July 8, 2016. Teide Observatory Open Doors Days 2016.

Open Doors Days at Teide Observatory (8th and 9th July)

Teide Observatory (Observatorio del Teide aka OT), is an astronomical observatory on Mount Teide, Tenerife, operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.

Anybody who wants to get to know this observatory can go in a group to visit the telescopes, make their own observations and learn basic astronomical concepts.

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From 10.00 to 15.00, guided visits to the telescopes will be arranged, and workshops and direct observations will be carried out with the aim of explaining what an astronomical observatory does, how telescopes work and why astronomy is so relevant for humankind. The visitors will be able to enter the IAC-80 telescope and the Carlos Sanchez Telescope (TCS), also the Solar Laboratory, the Optical Ground Statoin (OGS) and the Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT).

More detail at OT Open Doors Days 2016

June 22, 2016. PRE-EST: A new proposal to H2020 prepared by the EST team.

The EST team submitted a new project proposal to Horizont 2020*. 

The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a revolutionary Research Infrastructure that will play a major role in answering
 key questions in modern Solar Physics. This 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands, will provide
 solar physicists with the most advanced state-of-the-art observing tools to transform our understanding of the complex
 phenomena that drive the solar magnetic activity.

Under acronym PRE-EST -Preparatory Phase of the European Solar Telescope- has been proposed a project with the specific objectives of: (1) to explore possible legal frameworks and related
 governance schemes; (2) to explore funding schemes and funding sources for EST;
 (3) to compare the two possible sites for EST in the Canary Islands Astronomical Observatories and prepare final site
 agreements; (4) to engage funding agencies and policy makers for a long-term commitment which guarantees the 
construction and operation phases of the Telescope; (5) to involve industry in the design of EST key elements to the
 required level of definition and validation for their final production; (6) to enhance and intensify outreach activities and strategic links with national agencies and the user communities of EST.


This 4-years project is promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST). The project consortium involves 23 research institutions from 16 countries.

* Call: H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2017 Development and long-term sustainability of new pan-European research infrastructures; Topic: INFRADEV-02-2016; Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

April 20, 2016. 4th SOLARNET Workshop "Solar Eruptive Events: Observations and Modelling" (London, April 20-23, 2016).

The 4th SOLARNET School on "Solar Eruptive Events: Observations and Modelling" started today at the University College London organized by our colleagues from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

The Workshop programme includes invited and contributed talks in three main topics:

  1. Energy storage and release.
  2. Response of the lower atmosphere.
  3. Flare-CME relationship.

More info at 4th SOLARNET Workshop.

April 13, 2016. 4th SOLARNET School Started Today in London.

The 4th SOLARNET School on Solar MHD and Magnetic Reconnection Theory started today at the University College London organized by our colleagues from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

25 PhD students and early career researchers from 9 countries (UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Georgia) are attending the School, 12 of them are women. 18 attendees out of 25 are funded by SOLARNET.

The School Programme includes topics as MHD waves and instabilities, kinetic processes in MHD, 3-D reconnection, particle acceleration and transport.  

The school will be followed by a workshop on Solar Eruptive Events: Observations and Modelling (20 - 22 April 2016).

More details at 4th SOLARNET School and Workshop

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