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, then extended to 54 months.
On 9 Dec 2016, the new ASTRONET Board has hold its first meeting at ESO headquarters, celebrating the signature of the new Memorandum of Understanding and the continuation of a success story for the coordination of national funding agencies and international organizations for Astronomy in Europe. ASTRONET is now ready for a self-sustainable organization, the first step being to complete within a few weeks the representation of many additional national agencies in Europe that have indicated their intention to join.
Conny Aerts (Belgium, FWO), Denis Mourard (France, CNRS), Ronald Stark (The Netherlands, NWO), Colin Vincent (United Kingdom, STFC), Rob Ivison (ESO), Saskia Matheussen (The Netherlands, NWO), Luca Valenziano (Italy, INAF, participation by visioconf)
Please click here: http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...
ASTRONET publishes several reports as the ERTRC "Report on the implementation of the radio telescope review committee recommendations". Please see Menu/Resources/Document Archives/Publications/ASTRONET FP7 or click here: http://www.astronet-eu.org/spip.php...
Please find the «Letter of Intent» in the Private Area (Templates)
A special session «ASTRONET 2015-2025 - The Next Decade» at EWASS 2015 was held in La Laguna on 24 June 2015.
ASTRONET was started in 2005 and supported by the EU under FP6 and FP7 to establish a permanent mechanism for the coordination of the investments in European astronomy. This initial period produced a Science Vision and a Roadmap that covers scientific topics from the solar neighborhood to the limits of the observable Universe and also engaged virtually all astronomical communities and funding agencies in Europe in this coordination.
Having completed these major steps, ASTRONET is now prepared to launch its permanent successor in order to continue the science-based strategic planning for the development of all European Astronomy. The ASTRONET LAUNCH EVENT was held at the OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS on 17 June 2015.
The Board Meeting No. 5 was held on 17 June in Paris.
Please find here the final, published update to the ASTRONET Science Vision: http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...
Please find here the final, published update to the ASTRONET Infrastructure Roadmap: http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...
ASTRONET offers here an overview of proposal deadlines concerning current and forthcoming calls for proposals issued by ASTRONET partner agencies including timescales and thematic constraints. Also listed are permanently open funding programmes of ASTRONET agencies. This overview (ASTRONET’s Task 5.4) is meant to provide information for interested transnational research groups on European wide funding opportunities in order to foster coordinated funding of transnational research projects: http://www.astronet-eu.org/IMG/pdf/...