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Optical-infared co-ordination network for astronomy

Objective

Objectives:
OPTICON, the ICN OPTICAL INFRARED COORDINATION NETWORK FOR ASTRONOMY, brings tog ether for the first time the operators of all Europe's medium to large optical-infrared telescopes, the largest corresponding data archives, and several user representatives. The OPTICON partners work with their communities to identify those major challenges for the future development of European optical-infrared astronomy, which require Europe-wide collaboration. OPTICON sponsors and coordinates developments towards these goals, involving the entire astronomical community through workshops and meetings targeted towards these agreed common goals of general importance

Results:
Six major aspects of European astronomical research in which there are clear benefits from international cooperation, and where inadequate cooperation currently exists, have been identified.
Activity 1: EU Elite Fellowship Program
Activity 2: The Astrophysical Virtual Observatory
Activity 3: Improved Coordination on Common Infrastructures
Activity 4: The Future of Medium-sized Observatories in the enlarged EU
Activity 5: The Science Case for Extremely Large Telescopes
Activity 6: Joint Activities with the radio astronomy ICN (JIVE).

Working Groups, with full representation across the whole EU astronomy community, have been established to implement these common objectives, with substantial progress being made.
Project Manager: Gerard Gilmore
Institute of Astronomy Madingley Road Cambridge CB OHA United Kingdom
Tel: (44-1223) 337506
Fax: (44-1223) 337523
E-Mail: gil@ast.cam.ac.uk

Objectives:
OPTICON, the ICN OPTICAL INFRARED COORDINATION NETWORK FOR ASTRONOMY, brings together for the first time the operators of all Europe's medium to large optical-infrared telescopes, the largest corresponding data archives, and several user representatives. The OPTICON partners work with their communities to identify those major challenges for the future development of European optical-infrared astronomy, which require Europe-wide collaboration.

OPTICON sponsors and coordinates developments towards these goals, involving the entire astronomical community through workshops and meetings targeted towards these agreed common goals of general importance.


Results:
Six major aspects of European astronomical research in which there are clear benefits from international cooperation, and where inadequate cooperation currently exists, have been identified.

Activity 1: EU Elite Fellowship Program
Activity 2: The Astrophysical Virtual Observatory
Activity 3: Improved Coordination on Common Infrastructures
Activity 4: The Future of Medium-sized Observatories in the enlarged EU
Activity 5: The Science Case for Extremely Large Telescopes
Activity 6: Joint Activities with the radio astronomy ICN (JIVE).

Working Groups, with full representation across the whole EU astronomy community, have been established to implement these common objectives, with substantial progress being made.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
North Star Avenue, Polaris House
SN2 1SZ Swindon - Wilts
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Michel-ange 3
75766 Paris
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Boulevard Arago 98 Bis
75014 Paris
EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY
Germany
Address
2,Karl-schwarzschild-str. 2
85748 Garching
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Netherlands
Address
Keplerlaan 1
2200 AG Noordwijck
INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
Address
S/n,vía Láctea S/n
38205 La Laguna
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
Address
Via Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
2,Niels Bohrweg 2, Huygens Laboratorium
2300 RA Leiden
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Koenigstuhl 17
69117 Heidelberg
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Karl-schwarzschild-strasse 1
85748 Garching
NETHERLANDS RESEARCH SCHOOL FOR ASTRONOMY
Netherlands
Address
Niels Bohrweg 2
2300 RA Leiden
NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION
Finland
Address
Väisäläntie 20 Tuorla Observatory
21500 Piikio
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1
France
Address
Rue De L'université 11
67000 Strasbourg
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Madingley Road
CB3 0HA Cambridge