An ALMA image of the entire disc of the Sun.  Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).
An ALMA image of the entire disc of the Sun. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).


ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposals

The ALMA Cycle 5 call for proposals is now open and will run to the deadline on 20th April 2017 (1500UT). Cycle 5 observations will start in October 2017 and continue for 12 months, with 4000 hours of 12m time and 3000 hours of ACA time available. The key dates and advertised capabilities are provided in the ALMA Cycle 5 CfP announcement. The UK ARC Node staff are available via the ALMA Helpdesk to answer any proposal and observing related questions you may have.


ALMA OST Version 5.0

We are pleased to announce the release of the OST version 5 for the ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposal period. Version 5.0 includes the ten Cycle 5 antenna configurations (and one ACA configuration) along with other improvements and bug fixes. Additionally, version 5.0 now allows users to upload their own pointing file (in CASA format), to create mosaics with arbitary geometries. Please see the pointing section of the OST help for more information on this new feature, particular pointing file formatting and noise/sensitivity considerations.

The ALMA OST can be accessed from (Please be sure to clear your browser cache to make sure you get the new version.)


Upcoming ALMA-Related Meetings

RAS/RSC Astrophysical Chemistry Group Annual Meeting and AstroSurf 2017

11 - 13 April 2017

University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom


This year’s RAS/RSC Astrophysical Chemistry Group (ApChem) meeting and the AstroSurf 2017 meeting will take place 11-13 April 2017 at the University of Warwick, UK. AstroSurf 2017 is the fifth in a series of meetings established by the UK AstroSurf Network.  Registration is already open and further details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

Registration deadline for oral presention: March 14th 

Registration deadline no oral presentation: March 28th


National Astronomy Meeting 2017

02-06 July 2017

University of Hull

Hull, United Kingdom


The science program for this year's National Astronomy Meeting can be found here. Several sessions may be of interest to the ALMA community. These include the following:

  • Connecting Scales of Galactic Star Formation in Theory and Observation
  • Galactic Chemical Evolution, Stars, and the Creation of Elements in the Big-Data Era
  • Exploring the High-Redshift Universe with Current and Future Facilities
  • The Future of Astronomical Polarimetry
  • Current Developments in Numerical Astrophysics

Abstract submission is now open; conference registration coming soon.

Abstract-submission deadline: 14th April

Final programme announced by 28th April

Early registration closing 12 May

Late registration closing 23 June


Measuring Star Formation in the Radio, Millimetre, and Submillimetre

24 - 26 July 2017

The University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom


The goal of this workshop is to bring together people who are exploring the ways to measure star formation rates in the radio, millimetre, and submillimetre bands. Registration is now open. The abstract submission deadline is 14 April 2017, and the registration deadline is 15 May 2017. To register, please submit the form on the registration page.


European Week of Astronomy and Space Science

26 - 30 June 2017

Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic


The European Astronomical Society (EAS) has announced that the EWASS 2017 will be held in Prague from 26 to 30 June 2017.

This year, EWASS includes a wide range of Symposia and Special Sessions that cover nearly all fields of astronomy and astrophysics. Of particular interest to ALMA users is session #20 entitled "Science with ALMA: Discoveries, future priorities and user support".

Early Registration deadline: 28 April 2016

Abstract submission deadline: 8 March 2017


Other Upcoming Meetings

  • YERAC (Young European Radio Astronomers Conference); 18-22 September 2017; Bologna, Italy
  • ERIS (European Radio Interferometry School); 16-20 October 2017; ASTRON/JIVE, Dwingeloo, Netherlands