The first HELP (Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project) consortium meeting will take place later this week in Brighton (UK).
HELP is a collaborative research project funded by the EU FP7-SPACE-2013 program and led by the University of Sussex to bring together and exploit most multi-wavelength data obtained in extragalactic fields observed by the European Space Agency‘s Herschel Space Observatory, and particularly those covered by the HerMES and H-ATLAS projects.
Specifically, UWC Astrophysics will be leading the Multi-Wavelength ‘Data Fusion’ work package, but we will also be strongly involved in providing the MeerKAT radio observations which will be key in identifying and studying Herschel sources.
The project runs for 4 years (2014-2017), and lots of hard work and exciting science lie ahead, but as it is so often the case, at this inaugural meeting most of the time will arguably be spent ironing out the details of the work plan and the interfaces between the different nodes of the consortium. And I will not even be able to go out for a pint after wrapping up for I will be eavesdropping on the meeting over Skype from Cape Town.