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VLBI - Connecting Astronomers Worldwide

The EVN presents a series of virtual seminars focused on how very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations can significantly contribute to different astronomical fields. These seminars are oriented to the broad astronomical community and provide an engaging introduction to cutting-edge research from different groups across the world.

A series of 7 talks, covering 7 different science topics with 7 different speakers, are allocated during 2020-2021. Discover with us these passionate fields.

The seminars will have a duration of 40 minutes (plus around 20 minutes of questions and discussion), and can be joined by Zoom or watched in streaming in YouTube. Note that the Zoom capacity is 100 participants. Once the limit is reached we will refer to the YouTube streaming. The videos will be recorded and published at the JIVE/EVN YouTube channel and could be watched at any time.

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Next Seminar

Gravitational LensGravitational Lens

Wednesday 8 July 2020 - 10:30 CEST

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Cristiana Spingola

University of Bologna & INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia

Using Strong Gravitational Lensing to Zoom in on High-Redshift Galaxies

The centres of galaxies are powerful laboratories to test models of galaxy formation, as well as the interplay between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. While these sub-galactic scales can be directly investigated in the local Universe, it is observationally extremely difficult to access them at high redshift. In this talk, we will exploit the combination of strong gravitational lensing and multi-wavelength high angular resolution observations to directly study the parsec scale emission in active galaxies at z > 1. The magnifying effect of strong lensing and the milliarcsecond angular resolution of HST, Keck AO and VLBI observations allow us to spatially resolve the central parts of distant lensed galaxies, especially if they are located in the regions at highest magnification. Therefore, it becomes possible to unveil dual and offset AGN candidates, but also faint extended jets embedded in massive molecular gas reservoirs at cosmological distances. Nevertheless, this kind of study is currently limited by the small number of radio-loud lensed sources. We will conclude by discussing the current efforts to search for more lensing systems in wide-field VLBI surveys.

Join to our Zoom webinar (Meeting ID: 977 9168 7969) at the time of the event, or follow it through the JIVE and EVN YouTube channel.

Future speakers will include


Yuri Kovalev

Astro Space Center


Kenzie Nimmo

ASTRON & University of Amsterdam


Sandra Etoka

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics


Michael Johnson

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Mareki Honma

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

More specific information about the dates, times, and titles of talks will be posted as it becomes available.

Organising Committee


Denise Gabuzda

Department of Physics, University College Cork


Benito Marcote

Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC

Anna Bartkiewicz

Torun Institute of Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus University

Marcello Giroletti

INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia

Miguel Pérez-Torres

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía