Publication date: 16/11/2010

We would like to announce a two-day event aimed at familiarising the community with ALMA Early Science capabilities, as well as the procedure and software involved in proposal preparation and submission. These ALMA community days will be hosted by the central European ARC node at ESO Garching on April 6 and 7, 2011.

Attendance could be useful to anybody interested in obtaining ALMA Early Science observing time. The first part of the meeting will be dedicated to both technical and scientific presentations on ALMA and what can be expected during the first period of Early Science. Subsequently, we will organise group tutorials on the ALMA Observing Tool (OT), which will be used for the preparation and submission of observing proposals.

Given that we can host only a limited number of participants, we ask that you please pre-register by writing to if you are interested in attending. Please include the following information:

  • ALMA Community days attendance (YES / maybe)
  • Participation in an OT tutorial (YES / NO)
  • Please indicate your approximate level of ALMA-relevant experience
    (novice / advanced)

As a guideline: if you have experience with existing radio/mm facilities, and you are familiar with concepts such as dynamic range, sensitivity and side-bands you are probably an “advanced” user. If all your observing experience was gained in the optical and/or IR you should probably choose the “novice” option.