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The New Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

25th March 2019   -   25th March 2019
Groningen, Netherlands


ASTERICS is a 4-year project that brings together researchers, scientists, engineers, hardware and software specialists from astronomy, astrophysics and astro-particle physics. In these fields, new instruments are developed that have common challenges, such as the transfer, processing or storage of large amounts of data. By working together, common solutions to these challenges can be found. ASTERICS aims to facilitate and accelerate the development of these solutions by stimulating collaboration. In addition, collaboration allows researchers to study the same event in space and time using telescopes detecting different wavelengths and instruments detecting different messengers. The combined information from these wavelengths and messengers will lead to more insight than only looking at them from one perspective. The main focus of ASTERICS is on four large ESFRI instruments that detect different wavelengths and messengers: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) for radio waves, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) for gamma rays, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) for visible light and the Km3 Neutrino Telescope (KM3NeT) for neutrinos. ASTERICS also works with research infrastructures that are already up and running, for example Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), European VLBI Network (EVN), High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and Very Large Telescope (VLT). Solutions found for these research infrastructures can also be used at a larger scale for the ESFRI telescopes.