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European Commission-backed SKA-VLBI project kicks off

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Leiden, The Netherlands, Tuesday 21 February 2017 – Twelve institutes from 8 different countries including the SKA Organisation have teamed up in the JUMPING JIVE project, which was awarded nearly 3 million euro by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for the next 4 years. The project led by the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) kicked off today with a meeting in Leiden where all partners discussed the implementation of the project.

The prioritisation of new Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) capabilities will be discussed with input from scientists involved in a wide range of astrophysical subjects. The process will bring together European and global experts to define the necessary technical innovation based on the scientific requirements. The programme also provides resources for the integration of new telescopes into the existing network, expanding the functionality of the European VLBI Network correlator at JIVE, and the further development of operational interfaces and software. The project aims to contribute towards a truly global VLBI facility, advancing radio astronomy, but also geodesy and space science VLBI applications.

It is expected that in the next decade, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) can make a powerful addition to the global VLBI network. As such, the project will include a dedicated SKA-VLBI scientist based at the SKA Headquarters to engage with JIVE and prepare for joint observations. The position is open for applications until 28 February.

The other institutes include the French National Center for Scientific Research, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, the South African Department of Science & Technology, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, The Spanish Ministry of Public Works, The Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy and the International LOFAR Telescope in the Netherlands, the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and the Universities of Leeds and Manchester in the UK.

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