SPARCS Meeting in Lisbon

On the second week of May ended the 9th SKA Pathfinder Radio Continuum Survey Group (SPARCS) meeting, which took place in Lisbon, between the 6th and 10th May 2019.
The aim of the meeting was to coordinate developments of techniques for radio data analysis and to help in the choice of area, depth, location on the sky, and other parameters, future and ongoing surveys. PACE members have been heavily involved in the meeting, participating in the discussion, and presenting their results.

First Results from the Event Horizon Telescope. Press Conference on 10th of April

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration will present the groundbreaking results on 10 April 2019 in simultaneous press conferences worldwide.

The EU conference will be streamed online on the ESO website, by the ERC, and on social media. Questions will also be taken from social media using the hashtag #AskEHTeu.

A total of six major press conferences will be held simultaneously around the globe in Belgium (Brussels, English), Chile (Santiago, Spanish), Shanghai (Mandarin), Japan (Tokyo, Japanese), Taipei (Mandarin), and USA (Washington, D.C., English).

The goal of the observations was to image, for the very first time, the shadow of the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, as well as to study the properties of the accretion and outflow around the Galactic Centre. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array the world’s most sensitive facility for millimeter/submillimeter astronomical observations, and plays a key role in the EHT network.

More details in the ESO dedicated page.

This infographic illustrates how ALMA contributes to the EHT observations. With its shorter baseline, ALMA is sensitive to larger scales than the EHT and so ALMA can fill in the lower-resolution, larger-scale structures that the EHT misses.
Credit: NRAO

Cycle 7 Call for Proposals

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2019 to September 2020. It is anticipated that 4300 hours of the 12-m Array time and 3750 hours of the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) time, also known as the Morita Array, will be available for successful proposals from Principal Investigators (PIs) in Cycle 7.

ALMA Cycle 7 proposal submission will open at

15:00 UT on Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Cycle 7 proposal submission deadline is

15:00 UT on Wednesday, 17 April 2019

For further details visit the ALMA Science Portal.

PhD. Space Program Opened

The fifth call (2019) for 5 PhD Fellowships of the PhD::SPACE Program, funded by the FCT PD Program initiative is now open for applications to be submitted by the 31st of March 2019.

This program is offered by the Universities of Porto ( and Lisboa (, having as host the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (, with poles at Porto and Lisboa.

Further details can be found at the PhD::SPACE website at and in the webpage for applicants

The list of PhD Topics available for selection in the 2019 Call will be listed at

For further details, please contact the Program Director:
Mario J. P. F. G. Monteiro (


Visiting Santa Maria Island, in Azores

PACE has been invited by the ‘Regiao Autonoma de Azores’ and the RAEGE consortium to visit the Colombo station in the Azores Island of Santa Maria. Equipped with 3 receivers in bands S (2.2 – 2.37 GHz), X (8.15 -9GHz), and Ka (21.77 – 24.45 GHz), this 13.2 m radio telescope is part of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) network (RAEGSMAR). During this visit, resident RAEGE scientists described to PACE researchers the capability and the performance of the telescope, in order to explore the possibility of future synergies with such a valuable instrument.

A Picture taken by the PACE representative, José Afonso, during the visit.

PACE at WFI Meeting

PACE members participated in the international Athena-WFI meeting (see link for the detailed programme), held on the end of November at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The Wide Field Imager (WFI) is an instrument that will be mounted on the Athena Space Observatory, an X-ray telescope designed to address fundamental questions in Astrophysics involving high energies. The launch is scheduled for 2031, and PACE explored during the meeting potential synergies between Athena and millimetre and submillimetre Astronomy.

PACE at the All-Hands meeting

On the last week of September, PACE participated to the annual meeting of the European ALMA Network, hosted this year by the Czech ARC Node. In the beautiful landscape of Prague countryside, representatives of different European Institutions discussed the status and future plans for ALMA development. With new facilities starting soon their operations, these meetings aim to assure for ALMA a future at the forefront of astronomical research for the next decades.

Group Photo at the Chateau Liblice.

ALMA Cycle 6

The PACE, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 6 Call for Proposals for scientific observations is now open. ALMA Cycle 6 is currently scheduled from October 2018 to September 2019. Investigators of any professional background, nationality or affiliation are invited to submit proposals before the deadline of 15:00 UT on Thursday 19 April 2018.

PhD Fellowship in Portugal

The portuguese national science foundation, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) has opened a call for PhD fellowships, from 28th of February to 28th of March 2018. The positions are for up to 4 years (tuition fees are covered). The selection is done by FCT.

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) welcomes pre-applications until March 16th. Selected candidates will be supported by IA.

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is the most prominent research unit in the field of Astrophysics in Portugal, integrating researchers form 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:

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!

Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise