Category Archives: MeetingsWorkshops


The annual European meeting of the ARC nodes and CoE this year will be held in the Costa de Caparica Hotel.

More than 50 scientists from the different ALMA nodes in Europe will attend this meeting to discuss the strategic lines for the future of ALMA, and the technical improvements of the official data reduction pipeline of the instrument.

The Portuguese Alma Center of Expertise (PACE) will guest the event in collaboration with the ESO-ALMA Headquarter of Garching.

Young European Radio Astronomers Conference 2016

This year’s YERAC will be organized and sponsored by the MPI for Radioastronomy in collaboration with its IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics. As in most years since 1968, early stage radioastronomers (i.e. PhD candidates and postdocs) will meet, discuss and network in a relaxed atmosphere. Each participant is given the opportunity to give an oral talk.

Please, find more detailed information here.

Half a Decade of ALMA: pre-registration

Five years passed so quickly, and half a decade seems a lot in correspondence to the amount of great science ALMA has enabled thus far. As a result, the conference “Half a Decade of ALMA: Cosmic Dawns transformed” will be held on 20th-23rd September 2015 in Indian Wells, California (USA).

A list of invited speakers and topic they will cover is already online, as well as the preliminary programme layout.

Note that a pre-registration and abstract submission are now open.

We hope to see you there!

Portuguese ALMA Community Days 2016

We are glad to announce the Portuguese ALMA Community Days to be held on 14th and 15th March 2016 at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Science in Oporto.

— 14th March
11h00—11h30 – “The observatory ALMA” (Hugo Messias)
11h30—12h30 – “From our solar system to the Galactic centre” (Elizabeth Humphreys, ESO)
12h30—14h00 – [Lunch]
14h00—15h00 – “The Extra-galactic Universe and its Cosmology” (Israel Matute)
15h00—15h30 – “Proposing for time and the ALMA Observing Tool
” (Ciro Pappalardo)
15h30—16h00 – “Observation simulations” (Hugo Messias)
16h00—16h20 – [coffee break]
16h20—18h00 – Science discussion — bring your own science case
— 15th March
09h30—11h00 – Face-to-face hands-on: ALMA Observing Tool
11h00—12h30 – Face-to-face hands-on: Observation simulations
12h30—14h00 – [Lunch]
14h00—16h00 – Face-to-face hands-on (general)

FEE: No fee is required.


REQUIREMENTS: If the user is interested to participate in the hands-on sessions, please bring a laptop with the ALMA Observing Tool and the latest CASA version (4.5.2) installed.


Previous to PACD16, had you thought about ALMA to address your science goals?

After PACD15, do you now think ALMA can address your science goals?

Do you feel the presentations were clear and helpful?

Do you feel the science discussion was helpful?

Do you feel the hands-on sessions were clear and helpful?

Are you planing to contact PACE to obtain training with the ALMA Observational Tool (AOT) or CASA simulations (CASAsim)?

Please, write below any comment regarding the above questionnaire or any other issue you feel it should be mentioned about PACD16.

Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO

Results from ALMA Long Baseline observations and from SPHERE, Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) and other high-contrast adaptive optics (AO) instruments have given a taste of what to expect over the next few years in the fields of protoplanetary and debris disks, and planet formation. For the first time observations of the regions where planets form are achievable. The workshop will discuss the state-of-the-art results, offering a panchromatic view, with a balance between observations and theory. Discussions will be scheduled on how facilities, such as JWST, E-ELT and TMT, and advances in modeling, will advance the field of planetary formation.

Details are available from the workshop webpage.

Water in the Universe – from clouds to oceans

A conference to be held at ESA/ESTEC on 12—15 April 2016, which will cover all astrophysical aspects of water, including the water trail, from the formation of water in molecular clouds to water on planetary bodies, including in our own solar system; water as a probe of physics and and chemistry; and water in nearby to water in extra-galactic and high redshift sources.

More information at the conference website. Abstract submission deadline on 11th December.

Herschel Data Processing Workshop for Newcomers

This online-only workshop will happen  on 16th-19th June and the registration deadline is on 12th June.

It is intended preferably to PhD-students and Post-docs who have recently started working on projects based on the analysis of Herschel observations., and have little or no previous experience in the analysis of Herschel observations using HIPE.

The workshop will consist of overview talks together with  a mixture of tutorials and short demos in the format of presentations that will be broadcast live in the mornings of every day.

More information in the workshop web-page.

Portuguese ALMA National Community Day

We are glad to announce the Portuguese ALMA National Community Day to be held on 24th February 2015 at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Science in Lisbon.

11h00—11h30 – “The observatory ALMA“, José M. Afonso (IA-Lisboa, PACE Coordinator);
11h30—12h30 – “From our solar system to the Galactic centre“, Nanda Kumar (IA-Porto);
12h30—14h00 – [Lunch]
14h00—15h00 – “The Extra-galactic Universe and its Cosmology“, Hugo Messias (IA-Lisboa, PACE Lead-Scientist);
15h00—15h30 – “
Proposing for time and the ALMA Observing Tool” (TBD);
15h30—16h00 – “Observation simulations“, Hugo Messias(IA-Lisboa, PACE Lead-Scientist);
16h00—16h20 – [coffee break]
Optional from 16h20 – Face-to-face hands-on (PACE team).

TRAVEL SUPPORT: a limited number of participants may apply for this. We expect to support about 20 round-trip train tickets. It will be awarded in a first-comes-first-gets way.

FEE: No fee is required.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 23h59 13th February.