European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
EWASS 2013

Mid-Term Review of Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap

Saturday July 13, 2013, Turku, Finland
Held In Conjunction With The EWASS Conference July 8-12


The ASTRONET consortium of European funding agencies was formed in 2005 to assemble a comprehensive, science-based strategic plan for the development of all of European astronomy for the next 15-20 years. Its long-term Science Vision for European Astronomy (2007) was followed in 2008 by the Infrastructure Roadmap for the investments needed to realise this Vision.

After five years, the time is ripe to review recent scientific, technical and economic developments and update the plans for the next decade in this light. This “mid-term review” is now under way, and ASTRONET invites the criticisms, ideas and suggestions of the community on its draft report, soon to be made available for comment. To this end, a full-day discussion meeting is organised in conjunction with the EWASS 2013 conference, benefiting from the presence of a large number of European astronomers for this event.

In order to preserve ample time for discussion with the audience, oral presentations will be by invitation only, and focused on specific topics. Comments on any aspect of the draft mid-term report can be made during the discussions, and specific proposals are welcome in the form of posters (see the Abstract submission page).


Time Activity
Friday, 18.30 Buffet dinner for registered participants
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and overview D. Mourard
9:05 – 9:50 Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap: Summary and update I. Robson
9:50 – 10:30 Discussion: What has changed at the forefront of astronomy? What is happening on the Big Projects?
Chair: D. Mourard
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 11:20 Progress in organising astroparticle physics S. Katsanevas
11:20 – 11:35 Post-ASTRONET coordination in European astronomy C. Vincent
11:35 – 11:50 Updated planning for European Solar physics M. Collados
11:50 – 12:30 Discussion: Where should we be in 2020+? Are we on the right track with the preparations? Chair: R. Stark
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and poster viewing
14:00 – 14:20 Towards new strategies for the European mid-size OIR telescopes J. Gallego
14:20 – 14:50 Review of current radio telescopes (lambda > 3 mm) R. Wijers
14:50 – 15:30 Discussion: Future of the mid-size facilities: Gaps? Field(s)? Wavelength coverage? Other? Chair: J. Andersen
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 16:15 Other ASTRONET initiatives to implement the Roadmap R. Stark
16:15 – 16:35 What progress is needed in training and recruitment? J.-G. Cuby
16:35 – 16:55 What more needs to be done to include all of Europe? J. Palouš
17:00 – 17:50 Panel discussion with all speakers Chair: M. Bode
17:50 – 18:00 Conclusions and way forward D. Mourard
18:00 – 19:00 Informal get-together

Registration for this event is free of charge. ASTRONET is also offering a free buffet meal on the evening of July 12 and free lunch and coffee breaks for registered participants in the ASTRONET session on July 13. See the for all further information on the programme, registration and poster abstract submissions.