50th Young European Radio Astronomers Conference


Like many research institutes around the world, IRAM continues to take measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect staff and visitors. Given the uncertainties, and to avoid a late cancellation that would penalize the YERAC participants, the LOC/SOC has decided to postpone the conference until the summer of 2021.

New dates will be announced early in 2021



From August 18 to 21, 2020, IRAM will host the 50th Young European Radio Astronomers Conference (YERAC) in Grenoble.

The YERAC is a real opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and young post-doctoral students to meet together, present their work, tap into different radioastronomical subjects, and discuss research done by others. The YERAC is a unique combination of participant's presentations, lectures from senior scientists, and tours of specialized laboratory facilities.

The YERAC dates are as follows:

  • Mar 23: registration opens
  • May 14: deadline for registration and recommendation letters
  • June 8: candidates receive their confirmation of participation
  • Aug 18: arrival of participants
  • Aug 18-21: YERAC
  • Aug 22 : departure of participants

In view of the drastic evolution of the coronavirus desease, we recommend interested candidates to check these dates as they become nearer.  

Participation in the YERAC is by recommendation. Due to logistical limitations, up to 35 participants can be hosted. Each candidate is expected to provide a letter of recommendation by their direct supervisor or the Director of their institute. The same letter needs to identify the candidate's research area, the start year of the PhD, the year in which the PhD is expected to be completed or has already been completed, the name of the supervisors and the candidate's university or institutional affiliation. Candidates who are not yet enrolled in a PhD program, must hold a Master's degree or equivalent. Recommendation letters are to be e-mailed to the LOC by the registration deadline.

Candidates are requested to proceed with the registration as soon as possible. Participants will be selected based on the information in their online application, and ensuring that a broad range of radioastronomical subjects are covered, from low to high frequency. Each participant will have to give a presentation.

Accommodation and subsistence for all participants will be covered by IRAM, with support from RadioNet. Travel costs are to be covered and arranged by the participant’s home institute. Participants with special needs or requirements are asked to contact the LOC.


LOC/SOC: Cathy Berjaud, Edwige Chapillon, Ana Lopez-Sepulcre, Roberto Neri, Karin Zacher

This event has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730562 [RadioNet]