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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.

    ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop

    ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop
    April 15-17, 2015
    To date, all Herschel science data in addition to a variety of user-provided data products, are publicly available through the Herschel Science Archive. Meanwhile, the ALMA Science Archive is being populated with observations carried out in the first three ALMA observing Cycles, with more data becoming publicly available by the day. The higher frequency ALMA bands overlap with the lower frequency Herschel bands, and despite the huge difference in spacial resolution, Herschel sources provide ideal targets for ALMA follow up. Furthermore, with more and more ALMA data becoming publicly available every day, the possibilities to further explore these two complementary datasets that cover the fields of planetary, Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, increase manifold. However, Herschel and ALMA data differ greatly and in order to explore their full potential, the archival users need to be aware not only of the contents of the two archives but of the differences of the datasets, as well.The workshop will focus on the ALMA/Herschel scientific synergies and archival research, with the following goals:

    * Provide examples of science cases based on the combined use of Herschel & ALMA data, covering a broad range of astrophysical topics, from star formation to evolved stars to galaxies and cosmology

    * Promote mutual awareness of Herschel & ALMA data archive contents

    * Show users how to explore, access and visualize Herschel & ALMA data products, including existing quick look data analysis tools

    * Enable Herschel & ALMA archival science

    * Assist users in the preparation of Cycle 3 ALMA proposals based on existing Herschel data The target audience are all astronomers that have already used data from either of the two facilities and would now want to expand their knowledge to the neighbouring wavelength regime.

    The registration in now open. Abstract submission deadline for oral presentations is March 15, 2015. For other participants it is March 31, 2015.

    Detailed information is available on our website:

    The ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop Organising Committee

    Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA

    22nd January 2015 – Istituto di Radioastronomia Bologna, Italy
    organized by the Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (Bologna,Italy).

    Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy and the inclusion of ALMA into a global network will bring unprecedented sensitivity.

    This workshop reviews a broad range of science topics allowed by mm-VLBI with ALMA and also discusses the status of the existing and future mm-VLBI networks. This should involve not only current VLBI users but also those who are just becoming interested in this rapidly evolving field.

    For further information on logistics and registration, please visit the website:

    Participants are invited to contribute an oral presentation or a poster.  At the workshop there is room for ~ 10 contributed talks (ca. 15 min).

    The registration deadline is 1 December 2014.