[ASA] ESO Update: Call for Proposals and Community Days

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Wed Sep 6 14:42:18 AEST 2017

      ESO Period 101 Call for Proposals

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released the Call for 
Proposals for Period 101 (for observations between 1 April 2018 – 30 
September 2018). Under the terms of the new Strategic Partnership 
between ESO and Australia, Australian-based astronomers have access to 
the facilities of the La Silla and Paranal Observatories, specifically the:

  * 3.6m telescope;
  * New Technology Telescope (NTT);
  * Very Large Telescope (VLT);
  * Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI);
  * Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA); and
  * VLT Survey Telescope (VST).

The proposal deadline is *Thursday 28 September 2017 at noon Central 
European Summer Time* (8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Complete details on how to apply can be found at 
https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Ov16Blf7lLM3u2?domain=eso.org. All 
applicants should consult the Call for Proposals document for Period 101 
(https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/9OVQB5UaxZnzuR?domain=eso.org), and will 
require an ESO User Portal account (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/lqmYBbSDVr7AH2?domain=eso.org) to 
submit proposals.

Additional information for Australian applicants, including advice for 
new users, can be found on the ITSO ESO pages 

      ESO Community Days

In the lead up to the Period 101 proposal deadline 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 ESO observing 
facilities available, as well as the proposal preparation, submission, 
and assessment process. Stuart Ryder will cover the other international 
facilities available to Australian astronomers. The sessions will run as 

*Monday 18 Sep 2017: AAO, Sydney*
Time: 10:00am - noon.
Venue: Meeting Rooms 1&2, behind the Reception/Security desk. 
Participants are not required to register in advance, but will need to 
sign in at reception on arrival.

*Tuesday 19 Sep 2017: RSAA Mt Stromlo, Canberra*
Time: 10:00am - noon.
Venue: Duffield Lecture Theatre.

*Wednesday 20 Sep 2017: Swinburne University, Melbourne*
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm.
Venue: VR Theatre, AR building 
(http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/contact/#vrtheatre). Preceded by coffee 
with CAS staff from 10am in the staff room.

*Thursday 21 Sep 2017: University of Western Australia, Perth*
Time: 10:00am - noon.
Venue: Ground floor seminar room at ICRAR/UWA, Ken and Julie Michael 
Building, 7 Fairway, UWA. A light lunch will be provided afterwards for 

*Friday 22 Sep 2017: University of Queensland, Brisbane*
Time: 10am - noon
Venue: Room 424 ("Interaction Room"), Building 6 (Physics Annexe), UQ St 
Lucia Campus (http://smp.uq.edu.au/content/uq-astrophysics-contact)

For those unable to attend any of these events in person, the AAO-based 
session will include an option for Zoom video-conference participation, 
and a recording will be made available afterwards. Please contact 
itso at aao.gov.au <mailto:itso at aao.gov.au> for Zoom connection details.

Stuart Ryder
International Telescopes Support Office
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