| Twenty years ago, a number of enthousiastic students (including the submitter) received an invitation to participate the JIVE VLBI School, signed by the co-chairs of the organizing committee Hardip Sanghera and Leonid Gurvits. The Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe had just been established the year before, formally as a Dutch foundation, with the goal to build and operate a powerful hardware correlator for the European VLBI Network (EVN). We were all looking forward to a bright future for JIVE and the EVN.
Today, about 100 participants gather in the Van der Hulst Auditorium in Dwingeloo for a 1.5 day Inaugural Symposium, followed by the inauguration of JIVE as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium.
Several of these participants will still remember the VLBI School photo taken in 1995, with the JIVE founding director Richard Schilizzi (second from right), later JIVE director Mike Garrett (second from left), and many others who are still active in VLBI.
Just like 20 years ago, our eyes are on JIVE and the EVN, and on the future of VLBI in the next twenty years.