The pool of international telescopes in the Canary Islands, which effectively constitutes the European Northern Observatory (ENO), offers European Astronomers, through the international Time Programme, access to other countries' telescopes installed at ENO.
The exceptional astronomical quality of the Canarian sky has attracted to the Observatories of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) the most complete set of telescopes and astrophysical experiments ever installed in European territory. This complex constitutes the Large-Scale European Facility for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. With the support of the Training and Mobility of Researchers Programme, it will be possible to strengthen and extend its use, in direct application of the TMR programme's goals.
The present proposal for International Time (IT) is based on two different procedures for the use of 30% of the observing time of the Large-scale Facility:
- Individual access (IA) by researchers to other countries' telescopes; - Access to the Collaborative Programme (CP). The IT Programme provides an excellent training-ground for young astronomers within a stable and fruitful environment of interchange. This exceptional programme places European Astrophysics at the front of competitiveness.