Ventspils International Radioastronomy center (VIRAC) is organizing a two-day event – BALTICS SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE on LOFAR and its related topics on December 05 (Hotel Jurmala SPA, Address: 47/49 Jomas Street, Jūrmala), which will be followed by a BALTICS WORKSHOP on December 06 (Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre of Ventspils University College, Ventspils – Irbene).

THE EVENT is organized in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and The University of Manchester (UMAN), as part of the BALTICS project (Building on Advanced LOFAR Technology for Innovation, Collaboration, and Sustainability) funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.

THE CONFERENCE will focus on sharing the knowledge and experience that VIRAC has gained in partnership with experts of ASTRON and UMAN in the field of LOFAR technology, data reduction and maintenance . Two main topics on the day will be subjects – instrumentation and data analysis.

THE WORKSHOP will address the basics of International LOFAR Telescope network operations and outline the progress of Irbene, Latvia LOFAR station development, in the context of creation of East-European user consortia. The goal of the workshop is to promote opportunities that are offering expansion of ILT and LOFAR station network, including proposed new stations in Ventspils and Irbene, Latvia. The workshop will include several professional reports covering the above mentioned themes and also expert panel to catalyze outcomes and formulate conclusions aimed to strengthen the existing and to initiate new collaboration.

DELEGATES It is expected that the event will bring together scientists and organizations from all over Europe as well as related national public authorities, students and other enthusiasts of radio astronomy in order to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths of network creation.