European Collaborating Astronomer ProjectS: Espana-Czechia-Slovakia (ECAPS:E-C-S)

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Project Identification
98507
Project Period
9/2020 - 8/2023
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
Cooperating Organization
The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Charles University
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Comenius University in Bratislava
Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands

Our novel project offers a new concept of mobilities which should be a backbone for educating new leaders in astronomical research through international collaboration across old and new EU member states. This new project will make use of our previous successful partnership "Per Aspera Ad Astra Simul" which started the collaborations. We are a partnership of research institutes in astronomy and universities from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain. We include a new partner Charles University for this project bringing a fresh wind into our team. Other partners are Astronomical Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences (coordinator), Masaryk University in the. Czech Republic, Astronomical Institute of Slovak Academy of
Sciences and Comenius University on Slovak side and Institute de Astrofisica de Canarias in Spain. All partners has established track record in astronomical research.

We aim at education of new leaders in astronomical research achieved by international mobilities. Furthermore, we intend to educate our early career researchers in topics of astronomy which are worked on at partner institutes. In addition, we will disseminate our know-how to external audience by organizing scientific seminars streamed live, by publishing scientific papers on hot topics in astronomy and by organizing summer schools for international early career researchers. We would like to include also an educational component by
including pupils project work on given astronomical topic which should create a positive image of natural sciences and strengthen ties between science and schools. Furthermore, the last component of our project will be the public lectures for broad audience which should provide a feedback from researchers to general public.
We expect a broad international impact from our project which will be mirrored in interest by the international astronomical community. Such impact can be measured by publications count and later by citations counts. The seminars impact can be measured by viewers online.

We expect also local impact from our educational activities of pupils but also general public. Therefore, we will have impact from the top (not only) EU wide level till regional and local levels.

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