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EST Newsletter, Issue 7, December 2020

IN THIS NEWSLETTER
COORDINATOR'S CORNER

EST NEWS ESFRI monitoring of EST project - EST engages with stakeholders

EST NEWCOMERS

PROJECTS:  EST Preparatory Phase - SOLARNET H2020 highlights

EST TECHNOLOGY: EST Pier Optical Path system - Tunable-Band Imagers for EST -  Deformable mirrors for MCAO testbed - Results of first call for tenders

EST COMMUNICATION: Outreach activities - EST website revamped - New telescope gallery - Update on the EST videogame

UPCOMING EVENTS
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
Manuel Collados
EST is making good progress in all the activities the project is addressing and here is again our Newsletter with the latest news.
 
As a project included in the ESFRI Roadmap, EST volunteered to be monitored in an exercise to follow up its current status. Various aspects were evaluated such as the relevance in a world-wide context, the scientific impact, the use of the most modern technologies, the socio-economic impact in Europe, as well as the perspectives for funding. The evaluation report acknowledged the importance of the project and emphasised that a major bottleneck exists due to the lack of involvement of the funding agencies. The project is working hard to overcome these difficulties so that construction can be started in the shortest possible time. As an intermediate step before an ERIC can be created, different possibilities for an interim legal figure have been analysed. [...] 
 
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EST NEWS
EST MONITORING TOWARDS ESFRI ROADMAP 2021 UPDATE
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) stresses the worldwide relevance of the European Solar Telescope in the EST monitoring for the Roadmap   2021 Update. [Continue reading]
THE EST PROJECT ENGAGES WITH STAKEHOLDERS
The Spanish Minister of Science and Technology visited the EST headquarters. It is one of the very few on-site meetings we had this semester, since most gatherings went online.  [Continue reading]
PROJECTS
EST PREPARATORY PHASE UPDATE
A summary of the activities carried out during the last six months, with special emphasis on the efforts to set up a legal figure for EST and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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SOLARNET H2020 MID-TERM REVIEW
The SOLARNET consortium success-fully defended the mid-term review of the project by the EU Commission on November 9th, 2020. Its General Assembly is planned for February.
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EST TECHNOLOGY
CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THE PIER OPTICAL PATH SYSTEM
The system will use a lens-based relay to carry the light beam from the focal plane to the instrument room, 30 metres below. The main challenge is to overcome chromatic aberrations. [Continue reading]
 
TUNABLE-BAND IMAGERS       FOR EST
The preliminary design of the Tunable-Band Imagers of EST is expected to be completed by December 2022. An international group has been set up to that end. [Continue reading]
 
UPDATE ON THE EST MCAO TESTBED
The three deformable mirrors of the EST Multi-Conjugated Adaptive Optics system testbed have been characterised in the lab, in preparation for the integration of all optical elements. [Continue reading]
RESULTS OF THE FIRST CALL FOR TENDERS
The primary mirror assembly, the telescope structure and the adaptive secondary mirror were the systems included in the first call for tenders for the preliminary design.
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COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH
OUTERACH ACTIVITIES: EST GOES ONLINE
EST scientists and engineers could not take the streets this year, but they nevertheless found ways to share their passion online.
[Continue reading]
 
NEW EUROPEAN SOLAR TELESCOPE WEBSITE
A completed redesign of the EST website has resulted in a modern look and increased responsivity. 
The content has also been restructured. [Continue reading]
 
NEW EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE: SOLAR TELESCOPE GALLERY
The EST Communication Office has released a new solar telescope gallery with high-quality images of 21 telescopes and observatories  all over Europe. [Continue reading]
"SOLAR MISSION EST": EST VIDEOGAME STATUS
All characters and scenarios have already been implemented, and the solar puzzles are being programmed. Final release is scheduled for the first half of 2021. [Continue reading]
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
EST PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most meetings that were scheduled for the second half of 2020 have been postponed to 2021. Until the normal activity resumes, a list of EST invited talks in past international meetings can be viewed on the EST website.
OTHER EVENTS
SOLARNET SCHOOL: A HOLISTIC VIEW OF THE SOLAR ATMOSPHERE
Online, January 25-29, 2021

43RD COSPAR SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY
Sydney (Australia), 28 January - 4 February, 2021

PRE-EST BOARD MEETING
Online, February 2, 2021

EST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Online, February 3, 2021

COOL STARS 20.5 MEETING
Online, March 2-4, 2021
SOLAR ORBITER SCHOOL
Les Houches (France), April 6-9, 2021

HINODE 14/ IRIS 11
JOINT SCIENCE MEETING

Washington DC (USA),
May 24-27, 2021


NASA HELIOPHYSICS SUMMER SCHOOL
Boulder (USA), June 15-22, 2021

IAUS 365: DYNAMICS OF SOLAR AND STELLAR CONVECTIONS ZONES AND ATMOSPHERES
Moscow (Russia), August 9-13, 2021

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