The Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) project of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has made significant progress since its positive assessment in the last US Decadal Survey. Following the first meeting in Bonn last December, a second meeting is being held on 27 and 28 (morning) September at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig downtown. The goal is to discuss the scientific interests of the German community in ngVLA science and opportunities. In addition to members of the German community, we look forward to scientific exchange with Tony Beasley, NRAO Director, and Eric Murphy, ngVLA Project Scientist, and other international colleagues.
Group picture of the meeting at the MPI for Mathematicas in the Natural Sciences, on 27 September 2023. Picture taken by Thomas Endler at the MPI MIS.
The scientific meeting will be followed by a presentation of key components of the 18-metre ngVLA telescope prototype at an event on the afternoon of 28 September organized by mtex antenna technology and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). This event will be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, and will provide a unique opportunity for scientists to learn more about the technology behind the telescopes and to interact with our NRAO colleagues. More details about this event can be found at the link below. We encourage all participants of our science meeting to consider attending the mtex/NRAO presentation event as well (the morning of 28 September is used for informal science discussions, see the timetable in the menu). Separate registration is needed for this meeting, here:
Location of the venue:
The meeting will take place at the old building of the prestigious and traditional publisher Reclam, an art déco building from the XIX century, which now hosts the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences.
The institute is located at Inselstraße 22 at the corner of Kreuzstraße not far from Leipzig's main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). The institute is housed inside a striking large yellow brick building (see it at the right side). The institute is located near the city centre and the university's main building (approx. 10 minutes to walk). The Leibniz conference hall is in the 1st floor, the main entrance with the reception is on the 3rd floor (use elevator).
Directions to the venue:
See the detailed travel instructions page for a description how to get to the institute. For better orientation some maps are available:
- Surrounding of Leipzig (PDF file, 340 kByte)
- Central area of Leipzig (PDF file, 704 kByte, with annotations)
- Central area of Leipzig (PDF file, 497 kByte)
- City centre of Leipzig and MPI
- You can see a bird's eye view of this part at Google maps
- The Institute
Building of the MPI for Mathematics in Science
A list of recommended hotels is available here. Please book the hotels yourselves. The organisers do not take any duty in this direction.
As a first suggestion, the most convenient one is Motel One at the Augustusplatz near the institute and the central station.
An informal meal for everyone attending the event has been organised for the 27th. It will take place at the Brauhaus at the Thomaskirche, where you can try some of the best beers and local dishes. The brewery is situated close to the conference venue and can be reached on foot in around 20 minutes (refer to this location and route from the workshop location). Due to financial limits (since no conference fee is being charged), we must inform our attendees that the dinner is not covered. Therefore, each participant must bear the cost of their own refreshments and meals during the event.
Scientific Organising Committee:
- Paola Caselli (MPE)
- Mario Flock (MPIA)
- Matthias Kadler (Univ. Würzburg, Co-Chair)
- Kathryn Kreckel (Univ. Heidelberg)
- Dominik Riechers (Univ. Köln, Co-Chair)
- Simona Vegetti (MPA)
Local Organising Committee:
- Matthias Hoeft (Tautenburg Landessternwarte)
- Eduardo Ros (MPIfR)
People who cannot attend the meeting can follow it per videoconference using this zoom link.