Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2020 Attracts More Than 80 Participants

The Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2020 (CSSP20) was held safely and successfully on August 18-27, 2021 in Sinaia, Romania. In spite of the challenges associated with the global health situation, the organizers succeeded to conduct the school as a purely in-person event with 82 participants (about 50 of them students), exceeding the initial expectations for a smaller edition of this school under the difficult circumstances.

In total, 27 lecturers gave 34 hours of lectures. This was complemented by 32 communications by students and early career researchers. The scientific program covered the whole range of topics in the title of the school, from Exotic nuclei, to Nuclear Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics and Physics with small accelerators. The traditional outreach session was filled with brief presentations on IFIN-HH, IFA and their founder, Prof. Horia Hulubei (with the 125 anniversary of his birth coming up in November) and discussions on “science and scientific meetings in times of crisis”.

A detailed program and further information can be found on the Indico page of the school. The presentations and a number of photos from CSSP20 will be posted soon on the webpage of the event.

The organizers acknowledge support by ENSAR2 and its work package NuSPRASEN, NUSTAR, COST ChETEC and ChETEC-INFRA networks that helped disseminate information about the event, and to the who came to present lectures.

The next edition of CSSP is planned for 2023, in coordination with the European Network of Nuclear Astrophysics Schools (ENNAS).

PostDoctoral Researcher Position at Eotvos Lorand University and Gothard Astrophysical Observatory

The MTA-ELTE Lendület “Momentum” Milky Way Research Group at the Eotvos Lorand University and Gothard Astrophysical Observatory invites applicants for postdoctoral research fellow position in the field of galactic astronomy, high resolution spectroscopy and abundance analysis of stars.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field, and should have demonstrated exceptional research potential in their fields. The successful applicants will work with Szabolcs Mészáros at the Gothard Astrophysical Observatory (Szombathely, Hungary) on public data of the Milky Way Mapper survey part of the 5th phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The research topic includes the observed chemical structure of our Milky Way and theoretical synthetic synthesis and model atmospheres. Experience in abundance analysis of stars is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The initial appointment for Research Fellow is for one year with the possibility of a two-time renewal of two additional years, depending on the research performance and the extension of the MTA-ELTE Lendület “Momentum” Milky Way Research Group.

Interested candidates should submit applications to Szabolcs Mészáros ().

The applications should include: CV, Research Statement (maximum 2 pages), an ADS library link of the list of publications.

All documents should be submitted by the 30th of September for full consideration, the employment will start no later than 1st of January 2022

Second call for Transnational Access Proposals Closes on August 17

Proposals for the current second call for transnational access (TA) can be submitted up to August 17. This call relates to user time at the facilities from December 2021 to February 2022 (inclusive).

An introduction to transnational access has been given at the recent first ChETEC-INFRA TNA event. More information on TA can be found on this page, proposals can be submitted through GATE.

The third call for proposals will be open until November 17, 2021 to request user time between March 1 and May 31, 2022.

ChETEC-INFRA TNA Event on July 26

On Monday, 26.07.2021, 15:30 – 16:30 there will be the first „ChETEC-INFRA TNA event“ on Zoom. After a brief presentation outlining TNA in ChETEC-INFRA, a featured TNA facility will be presented. The rest of the session will be devoted to questions and answers. The session will be recorded and published on Youtube.

The session on 26.07.2021 will be devoted to the Felsenkeller underground lab in Dresden, Germany. We plan to have further „TNA day“ sessions in September and October, each featuring a different ChETEC-INFRA infrastructure.

Update (28/7/2021): The event has taken place, slides of the two presentations are available here:

Transnational access in ChETEC-INFRA (July 27, 2021)
The Felsenkeller accelerator facility (July 27, 2021)

Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2021 Announced

As part of Working Package 7, ChETEC-INFRA co-supports established Nuclear Astrophysics Scientific Schools (Task 7.2). Originally planned for 2020, the 29th edition of the Carpathian Summer School of Physics is now re-scheduled to take place in-person in August 2021 and is open for registrations.

Please refer to the announcement below and the school website for the first circular and additional details.

We announce the 29th edition of the Carpathian Summer School of Physics on Aug. 18-27, 2021, in Sinaia, Romania.

We decided that we have the need and conditions for re-starting the in-person meetings, in particular the schools, involving the direct contact between the generations. The CSSP20 school was postponed from July 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, and now we are convinced that resilience and courage meet with the improved health conditions in Romania, Europe and many parts of the world.

Details of the events are included in the attached First circular and can be found on the website of the event at, where you can register.

We mention here the availability of fellowships for students.

First Proposals for Transnational Access Under Evaluation

The five proposals for ChETEC-INFRA’s Transnational Access (TNA) program have been received and will now be evaluated. The first call for proposals closed on May 17, 2021 and four proposals for telescope facilities as well as one proposal for a nuclear laboratory has been received. After a feasibility check by the hosting facilities, proposals will be evaluated by the User Selection Panel (USP) in July 2021, for user time at the facilities between September and November 2021.

Calls for proposals through transnational access are on a three-month cycle. The second call will close on August 17, 2021 for user time in the period of December 2021 to February 2022.

ChETEC-INFRA Project Starts with Kick-Off Meeting

The ChETEC-INFRA project started on May 1. The first kick-off meeting took place virtually on May 4-5.

Invited presentations by representatives of other COST actions – ChETEC, PHAROS, and MW-GAIA – and Advanced Communities – OPTICON, Europlanet and RADIATE – provided details on successfully running community projects in related fields, and offered advise that ChETEC-INFRA as a Starting Community project will benefit from.

Transnational access, as one of the pillars of ChETEC-INFRA, is provided by 13 facilities within the network. Each facility was presented, outlining the available resources, services and requirements. Breakout sessions gave room to starting the individual Work Packages (WPs), including the Joint Research Activities (JRAs) and Networking Activities (NAs).

A total of 124 participants from 23 countries registered for the event. Slides of the presentations can be found on the Indico Page of the meeting.