ALMA Community Day and CASA Workshop 2014

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The UCAT Center for ALMA Science Advancement (tuCASA) and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) are pleased to announce that an ALMA Community Day together with a two-day CASA workshop will be held at the Science Campus of National Taiwan Normal University on November 15 and 22, 2014.


CASA Workshop

The main purpose of the CASA Workshop, which is organized by tuCASA and cosponsored by ALMA Regional Center of Taiwan (ARC-Taiwan) of ASIAA, is to help potential ALMA users to familiarize themselves with CASA (Common Astronomy Software Applications) package for the post-processing of the ALMA data. Faculty, research staff and graduate students of UCAT (University Consortium of ALMA–Taiwan) who are interested in using ALMA data for their research but have little knowledge of CASA package are particularly welcome.

        The workshop format will be short lectures interlaced with hands-on exercises basically. The detailed program can be found at


        Participants are required to bring along with you a notebook computer running on either Mac OS or Linux, and please have the CASA program “CASA 4.2.2” and “CASA User Reference & Cookbook 4.2.2” downloaded in advance at


        Please also have the dataset “CASA2014_data.zip” readily downloaded prior to the workshop from



ALMA Community Day

The major goal of the ALMA Community Day, organized by ARC-T of ASIAA and cosponsored by tuCASA, is to make better ALMA science and better ALMA proposals. The ALMA Community Day will focus on:  1) to update Taiwan community the status of ALMA and other radio facilities, including JCMT, CSO and SMA, that astronomers in Taiwan have access to;  2) to improve ALMA proposals from Taiwan; 3) to attract more non-radio astronomers to use the ALMA.

        In addition, we will learn how to search for and identify ALMA archival data, including ALMA Science Verification (SV) data and Cycle-0 & Cycle-1 data, that we may be interested in working on. We will also discuss all practical concerns for ALMA archival data retrieval. Participants who know their target sources beforehand or have clear science goals in mind are encouraged to contact Dr. Kuo-Song Wang directly before November 7 so Dr. Wang (kswang@asiaa.sinica.edu.tw) may help you to locate appropriate datasets more effectively. If you do want to download ALMA archival datasets to work on for actual research, a 1-on-1 tutorial on data retrieval is available on November 15, please register first.

        Proposal MOCK Review is also available on November 22 for a 1-on-1 discussion on your unsuccessful proposals in previous cycles. Please register first and send your proposals to almamock@asiaa.sinica.edu.tw by November 15.


Dates and Venue

November 15 and November 22 (Saturdays) at Rm S101 of the Research Building (教學研究大樓) on the Science Campus of National Taiwan Normal University (師大分部).


Organizing Committee

Vivien Chen                   (NTHU)

Chorng-Yuan Hwang    (NCU)

Yi-Jehng Kuan               (NTNU)

Shih-Ping Lai                 (NTHU)

Chin-Fei Lee                  (ASIAA)

Sheng-Yuan Liu            (ASIAA)

Yawen Tang                  (ASIAA)

Wei-Ling Tseng            (NTNU)



Online registration is available at:


Registration is free of charge; online registration deadline is at 23:59 on November 11, 2014.



For more information or questions, please contact Ms. Chih-Li Wang (王治力小姐) at chihliwang@ntnu.edu.tw