admin


Posted on

Video presentations from the LOFAR seminar

For everyone who was not able to take part in our seminar on the European radio telescope LOFAR  in december, you can now watch a video of the presentations (English) as well as a discussion with the lecturers on how to fund and create such scientific infrastructures!

In the first presentation Dr. Rene Vermeulen, director of the International LOFAR telescope, ASTRON, The Netherlands, shared the scientific capabilities of the LOFAR telescope.

Dr. Carla Baldovin from ASTRON shared details on how the telescope is organized, what are the different partners and international consortia involved.

Professor Peter Gallagher from Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) recreated in his presentation the fascinating adventure of developing the Irish LOFAR station and consortium.

Dr. Eoin Carley from DIAS shared with the audience details on the science research  I-LOFAR.

Mr. Mārcis Donerblics from Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center (VIRAC) gave details on how the newest LOFAR station is Latvia is created.

Dr. Pietro Zucca from ASTRON presented the scientific discoveries of LOFAR in the field of heliophysics and space weather.

Аssoc. Prof. Kamen Kozarev from the Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS) made a summary of the work done to initiate the Bulgarian LOFAR station and consortium.

The last part of the seminar was dedicated to a discussion on practical steps and experience in establishment and management of LOFAR telescope and its international stations.

All seminar videos can be also found on Institute of Astronomy’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClZruvzhN8UFmJm58Lo5G2A

Posted on

After the LOFAR seminar

On December 3rd, the seminar “LOFAR Radio Telescope – Advantages and Opportunities” was held, where we were visited by experts in radio astronomy from the Netherlands, Ireland and Latvia.

We discussed the possibilities of this exclusive distributed European telescope for exploring the universe and for enriching Bulgaria’s scientific infrastructures! Coming soon presentations and videos on this site!

We thank our colleagues from the Ministry of Education and Science and Minister Karina Angelieva for the participation, we also thank Sofia Tech Park for the hospitality!

Posted on

International LOFAR seminar

We’re extremely happy to announce that the Institute of Astronomy with National Astronomical Observatory at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, is organizing international seminar-discussion, dedicated on pan-European distributed low-frequency radio telescope LOFAR!

The day-long event will hold place in December 3, 2019, Tuesday, at the Sofia Tech Park (Hall 125, Laboratory complex).

The goals of the seminar are 1) presenting to the Bulgarian astronomical community the benefits of the LOFAR telescope, 2) discussing the creation of a National consortium for building and managing a Bulgarian LOFAR station, 3) inclusion in the International LOFAR Telescope.

We have invited great lecturers: 

Rene Vermeulen – Director of International LOFAR Telescope, ASTRON, Netherlands

Carla Baldovin – Policy Officer LOFAR and European Radio Facilities, ASTRON, Netherlands

Pietro Zucca – Staff Researcher, Co-Chair of LOFAR Solar KSP, ASTRON, Netherlands

Peter Gallagher – Senior Professor, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Head of Irish LOFAR, Ireland

Eoin Carley – Research Scientist, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Head of Irish LOFAR, Ireland

Marcis Donerblics  – Deputy head of technical service, Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center, Latvia

Ilia Roussev – Program Director, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, NSF, USA


Posted on

Application for the National Roadmap for Scientific Infrastructure

In mid-August of 2019, the Institute of Astronomy and National Astronomical Observatory at the Bulgarian Academy of Science submitted an application for extension of the National Roadmap for Scientific Infrastructure with a LOFAR station. The application was made as a response to an open invitation by the Ministry of Education and Science. With our application we’ve informed officially the Ministry for our plans in developing National Radioastronomical Observatory, based on future Bulgarian LOFAR station. The plan envisages an overall layout and design by 2021, preparation of the conceptual and technical design for the LOFAR station by 2022, creation and first light of the station itself in 2023. We expect feedback from the Ministry of Education and Science 🙂