ALMA Community Day Friday 24 September, 2004 ESO auditorium

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) consisting of 64x12m telescopes at the high-altitude Chajnantor site in Chile will provide a major leap forward in millimeter and submillimeter astronomy, allowing fundamental questions in the formation of galaxies, stars and planets to be addressed. The aim of this one-day meeting is to provide an overview and update to the European astronomical community of the ALMA project as it enters the construction phase, and to solicit input from the community on science operations and user support for ALMA.

The goal of the ALMA Community Day is to keep the European community informed about ALMA progress since the last such meeting in November2002. The meeting provided information about the project status, and additional reports on other ALMA activities such as the status of software, the plans forearly science, the operations plan and planning for ALMA regional centers. Also,a sample of existing recent scientific results relevant to ALMA and the opportunities afforded by ALMA in its Early Science phase was presented.

08:30 - 08:45 C. Cesarsky: Opening Workshop Welcome

08:45 - 10:30 Session 1. (Chair: R. Hills)

10:30 - 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:45 Session 2. (Chair E. van Dishoeck)

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Reception

13:45 - 15:15 Session 3. (Chair R. Bachiller)

15:15 - 16:30 Session 4. (Chairs P. Cox, A. Benz)

  • 15:45 - 16:30 Open discussion

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