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Forthcoming Project Peer Review Panel meeting – April 2020

Update on Forthcoming Project Peer Review Panel meeting – April 2020

Due to COVID-19 the April meeting of the Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) will no longer be a face-to-face meeting and will instead take place virtually via Zoom. The presentation and Q&A session are still open to members of the science community to observe. These sessions will occur between 10.45am and 12.00pm on Thursday 30th April 2020. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Christopher Carlton who will send them the Zoom details for the meeting. The Panel will be reviewing one project proposal.

The proposal being reviewed is as follows:

Continuing Exploitation of the UK Investment in the JCMT

The James Clerk Maxwell telescope (JCMT) is the world's largest submm telescope and is likely to remain so until at least 2030. The period for which funding has been requested will include the commissioning of new instrumentation, a new camera which will increase the mapping speed of the telescope by at least a factor of 10. Furthermore. the proposal desires that the UK continues to take a significant role in the operation and scientific exploitation of the JCMT.

The funding would allow the UK to continue to play a major role in the Large Programmes currently underway, many of which it is leading. As well as producing excellent science, access to the JCMT gives the only direct UK access to the Event Horizon Telescope, with its ability to image the regions immediately around black holes, and the wide-field imaging capability of the JCMT puts UK astronomers in a strong position to leverage time on the Atacama Large Millimetre Array and the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Panel goes into closed session for the rest of the day.

Last updated: 24 April 2020

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