Science Announcements

SciOps 2022: Artificial Intelligence for Science and Operations in Astronomy

Published: 20 Dec 2021

The next Science Operations workshop, SciOps 2022, will be dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and operations in Astronomy and will take place on 16-22 May 2022 at the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München. Building on the success of the previous series of similar events, this ESO/ESA workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of current developments and applications of AI-enabled technologies in science operations for space- and ground-based astronomical facilities.

Hypatia Colloquium 2022: Programme of Talks by Early Career Scientists Available

Published: 20 Dec 2021

The ESO Office for Science is pleased to announce the beginning of the Hypatia Colloquium Series 2022, where early career scientists will have the opportunity of describing their research to a very broad audience. The seminars were selected after a very competitive process. The detailed programme of the seminars, which are scheduled to take place online on Tuesdays at 3pm (Central European Time), is already available.

Introducing the new Policy for Guaranteed Time Observations on ALMA

Published: 20 Dec 2021

At the most recent meeting, in December 2021, ESO Council approved a new Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) policy for ALMA. In exchange for contributions to the ALMA development programme, the new policy allows institutes to access the European regional share of ALMA time. The policy thus aims to incentivise R&D institutes in the ESO member states to contribute to the ALMA development programme, leading to increased investment in the ALMA facility, which will in turn provide significant improvements in bandwidth, sensitivity, etc., for all users. In other words, the policy seeks to replicate for ALMA the model that has been so successful for the development and upgrade of instrumentation on ESO's optical and infrared telescopes.

The Present and Future of Astronomy - A Critical Look at Hiring, Evaluation Processes, the Way we do Science, and our Role in Society

Published: 20 Dec 2021

In this online workshop, which will take place from 14 to 18 February 2022, ESO invites the astronomical community to discuss several important aspects related to the way science is done, together with professionals from different scientific and social disciplines. On the first day of the workshop, philosophers will lead a discussion of the scientific method and its use in the modern world while the use of metrics in evaluation processes and distribution of funds will be discussed in the following days. One day will be dedicated to mental health in research, a topic of primary importance especially after the severe restrictions on scientific life due to the COVID19 pandemic. Finally, the workshop will be closed with a discussion about the role of astronomy in society.

ESO Summer Research Programme 2022 Call for Applications Is Now Open

Published: 13 Dec 2021

After the marked success of the program in the last three editions, ESO has been working hard on the preparation for the 4th ESO summer Research Programme and is now ready to open the call for applications. The fully-funded program is open to all university students not yet enrolled in a PhD course.

The Messenger 185 is now available

Published: 10 Dec 2021

The latest edition of ESO's quarterly journal, The Messenger, is now available online. This Issue 185 completes the series of articles dedicated to the the ESO's Extremely Large Telescope mirrors by presenting the lightweight field stabilisation mirror M5. Further, readers will get acquainted with the specifics of a new instrument for the VLT: MAVIS, which will be a powerful synergistic complement to the ELT in the visible wavelengths range.

Results of the 2021 Paranal Service Mode User Satisfaction Survey

Published: 02 Dec 2021

The User Support Department again extends its thanks to all those Principal Investigators and their Phase 2 delegates who filled this year's online Paranal Service Mode User Satisfaction Survey. A total of 248 responses were received from the targeted campaign. As in the past, where possible, respondents who provided detailed comments have been contacted via e-mail. A summary report based on this latest User Satisfaction Survey is now available.

First Data Release of the ARO MASCOT Survey

Published: 01 Dec 2021

MASCOT (MaNGA-ARO Survey of CO Targets) is an ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey conducted with the 12m telescope at the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO). It provides the community with CO(1-0) measurements of 187 galaxies at 0.03 < z < 0.1 and stellar masses of > 109.5 M, all selected from the SDSS-MaNGA survey. Through the SDSS-MaNGA data releases, all MASCOT targets have accompanying optical IFU observations and well-constrained (spatially resolved) quantities like stellar masses, star formation rates and metallicities. The first data release of the MASCOT Survey for is now available to the community through the Supplementary Material of the Data Release Paper as well as on the MASCOT website.

New Talk Series: ALMA Recounts of Cosmic Conundrums

Published: 26 Nov 2021

The European ARC network is launching the new virtual talk series "ALMA recounts of Cosmic Conundrums". In every talk of this series a major astronomical question is discussed. The invited speaker will describe the context of the question and then focuses on the ALMA contribution to the field, past and future. The aim of the series is to highlight the unparalleled contribution of ALMA to the broader astronomical landscape and to provide an outlook towards the future.

New Gaia-ESO Radial Velocity Catalogue Released (DR4.1)

Published: 25 Oct 2021

Gaia-ESO is a Public Spectroscopic Survey carried out with GIRAFFE and UVES on the VLT between 2012 and 2018. The survey targeted more than 100,000 stars, with 115,000 actually observed by the end of the survey. These stars are selected across all major components of the Milky Way, from halo to star-forming regions, with the goal of providing a homogeneous overview of their kinematics and elemental abundance distributions.

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