ALMA.  Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky.

Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky.


Cycle 11 Call for Proposals

The Cycle 11 Call for Proposals is now open. The observatory will have several new capabilities in the upcoming cycle, including full polarization Band 1 observations with the 12-m Array, Band 1 observations with the 7-m Array, and high-frequency/long-baseline observations with Bands 9 and 10 in extended array configurations.

The deadline for proposal submission is 25 April 2024 at 15:00 UT. These observations will be scheduled from October 2024 to September 2025. More information is available from this link. Please contact the UK ARC Node if you would like assistance with your proposal preparation.


Updated Observing Tool and Documentation for ALMA

With the announcement of the Cycle 11 Call for Proposals, the Cycle 11 Observing Tool has now been released. The new version can be downloaded from the OT website.

Additionally, the ALMA documentation, including the ALMA Proposer’s Guide, Observing With ALMA - A Primer, and the ALMA Technical Handbook, has been updated for Cycle 11. These new documents can be downloaded from the ALMA Documents page.


ESO UK Users Poll

The Users Committee for ESO has released their annual poll for astronomers to provide feedback about their experiences with ESO telescopes including ALMA. This year’s poll has placed a special emphasis on Large Programmes.

The poll is accessible through this link. The poll will be open until 31 March 2024.


The Promise and Challenges of the ALMA Wideband Sensitivity Upgrade

24-28 June 2024


Garching, Germany


The Wideband Sensitivity Upgrade is one of the most ambitious upgrades to ALMA since it began science operations. This upgrade will lead to significantly improved observing times for spectral scan and continuum observations, but it also introduces new technical challenges as well. This workshop will be an opportunity for the science community to discuss the science that could potentially be done following the upgrade, and ALMA will also use the workshop to solicit and receive feedback about the work.

More information is available from the meeting website. The registration deadline is 1 May. Note that a registration fee of €75-€150 will be applied.


New Heights in Planet Formation

15-19 July 2024


Garching, Germany


Several current telescope facilities, including ALMA and VLT/SPHERE, have produced significant advances in imaging planet-forming disks. This in turn has led to new challenges in developing the theories and models that describe the process of planet formation. The goal of this meeting is to bring together observers from different wavelength regimes, theorists, and modellers to review the state of this field and to determine the next steps needed to advance this research.

Additional details are available from the meeting webpage. While registration is not yet open, it is possible to get updates by filling in and submitting the meeting’s pre-registration form.


Views on the multi-phase interstellar medium in galaxies

9-13 September 2024

Bologna, Italy


Telescopes such as ALMA and the JWST have had significant impacts on studying the multiple phases of the ISM within galaxies as well as studying various aspects of the baryon cycle within galaxies. This meeting will focus on exploring the latest observational results of the ISM within a variety of objects ranging from local galaxies to high-redshift sources and will also include discussions about the latest theories and models in this field.

Registration for the meeting is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is 18 March, and the deadline for registration is 28 June. More information is available from the meeting page.