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Forthcoming Project Peer Review Panel meeting - July 2019

The July meeting of the Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) will take place in the Merrison Lecture Theatre, Cockcroft Institute, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4AD on the 8th July 2019. The Panel will be reviewing two project proposals.

Members of the science community should contact Christopher Carlton on telephone 01793 442004 or e-mail if they would like to attend the open presentation.

The proposals being reviewed are as follows:

11.15 – 12.15 Liverpool Telescope Operations 2020-2023

The Liverpool Telescope (LT ) is the world's largest and most sophisticated (in terms of range of science programmes, flexibility of scheduling, and sophistication of instrumentation) robotic telescope with a dual role to carry out internationally competitive research and deliver the key observing resource to the National Schools Observatory (NSO). The NSO offers school children near-immediate access to a world-class observatory. Since its launch in 2004, this has led to over 160,000 observing requests from over 4,000 schools. The NSO currently works with over 4000 teachers throughout the UK and Ireland. At the core of the NSO is the website which provides support material for a range of subjects and receives over 1.5 million hits each year.

This application is for a STFC contribution over the period 2020-2023 to the funding for the maintenance and operation of the Liverpool Telescope, and the continuation of its role as a major resource both for the LJMU Astrophysics Research Institute and the wider UK community.

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

14.45 – 15.45 UK Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) Regional Centre Node 2020 - 2024

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) operates at a very dry high (5000m) site in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, close to the edge of the radio atmospheric window. ALMA is revolutionising astronomy in the millimetre and sub-millimetre band with angular resolution, sensitivity, imaging quality and spectral coverage orders of magnitude beyond what available only a few years ago. The range of scientific applications is very broad, stretching from comets to cosmology, but ALMA's key strength is the detailed imaging of the processes of star and planet formation in our own galaxy and in the Universe at large, directly addressing many of the key themes of STFC's astronomical vision.

This proposal is for funding of the UK Node of the European ALMA Regional Centre, which will continue to provide the UK ALMA community with direct user support, training and specialised software for experiment design, scheduling, data analysis and astrophysical interpretation.

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

 

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