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.

ALMA Cycle-3 outcome

After the communication in August of the ALMA Cycle-3 proposal review outcome to the PIs, the ALMA consortium has recently made available the list of high priority projects and a report on the proposal review process. While the former lists the A- and B-graded projects, along with the respective PI, co-Is, and abstract, the latter describes the review process along with interesting statistics (such as requested facility specifications, science categories interest, …).

We would like to highlight a milestone achieved by the Portuguese community via the acceptance (A-grade) of the proposal PI’ed by David Sobral (based at IA), focused on the recently discovered high-redshift galaxy with PopIII-like stellar populations. In addition, the Portuguese community is involved (in co-authorship) in six other high-priority and two filler (C-graded) proposals. We also highlight the proposal PI’ed by Elisabete da Cunha (based at Swinburne University, Australia) which was also considered to be of high priority via the very over-subscripted Open-Skies time.

We take the chance to call your attention to the recent ALMA status report and the results of the ALMA Cycle-3 user survey.

We hope these very successful results make you even more eager to apply for ALMA time in Cycle 4! We will be here to help you!

FCT Investigator Programme 2015

The FCT Investigator programme aims to support the recruitment of outstanding researchers into Portugal’s R&D centres. Open to scientists of all nationalities, and across research fields, this highly competitive programme targets scientists with exceptional track-records and clear potential to develop innovative research. Close to 600 new FCT Investigators have been selected in the three previous calls. The 2015 call is expected to fund 200 new FCT Investigator grants. Deadline on 15th September 2015. Please, read further in the call webpage.

Also, note the  deadline 2nd September 2015 to associate your project to our host institution, IA. More information regarding this here.

Good luck!

M100 and 3C286 Science Verification data release

New ALMA Science Verification data has been released. This batch includes:
– M100: Band 3 CO(1-0) observations with the 7m Array and the Total Power Array, demonstrating the ALMA Compact Array and data combination capabilities;
– 3C 286: Band 6 continuum observations demonstrating ALMA’s polarization capability.

Should you need any help with these data, please use the Helpdesk or contact PACE directly.

New data products in Herschel Science Archive

Several new sets of “User Provided Data Products” (UPDPs) have recently been ingested in the Herschel Science Archive and are available for retrieval. The number of UPDPs served by the HSA is gradually increasing. The full list of available UPDPs at any time is available here.

Also, the “ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop” presentations are now available online here.

ALMA Cycle 3 Call for Proposals closure

The first statistics on the ALMA Cycle 3 call for proposals points to a great European interest in this facility. European-led projects comprise 42% of the total proposed projects.

The pressure remains high since 9037h were requested for a total of <2100h to be granted to Cycle3-call projects.

Bands 3, 6 and 7 remain the most favourite ones, and, except for “Stellar Evolution and the Sun”, the general community seems equally engaged to eagerly work with ALMA data.

More details in this webpage.

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 Centre of Expertise