The Institute of Astronomy and National Astronomical Observatory is proud to collaborate with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), and the Technical University of Sofia (TUS) on a project for training the next generation of Bulgarian radio astronomers.

The project “Scientific and Technological Excellence by Leveraging LOFAR Advancements in Radio astronomy” (STELLAR), funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 Twinning program, will significantly increase the LOFAR technical and scientific expertise at TUS and IANAO. It will allow IANAO and TUS to develop and strengthen collaborations with ASTRON and DIAS. STELLAR is a major step towards the realization, utilization, and further development of a LOFAR station in Bulgaria. STELLAR will achieve its objectives through carefully planned trainings for IANAO and TUS staff at ASTRON and DIAS, including lectures, workshops, summer schools, and research staff exchanges.

STELLAR will have a multiplicative effect for the Bulgarian astronomical and geophysical community as a whole through the development of RA, SW, and radio technology training curricula for Bulgarian scientists and engineers, thus ensuring development of RA, SW, and radio technology training curricula for Bulgarian scientists and engineers, thus ensuring a sustainable effect of the project.

STELLAR Specific Objectives

  • To transfer knowledge and capacity in radio astronomy – both technical and scientific – from the highly experienced staff in ASTRON and DIAS to IANAO and TUS staff by means of versatile training activities;
  • To expand the research potential of the local solar and space weather experts through a combination of target training activities and research discussions and collaborations using LOFAR observations;
  • To provide an opportunity for IANAO and TUS scientific and engineering personnel to build the necessary expertise and technical capabilities required for the building and operation of a LOFAR station;
  • To develop local educational curricula for sustainable development of radio astronomy in Bulgaria.

Primary Team

  • IANAO: Kamen Kozarev, Rositsa Miteva, Antoaneta Antonova, Momchil Dechev, Mariana Atanasova
  • ASTRON: Pietro Zucca, Rene Vermeulen, Marco Iacobelli, Ronald de Wild, Mark Bentum, David Prinsloo, Emily Boerma
  • DIAS: Peter Gallagher, Eoin Carley, Ronan Byrne
  • TUS: Peter Petkov


Questions? Email kkozarev at astro dot bas dot bg.

The STELLAR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952439. It is coordinated by the Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.