LOFAR Workshop:

First Science with LOFAR

14 and 15 September, Dalfsen, the Netherlands



This coming September it will have been three years since the last general LOFAR Workshop, that was held in Hamburg. As those of you involved in commissioning have been able to witness up-close, there have been great strides taken in the mean time. We have carried out the rollout of most of the array, from the core to the international stations, we have greatly expanded and streamlined central processing, we have built an Observatory infrastructure that is moving steadily toward conducting routine observations, and most importantly, we are witnessing an ever increasing stream of science-quality data. The recent publication of LOFAR's first science paper on pulsars just underscores this last point, and is but the first of many science results we expect to see this year.


With so much progress and new data to show, we now organize another LOFAR workshop and bring the larger collaboration together. In consultation with the Key Science Project leaders we are putting together a diverse program with speakers from the active LOFAR community, focusing on the up-to-date LOFAR capabilities and showcasing as many as possible of the recent commissioning and first science highlights. It already seems unlikely that we can accommodate all possible speakers, but please get in touch with us if you have early science results that you would like to talk about.


We have selected an attractive location for the workshop at the conference centre Mooirivier in Dalfsen (see http://www.mooirivier.nl ). For more information about the conference venue and logistics see Logistics.


The meeting will span two full days, 14 and 15 September, with ample time for informal interaction not only during breaks but also after-hours in the evening of 14 September, when a workshop dinner will be held. In view of the anticipated start at 9 a.m. on 14 September, we expect that many people will want to arrive in the evening of 13 September; likewise, since the program will end in the late afternoon on 15 September, some people may opt to stay over until the morning of 16 September. Welcoming drinks will be offered on 13 September from 18:30 - 19:30.


More news on the program and travel logistics will follow, both on this website and with emails.
For the online registration and payment of the registration fee of Eur 100 please visit the registration page. The registration fee will cover the lunches on both days as well as the workshop dinner.


Please reserve your hotel room at the conference centre Mooirivier as soon as possible. The block reservation has expired, and reservations are now on the basis of availability. For more information, please see Logistics.


We look forward to seeing you in September, and to hearing and sharing the many exciting new results that LOFAR is beginning to produce.


On behalf of the organizing committee,

Rene Vermeulen
Michael Wise
Antonis Polatidis