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EVN Users' Training Event

JIVE organises the first online Training event for Users to the aim to help first-time users of the network. This event will guide you through the first steps that will allow you to prepare and submit an observing proposal, and, once you get the observations accepted, how to schedule them.

The Proposal Preparation Training assumes no prior knowledge of using the EVN or any other VLBI experience, so it may be of interest to the broader astronomical community.

The Schedule Preparation Training aims to provide an introductory guide on how to schedule EVN observations. If this is the first time you are observing with the EVN, this is the place to learn everything you need to know.

The two parts are independent, so if you are only interested in one of them, feel free to join to that one only. Participation on the webinar is free for everyone but registration is mandatory.

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Join the Event!

The EVN Users' Training Event took place on Wednesday 11 May 2022. If you missed it, we would schedule new Events in the future, likely with a cadence of around once per year. All information that was discussed during the EVN Users' Training Event will be displayed soon in the EVN website in a proper way that will allow you to go easily through all steps from proposal to schedule preparation.



Wednesday 11 May 2022 10:00-12:00 CEST (08:00-10:00 UTC)
Proposal Preparation Training

Are you interested in applying for EVN time to study your astronomical sources but you have many doubts and questions? Join this training! During this training you will receive an overview of all required proposal-preparation steps, and you will be able to discuss all what you need to do and how with the EVN Support Scientists.
This training will be divided on the following parts:

  • Introduction to the EVN
    For a global introduction to the EVN, the science that can be done with it, the observing modes that you can use, and the Support+ program, which allows any astronomer to get EVN images of their targets.
  • How to make a proposal
    Learn all you need to know about how to prepare and submit an EVN proposal. From how to get the inspiration on how EVN observations can be useful for your targets, how to prepare the scientific and the technical justification. Get an overview of where to find all the relevant information and how to submit a proposal through Northstar. And what to expect afterwards.
  • Using the EVN Observation Planner
    Either if you want to quickly check what you would achieve with an EVN observation on your target, when this can be observed, or find for how long you will need to observe the target to achieve your goals, this is your online tool.

Wednesday 11 May 2022 14:00-15:00 CEST (12:00-13:00 UTC)
Schedule Preparation Training

You already got observing time with the EVN but you are not sure how to produce a schedule file? This training will focus on how to schedule an EVN observation!
This part of the training will cover:

  • Introduction to scheduling EVN observations
    What is needed to schedule an EVN observation? What data and information will we require from you?
  • Using pySCHED
    pySCHED is the program that you will need to use to create an EVN schedule. Learn about its basics.
  • Creating a schedule file
    Learn all information you need to include in your schedule file and how to set up your observation.
  • Running the schedule and checks to perform
    Once you run your schedule file through pySCHED, you will get some output that would tell you relevant information that you should verify. Start to understand these outputs.



For any further enquiry, please contact as at usersupport {at}