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Herschel Open Time Cycle-1 Observation Planning Workshop

Posted by Jinzeng Li at May 12. 2010

Herschel Open Time Cycle-1 Observation Planning Workshop

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ESAC, 3-4 June 2010


The Herschel Science Centre (HSC) is organising a Herschel Observation Planning Workshop oriented toward the Open Time Cycle-1 submission.

The workshop will include:

  • Overview of the Herschel mission, with special attention to Herschel operations and how they affect observation planning.
  • Instrument presentations, with a detailed description of available observing modes and their use for particular science tasks.
  • Overview of previously accepted proposals and how to avoid duplications with observations in the Reserved Observation List.
  • A lot of practical information that will help you when preparing your proposal observing plan.
  • Practical demonstrations on the use of HSpot - the Herschel Observation Planning Tool. You will learn how to generate and improve your observing requests.
  • Topic oriented hands-on sessions, with time to work in the preparation of your own proposals and the possibility to ask the HSC experts for advice in real time.

Draft Agenda

A preliminary version of the Herschel Open Time Cycle-1 Observation Planning Workshop agenda will soon be posted here. We anticipate that the morning session on Thursday June 3 will start at around 09:00h and the afternoon session on Friday June 4 will end not later than 16:30h.


Registration to the workshop should be done online via our Helpdesk system by submitting a ticket to the "OT1 Observation Planning Workshop" department indicating that you want to register for this workshop.

Note that you must be a Herschel registered user to use our Helpdesk. Deadline for registration is Monday 24 May 2010.

Accomodation and Transportation

A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked with a special discount price in Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera located in the centre of Madrid. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants need to make their own reservations directly with the hotel quoting reservation number 95982481 (ESA conference) for the discount.

A free bus service will be organized between the Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera and ESAC during the workshop dates. The bus will leave every morning at 8:30 sharp from the Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera.

   Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera ***

Calle Alberto Aguilera, 18
28015 Madrid (Spain)
Tel: +34 91 4460900
Fax: +34 91 4460904

Below is also a selection of additional hotels situated in the centre of Madrid.

   Hotel Florida Norte ****

Paseo de la Florida, 5
28008 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 5428300
Fax: +34 91 5477833

   Hotel Rafael Piramides

Paseo de las Acacias, 40
28005 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 5171828
Fax: +34 91 5170090

   Tryp Gran Vía ***

Gran Vía, 25
28013 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 5221121
Fax: +34 91 5212424


The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) situated in Villanueva de la Cañada, about 30kms North-West of Madrid.

How to get to ESAC

Maps and driving directions to ESAC from Madrid airport (Barajas) and Madrid city centre can be found here.

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