GREAT Call Sep 2008

Call for Expressions of Interest in Participating in GREAT2Net


Complete the questionnaire at by the deadline 17.00 GMT Mon 7 Sep 2015

The European and wider astronomy community, especially those who will benefit from the use of the astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic data from the Gaia satellite, are invited to participate in the process of building a GREAT2Net Cost network. Specifically this community ‘EoI’ call will gauge community interest in being part of the proposal to COST to fund a range of exciting networking and training activities, building the Gaia community and addressing key Gaia science topics. Activities proposed will commence in late 2016 dependent upon successful support from COST.

Partners external to Europe are also welcome to respond to this call, especially if participation with these groups outside of Europe can be in the framework of activities that they may have occurring in their own counterpart networks.

The COST Action support a broad range of activities including:
  • Science Meetings (Workshops, Conferences, Schools);
  • Grants for Short and Exchange Visits;
  • Dissemination Activities and Publications

Our proposed COST funded network will aim to:
  • create interdisciplinary fora
  • share knowledge and expertise
  • develop new techniques
  • train young scientists

Currently the GREAT steering committee are aiming at a COST Action 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
  • Modelling and Computational Challenges from Gaia

The proposers should complete a short questionnaire indicating their research interests of relevance to this programme. This will list the research staff likely to be involved with the programme, along with key Gaia science areas that the institute would be interested in participating. The proposal should indicate whether the group would wish to host / contribute to workshops, conferences, exchange visits, and note in which Gaia related science area that would be. If possible, concrete suggestions for workshops or training school topics would be welcome.

Please aim to provide one submission for each institute (or research group within an institute), and list the contact person for that group.

For non European partners, please note how you could provide resources for activities carried out in the framework of this COST work (please refer to the relevant COST call section for further information on this.)

The GREAT steering committee will review the proposals and aim to work with the proposal teams which have suggested work of most relevance to the GREAT programme. These will be incorporated into application to be submitted for funding to the COST call (which has a deadline later in September 2015).

Please send your proposal / ideas by completing the questionnaire at by the deadline 17.00 GMT Mon 7 Sep 2015. (You can download this pdf if you want to print out the questionnaire before completing it online).

Nicholas Walton: v20150616