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Preparatory Phase for the European Solar Telescope

Preparatory Phase for the European Solar Telescope

Objective

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. The principal objective of the present Preparatory Phase is to provide both the EST international consortium and the funding agencies with a detailed plan regarding the implementation of EST.

The specific objectives of the proposed preparatory phase are: (1) to explore possible legal frameworks and related governance schemes that can be used by agencies to jointly establish, construct and operate EST as a new research infrastructure, with the implementation of an intermediate temporary organisational structure, as a previous step for future phases of the project; (2) to explore funding schemes and funding sources for EST, including a proposal of financial models to make possible the combination of direct financial and in-kind contributions towards the construction and operation of 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.

To accomplish the aforementioned goals, this 4-year project, promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST) and the PRE-EST consortium, encompassing 23 research institutions from 16 countries, will set up the Project Office
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Address

Calle Via Lactea
38205 San Cristobal De La Laguna

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 415 000

Participants (22)

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LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR SONNENPHYSIK (KIS)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 397 500

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 457 500

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 372 500

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR ASTROPHYSIK POTSDAM (AIP)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO RICERCHE SOLARI LOCARNO

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU - GEODETSKI FAKULTET

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

ASTRONOMICAL INSTITUTE OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

UNIWERSYTET WROCLAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 18 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 739500

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 053 638,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 998 750

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Spain