22 March 2022

ALMA Cycle 9 Proposal Preparation Events

George Privon National Radio Astronomy Observatory

In advance of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Cycle 9 Call for Proposals deadline, the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), along with current ALMA Ambassadors, have organized a series of ALMA proposal preparation workshops from 28 March to 8 April 2022. The goal of these events is to provide users with the knowledge they need to carry out cutting-edge scientific research using the ALMA facilities. We are particularly interested in reaching new users, so no experience with radio astronomy is required to participate!

These ALMA talks are hosted by experienced postdocs and graduate students as part of the ALMA Ambassadors program. Registration for these events is free. The workshops are designed to assist you in proposal preparation and observation planning for ALMA Cycle 9, and may include talks on the following topics:

  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 9 Capabilities
  • Radio Interferometry Basics
  • Cycle 9 Proposal Preparation and the Proposal Review Process
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the
  • Pipeline Weblog
  • Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) Simulations
  • Science-ready Data Products
  • Imaging with CASA

Information on the locations and dates for these workshops is available on the NAASC Community Events web page and in the table below.

Ambassador Location Date
Wren Suess Stanford University 28 March
Nathan Roth University of Maryland 29 March
Hansung Gim Montana State University 29 March
Cheng-Han Hsieh Yale University 30 March
Tarraneh Eftekhari Northwestern University 1 April
Hansung Gim University of Alabama 2 April
Allison Towner University of Florida 5, 7, 8 April
Fengwu Sun University of Arizona 8 April

The ALMA Ambassadors will also host several webinars for people unable to attend one of the workshops. The talks, dates, and registration links for the webinars are listed below. Webinars are planned in both English and Spanish.

Title Date
ALMA Basics and Cycle 9 Capabilities 30 March @ 4:00 pm ET
Cycle 9 Proposal Preparation & the Proposal Review Process 31 March @ 12:00 pm ET
ALMA Basics and Cycle 9 Capabilities 5 April @ 2:00 pm ET
Cycle 9 Proposal Preparation & the Proposal Review Process 5 April @ 4:00 pm ET
Fundamentos de ALMA y Capacidades del Ciclo 9 / ALMA Basics and Cycle 9 Capabilities (in Spanish) 6 April @ 12:00 pm ET
Planificación de propuestas y proceso de revisión de propuestas / Proposal Planning and the Proposal Review Process (in Spanish) 7 April @ 12:00 pm ET

Later in the year, the ALMA Ambassadors will run another series of community events focused on the processing and analysis of ALMA data. Those events will be announced in the future, so please stay tuned.