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WP1: Networking

Work package leader: NOTSA

Description of Work:

Networking is a core activity of ASTRONET, whose goal is to make it a permanent, self-sustaining feature of European astronomy. Within this vision, the specific objectives of this WP are to:

  • Establish permanent links to other stakeholders in the European Research Area in astronomy;
  • Establish a data base of statistical information on the existing resources for European astronomy;
  • Establish permanent links with discipline-oriented initiatives and major infrastructure projects.

The outcome of this WP will be, on the one hand, a data base of resource information on European astronomy; on the other, good working relations between all main actors in the future of European astronomy - a key factor in establishing the permanent cooperation that is our final goal.

Task 1.1 Networks to external stakeholders (Task leader: NOTSA)

This task aims at establishing good permanent working relationships between the ASTRONET consortium and such external stakeholders as are involved in long-term planning and funding initiatives for European astronomy and closely related sciences. Moreover, as ASTRONET makes the transition from the fixed-term build-up phase to a mature, permanent activity, the national agencies that currently do not participate in ASTRONET at all, or do so only in loose, non-binding form as Forum Members, should become fully integrated in this new joint European coordination initiative, for the benefit of all.

Contact: Johannes Andersen

Task 1.2 A data base of resources and best practices for European astronomy (Task leader: NCBiR)

Rational preparation and implementation of joint planning for the future requires knowledge of the resources available to European astronomy and of the optimum modes of coordination between the agencies within a set of likely scenarios. The task in the project period is to establish a data base of this information for all participating countries and make its contents available to all partners in ASTRONET. Towards the end of the period the focus will be on implementing procedures to keep the information updated on a running basis.

Contact: Maria Bojanowska

Task 1.3 Coordination with other, discipline or project-oriented stakeholders (Task leader: CNRS)

The value of any Roadmap is judged, in the end, by the success of its implementation. It is mandatory, therefore, to maintain close contacts with the stakeholders involved in that phase. These include coordinating activities in neighbouring fields, including other ERA-NETs; the discipline oriented I3 networks; the various Preparatory Studies under way for proposed new large infrastructures, and the actual projects themselves, especially those which do not rely on an existing European host organisation.

Contact: Denis Mourard

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