A meeting between representatives of the ESA and ESO science advisory structures took place in Garching (Germany) on 15-16 September 2003, to explore possibilities for future coordination between ground and space astronomy. Members of the executives of both ESO and the ESA Science Programme also participated.
The meeting took place in the context of the long range planning activities currently underway at both ESO and ESA. The objective was to exchange ideas for further coordination of activities, given the European nature of the two organizations and their service to essentially the same scientific community, and to serve as input for the long range studies being carried out by both organizations.
The meeting started with brief overviews of the current programmes of both organizations, followed by discussions of scientific areas of common interest. Areas of overlap and complementarity were identified, and possibilities for future coordination were discussed.
A number of actions are being undertaken as a result of the meeting.
At the meeting, ESO and ESA reconfirmed their support to the further development of the AVO activities in integrating access to data archives from ground and space-based facilities. The documents and reports from the above activities will be released as they become available.