Delay of the ALMA Cycle 8 Proposal Submission Deadline

As everyone is aware, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to impact the global community.  As such, the ALMA Director, along with the regional partners, has decided to delay the proposal deadline for the ALMA Cycle 8 Call for Proposals to NO EARLIER than 15 UT on 19 May 2020.

PACE is prepared for the Cycle 8 Call and, as of now, can provide support to the Portuguese community.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the ALMA Cycle 8 Call or any other issues.
As we continue to monitor the conditions worldwide, we will assess the feasibility of this deadline and provide additional updates to the community as needed.  The next update to the community will be provided NO LATER than 21 April 2020 on the status of the call and the support for the scientific community at the ARCs.
We realize these are challenging and uncertain times.  We want to continue to hear your concerns (please submit Helpdesk tickets) and will take the appropriate action to address them.  It’s important now to consider the health and well-being of yourself and those around you – that should be the primary focus as we navigate through these stressful times.
Take care.

PhD Fellowship in Portugal

The Portuguese national science foundation, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) has opened a call for Ph.D. fellowships, from the 2nd up to the 31st of March 2020.
The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) welcomes pre-applications to support selected candidates for documents, administrative tasks, and related activities.
The IA is the most prominent research unit in the field of Astrophysics in Portugal, integrating researchers from the Universidade of Porto and the University of Lisbon, and is responsible for a major fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in this area. The research and development effort at the IA includes most of the topics at the forefront of research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences, complemented by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
For more information please check:


the IA dedicated webpage:

We are currently looking for strong candidates to support in this call, in particular for research with ALMA. If you know of promising students, please let us know!

PACE for the 100 years of IAU

The IAU (International Astronomical Union) celebrates its 100 years. The association Ciência Viva joined the celebrations receiving on its space an exposition, “Acima e mais alem”. In this context, PACE members participated in the round tables about the future of Astronomy, discussing with high school students about the possible development of science in the next 100 years.
Great success and above all a great motivation to pursue our work, after the incredible interest these students showed for space sciences.

Call for Research Contracts in Portugal

The national Portuguese Research Council (FCT, Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia) is opening a call for research contracts within different areas of research for different profiles: Junior, Assistant, Principal, and Coordinating researcher. The positions are up to 6 years and the candidates need support from a host institution in Portugal.
The Institute of Astronomy would be very keen to support candidatures, providing full support to the potential candidates. Deadline 26th of February 2020.
The details are here:

PACE at the All-Hands meeting 2019

In the first week of November, PACE participated in the annual meeting of the European ALMA Network, hosted this year by the German ARC Node of Bonn. With the magnificent view of the Rhine valley in Konigswinter, representatives of different European Institutions discussed the status and future plans for ALMA development. After the successful ALMA meeting in Cagliari and with new ideas in mind, the meeting has planned future development for ALMA up to 2030, assuring its role at the forefront of astronomical research.

Group Picture at the Konigswinter garden.

ALMA Director visited PACE

The new ALMA director Dr. Sean Dougherty, appointed in February 2018, visited the Portuguese ALMA Center of Expertise at the end of October.

Dougherty is a renowned radio astronomer, former director of the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, and Canada’s national radio astronomy facility. He also led the construction and delivery of the WIDAR correlator for the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) and is currently leading the international consortium designing the correlator-beam former for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

During his visit PACE members had the opportunity to show our current activities and a brief summary of the past achievements and future challenges. In the afternoon the Director gave a plenary talk at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, explaining to the audience the successes and the new science opened in the last 10 years by this fantastic facility.

The ALMA Director Dr. Sean Dougherty just behind some of the array antennas in Atacama.

ALMA-ACA Supplemental Call for Proposals

A Supplemental Call for ACA telescopes is open to use standard observing modes, as allowed for ACA stand-alone proposals in the Main Call. Proposals may request to use the 7-­m array only or the 7­-m array plus Total Power array.

All proposals accepted in the Cycle 7 Supplemental Call will receive priority Grade “C” and will have lower observing priority than ACA proposals accepted in the Cycle 7 Main Call.

The ALMA Cycle 7 proposal submission deadline is 15:00 UT on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

ALMA Cycle 7 is currently scheduled from October 2019 to September 2020. Proposals accepted in the Supplemental Call will be scheduled for observations between January 2020 and September 2020. Further details can be found on the ESO website.

ALMA-related contract opportunity in PACE

Portuguese nationals, foreign and stateless persons may submit applications to this selection procedure, provided they hold a doctoral degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics or akin areas, have specialised skills and/or expertise in the field of galaxy formation and evolution, and fully comply with the following requirements:

a) The PhD must have been granted at least 3 years ago.

b) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in the area of galaxy formation and evolution, namely the identification and characterization of their AGN activity;

c) The candidate must also have a significant experience in the obtaining, processing and analysis of ALMA observations;

Details about the position available here:

PACE members at the IAU Symposium in Viana do Castelo.

PACE Members attended the IAU Symposium “Uncovering early galaxy evolution in the ALMA and JWST era”, hosted in  Viana do Castelo, Portugal, from 3-7 June 2019.

This symposium brought together community of theoretical and observational experts to discuss how we can make the most of ALMA and JWST synergies in advancing our understanding of galaxy evolution in the young Universe during the next decade.

PACE members presented various posters, fostering the discussion about possible synergies between ALMA and future facilities in construction or soon available for the scientific community.

The Official Poster of the event.

Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise