[ASA] Call for eRosita and Australian Collaboration Proposals

Matt Owers matt.owers at mq.edu.au
Wed Dec 11 09:10:14 AEDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the renewed partnership between Australian-based astronomers, represented by Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) and the German eROSITA Consortium (eROSITA_DE), which will provide exciting new opportunities for multi-wavelength astronomy projects across the southern sky.

Following the relationship established by CAASTRO with eROSITA_DE, a new Memorandum of Understanding between AAL and eROSITA_DE has been signed, and that agreement covers all astronomers at Australian institutions.
The list of participating Australian facilities and surveys is provided on the eROSITA Collaboration<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/whrJC71ZgLtDGm59u8uyB3?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> AAL webpage
(https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/whrJC71ZgLtDGm59u8uyB3?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au), while basic information about eROSITA is available online on the eROSITA MPE webpage<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/ak4nC81Zj6toNjVxt1imlt?domain=mpe.mpg.de> (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/ak4nC81Zj6toNjVxt1imlt?domain=mpe.mpg.de).

After the successful launch onboard the SRG satellite on July 13, 2019, eROSITA has completed its Calibration and Performance Verification observations on December 8, and has now entered the all-sky survey phase. The CalPV data are being analysed now, and will be released to the public at the end of 2020 (TBC).  A current status and planned eROSITA observations can also be found on the eROSITA Collaboration<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/whrJC71ZgLtDGm59u8uyB3?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> AAL webpage.

Given all the above developments, we are now opening a new call for proposals for joint eROSITA_DE/Australia projects.

The proposal submission will be open until 28 January 2020, 24:00 UTC.

How to apply
Proposals should be submitted on the template attached and should be sent to the eRosita_DE/Australian Collaboration Technical Secretary, Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer via email (lucyna.chudczer at astronomyaustralia.org.au). In the template please use the suggested filename structure, including the name of the most relevant Science Working Group (<WGname>), the names of the two co-PIs and a version number (<vn>).

The collaborative science projects will:

  *   require the use of products associated with both the eROSITA_DE survey and Australian surveys/facilities.
  *   involve at least one member from each of the eROSITA_DE survey and an Australian Institution
  *   not be in conflict with existing eROSITA_DE or Australian projects
  *   (optionally) allow participation by undergraduate and postgraduate students
  *   adhere to the existing policies for the individual facilities involved (e.g. proprietary periods, data access, survey teams, observing time, publications).

We strongly encourage potential proposers to get in touch with their corresponding partners early on. If you are interested in using eROSITA and Australian facilities for your research, but do not know who to contact specifically, please do not hesitate to ask the contact persons listed below. The eROSITA Collaboration<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/whrJC71ZgLtDGm59u8uyB3?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> AAL webpage also includes a list of eROSITA_DE contacts: PI, Project Scientist and Chairs of Science Working Groups.

We remind you that, according to the eROSITA_DE Policy, each proposal should be approved by the eROSITA_DE Science Working Group before submission.

Proposal Submission Outcomes
The process of proposal assessment is described in the MoU and the details can be found on the Australian/eROSITA_DE Projects website<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/G_ahC91ZkQtG4myPi3bRx-?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au> (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/G_ahC91ZkQtG4myPi3bRx-?domain=astronomyaustralia.org.au). All proposals selected to become the eROSITA/Australian Collaborative Projects will be listed on the AAL (eROSITA) webpage and all PIs will be informed by email about the outcome of their submissions. The AAL/eROSITA Management Committee will monitor progress of approved projects according with the MoU agreement.

We look forward to hearing your ideas, and to seeing new discoveries emerge from this partnership.

If you have any questions on this exciting opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact me (matt.owers at mq.edu.au<mailto:matt.owers at mq.edu.au>) or AAL (Dr Lucyna Chudczer, Program Manager, 02 9372 4842, lucyna.chudczer at astronomyaustralia.org.au<mailto:lucyna.chudczer at astronomyaustralia.org.au>).

Best regards,
Matt Owers

Matt Owers
eROSITA Australian Science Lead
Senior Lecturer
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University
ph: +61 2 9850 8910

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