First Policy Forum

The goal of the ASTERICS Policy Forum (APF) is to study how to harmonize joint and efficient scheduling, operation and interoperability of the various Multi-Wave length/Multi-Messenger telescopes. This global question will be addressed through 4 main strategic topics:

  1. Joint time allocation,
  2. observing strategies for MM campaigns,
  3. data access and sharing, and
  4. general policies of common interest (towards next generation ESFRI RI).

The study is based on the 4 ESFRI RI involved in ASTERICS (CTA, ELT, KM3NET and SKA, 4 RI's) but will also involve many other European astronomical facilities.

The First Policy Forum is on January 19th. More inforomation about the program is available on Indico.

Science cases and Science working Groups
The 4 main strategic topics are further discussed in the science cases which are provided by the RI's and their science working group members.

a.MW/joint time allocation of AGNs, between, e.g. CTA, SKA and other observatories
Sera Merkoff & Emma de Ona Wilhelmi
b. MM campaigns between CTA and other facilities - in particular, follow up of GW events, neutrino telescope triggers, etc.
Sera Merkoff & Emma de Ona Wilhelmi
c. Galactic Center transients: given the unexplored <100 GeV short transient space, one could expect a lot of new phenomena, which will require MW (simultaneously if possible) observation
Sera Merkoff & Emma de Ona Wilhelmi

a. First galaxies and epoch of reionisation
Paolo Padovani
b. High-energy astrophysics in our Galaxy and AGNs
Giuseppe Bono
c. Characterization of exoplanets
Michele Cirasuolo (TBC)

a. Galactic transients: x-ray or gamma-ray binaries can be promising sources of high-energy neutrinos
Paschal Coyle & Damien Dormic
b. Extra-galactic transients: gamma-ray bursts offer also nice opportunities to detect a signal of high-energy neutrino's:
Paschal Coyle & Damien Dormic.

a. Coordinated FRB localization and characterization (which exercises rapid response strategies)
Evan Keane & Antonio Chrysostomou.
b. Correlated survey constraints on dark energy and modified gravity (which exercises large area survey coordination and data sharing)
Anna Bonaldi & Antonio Chrysostomou.

APF Committee
The committee consist of the different working package leaders (WPL), working package members and external advisory board members (AEAB).

  • Mark Allen (CDS, WPL DADI)
  • Simon Berry (SKA, AEAB)
  • Giuseppe Cimò (ASTRON / JIVE, AMST)
  • Elisabeth Kohler  (CNRS, AMST)
  • Giovanni Lamanna (CNRS, WPL OBELICS)
  • Saskia Matheussen (NWO, APF coordinator)
  • Rob van der Meer (ASTRON, AMST)
  • Rene Ong (App / CTA, AEAB)
  • Stephen Serjeant (OU, WPL DECS)
  • Michael Fritz Sterzik (ELT, AEAB)
  • Arpad Szomoru (JIVE, WPL CLEOPATRA)
  • Marco de Vos (ASTRON, WPL AMST)
  • Christine Werkhoven (ASTRON, organizing committee)
  • Els de Wolf (KM3NeT, AEAB)

The APF committee is led and coordinated by denis [dot] mourardcnrs-dir [dot] fr (Denis Mourard (CNRS, Chair APF) )and Saskia Matheussen.

First Policy Forum teaser image
Nice (FR), 17 - 18 January 2018
Multi-messenger astrophysics
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