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Coordinating strategic planning for European Astronomy

Objective

"Improved cooperation has brought European astronomy to front player, notably through such organisations as ESO and ESA. To continue to excel in a competitive world, Europe must also coordinate national resources in the long term and across borders between disciplines and nations.

Accordingly, the goal of ASTRONET is to establish a strategic planning and coordination mechanism for all of European astronomy. Established as an ERA-NET in 2005, ASTRONET developed its ""Science Vision for European Astronomy"" (2007), followed in 2008 by an ""Infrastructure Roadmap"". Both documents are very comprehensive: they cover all scientific topics in astronomy, from the Sun and Solar System to the limits of the observable Universe, and observation tools from the radio domain to gamma-rays and particles, on the ground and in space; they discuss theory and computing, outreach, training and recruitment of the vital human resources; they cover all of Europe as ASTRONET aims to engage all astronomical communities on the new map of Europe.

Building on those achievements, our ambition now goes even farther as we proceed to the implementation stage, a very significant new step towards increased coordination of the European resources for astronomy. ASTRONET's objectives for 2011-2015 are fourfold: (1) To establish a permanent mechanism for planning and coordination in European astronomy. (2) To follow-up and implement the Roadmap by building the new facilities that are needed to reach our scientific goals while optimising existing programmes in both scientific and financial terms – not only new joint projects at ESO or ESA, but a range of national resources as well. (3) To narrow the scientific and – in particular - technology gaps between different European countries, and (4) To establish a regularly updated data base with key information on the financial and human resources for astronomy in all European countries, as well as on the structure and governance of astronomical research in Europe."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/infrared astronomy

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-ERANET - ERANET

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 401 386,62
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Kohler (Ms.)

Participants (11)

MINISTERIO DE CIENCIA E INNOVACION

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 21 400
Address
Calle Albacete 5
28071 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rosa Rodríguez Bernabé (Dr.)
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Heinemannstrasse 2
53175 Bonn
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susanne Fricke (Ms.)
EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY - ESO EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 149 800
Address
Karl-schwarzschild-strasse 2
85748 Garching
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrick Geeraert (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 101 650
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Scaffidi Abbate (Ms.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 800
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gary Paul Robbins (Mr.)
NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 21 400
Address
Lund Observatory, Solvegatan 27
221 00 Lund
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johannes Andersen (Dr.)
MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA, INDUSTRIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 117 700
Address
Paseo De La Castellana 162
28046 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquin Angel Serrano Agejas (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 251 450
Address
Laan Van Nieuw Oost Indie 300
2593 CE Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ronald Stark (Dr.)
STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 219 350
Address
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ute Krell (Dr.)
NARODOWE CENTRUM BADAN I ROZWOJU

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 5 563,38
Address
Ul. Nowogrodzka 47A
00 695 Warszawa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Bojanowska (Ms.)
ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 160 500
Address
Fricova 298
25165 Ondrejov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Palous (Prof.)