ASTRONET was created by a group of European funding agencies in order to establish a strategic planning mechanism for all of European astronomy. It covers the whole astronomical domain, from the Sun and Solar System to the limits of the observable Universe, and from radioastronomy to gamma-rays and particles, on the ground as well as in space; but also theory and computing, outreach, training and recruitment of the vital human resources. And, importantly, ASTRONET aims to engage all astronomical communities and relevant funding agencies on the new map of Europe.
ASTRONET has been supported by the EC since 2005 as an ERA-NET. Despite the formidable challenges of establishing such a comprehensive plan, ASTRONET reached that goal with the publication of its Infrastructure Roadmap in November 2008. Building on this remarkable achievement, the present project will proceed to the implementation stage, a very significant new step towards the coordination and integration of European resources in the field.
The objectives are:
to establish a permanent mechanism for planning and coordination in European astronomy;
to follow-up and implement the Roadmap, thus ensuring the construction of the new facilities that are needed to keep Europe at the forefront of scientific knowledge and at the same time optimise existing programmes in scientific as well as financial terms;
to narrow the scientific and – in particular - technology gaps between the European countries;
to establish a regularly updated data base with key information on the financial and human resources available to astronomy in all European countries, as well as the structure and governance of astronomical research in each country.
The ASTRONET consortium, has eleven participants, Twenty one Associates and two Forum members at the moment.
Starting January 2011, 1st, ASTRONET is funded as an ERA-Net by the European Commission at a level of 1.6 M under the FP7 initiative «Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area (ERA)» for a duration of 48 months.
The 7th ExeC meeting will be held in Genève in July 2014.
The 4th Board meeting will be held in Den Haag (The Hague) in March 2014.
Please find here the link to the ASTRONET FP7 community forum open to the entire astronomical community based in Europe. This forum is intended for the discussion of the Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap updates. All relevant posts are welcome. Please register before reading the posted documents and posting your own comments and suggestions http://www.forum-astronet-eu.org
The 6th ExeC meeting was held on 25/26 November 2013 in Prague.
Please find here the programme of the ASTRONET “Town Meeting” in Turku (13 July 2013). http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...
The ASTRONET Infrastructure Roadmap published in 2008 presented a strategic plan for the development of European Astronomy. One of the original requirements of the plan was to have a light-touch update mid-way through the term. The Science Vision document has now been updated and can be found on this webpage (see below). The conclusions from this update feed into the Roadmap update. This document (v0.1) is the first draft in that process and is now available for community input during the summer of 2013. http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...
The European Radio Telescope Review Committee (ERTRC) has published a first preliminary draft of its conclusions and recommendations. The ERTRC invites the community to provide input and feedback via the discussion forum on the ERTRC website: http://ertrc.strw.leidenuniv.nl/
The ASTRONET Science Vision for European Astronomy was published in 2007. Click here for the update 2012. http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...