Paco Colomer to take over as JIVE director
Francisco ‘Paco' Colomer will become the director of JIVE, beginning in January 2018. He takes over the position that Huib van Langevelde has held for ten years. Colomer joined JIVE as policy officer and manager of the EC-funded ‘JUMPING JIVE' project in 2017; he came from the Spanish National Geographic Institute, where he had acted as coordinator of VLBI activities with the Yebes telescopes for the last 20 years.
ASTRON & JIVE open day 2017
On Sunday 8 October 2017, ASTRON & JIVE opened their doors to several hundred visitors during the Weekend of Science. The theme of the day was ‘Looking through radio eyes'. A range of activities enabled visitors to learn about what it means to look through ‘radio eyes', and what needs to happen before astronomers can use their ‘radio eyes'.
Huib van Langevelde to step down as JIVE director
After serving as the director of JIVE for a decade, Huib van Langevelde will continue his career at JIVE in a different role. The council of the JIV-ERIC accepted his aspiration to spend more time on science and development, and they are beginning the process of selecting a new director. After serving JIVE in various roles, Huib van Langevelde took on the responsibility of acting director in 2007 and then the position of director in 2008.
50 years of discovering the greatest secrets hidden in the universe
This year the astronomy community is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first successful VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) experiments. VLBI provides astronomers worldwide with the highest available angular resolution of radio sources in space.
Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes from long-long ago in a galaxy far-far away
Astronomers - among them scientists from ASTRON, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and JIVE in the Netherlands - have for the first time pinpointed the location of a so-called ‘fast radio burst' - a type of short-duration radio flash of enigmatic origin - and have used this to identify its host galaxy. The team presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting in Grapevine, Texas. The results appear today in Nature and the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
€15 million boost for European astronomy
Astronomers and astroparticle physicists today are celebrating a €15 million EU funding boost for European telescopes with the launch of the ASTERICS project (Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster), which will help solve the Big Data challenges of European astronomy and give members of the public direct interactive access to some of the best of Europe's astronomy images and data.
ERIC decision for JIVE
A European Commission Decision adopted today will allow JIVE, the central facility of the European VLBI Network (EVN), to become an ERIC (short for European Research Infrastructure Consortium), making this international collaboration easier and more efficient. Europe's large radio telescopes regularly observe together in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) campaigns in order to explore the Universe with the highest possible angular resolution, mapping out gravitational lenses, resolving supernova explosions, pinpointing black holes and measuring motions and magnetic fields close to newly born stars.