General information

The International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) consortium will host workshops for the LOFAR community from May 20-23, 2019 in Leiden, The Netherlands.


Important Dates

7 January First announcement
5 February Second announcement, registration opens
29 March Abstracts submission deadline
30 April Registration and payment of registration fee deadline
Beginning of May Third announcement
3 May Deadline for requesting financial support
20 May Workshop begins



The workshops will begin on Monday, May 20 at 11 am and will finish on Thursday, May 23 with lunch.

The meeting will comprise 3 events:

  • The 2019 LOFAR Users Meeting - 20 May (11:00 – 18:00). Open to the whole LOFAR community and organized by the Radio Observatory, the Users Meeting is aimed at wide-ranging dialogue with the full LOFAR community, and is intended to bring together members of the Key Science Projects (KSPs), researchers with approved LOFAR projects, as well as any potential LOFAR users. ASTRON RO staff will demonstrate the current status of the LOFAR instrument and summarize plans for future development of software and procedures. For the users, this meeting represents an important forum for discussion, where they will have the opportunity to give their feedback on LOFAR operations and development, and highlight, when required, the need for improvement or change.


  • The 2019 LOFAR Community Science Workshop - 21-22 May (2 full days). This workshop aims to bring together all active LOFAR users, including members of the Key Science Project teams as well as any other researchers from the European and global community involved with, or interested in, LOFAR science. It will feature a wide range of talks on exciting new scientific results from the Cycle observing programs. The workshop program will cover the gamut of the LOFAR science case from cosmology and extragalactic research to galactic, planetary, and solar system topics.
    Special emphasis will be given in the program to younger members of the collaboration to allow them a chance to showcase their results.


  • LOFAR 2.0 discussion - 23 May (9:00 – 12:30). During this session, the plans for the LOFAR upgrade will be presented and discussed in detail with the community of users.



List of invited speakers

  • Shane O’Sullivan (University of Hamburg, Germany ) - the RM Grid Task Force of the Magnetism KSP
  • Diana Morosan (University of Helsinki, Finland) - Solar radio bursts
  • Marcin Grzesiak (Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Science, Poland) - small-scale structure in the Earth’s ionosphere
  • Katie Mulrey (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium) - cosmic ray detection with LOFAR
  • Marcus Brüggen (Hamburg University) - galaxy clusters with LOFAR
  • Tim Shimwell (ASTRON, The Netherlands) - the LoTSS Data Release
  • Wendy Williams (Leiden University, The Netherlands) - the LoTSS optical/IR identifications
  • Florent Mertens (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) - 21-cm power spectrum measurements with LOFAR
  • Mark Kuiack (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - AARTFARC
  • Louis Bondonneau (CNRS, Orleans, France) - pulsars with NenuFAR
  • Harish Vedantham (ASTRON, The Netherlands) - detection of stars with LOFAR
  • Brian Hare (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) - terrestrial lightning with LOFAR