[ASA] ESO Community Days 18-22 Sep 2017

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Thu Aug 3 09:37:21 AEST 2017

Dear colleagues,

   Following the signing of the Strategic Partnership agreement between 
the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Australian government on 
11 July 2017, Australian-based astronomers will be eligible to apply for 
observing time on the facilities of the La Silla Paranal Observatories 
in Chile commencing with Period 101 (1 April - 30 Sep 2018). The Call 
for Proposals will be issued at the end of August, and the proposal 
deadline will be Thursday 28 September 2017.

   In the lead up to this proposal round the AAO's International 
Telescopes Support Office (ITSO) is coordinating a series of "ESO 
Community Days" around Australia, on behalf of ESO, the Department of 
Industry, Innovation and Science, and Astronomy Australia Ltd. The ESO 
Director for Science Dr Rob Ivison, and the Head of the Observing 
Programs Office at ESO Dr Ferdinando Patat, will provide a comprehensive 
overview of the current and future observing facilities available, as 
well as the proposal preparation, submission, and assessment process. 
The sessions will run from 10am until lunchtime as follows:

Monday 18 Sep 2017: AAO, Sydney

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017: RSAA Mt Stromlo, Canberra

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017: Swinburne University, Melbourne

Thursday 21 Sep 2017: University of Western Australia, Perth

Friday 22 Sep 2017: University of Queensland, Brisbane

Further details on venues will be provided closer to the date. 
Attendance is free and pre-registration will not be required. For those 
unable to attend any of these events in person, the AAO-based session 
will include an option for video-conference participation, and a 
recording will be made available.

   The ITSO web site has been expanded to include some supplementary 
information about ESO <https://www.aao.gov.au/itso/eso>, and links to 
the relevant sections of the ESO web site <http://www.eso.org/sci.html>. 
Potential applicants are encouraged to register for an ESO User Portal 
<http://www.eso.org/UserPortal> account, which will also place you on 
the mailing list to receive ESO Science Announcements and Newsletters.


Stuart Ryder
Head of International Telescopes Support, AAO

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