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ESO Science Announcements

Call for Proposals for Period 103

Published: 30 Aug 2018

The Call for Proposals for observations at ESO telescopes in Period 103 (1 April 2019 – 30 September 2019) has been released. Please consult the Period 103 document for the main news items and policies related to applying for time on ESO telescopes. All technical information about the offered instruments and facilities is contained on ESO webpages that are linked from the Call. The proposal submission deadline is 12:00 CEST 27 September 2018.

Volunteers Needed to Test a Distributed Peer Review System at ESO

Published: 29 Aug 2018

Distributed peer review is an increasingly popular method used for science evaluations. By distributing the review load among many peers (as opposed to burdening a single panel or committee) reviewers have a lower workload (i.e. more time to spend per proposal) while investing significantly less time overall, hence allowing more opinions per proposal and a faster proposal evaluation process. ESO is now aiming to add "distributed peer review" as a new method for the future evaluation of proposals in certain categories, while retaining the Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) to oversee the whole process.  

Changed Format for ESO proposals: Principal Investigator Information Removed During Peer Review

Published: 29 Aug 2018

In an effort to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias inherent in any evaluation process, in Period 103, the email address, affiliation and country of the Principal Investigator (PI) of each proposal will no longer be available to the reviewers in the Observing Programmes Committee. In addition, the names of the PI and co-investigators will be listed alphabetically on the last page of the proposal, in such a way that the identity of the PI is unknown. These changes to every proposal are made immediately after submission when the proposal reaches the ESO system, and are already in effect for Director's Discretionary Time proposals.

ESO Postdoctoral Fellowships

Published: 28 Aug 2018

ESO’s prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programme in both Garching (Germany) and Santiago (Chile) offers outstanding early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes. From exoplanets to cosmology, observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics, these are all areas where ESO Fellows can benefit from a highly dynamic scientific environment, at some of the most advanced ground-based telescopes in the world. Do watch ESOCast 165 to hear what current ESO fellows have to say about the fellowship programme.

Call for ESO Public Spectroscopic Surveys with ARO Telescopes - New Backend Available

Published: 24 Aug 2018

The Arizona Radio Observatory has announced the successful commissioning of the new ARO Wideband Spectrometer (AROWS) spectrometer on the 12-metre ALMA Prototype antenna. AROWS covers two 4-GHz wide intermediate frequencies, and is planned to be upgraded to cover four 4 GHz wide intermediate frequencies. It is used with the sideband-separating receiver covering 82.5 to 116 GHz, and replaces the old MAC and filterbanks.

The deadline for ESO Public Spectroscopic Surveys with ARO is 27 September 2018 at 12:00 CEST, as announced in July. Full details are available via the web page of the call for public survey proposals.

The Messenger

The Messenger 172 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Romaniello et al.: Enhanced data discovery services for the ESO Science Archive
  • Leibundgut et al.: HAWK-I/GRAAL Science Verification
  • Zhang et al.: ALMA constrains the stellar initial mass function of dusty starburst galaxies
  • Ferraro et al.: MIKiS: the ESO-VLT Multi-Instrument Kinematic Survey of galactic globular clusters
  • Ginski et al.:A planet with a disc? A surprising detection in polarised light with SPHERE
  • Wittkowski & Humphreys: Stellar surface imaging with VLTI and ALMA
  • Cullum: Obituary for Raymond Wilson

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


The ESO Science Newsletter

The July 2018 issue is now available.

The ESO Science Newsletter, mailed approximately once per month, presents the most recent announcements. Subscription is controlled through the Manage Profile link on the User Portal. Back issues (2013-) are archived.