The BlackGEM Consortium
The BlackGEM array is designed, built and operated by a consortium of universities.
The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), Radboud University and the KU Leuven are the founding partners of the consortium and have agreed to design, built and operate the first three BlackGEM telescopes (BG-3).
A number of institutes/researchers have committed to become a member of the BlackGEM consortium:
- The University of Manchester, UK (René Breton)
- Tel Aviv University, Israel (Iair Arcavi)
- The Weizmann Institute, Israel (Avishay Gal-Yam)
- The University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Simone Scaringi)
- The University of California Davis, USA (Stefano Valenti)
- Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel (Assaf Horesh)
Expansion to the full array will require additional, outside funding. The BlackGEM consortium is looking for scientific partners to exploit and expand the array. Membership is possible in two forms:
- PI-level membership for an individual researchers and her/his group (PhDs and postdocs). PI level members obtain access to all data, are expected to lead a science working group, and to be active members of the Science Team. PI-level members do not gain a seat on the Consortium Board. The entry-fee for PI-level members is 150 kEuro, which covers a period of five years from the start of operations. (100 kEuro for partners that have currently already approached us).
- Institute-level membership for full institutes. This covers all members in an astronomical institute, current and future, including postdocs and PhDs. Institute level members obtain access to all the data, are expected to lead one or more science working groups and to be active members of the Science Team. Institute level partners gain a seat on the Consortium Board. The entry-fee for Institute-level partners is 1 MEuro, which covers a period of five years from the start of operations. (750 kEuro for partners that have currently already approached us).
All additional partnership fees will be used towards the operations of the BlackGEM array and its expansion to 15 telescopes. Point of contact for new membership is the Principal Investigator, Paul Groot (p.groot ‘at’ astro.ru.nl)