Science Announcements

GRAVITY+ at Higher Spectral Resolution: On-line Workshop, 12-13 September 2024

Published: 01 Apr 2024

GRAVITY has transformed optical interferometry thanks to its unprecedented sensitivity. GRAVITY+ will yet improve VLTI sensitivity by being able to observe targets as faint as K<22 mag. This will allow significant breakthroughs across astrophysical domains as different as AGNs, young stellar objects and exoplanets. Thanks to the sensitivity boost provided by GRAVITY+ this is the time to open VLTI to explore new fundamental physics by installing a new high-resolution grism for GRAVITY+. This workshop is aimed at the wider spectroscopic, and spectro-interferometric community to gather new ideas about how to maximise the scientific exploration of the new GRAVITY high resolution capabilities, and engage with the spectroscopic community with or without interferometric experience.

2024 Users Committee Meeting

Published: 01 Apr 2024

The Users Committee (UC) represents ESO's astronomical community at large and acts as an advisory body to the ESO Director General on matters related to the performance, scientific access, operation and user interfaces to the La Silla Paranal Observatory and ALMA. The annual meeting of the UC is scheduled on 25 and 26 April 2024. During the UC meeting updates from ESO and feedback from the user community are exchanged and openly discussed. Each year one topic is explored in more detail and this year the Special Topic session is dedicated to Large Programmes.

ESO Period 114 Proposal Submission Statistics

Published: 01 Apr 2024

The deadline for proposal submission for Period 114 (1 October 2024 - 31 March 2025) was 21 March 2024: 859 valid proposals were submitted, of which 29 are Large Programmes.  On the VLT, the most demanded ESO instrument was MUSE with a request of 407 nights, followed by ESPRESSO with 249 nights. Probably due to the increasing popularity of ESPRESSO, the pressure on UVES has now reduced to 193 nights. The demand on the still new instrument ERIS keeps increasing, and is now 159 nights. HARPS/NIRPS on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope was the most demanded instrument at La Silla, with a combined request of 239 nights. 

ALMA Cycle 11 Call for Proposals

Published: 01 Apr 2024

The Atacama Large Millimeter and submillimeter Array (ALMA) has opened the Call for Proposals (CfP) for its 11th annual cycle. For this CfP, the Joint ALMA Observatory anticipates having 4300 hours of approved science time on each of the 12-m, 7-m, and the Total Power arrays.  Together, the 7-m Array and Total Power Array form the Atacama Compact Array (ACA), also known as the Morita Array.

   

Rob Ivison, Former Director for Science, Leaves ESO

Published: 27 Mar 2024

For the past decade, Rob was instrumental in keeping a vibrant science life at ESO and has shared his immense research background with many young scientists. He has decided that the time has come to reorient himself and returns to Edinburgh. 

Introducing the 2024 ESO Fellows - Germany and Chile

Published: 25 Mar 2024

The Offices for Science are very pleased to present the 2024 ESO Fellows. Here is an introduction to the Fellows due to start in Garching and Chile later this year.

Applications for ESO Studentships – First Annual Call

Published: 18 Mar 2024

The ESO research studentship programme provides an outstanding opportunity for PhD students to experience the exciting scientific environment at one of the world's leading observatories. ESO's studentship positions are open to students enrolled in a university PhD programme in astronomy or related fields. Students accepted into the programme work on their doctoral project under the formal supervision of their home university supervisor, but they come to ESO to work and study under the co-supervision of an ESO staff astronomer for a period of between six months (Chile) / one year (Germany) and two years.

Call for Proposals for ESO Workshops in 2025

Published: 12 Mar 2024

In its efforts to promote the scientific exchange among astronomers, the Directorate for Science at ESO continues to provide support and funding for the organisation of scientific workshops in Santiago and in Garching as well as co-funding for some external workshops. Science workshops are an essential component of ESO's programmes and represent a unique opportunity to promote and foster ideas and collaborations within the scientific community.

ESO Fellow Julia V. Seidel Awarded the MERAC Prize to the Best Thesis on Observational Astrophysics

Published: 11 Mar 2024

Congratulations to ESO Fellow Julia V. Seidel on being awarded the prestigious 2024 MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Observational Astrophysics! A well-deserved honor for her exceptional groundbreaking research on climate and atmospheric circulation regimes of exoplanets.

2024 Release of VLT/VLTI Instrument Data Reduction Software Packages

Published: 29 Feb 2024

The annual public release of ESO VLT/VLTI instrument data reduction software packages is scheduled for end of May 2024. Pre-built packages will be provided for Fedora 38 and 39 and on a best effort basis Fedora 40 (to be released in April) may be added later during 2024. For macOS, installation via MacPorts is supported and recommended.

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