| The JIVE family has expanded again: after a process of negotiations that spanned more than three years, and in accord with other important radio astronomy developments on the national arena, Latvia has become a member of the Joint Institute for VLBI - European Research Infrastructure Consortium.
The views of the recently refurbished Irbene 32-m antenna, located some 25 km northeast of Ventspils, featured in the ASTRON and JIVE Daily Image more than once over the past several years (search with keyword "Latvia" in the AJDI archive). The recent appearance on 14.11.2016 has marked an important milestone: joining of the EVN by the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center on 26 October 2016.
But that day marked yet another milestone: exchange of letters between the JIV-ERIC Council, represented by the JIVE Director Huib Jan van Langevelde, and the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, represented by Ms. Diana Laipniece, Deputy Director of the MoES Department of Innovation, on the Latvian's membership in JIV-ERIC (on the photo).
Later, in its semi-annual meeting in Dwingeloo on 15 November 2916, the JIV-ERIC Council has approved the new membership. From 1 January 2017, the Latvian flag will be proudly displayed together with the five flags of other JIV-ERIC members and logos of four JIVE-ERIC participating organisations. Laipni ludzam JIVE, Latvija!