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Integration new members

WP3: Integration of new Member States in the future of Europe astronomy

Work package leader: CAS

Description of Work:

The astronomical communities in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and other countries in the region that might join ASTRONET during the contract period are not yet fully integrated in future mainstream European astronomy as described in the ASTRONET Roadmap. The objective of this WP is to analyse the obstacles impeding the future full participation of each of these countries, and to propose suitable actions at the institutional and agency level that may accelerate their integration in European astronomy at all levels within the coming decade. The associates will indeed play an important role in this WP by actively participating to meetings and workshops, possibly hosting some of them.

Task 3.1 Analysis of the key research areas to be developed (Task leader CAS)

A survey of the scientific domains currently existing in each of the new member states will be performed, together with an analysis of opportunities for developing new domains and/or technologies. This requires the identification of the major actors in each country. The aim here is to identify the most promising research activities in those countries, and the relevant research group and institutions involved in this research, together with their current involvement in major European projects.

Contact: Jan Palous

Task 3.2 Identify thue key financial needs (Task leader: CAS)

This task determines the required resources to be added – or redistributed – in each country to allow them to participate in the major European projects which have been identified.

Contact: Jan Palous

Task 3.3 Help in developing national roadmaps (Task leader CAS)

In many cases, the production of national Roadmaps for astronomy and astrophysics is needed. These include the participation to existing or future facilities, but would ideally also deal with human resources, organization of the national community, etc. The Roadmap remains under the responsibility of national agencies, but some recommendations and external advice from ASTRONET could be useful for triggering and organizing the process.

Contact: Jan Palous

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