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Common actions

WP5: Follow-up of the roadmap - common actions

Work package leader: PT-DESY

Description of Work:

The overall objective of this work package is the implementation of common actions based on the recommendations of the infrastructure roadmap. The roadmap is the common action plan for ASTRONET FP7 presenting opportunities for joint activities related to infrastructures/facilities, and for common actions related to science funding including joint calls. To reach this objective the goals of the work package are twofold:

- The first goal is to implement the actions recommended by the different panels of the coordination actions of Work Package 4 and those already recommended by the first ASTRONET. The latter includes the European Telescope Strategy Review Committee (ETSRC) established for an assessment of a future strategy for the 2-4m class optical/IR telescopes and a similar process initiated for the European radio telescopes in late 2009;

- The second goal is the implementation of further joint calls and other common actions based on the funding activities of the partner agencies. This requires identifying areas of co-operation resulting from the roadmap and providing a strong European added value.

Task 5.1 Implementation of the ETSRC recommendations for the cost-benefit optimisation of the operation of the European optical/IR 2-4m telescopes (Task leader: MICINN)

The remit of the ETSRC is to deliver a short and medium to long-term strategy for the cost-benefit optimisation of the use of the existing European 2-4 m optical/IR telescopes. The task will provide the platform to implement the proposed measures.

Contact: Jesus Gallego

Task 5.2 Implementation of recommendations for the cost-benefit optimisation of the operation of European radio telescopes (Task leader: INAF)

In Task 3.2 of the current ASTRONET a working group on the re-structuring of the landscape of European radio telescopes was established in late 2009 following the example of the ETSRC. The working group is supposed to deliver its report by late 2011. Since as in the case of the ETSRC the recommendations are not known by the time of writing, only the methodology of the implementation of the expected outcome can be described here.

Contact: Giampaolo Vettolani

Task 5.3 Implementation of Roadmap recommendations on education, recruitment and training, public outreach, and industrial links (“Panel E”) (Task leader: ESO)

This task focuses on the structural and sociological issues identified in the infrastructure roadmap considering common actions in the areas of education, recruitment and training, public outreach, and industrial links. The roadmap “Panel E” worked out 10 recommendations in these areas.

Contact: Bruno Leibundgut

Task 5.4 Prepare further common actions for the coordination of national programmes (Task leader: PT-DESY/BMBF)

The objective of this task is to prepare, initiate and implement further common actions to foster coordination of national programmes. This work package focus on actions in the three areas:

• Astrophysical Software Laboratory (ASL),

• Virtual Observatory (VO),

• Laboratory astrophysics.

Contact: Franz-Josef Zickgraf

Task 5.5 European-wide joint calls in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Task leader: PT-DESY/BMBF)

The overall objective of this task is the actual implementation of joint calls. It is an extension to a broader scope of what ASTRONET has done already which succeeded in launching the first ASTRONET joint call in 2008 and Task 4.5 which initiated the preparation for the second ASTRONET joint call.

Contact: Franz-Josef Zickgraf

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