New Skills: Training for Radio Astronomers

This outlines activities supported under RadioNet3, ending December 2015

  • Anita M. S. Richards, JBCA, University of Manchester, UK. amsr at
    • Contact for general inquiries
  • Silja Pohjolainen University of Turku, Finland. silpoh at
  • Arancha Castro-Carrizo, IRAM, France ccarrizo at

We support three major events a year and can provide modest contributions to other events providing training for radioastronomers, within the RadioNet remit:

  • CASA: coordinated by Martin Zwaan mzwaan at
  • LOFAR: coordinated by Rene Vermeulen rvermeulen at
  • Spectrum Management: coordinated by Axel Jessner at
  • Other: please contact Anita Richards for information.

Past events

Also see the RadioNet Calendar

CASA training ESO, 19-20 January 2012; Find here the report: Report

Young European Radio Astronomers' Conference 18-21 September 2012, Pushchino Radio Observatory, Russia YERAC 2012

8th IRAM Millimeter Interferometry School IRAM Grenoble, 15-19 October, 2012 IRAM school 2012

Advanced radio interferometry, commissioning skills and preparation for the SKA
13 - 16 November 2012, JBCA, University of Manchester, UK.
Workshop details including links to talks Find here the report: Report

CASA training ESO, 21-22 February 2013; Find here the report: Report

SCUBA2 data reduction workshop Manchester, UK, 28 Feb (~9am) - 1 Mar (~1pm) 2013

EGU and IVS Training School on VLBI for Geodesy and Astronomy, March 2-­5, 2013 in Espoo, Finland, Report

CESRA science meeting New eyes looking at solar activity: Challenges for theory and simulations Prague, Czech Republic, June 24-29, 2013 (Report

Polarization data reduction in CASA Bologna, 25-28 June 2013, Find here the report: Report

European Radio Interferometry School ERIS 2013 September 9-13, ASTRON, The Netherlands Report

IRAM millimetre single dish summer school 7th IRAM 30m Summer School13-20 September 2013 Pradollano, near Granada, Spain Report

Young European Radio Astronomers' Conference XXXIII YERAC September 30 to October 3 2013, Bielefeld, Germany Report

ALMA training and community days: London (UCL) 1 November 2013 see Report

ESO ALMA community days 2013 ALMA community days 19-20 November 2013, ESO Garching Report

e-MERLIN Data School, 20-21 January 2014, Manchester UK Report

IUCAF 4th School on Spectrum Management for Radio Astronomy Spectrum Management School April 7 - 13 2014, Joint ALMA Observatory, Santiago, Chile. Report
Young European Radio Astronomers' Conference XXXIV YERAC September 8-12, 2014, Torun, Poland Report
14th European Solar Physics Meeting ESPM-14 8-12 September 2014, Dublin, Ireland Report
Techniques for Radio Weak Lensing meeting RadioGREAT Manchester, UK 6-7 of October 2014 Report
LOFAR Data School November 17-21 2014 Report
Travel for training at IRAM 30-m

2015 Events

mm VLBI data processing 8-11 June 2015, Leiden, The Netherlands Report

Stellar End Products ESO Garching, 6-10 July, 2015 (support for some student travel)

2015 CESRA solar radio summer school August 24-28 2015, Glasgow Report

Young European Radio Astronomers' Conference 2015 Ventspils, Latvia 19-21 Aug 2015 Report

ERIS 2015 6-10 Sep ESO Garching, Germany Report

IRAM 30-m single dish school Granada, 11-18 September 2015 Report

North-European Radio Astronomy School 2015 FINCA, Tuorla Observatory, Finland, October 4-9, 2015 Report

IYAS 2015 Sevres, France, 16-20 November 2015 Report

Previous Events

European Radio Interferometry Schools

including lectures and tutorials. NB data reduction packages and data formats evolve with time, please look for the most up to date versions on the relevant package or observatory web site.

Lectures and training materials produced for other events are linked to the EVN/VLBI/ERIS Schools page

IRAM 30-m Single Dish Schools




Acknowledgement, Travel and organisation notes

RadioNet Acknowledgment and materials

For meetings etc. receiving RadioNet support, RadioNet should be acknowledged in promotional material and at the event. Please see STEP BY STEP to download the required materials and information. We can also provide free materials such as pens, TNA information and possibly T-shirts, see Outreach

Support for events

If you are planning a radio astronomy training event and would like RadioNet support please contact us well in advance to discuss what is available and what is eligible.
Meeting organisers, please provide in advance a list of the names, institutes and countries of all participants. If anyone is attending from outside the partner countries, it will be simplest to issue everyone with an advance invitation (which has to come from the WP4 coordinator). Participants should be encouraged to get their institutes to support them where possible, but if not, it is normally simple to support people from the EU and associated countries (within the overall budget, of course). People from most other countries apart from the richest can usually also be supported if funds allow, but in all these cases an invitation is required. Also please supply a signed list of all participants who actually attended, after the meeting, when sending in the claim form(s).
Additional finance from non-RadioNet sources may be available for *participants from less well-off countries*. It is up to the organisers of each event to decide whether to support the applications of individuals, depending on factors such as how useful the meeting would be for them. These are funding sources which must be applied for independently, often 6 months or more in advance, and RadioNet has no say over the outcome but they may help with e.g. intercontinental air travel which is outside our budget.

Useful links

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to identify suitable potential sources of non-RadioNetfunding, well in advance, and to ensure that s/he meets eligibility criteria.

After the event

Travel claims

Travel claim forms You can only claim for expenses actually incurred. For example, if you cancel at the last minute but the flight or accomodation is non-refundable, you (or your insurance) are liable (even if RadioNet would have paid if you had attended). Normally, the meeting organiser will gather up all completed claim forms, receipts etc. and contact me to arrange sending them in for payment (it may be quicker to send the forms to JIVE first, but in all cases please keep a copy).


After an event which has received RadioNet support, the organiser should download the report template NA report template , rename it, fill it in and return it to me as soon as convenient or within one month if at all possible (please contact me in case of questions or delays). For major deliverables (ERIS, YERAC, IRAM and Solar/other events with >5k RadioNet funding), please use NA deliverables template. Thank you.

Dr. A.M.S. Richards, UK ARC Node, Room 3.135
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Alan Turing Building,
University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK


Please check whether you need a visa, how long it takes to obtain and what information you need and ask the meeting organiser in good time, giving full details of the information needed. Meeting organisers need to be able to supply information e.g. details of accomodation, subsistence support etc., and send an intivation letter, in good time, which may be several months.