NOVA stands for ‘Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Voor Astronomie’, i.e., the ‘Netherlands Research School for Astronomy’. It is the alliance of the astronomical institutes of the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden, and Nijmegen. Astronomy is considered to be top-science in The Netherlands. NOVA was selected as top-research school in 1998 following an open national competition, and is as such receiving substantial funding by the Dutch Ministry of Education. NOVA’s mission is to carry out frontline astronomical research in the Netherlands, to train young astronomers at the highest international levels, and to share our new discoveries with society.
The astronomical institutes at the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and Nijmegen together form NOVA. Click on the icons below to find out more about these astronomical institutes.
NOVA closely collaborates with the two other research institutes that are active in the field of astronomy in the Netherlands: The space research institute SRON and the radio astronomy institute ASTRON. NOVA astronomers rely heavily on the world-class facilities of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), most notably the VLT telescopes and the ALMA array. A large fraction of the instrument projects that NOVA participates in are targeted at these facilities, as well as the future European Extremely Large Telescope.
NOVA funds for workshops and visitors: proposal guidelines Introduction The NOVA research program is carried out by interuniversity teams of researchers and also involves international collaborations. It requires a vigorous exchange of people and regular workshops. In addition NOVA stimulates the organization of ‘concentration periods’, in which a small group of experts work together for a period of a few weeks in one location. NOVA’s budget for supporting workshops and foreign visitors is about € 65.000 per year. This budget is specifically intended to complement, and not to replace, already existing avenues for support of visitors and workshops (e.g., NWO, KNAW, LKBF, Foundations).
Guidelines and procedures Proposals can be submitted at any time by electronic application form Click here for application form If the form does not give you enough space for your motivation, please send a separate proposal (in PDF format) to email@example.com 1.The applicant should have a permanent position at one of the university astronomical institutes in the Netherlands. 2.NOVA will generally only fund part of the total costs. Existing avenues for visitor and workshop funding have to be explored in depth, as availability of partial funding from non-NOVA resources is one of the criteria for a NOVA contribution. The NOVA contribution will generally be limited to € 4.500 per workshop or visitor. 3.The NOVA Board has directed the NOVA Office to run the workshops and visitor program. The intention is to decide on each request within one month after receipt. 4.The workshop must be held in the Netherlands / the visitor must be hosted in the Netherlands.
The NOVA Information Center (NIC) is led by outreach officer Marieke Baan, and is located at the Sterrenkundig Instituut ‘Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam. NIC collaborates with outreach officers at universities and at astronomical institutes and organizations in the Netherlands as well as abroad. NIC operates the Astronomische Persdienst, an electronic ‘press agency’ that distributes the latest Dutch astronomical news (in Dutch). The popular scientific NIC website offers news, information about NOVA and about upcoming events, and ‘ask a question’ service. Promotional and educational material (posters, CD-roms, brochures, exercises) is also available. We organize, or help organize, media events and outreach activities that put Dutch astronomy and science in general in the public mind. Contact: NOVA Informatie Centrum (firstname.lastname@example.org) Public interest in astronomy is immense. Popularization of astronomy is an excellent vehicle for stimulating interest in the natural sciences in general, which is of great importance at a time when the interest in university studies in some of these disciplines is declining. NOVA endorses the IAU Charter for Communicating Astronomy with the Public.