Action 3.4. Organisation of arrangements for participation in the JIV-ERIC consortium
On March 29, Riga, at the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy of the University of Latvia, a joint event “Atmosphere and Ionosphere” was held, which included a seminar in the laser beam application group and a meeting of the NMK board. The aim of the workshops is to promote cooperation and project development with existing partners – University of Latvia Institute of Astronomy (UL AI) and Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy (IAPS), Riga Technical University Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (RTU ETF) and Faculty of Civil Engineering Department of Geomatics and to attract new partners.
In the first part of the event, there was a lecture by Arnolds Ūbele, the lead researcher at the UL Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy (IAPS), about ionosphere and atmospheric research at the Institute. In the lecture A. Ūbelis gave a brief insight into atmospheric research opportunities at the UL National Science Platform FOTONIKA-LV, as well as his research and initiatives within the projects. There was also a discussion on topics such as ozone preservation, atmospheric pollution and iodine measurement. Further seminars on remote sensing, astronomy education and data processing will take place in the second half of this year.
In the second part, the JIV-ERIC LR consortium board meeting was held. The purpose of the meeting was to approve the improved consortium partnership plan, which was approved on condition that all participants who did not attend the meeting will be given the opportunity to review the approved plan and state their objections or suggestions within a week. As a result, the partnership plan was approved.
Action 3.2. Working trips (Latvian and foreign) for participation in the JIV-ERIC consortium
From May 15-17 VIRAC acting director Indra Dedze, as a representative of Ventspils University of Applied Sciences and VIRAC, took part in the meeting of the council of EVN and as representative of Latvia at the meeting of thecouncil of founders of JIV-ERIC, held in Bologna, Italy. The meeting of the board of governors of the EVN discussed the recruitment of new members as well as the use of EVN radio telescopes. In the board meeting of the JIV-ERIC the organisation's closer cooperation with the EVN was discussed in order to avoid duplication and overlapping.
VIRAC lead researcher, Dmitrijs Bezrukovs, and astronomy technician Kristaps Veitners, traveled to Leiden, the Netherlands, where the “LOFAR Science 2019” event hosted by ASTRON, the Dutch Institute of radio astronomy, took place. The two employees were on a business trip from May 19-23, and during that period participated in the “LOFAR User Meeting”, “LOFAR Community Science Workshop”, “LOFAR 2.0 Discussion” events and discussions as representatives of ERI VIRAC.
During the business trip, a great deal of knowledge was gained on LOFAR technology and capabilities, and provided a concept into the future development of LOFAR and future plans. The main direction of LOFAR now is to create a system that can produce science-ready, already processed data without too much effort. Without key science projects, the LOFAR telescope can be and is used for research such as:
VIRAC acting director Indra Dedze, from May 21-24, was in Leiden, Netherlands, where the meeting of the council of founders of ILT (International LOFAR Telescope) took place. The purpose of the business trip was to represent VIRAC at the meeting as an observer and to give a brief report on the establishment of the Latvian LOFAR station. During the meeting, the main issues concerning the admission of new members and related documentation were discussed, as well as discussions on the transition to LOFAR 2.0, which will take place by 2022. After the meeting, I. Dedze participated in an individual meeting with ILT director René Vermeulen and the director of AstroTec Ronald Halfwerk, which discussed the development plans of the Latvian LOFAR station and the description of the current situation in more detail.
Future activities in the project:
From June 25-27, VIRAC technical service electronics engineer Mārcis Bleiders will travel to Manchester, United Kingdom, where the EVN Technical and Operations Group Meeting (TOG) will take place. TOG meetings bring together the technical staff who provide the technical functioning of the VLBI radio telescopes. Attending TOG meetings is the responsibility of each EVN station's technical staff.
This year, on August 21-23, Engineering Research Institute Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre of Ventspils University of Applied Sciences organizes an international conference „Baltic Applied Astroinformatics and Space data Processing (BAASP)”. It is a business and scientific conference in the Baltic region, where scientists will discuss topical issues in astrophysics, interdisciplinary solutions in information and data processing related to space and space observations, including the Sun and Earth observations and remote sensing from artificial satellites. More information is available on VIRAC’s website: http://virac.eu/pasakumi/baasp/.
This year, on September 12 and 13, international interdisciplinary translational science conference “Bridging Languages and Cultures” will take place, which is organized by Ventspils University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Translation Studies. The working languages of the conference will be English and German. For Ventspils University of Applied Sciences organizing international scientific conferences has become a valuable and important tradition.During conferences at Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, participants gather from different countries, network and establish contacts, strengthen existing cooperation, as well as researchers and lecturers of Ventspils University of Applied Sciences have the opportunity to present their work at an international level and gain international experience. Main topics of the conference: linguistics, translation, interpretation, intercultural research. For more information: BLC@venta.lv.
* JIVE-ERIC - Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC; VLBI - very long base interferometry; ERIC - European Research Infrastructure Consortium