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The European Interferometry Initiative (Eii) is an open association of Institutes and Laboratories collaborating 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.

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.

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).

Conference announcement: the University of Exeter, UK, are hosting a high angular resolution astronomy conference between April 20-24th 2020 featuring technical insights into and updates from CHARA and VLTI as well as recent scientific updates from optical and near-infrared long baseline interferometry. More details, including how to register and submit a talk and/or poster abstract are available at http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/sharpesteyes2020/.