Jan. 21, 2014. HORIZON 2020. Research Infrastructures: Developing the European infrastructures for 2020 and beyond.

Horizon 2020 will endow Europe with world-class research infrastructures that are accessible to all researchers in Europe and fully exploiting their potential for scientific advancement and innovation.

Three types of activity will be supported to enable excellent science in Europe.

  1. The first activities are targeted to the development of new world-class research infrastructures. Support will be provided for the implementation and operation of the research infrastructures listed on the ESFRI Roadmap. Support will cover the preparatory phase of new ESFRI projects, and the implementation and the operation phases of prioritised ESFRI projects. Further worldclass facilities will also be part of this action.
  2. The second set of activities aims at optimising the use of the national facilities by integrating them into networks and opening their doors to all European researchers. This is a continuity of the so-called Integrating Activities under FP7.
  3. The third action will support further deployment and development of ICT based e-infrastructures which are essential to enable access to distant resources, remote collaboration, and massive data processing in all scientific fields.

More details at Research Infrastructures H2020.

Jan. 17, 2014. 1st SOLARNET Spring School and 1st Thematic Workshop. New Deadline: February 19th and February 26th, 2014 respectively.

The 1st SOLARNET Spring School "Introduction to Solar Physics" and Thematic Workshop "Radiative processes in the Sun and stars" will be organized in Wroclaw, Poland (March 24 - April 4) supported by EC FP7 project SOLARNET

The school and Workshop are dedicated to PhD students and novel post-doctoral researchers interested in broadening their knowledge on solar physics. The lectures and hands-on sessions will be carried out by experienced scientists and will cover different solar issues:

  1. Instrumentation for solar observations
  2. The solar interior and dynamo
  3. The solar standard model and helioseismology
  4. Active region formation and evolution
  5. Introduction to radiative transfer and NLTE line formation
  6. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections
  7. Coronal heating
  8. Physics of solar prominences and radiative transfer
  9. Solar and stellar activity
  10. Solar wind

More information at 1st SOLARNET Spring School and 1st Thematic Workshop.

Jan. 16, 2014. SOLARNET TAS: Users Assessment 2013

The SOLARNET Transnational Access and Service Programme (TAS) supports the access to some of the best European telescopes (VTT, GREGOR, THEMIS, and SST). A total of 8 observing teams were supported under the 2013 TAS campaign. User teams awarded with telescope time received a brief questionnaire to assess the quality of the access and service provided.

The questionnaire was distributed among Principal Investigators and astronomers supported with travel and subsistence grants. 12 astronomers (80 %) answered the questionnaire. The majority of the specific aspects related to the services provided by the infrastructure were assessed with the highest rating.

The overall appreciation of the services provided was considered as ‘very good’ by 8 astronomers, and ‘good’ by the other 4.

Chart 4: Assessment of the services provided by the infrastructure

More details at SOLARNET TAS. Users' Assessment 2013 Report.

Dic. 23, 2013. A SUCCESS STORY: The European Solar Telescope (EST)

EST - Understanding our Sun is the title of an article published as a Success Story in the section Research Infrastructures of the EC Research & Innovation site.

Research Infrastructures (RIs) –facilities, resources and related services used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields– play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology.

The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands. It will be used to optimise studies of the magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromosphere. This will require diagnostics of the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the plasma over many scale heights, by using multiple wavelength imaging, spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry. To achieve these goals, the EST will specialize in high spatial and temporal resolution using instruments that can efficiently produce two-dimensional spectral information.

SOLARNET project achievements will be of paramount relevance to contribute towards the realisation of the 4-meter European Solar Telescope (EST).

See the full article at EST - Understanding our Sun.

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