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.
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.
On 2-4th of July, PACE participated to the ‘ Encontro Ciencia 2018‘, the annual meeting of Portuguese researchers. PACE had its own stand introducing ALMA to the visitors. The photos show the stand and the analyst Israel Matute confronted to curious researchers and students.
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.
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!
The PACE, in collaboration with the ESO, organized an “ALMA Data
Processing Workshop” held in Lisbon on 5th, 6th, and 7th of December and funded by RadioNet consortium (website:
http://www.iastro.pt/research/conferences/alma2017/). The goal of the workshop was to bring together all the community which were planning to use ALMA data in the future, and join them together for different hands-on sessions. The organizers, together with expert invited speakers from the ARC nodes of UK and Netherlands, guided the participants from raw to reduced
data, in two days and half of full work.
A total of 19 astronomers attended the workshop, coming from ten different countries: Pakistan, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, UK, Spain, and of course Portugal. As expected, the most represented communities were Portugal and Spain, for logistics reasons. 37% of the participants were female, and more than half of the participants were PhD or Master students. Beyond the participants, the organizers invited two expert speakers from the ARC node of the UK, Dr. George Bendo, and from Netherlands, Dr. Ciriaco Goddi, which work as ALMA data analysts in their respective ALMA nodes.
An important aspect to underline is that almost 63% of the participants were not experts in interferometry, and approached the topic for the first time. This is very positive, as the main goals of the workshop was exactly to attract young scientists towards the use of interferometric data.
We hope that in the future PACE will continue this path, organizing other events, with the idea to help the European radio community.
[RadioNet has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 730562]
PACE in collaboration with the ESO and the RadioNet consortium, is glad to announce that an “ALMA Data Processing Workshop” will take place in Lisbon on 5th (afternoon), 6th, and 7th of December.
The huge increase of the data available on the archive has improved enormously the possibility for the scientific community to exploit the potential of this fantastic instrument. However, there are still many issues related to the non friendly nature of interferometric data, which need different processes to be transformed in scientifically useful data.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together all the community which is planning to use ALMA data and put them together on an hands on session. We will guide the audience from the raw data towards scientifically exploitable data in 2 and half days of intense work. Furthermore, if someone has already in mind which data to use, the workshop will provide the perfect environment where to start your work.
The program together with logistic details will be soon available through the website.
We also inform the participants that fellowships are available for a small number of students, covering the travel and the accommodation.
Ciro Pappalardo, Jose Afonso, Sandra Homem, Eva Lopes
Ciro Pappalardo, George Bendo, Ciriaco Goddi, Dirk Petry
This event has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730562 [RadioNet]
The fourth call (2017) for 5 PhD Fellowships of the PhD::SPACE Program,
funded by the FCT PD Program initiative is open for applications to be submitted by the ***31st of March 2017***.
The details of the Call are provided at:
This program is offered by the Universities of Porto (www.up.pt) and Lisboa (www.ulisboa.pt), having as host the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (www.iastro.pt), with poles at Porto and Lisboa.
Further details can be found at the PhD::SPACE website at http://phd-space.iastro.pt/
and in the webpage for applicants
The list of PhD Topics available for selection in the 2017 Call are listed at
For further details, please contact the Program Director:
Mario J. P. F. G. Monteiro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A strong effort has been necessary to protect the antennas from the heat, but in the end they succeeded: ALMA started the observations of the Sun.
The lesson has been learned in the hard way: the Swedish–ESO Submillimetre Telescope (SEST) had a fire in its secondary mirror assembly after the telescope was accidentally pointed at the Sun.
However, this time things went very well, and this week have been released by the ESO a series of images that show the power of this new ALMA capability.
Scientists focused their attention into a well known sunspot, which was observed at 1.25 and 3 millimetres.
These observations probed different layer of the chromosphere, and opened a new frontier in the study of our precious star. For further details you can read the official press release of the ESO where other interesting images are available.