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e-MERLIN Data School and Early Science meeting

The e-MERLIN instrument is a high-resolution radio interferometer, capable of routine sub-arcsecond resolution imaging at centimetre wavelengths to sensitivity levels of a few microJy. Observations are competitively allocated by the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time, with a substantial proportion of time in the first few years being reserved for large Legacy Programmes. The science programme is wide-ranging and includes the study of the history of star-formation and black hole growth in galaxies, the physical processes which govern the formation of stars, the modes of activity in nearby galaxies, and the energetic processes in relativistic outflows from jets generated by black holes and compact objects. e-MERLIN has now been in full operational mode for some months, and a meeting will be held in Manchester from 20-23 January 2014 to discuss early science, both from the Legacy projects and from PATT observations from Cycle 0 and the early part of the Cycle 1 allocations. The meeting will begin with a two-day data school, the aim of which will be to help those unfamiliar with the techniques of radio interferometry to reduce e-MERLIN data, including the use of existing analysis pipelines provided by the observatory. There will then be two days of discussion of early science with e-MERLIN, consisting of brief overviews of the status of the e-MERLIN observatory, together with contributed talks. Delegates are welcome to attend either or both of these events. In addition, there will be the opportunity to arrange separate collaboration meetings on 24th January; please contact the organisers if you are interested in this possibility.


Registration is open from the date of the announcement and will continue until the deadline of October 31. The registration fee will be GBP 50 for the data school, GBP 50 for the science meeting or GBP 100 for both; this covers refreshments and lunch on each day. A conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 22 January, at a cost of GBP 30. To register and offer to give a talk, please fill out this form [web link to follow].

Travel and organisational details

Travel details, maps and advice on accommodation is available here. For general queries, please contact admin@jb.man.ac.uk; for queries about talks or schedules, contact the SOC.

Scientific organising committee: Melvin Hoare (Leeds), Neal Jackson (Manchester),...