Echoing the first FRA meeting in 2012, we are excited to announce the second international science symposium “Frontiers in Radio Astronomy” to be held in Guiyang, China between July 29th and 31st, 2015. This meeting will focus on most recent development in radio astronomy and to explore the promises of FAST early science operation. It is hosted by National Astronomical Observatories of China and Guizhou Normal University, with support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Continua a leggere Frontiers in Radio Astronomy
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre organizes a meeting on the subject of mm-VLBI with ALMA, to be held at the INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia (Bologna, Italy) on 22nd and 23rd January 2015. Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy and the inclusion of ALMA into a global network will bring unprecedented sensitivity. Continua a leggere Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA
The 12th European VLBI Network Symposium and Users Meeting will be held from 7th to 10th of October in Cagliari (Italy). The latest scientific results and technical developments from VLBI, and, in particular, e-VLBI and space-VLBI (RadioAstron) results will be reported. The timing of this meeting coincides with the first successful observational tests of the Sardinia Radio Telescopes within the EVN, and with a number of results from new and upgraded radio facilities around the globe, such as e-MERLIN, ALMA, and the SKA pathfinders. This meeting will also incorporate the EVN Users meeting.
The SKA PAthfinder Radio Continuum Survey (SPARCS) Working Group was established in 2010 with the following goals:
1) To coordinate developments of techniques, to avoid duplication of effort and ensure that each project has access to best practice.
2) To hold cross-project discussions of the specific science goals, to ensure cross-fertilisation of ideas and optimum survey strategies.
3) To coordinate the surveys in their choice of area, depth, location on the sky, and other survey parameters, to maximise the science return from the surveys.
4) To distil the SKA pathfinder experiences into input to the SKA
Future progress in astronomy depends on the willingness of society to fund the increasingly expensive facilities that are needed to explore new parameter space and perform research at the frontier. The first day of this symposium (poster) will focus on lessons learned from past projects in securing funding for such facilities around the world and on astronomy as an engine for stimulating global capacity building. The final 3 days of the symposium will deal with the importance of extragalactic radio sources in astronomy and their use as probes of galaxy and cluster formation and evolution. There will be particular emphasis on multi-wavelength studies, LOFAR and potential for advances with next generation facilities.