e-MERLIN Data School and Early Science meetinge-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 at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester from 10-11 April 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. Prior to that, on 20-21 January, there will be 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, in time to present results at the early science meeting. The science meeting in April will consist 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; please contact the organisers if you are interested in this possibility.
RegistrationRegistration is open from the date of the announcement and will continue until the deadline of January 7th for the data school and 21 March for the science meeting. Due to generous financial support from RadioNet, the registration fee will be GBP 25 for the data school, and GBP30 for the science meeting; this covers refreshments and lunch on each day, together with a conference dinner which will be held on Thursday 10 April. To register please use the University of Manchester Online Store.
Contributed talksIf you wish to give a talk at the Early Science Meeting please send an email with the talk title and short abstract to the SOC via the email address: email@example.com.
Travel and organisational detailsThe schedule for the data school is now available.
Travel details, maps and advice on accommodation is available here. For general queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; for queries about talks or schedules, contact the SOC.
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Scientific organising committee: Melvin Hoare (Leeds), Neal Jackson (Manchester), Martin Hardcastle (Herts).