ALMA Front End Development Workshop 2021 (ALMA-FED 2021; online only)

27-30 Sept 2021

 The ALMA 2030 Vision:

A next generation of front-end receivers

The aim of this conference is discuss the receiver development in the context of the ALMA 2030 Road Map.


The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is the world’s most sensitive facility for millimeter/submillimeter astronomical observations, and will soon be fully operational in all of the originally planned bands.  Since its first observations, ALMA has routinely delivered groundbreaking scientific results that span nearly all areas of astrophysics.  Only future instrumentation upgrades and improvements can help ALMA continue as the field leader along this path!

The vision for ALMA's future development is described in the ALMA Development Roadmap. In order to implement this vision a series of three workshops has been envisioned, in conjunction with corresponding working groups defining the appropriate scientific and technical specifications. Following the first two workshops held in 2020 to discuss potential correlator and digitizer upgrades that will realize the ALMA 2030 vision, we plan to complete the workshop trilogy with an ALMA Front-End Development Workshop, entitled The ALMA 2030 Vision: A next generation of front-end receivers". This workshop will be held online, in the week of September 27-30, 2021.

This workshop relates to the Front-End working group report, which is currently in Revision B (i.e. not the final form), available here:  This report, which we encourage you to read, will likely be updated as the results from other development groups in ALMA are taken into consideration

This workshop is intended to be relatively small and focused, but we explicitly welcome participation from all ALMA regions and the rest of the world. Registration and abstract submission will open at the end of April. 

The workshop will be held online.  Abstracts will be due 15 July 2021. See the list of important dates.

We aim to host a friendly and productive meeting which is welcoming for everyone. As such, we ask all participants to adhere to the ESO Conference Code of Conduct.  In summary:

  1. Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to individual characteristics, for example: age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, nationality or religion.
  2. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or sexist language and imagery is not appropriate.
  3. Be respectful and do not insult or put down other attendees or facilitators of the event. Critique ideas not people.
  4. Should a participant witness events of bullying, harassment or aggression, we recommend that they approach the affected person to show support and check how they are. The witness may also wish to suggest that the person report the inappropriate behaviour. However, it is up to the affected person alone whether or not they wish to report it.
  5. If participants wish to share photos of a speaker on social media, we strongly recommend that they first get the speaker’s permission. Participants may also share the contents of talks/slides via social media unless speakers have asked that specific details/slides not be shared.

This workshop is supported by ESAC.

Workshop email: ALMAFED2021 {at]

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