Call for Expression of Interest in Participating in the GREAT programme
2 September 2008The ESA Gaia Science Team and the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium are working with others in the community to build the European science capacity to successfully exploit the Gaia cornerstone mission. One aspect of this work will be carried out via the GREAT (Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training) programme. A Call for Expression of Interest in Participating in the GREAT programme has been issued with a deadline for receipt of proposals of 17:00 GMT (19:00 CEST) on 26 September 2008.
The purpose of this call is to gauge community interest in participating in a GREAT proposal to the European Science Foundation for a Research Network Programme to fund a range of networking and training opportunities to fortify the Gaia community and to address key Gaia science topics.
GREAT will bring together relevant scientific expertise by promoting topical workshops, training events, exchange visits, conferences and so forth with the aim of addressing the major scientific issues that the Gaia satellite will impact upon.
The GREAT steering committee are aiming at a Research Network Programme structured around building science capacity around the key Gaia science areas:
- Galactic Dynamics
- Galactic Archeology
- Stellar Physics
- Star Formation and evolution
- Fundamental physics and the Reference Frame
- Extrasolar planets and Non Single Stars
- Solar System
- The IT challenge from Gaia
The call is open to the entire astronomical community (Europe and world-wide), in particular, those who will benefit from the use of the astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic data obtained with the Gaia satellite.
The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is: 26 September 2008, 17:00 GMT (19:00 CEST)
Full details are available from the GREAT web site (see link in right-hand menu)