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Optical-infared co-ordination network for astronomy

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.
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Coordinator

PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

North Star Avenue, Polaris House
Sn2 1sz Swindon - Wilts

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Jeff DOWN

Participants (13)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Germany

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Netherlands

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

LEIDEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NETHERLANDS RESEARCH SCHOOL FOR ASTRONOMY

Netherlands

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION

Finland

UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1

France

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: HPRI-CT-1999-40002

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    29 February 2004

Funded under:

FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 000 000

Coordinated by:

PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom