Joining up Users for Maximizing the Profile,the Innovation and Necessary Globalization of JIVE

Towards a Sustainable JIVE

Working for a sustainable ERIC in the European context, with a focus on outreach and new partnerships

New Science Capabilities

Improving the user capabilities by integrating new telescopes and working on new technical implementation for the European VLBI Network

The Future of VLBI

Defining the new science cases and applications of Intercontinental VLBI that will grow in importance during the next decade with the SKA and new arrays in Africa

About the project

The JUMPING JIVE project aims to take Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) into the next decade, with JIVE and the European VLBI Network (EVN) as globally recognized centres of excellence in radio astronomy.

The project brings together scientists and engineers to define the future of VLBI for scientific applications, and identify the required technological innovation to realise such a future. The project work packages cover a number of topics, which include encouraging existing telescopes to join the EVN, connecting with future instruments (Square Kilometre Array, African VLBI Network), and finding new JIVE partners to expand the membership base. In addition, there are resources for a dedicated outreach effort.

JIVE is leading the project from its base in Dwingeloo (the Netherlands). Twelve institutes from eight different European countries have teamed up in JUMPING JIVE. The project was awarded nearly 3 million euros, over a period of 4 years, by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the EU.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730884

Sustainable JIVE

Outreach and Advocacy

Support the sustainability of JIVE and the EVN in the coming decade through profiling the scientific impact of high-resolution radio astronomy amongst the general public, policy makers and peers in the scientific community.

Building new Partnerships

In order for JIVE to be an efficient and sustainable European entity, it must attract more partners in its first 5-year cycle. A number of opportunities exist to target new countries, involved or interested in VLBI.

ERIC Scope: The International LOFAR Telescope

Exploring synergies between JIVE and ILT.

Technical Capabilities

Integrating New Elements

Test and verify the performance of new telescopes in the EVN, both for the new consortium members, as well as the EVN user community.

Geodetic Capabilities

Enabling geodetic use of the JIVE data processor.

Global VLBI Interfaces

Update tools and methods for the EVN telescopes, with focus on scheduling and monitoring tools by adapting and modernising them so as to continue to adhere to international standards and requirements.

Future of VLBI

The VLBI Future

Because of the progress in the field of astrophysics and the changes in the radio astronomy landscape it is timely to revisit the EVN science case. In consultation with the user community and global partners we will define the most important science areas for future VLBI arrays.

Capacity for VLBI in Africa

Increasing the links between European based VLBI expertise in Africa by providing a network of bi-directional training visits, and setting up a sustainable framework for future developments.

VLBI with the SKA

Pursue the globalisation of VLBI in the advent of SKA, to dramatically enhance VLBI observations by providing significantly increased sensitivity and access to a broad range of spatial resolutions.

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