument and the data is being automatically processed and calibrated to homogenise the outcome.
Any telescope can join our network and contribute to the observations. We provide technical support to data processing, training and we coordinate the observations. Currently, the network provides photometric measurements only, but an extension to spectroscopy is planned as well as to the radio. Our system is based on Las Cumbres Observatory's TOM open-source software and is available here: https://bh-tom.astrolabs.pl/