Opticon FP6 statusFP7 status
Gerry Gilmore coordinator
Coordinator?The coordinator doesnt actually do much: just the EC-level contract, reporting and finance stuff. The real point of, and activity in, OPTICON are the JRAs, the Access program, and the Networks.
EC interfaceOur two day-to-day contacts are Maria (contract, and reports) and Sara (finances).
Both leave very soon. New people for us to get to know.
Thanks, Maria and Sara
And best wishes for your futures
OPTICON FP6 I3RII3-CT-2004-001566Gerry Gilmore; Coordinator
85 organisations, 47 partners,17 countries, 3 INOs 19.2M EC funds 27M total program
Gerry Gilmore; CoordinatorJRAs: 6 projects, totalling ~10.5MAccess: 17 observatories, 22 night-time and solar telescopes, total ~5MNetworks: various activities, totalling ~3MManagement: total ~1MRII3-CT-2004-001566
OPTICON FP6 Contract ProcessOriginal proposal submitted April 11 2003Approval of 50% support: July 31 2003(Zeroth executive: 24-09-03, Crete)Contract `negotiation: August 03-Mar 04Consortium Agreement completed: Jan 2004Contract start date: January 1 2004First Board meeting: April 1-2 2004 (Gent)First Executive meeting: April 2 2004Contract formalities complete: July 2004Funding received and distributed: Sept 2004Key point today: the very long times......
top-level Goal: develop the technologies and strengthen Europe for the future
Gerry Gilmore; CoordinatorJRA technology developments focussed on early proof of key future technologies:Adaptive Optics, fast detectors, new spectrographs, VLTI to improve 4-8ms now,and prepare for the next generation;NETWORKS to develop and expand user community, develop ELT science case;ACCESS to get best value from extent 4m telescopes, and lead the users beyond the historical small observatories to use the best available.
FP6 JRA ActivitiesJRA1: MCAO Adaptive Optics JRA2: Fast wavefront sensors for MCAOJRA3: Fast sensors for astronomyJRA4: Optical/IR InterferometryJRA5: Smart Focal Plane TechnologiesJRA6: VPH gratings for spectroscopy
FP6 Access programme17 observatories: ALL European-owned 3-4m telescopes worldwide;All Solar Telescopes at Teide/La Palma;Major coordination effort for instrument enhancements cost-effective operations, release funding for other new developments;Major goal: to introduce central Europe to the best facilities, ready for the future;Related (MC) enhancement/schools programme
FP6 NetworksN1 managementN2 ENO activities (various)N3 Structuring: ELT Science, UV, HTRA, S/W environments, Technology RoadmapN4 FP7- research support, innovative fellowship schemes, ESA linkN5 Interferometry N6 Telescope Directors Forum
OPTICON I3 2004-2008 Includes all the European major agencies and countriesSupports open (European) access to all Europes 2-4msSupports networking to develop future projectsSupports AVO, access etc to integrate EuropeMostly: supports technology developments (mostly) for ELT-related developmentsBudget is (only) 20+25M over 5 yearsSponsors ELT science case development
NOTE: ELT is a separate programme, with its own budget: ELT Design Study =22/42M
Reports at this meeting to show what has been achieved.
OPTICON Payments from the EC
General activitiesFour annual reports completed Each year careful financial reviewFunds received and distributed annuallySuccessful mid-term reviewDevelopment of FP7 proposalNow finalising FP7 contract
Specific admin status and activitiesCareful financial review implies planned 0.5% reserveWe will work with partners to use this effectivelyFinal FP6 report due early 2009. Work to start now.
FP7 proposal written (huge effort), and supported at a depressingly small level. Horrible cutbacks requiredWe hope many will be ``just`` delay, not terminationFuture FP7 CfP schedule and policy still unclearActive contract negotiations underwayMoney will no doubt be very late. Again.
I3 Coordinators ForumThe (20+) I3s have similar challenges and difficulties, and so can benefit from a concerted view;The I3s ``represent most users of most European major Infrastructure at least as well as any other extant organisation does, so the EC needs our involvement;Our combined opinion was input to FP7 planning: didnt seem to help much....
The good news: Opticon is a big success Marseilles 2003 Florence 2004 Florence 2005The astronomers like what we have done, and want more: lets be optimistic!
