An open association of Institutes and Laboratories willing to collaborate on the exploitation and development of long baseline interferometry.

The European Interferometry Initiative (Eii) is an open association of Institutes and Laboratories willing to collaborate on the exploitation and development of long baseline interferometry in optical/infrared astronomy. The Eii confederates the activities included in the European Commission instruments of the 6th, 7th and H2020 R&D program. UPDATE FOR PILOT The current Eii activities are:

  • The establishment of a network of VLTI expertise centres across Europe,
  • A joint research activity preparing for a third generation of VLTI instruments,
  • The Fizeau staff exchange programme,
  • The organisation of VLTI training summer schools. UPDATE FOR PILOT

Most of the funding for the activities was obtained through OPTICON - the Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for astronomy, via WP8 and WP11 (2017-2020, grant agreement 730890), WP14 (2013-2016, grant agreement 312430) and WP11.2 (2009-2012, grant agreement 226604). UPDATE FOR PILOT

10th VLTI Interferomery School

10th VLTI Interferometry School rescheduled to June 6th-12th, 2021 in Sophia-Antipolis, France

OPTICON RadioNet Pilot Program

Under H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020, the European Commission approved the new project OPTICON RadioNet Pilot (ORP), which mobilizes the two flagship communities of advanced radio and optical/infrared astronomy.

VLTI Expertise Centres Network

Structured development of optical interferometry requires leaping towards a European network of VLTI Expertise Centres.