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WP3.1 Training - Astronomical / Engineering Schools

This activity will foster the skills needed for exploitation of European radio astronomy facilities by researchers worldwide. It will enable radio astronomers to take advantage of global best practices and research opportunities and help newcomers to radio astronomy to learn current state-of-the-art techniques, and encourage them to stay in the field. The events are aimed at astronomers and engineers in order to communicate, and indeed develop techniques needed to plan observations, reduce and interpret data from present and next-generation facilities. This ensures that there will be sufficient experts in the market to support their communities in making use of new opportunities (ALMA, EHT and SKA, and the other rapidly-evolving RadioNet facilities).

Guidelines on the level of support

The Support Requests, circulated every 6 months, and the forms sent to successful applicants, contain full details of the funding conditions, including a report template. The total budget for this workpackage is 150k Euro over 4 years, and in order to ensure a fair distribution we adopt the following guidelines (although any requests will be considered within the rules of allowable expenditure):

  • About half or less of the total cost of an event will be supported, and the level of support will not exceed the equivalent of 30 Euro per attendee per day (not necessarily spent individually).
  • Specific amounts are earmarked for named deliverable events such as the European Radio Interferometry Schools, Radio-focussed Solar events and hands-on Single dish Schools, see the workpackage description.
  • In other cases the amount allocated will not normally exceed a few K Euro.
  • In most cases, the larger part of support allocated is used to enable the attendance of participants, but it can also be used, for example, to invite radio-specialist tutors to a general school.
  • Events must be openly advertised and accessible to the entire community, although the imposition of transparent selection criteria is acceptable.

We welcome informal inquiries; please contact the workpage leader a.m.s.richards@manchester.ac.uk or the RadioNet office.

Teaching Material

The teaching materials, including the lecture notes, tutorial guides and datasets used for the school are archived on the school website, which provides an additional route for the transfer of knowledge to students that were unable to attend the school and will form the basis for the material used at future events. Web resources are also listed below:

  1. ALMA community days and workshops - these are partly based on tools, data and material available via the ALMA science portal and CASA guides, additional material at Community Days 2017 and ALMA conference
  2. VLBI tools in CASA - these have now been released in CASA 5.3
  3. ASTA - advanced software tools are curated by individual ARC nodes (see here. Presentations are here
  4. Self-calibration and advanced imaging talks and tutorial materials are here
  5. ERIS talks and materials, which form an introductory radio interferometry course
  6. Submillimetre Single-dish Data Reduction and Array Combination Techniques materials have been published via Zenodo and are available under link
  7. Talks from High Resolution Surveying with International LOFAR

Supported training events

Event Organiser EVENT
NoDatePlace/Country Event TitleOrganiser Place/Country Report
17May 2020 Turku/FI  North-European Radio Astronomy School UTU Turku/FI
16~Spring 2020 OBSPARIS/FRSummer School Spectrum Management for Radio AstronomySTIAS, StellenboschSA
157-11.10.2019Gothenburg/SEERISCHALMERSGothenburg/SE
146-13.9.2019Granada/ES9. IRAM 30m Summer SchoolIRAMGranada/ES
131-5.10.2018IRAM/FR10th Millimetre Interferometry SchoolIRAM GrenobleFRReport
1210-12.09.2018Dublin/IRInterferometric Data Processing Workshop for eMERLIN & ALMAUMANUKReport
11 10-14.09.2018Royal Obs./BECESRA Summer SchooRoyal Obs. Belgium BrusselsReport
10 17-21.09.2018ASTRON/NLLOFAR data processing schoolASTRONDwingeloo/NLReport
919-23.03.2018Lotenz Centre,Leiden High-resolution surveying with international LOFARUOXF Leiden/NLReport
815.-16.03.2018Garching/DEAPEX & ALMA Single-dish training workshopESOGarching/DEReport
716-21.10.2017ASTRON/JIVE/NLERIS2017ASTRONDwingeloo/NLReport
611-13.12.2017Bologna/ITSelf-calibration and advances imaging workshop-Ed FomalontINAFBologna/ITReport
55-7.12.2017Lisbon/PTALMA Data Processing WorkshopPortuguese ALMA Centre for Expertise Lisabon Report
428-30.11.2017 Gothenburg/SE ASTA-Advanced Software Tools for ALMA OSO Onsala/SEReport
32.-6.10.2017 Dwingeloo/NL Introducing VLBI tools in CASA JIV-ERIC Dwingeloo/NLReport
23-4.4 & 7.4.2017 Torun/PL & Prague/CZJoint preCycle 5 ALMA workshopCzech Academy of Science & UMK Prague/CZ & Torun/PLReport
127-28.3 & 03.4.2017Bonn/DE & Bern/CH ALMA Community Days 2017Uni Bonn Bonn/DE Report
na/training/schools.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/15 11:05 by jcasado