Admin Status summaryFrom my perspective, all the activities are productive and worthwhileWe do try to minimise the admin load on you...We are working to get the FP7 contract and funding available soon, but things in the EC are very slow, in spite of a lot of goodwill.This implies some uncertainty for 2009 activities
Next board at JENAM 2009, Hatfield UK, April 20-24
What are the strategic issues?
OPTICON FP7: top level requirementsTo build the European astronomical community (access, networks)Many science- or methodology- based communities have thought clearly about their ambitions and needs, will benefit from and contribute to the whole community by being embedded in a larger structure, and so require an umbrella: Interferometry, Solar, UV, ELT science,(FASE?)Some communities remain isolated, and need us to act proactively for the greater European good eg central Europe: should we?Are we doing all that is reasonable here???? To strengthen the community consistently with agreed strategic goalsE-ELT must be the priority, with significant enhancements of extant 4-8ms from their use as test-beds providing both shorter term and strategic valueThe adaptive optics, detector development, instrument development, and focal planes work matches this: is the balance close to reasonable?To support promising longer-term technological developments which are potentially of very high European valueKTN planning work has identified several promising, relatively low-cost, post-FP7-maturity investments which need investment, subject to progress evaluation eg photonics, new materials
What is next?Our initial challenge was focussed on helping build a single E-ELT project, with strong and wide community involvement, and helping strengthen European astronomy more generally.When the ELT becomes a fully-funded project soon! Opticons role will evolve.Strong EII/VLTI, innovative technologies and Solar/EAST activities have developed, in spite of limited fundingShort term using our wide bottom-up community links to implement the AstroNet strategy plan medium telescopes review panel, and spectroscopic review.Longer term you need to decide what you want, subject to available funding
What is OPTICON REALLY for?To help integrate and so strengthen European astronomyTo help focus EC funds where astronomy needs themTo `jump through the hoops to get new EC funds. for technology, for development, for ELT studiesTo set up a structure which will improve the chances of MAJOR EC funding in a few years (FP7/8/9)
FP5=1MeuroFP6=20M+20M (opticon), plus 12M+ for radio and ALMA and 7M ILIAS astroparticles) plus design studies TBD FP7 = ????? linear or logarithmic??This was an FP6 prediction slide....
FP7 OPTICON: top level implementationThere is not all that much money available:`real terms FP7 budget substantially cut from FP6 levelNotional 60% decrease per year, and ~10 years of inflationChange in accounting model is NOT neutral: 75% EC support saves the agencies funds. It will produce more work only if the `saved resources are retained, but not matched by EC. Old 1:1 match requires a 3:1 match to retain agencies support we do not have 300% more EC cash.
Opticon future ambitions will have to be debated by the Board when we know more about likely future funding levels and timescales next meeting? Jenam 2009
Some issues we can consider today
Opticon future issues for the BoardThere are many organisations some FP6 partners who can contribute to, and benefit from, Opticon participation. They cant all be partners (admin load):Should we, and if so, How, do we involve them?Superboard? Invite to annual Board? Associates? Invitation? CfP? Nomination? By whom- a WG?
Open session at Jenams didnt workOr is most interest at JRA level? more network funds for open specialist meetings?
This we can do now low cost(maybe also improve gender representation?)
Opticon future issues for the next BoardAll strategic options depend on EC funding levels and stability. When we know that, it is time to reconsider the structure*.
More or less of JRA/Access/Network?More or less risky innovation in JRA (depends on matched funding), to deliver uniqueness?Are we affected by ERC?How should Opticon be coordinatedBy whom?WG/Board chair to develop an options paper?
* change we can believe in...
The AstroNet Medium Telescopes Review-ETSRCAstroNet Board established, implementation utilises the Opticon community connection.Chair: Janet Drew; Co-Chair: Jacqueline BergeronMembers: Jerome Bouvier (Grenoble) Margarida Cunha (Porto) Angeles Diaz (Madrid) Geza Kovacs (Konkoly) Andreas Quirrenbach (Heidelberg) Clive Tadhunter (Sheffield) Massimo Turatto (Padova) Jose (Pepe) Vilchez (Granada)
ETSRCRemit: adopt the strategic science plan for the future from the AstroNet community-based review relevant to 2-4m telescopes;Identify a realistic balance of facilities, (new?) instruments and capabilities which will deliver that science roadmap;Consider how to move from where we are today to a future where European-wide coordination, specialisation, and complementary planning, will lead to the mo