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:
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 Interferometry School rescheduled to June 6th-12th, 2021 in Sophia-Antipolis, France
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.
Structured development of optical interferometry requires leaping towards a European network of VLTI Expertise Centres.