European Radio Interferometry School 2009

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We gratefully acknowledge support from RadioNet FP7,
Oxford Astrophysics and the Royal Astronomical Society

7 - 11 September, Oxford

FinalAnnouncement 26 August 2009

ERIS will provide a week of lectures and hands-on tutorials on how to get scientific results from radio interferometry. Topics covered include:

  • Choosing the right instrument, configuration and observing plan for your project
  • Calibration and imaging continuum, spectral line and polarization data
  • Extracting and interpreting measurements
  • Working on data drawn from observations of Galactic and extragalactic sources, transient and variable objects.


Agenda of ERIS2009

The Scientific Organising Committee is Willem Baan (ASTRON), Rob Beswick (Manchester), Pierre Cox (IRAM), Ian Heywood (Oxford), Karl-Ludwig Klein (Paris), Hans-Rainer Kloeckner (Oxford), Robert Laing (ESO), Anita Richards (Manchester, coordinator),Tiziana Venturi (Bologna).

ERIS will run from 0900 Monday 7 September to 1545 Friday 11 September 2009.


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If you have alread registered, please check the attendance list and email us if there is any missing information or errors e.g. dates of attendance.

You might like to look at Interests of Participants and, at ERIS, make contact with other people working in your field. One of the exercises will involve working in small teams to draw up an example observing proposal.


Limited financial support is available from RadioNet, towards the cost of bed and breakfast accomodation only. You may be eligible if you are at an institute in the EU and associated countries, or some other countries with lower average income. Participants will be expected to get their institutes to pay for travel (and accomodation if possible). There is no registration fee and lunches, tea and coffee will be provided by Oxford Astrophysics. We have reserved rooms at St. Annes College and Exeter College, within a km of the venue, at very cheap rates for central Oxford. Exeter is marked on this Accomodation Map; St Annes is on the same map on Woodstock Road a little to the north of Keble Road.

Please reserve your accomodation as soon as you register, since we can only hold these rooms for a limited time. The Accomdation form gives details of rooms and rates.


ERIS will start in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, on the corner of Keble Road and Parks Road, and hands-on sessions will also take place in the Denys Wilkinson Building. These are marked on this map. Oxford is on many direct train routes You will probably find it cheaper to buy long-distance tickets in advance. The nearest airport is London Heathrow which has a good airport coach service to Oxford. Other London airports can be reached by longer coach or rail journeys.

Conference Dinner

Everyone is invited to a Dinner on Wednesday 9 September at Al Shami Lebanese Restaurant 25 Walton Crescent, Oxford, OX1 2JG (on the corner with Richmond Road). There will be a selection of delicious dishes to suit all diets and a reasonable amount of wine (all other bought drinks to be paid for). We will take names on Monday, if you are arriving late and want to come to the dinner please email in advance.

Computing requirements

We expect you to bring a laptop which can run AIPS and other data reduction packages. If you anticipate problems meeting the requirements below, please attempt to find someone else who is coming with similar interests who does have a laptop to share with (working in pairs usually works well, but not larger groups). If that is not possible let us know. We will help you to install and use the most widely-used packages such as AIPS, CASA and Parseltongue. Most examples will be drawn from cm-wave instruments such as MERLIN and the EVN but experts will be available on arrays from LOFAR to ALMA as well as for MeqTrees and Solar data processing.

Please check that your laptop meets the minimum requirements and have a go at installing AIPS and, if you have time, CASA. Fuller instructions will appear later. In all cases, you will need at least 1 GB of disc space for data, or much more if you are interested in VLBI spectral line. You will also need to be able to read a external USB drive or DVD.

  • AIPS minimum requirements (essential - currently AIPS is the most widely-used cm-data reduction package)
    • AIPS will run on MacIntosh OS X (Darwin) either PPC or Intel cpu and on Linux/Intel. You need at least 1 Gigabyte memory, and1 Gigabyte disk space (not counting your data).
    • See AIPS Binary installation and Cookbook.
    • Unofficial summary of basic AIPS commands (courtesy M. Argo)

  • CASA minimum requirements (recommended - CASA is being developed to meet the needs of ALMA, EVLA and other next-generation interferometers such as e-MERLIN)
    • CASA will run on Mac Intel OS X 10.4.7 or later as a self-contained Macintosh application, and on most linux distributions including RedHat Enterprise Linux: 4 & 5, Scientific Linux 5, Fedora Core Linux: 6, 7, 8, Ubuntu 8.0.4, openSUSE 10.0, 11.0, Debian 4.0 (all 32 bit and 64 bit).
    • Root install is not required (non-root installation recommended for Linux). See CASA Downloads and Cookbook links We will be using version 2.4.0

  • ParselTongue requirements (optional - ParselTongue enables python scripting to run AIPS and extend its functionality; interoperability with other python-based packages such as CASA is being developed)

Links to data and scripts

ERIS2009 Web Utilities

Topic revision: r39 - 21 Sep 2009, AnitaRichards

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