Call for Proposals - ESO Workshops 2024
Science workshops are an essential component of ESO's programmes. They represent a unique opportunity to promote and foster ideas and collaborations within ESO’s scientific community.
Every year, through the Directorate for Science, ESO provides support and funding to organise workshops in Santiago (Chile) and in Garching (Germany). These are usually held either at the ESO Headquarters in Garching or at the ESO building in Vitacura: in such cases, ESO offers logistical support for their organisation. Co-funding by ESO is also an option in case the proposed workshop should take place elsewhere within the ESO Member States or in Australia (as strategic partner).
With this call, we would like to invite the ESO community to submit proposals for ESO workshops to be held in 2024. Community astronomers who would like to apply for this call are strongly encouraged to team up with ESO staff and fellows in Chile and/or in Germany.
Note that ESO has implemented a Code of Conduct for Workshops and Conferences, which applies to all meetings held at ESO premises. ESO-funded workshops that are held outside ESO premises are required to adopt their own codes of conduct.
The proposal should describe the scientific area to be covered by the workshop and the format (e.g. expected number of participants, location, organising committee, keynote speakers) using the form provided. Note that there is no need to contact potential SOC members or invited speakers formally at this stage. When planning your workshop, please take into account that ESO workshops strive to achieve gender balance in all aspects, including representation on the organising committees, session chairs, and through invitations to high quality speakers in line with the gender balance in our research community. To monitor the success of this policy the Offices for Science will be collecting demographic information of participants for all 2024 ESO workshops.
In Garching, one Summer conference is traditionally organised jointly with the Max Planck Institutes, LMU, TUM and the Excellence Cluster. A joint workshop offers an opportunity to reach a significantly wider audience: if your proposed workshop could also fit within that scheme, please simply emphasise it in the form.
Proposed workshops will be evaluated by a committee of ESO astronomers. The selection committee will rank the proposals based on the scientific timeliness and the perceived benefit to ESO's programmes and community. If an approved workshop, which will take place at ESO premises, is co-chaired by both external and ESO astronomers, the ESO staff will act as the local point of contact (LOC) for those workshops taking place at ESO premises.
A list of the ESO staff can be found at:
- Chile: https://www.eso.org/sci/activities/santiago/personnel.html
- Germany: https://www.eso.org/sci/activities/garching/personnel.html
The workshop proposal form is available HERE.
Proposals should be sent by 15 May 2023.