IDA is to advise the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation in matters relating to the Danish memberships of various international astrophysics organisations. An IDA Board has been set to ensure the complete representation of Danish interests.
The IDA Board is the top governing body of IDA
The IDA Board has the following tasks:
Hans Kjeldsen (Head of IDA)
Jakob Lysgaard Rørsted (Administrative manager of IDA)
Mia Sloth Lundkvist
Desiree D.M. Ferreira
Heidi Korhonen (ESO)
Jes K. Jørgensen
Kasper Elm Heintz
Katriona Mai LandauGould
Lise Bech Christensen
Simone Vejlgaard Nielsen
Mads Toudal Frandsen
Troels Haugbølle (KU), IDA WG 10 Chair
Birgitta Nordström (KU), IDA WG11 Chair
The Executive Committee has the following tasks:
Desiree D.M. Ferreira
Mia Sloth Lundkvist
Mads Toudal Frandsen
IDA have 11 different working groups (WG), each with a specific list of aims, goals, and actions. They are further divided into three categories.
IDA have three strategic Working Groups, WG 1, 2, and 3. These groups will prepare documents and reports and draft strategic plans with the aim of supporting and qualifying the IDA activities. A central part of the activities in the IDA Board is to advice on priorities and ensure optimum use of existing and future research facilities and this will require plans, actions and reports/studies. The aim of those three WG’s is to ensure coherent and fast decisions in relation to ESO, NOT, ESA, NASA etc.
IDA have three Working Groups that are dealing with specific activities that are initiated and/or supported by IDA: WG 4, 5, 6 and 10. Those groups will not only deal with strategies and recommendations but also deal with implementation as well as coordination with the specific facilities.
IDA have three Working Groups that are dealing with organizing specific IDA activities: WG 7, 8, 9 and 11. Those groups will be in charge for planning, organizing and prioritizing the IDA budget that are linked to those activities.
This WG will work on aspects of the way we use the ESO facilities and prioritize our access. This will relate to ELT, ALMA, VLT, La Silla etc. and also our use of the ESO student/postdoc programme.
This WG might collaborate and coordinate some of the activities with the IDA WG on ELT Instrumentation. The national representatives in the ESO committees should be members of this WG.
Chair: Allan Hornstrup
This WG will have two main objectives as their focus. The first objective is to discuss the future structure of NOTSA as well as the Danish use of NOT in general. How will we ensure continued operations of the NOT?
The second objective is to support the NTE project development with a specific aim of recommending how IDA can support the development and use of this instrument. The Danish/IDA GTO time also needs attention. Danish development plans for NOT should also be discussed and the WG should recommend how we handle those projects. One question to consider is how the connection to NOT should be in the future – i.e. the Danish NOT funding contribution might be handled and prioritized by IDA. The national representatives in the NOT committees should be members of this WG.
Chair: Heidi Korhonen
This WG will deal with the ESA Science Programme. We need to define how future priorities within the ESA Sceince Programme might be coordinated with the Space Board activities also with the aim of ensuring a coordination between space and ground activities.
The WG might work on defining a structure that improves coordination and recommendations for long-term projects in space and on ground and should not be limited to ESA projects. Also NASA and CNES projects are relevant as well as strategies for how we might relate to space activities in China, Japan, and Russia etc. One important aspect is also to discuss how Danish astronomers can take part in specific space projects at a national level (e.g. missions under ESA and NASA). The national representatives in the relevant ESA committees should be members of this WG.
Chair: Desiree D.M. Ferreira
IDA (and KU and AU) have signed a MoA with the LSST Team which will need actions. There are many aspects of the Danish LSST collaboration; we need to select PI’s for LSST, start collaborating with the LSST Team and discuss the funding situation on a national level.
This WG will be responsible for leading the development of the Danish LSST activities and recommend to IDA how to support this. As a first action the WG will organize a workshop on LSST.
Chair: Christa Gall
Taking an active part in ELT instrumentation is difficult and contains a series of challenges. Besides scientific involvement one needs to be able to locate long-term funding at a significant level and it is not obvious how we should deal with this in general.
IDA will need to consider how we support those activities and more specifically how we act in relation to ANDES (formerly HIRES), where Denmark is already an active member. We need to develop a strategy for how we can take part in the ELT instrumentation projects in general.
Chair: Lise Christensen
IDA has started activities in relation to the Greenland Telescope. The aim of this WG is to develop those activities further as well as agreeing with the GLT team how to define our collaboration, especially in relation to scientific collaborations.
Chair: Jes K Jørgensen
Rethink the IDA webpage, the use of the webpage (announcements, information, feedback) and develop the interaction between IDA, the Danish astronomical community, and the public.
ESON and future development and coordination of the ESO outreach will be part of this WG.
Chair: Jakob Lysgaard Rørsted
Organizing and developing the national observing school will be in the hands of this WG.
Chair: Johan Fynbo
Organizing and developing the Annual Danish Astronomy Meeting will be in the hands of this WG.
Chair: Kasper Elm Heintz
The work of WG10 is to coordinate and improve the use of high-performance and high-throughput computing in Danish astrophysics. This includes education, training, and access to national and international facilities, especially through DeiC, PRACE, and EuroHPC.
Chair: Troels Haugbølle
WG11 aim is to coordinate and communicate international relations and activities, specifically in regard to EAS (the European Astronomical Society) and IAU (the International Astronomical Union) to all Danish astronomers.
Chair: Birgitta Nordström