Astronomy Archives User Group Meeting 12-13 September 2022

IRAP (RooM: Salle de conférence) + WEBEX


Monday 12th September, 13:30 - 17:00 Presentations
13:30-13:40 Introduction and welcome (N. Webb, G. de Marchi)  
13:40-13:45 Adoption of the agenda (All)  
13:45-14:15 Review of actions  
14:15-15:00 Project for the next Horizon Europe call (H. Bouy) pdf
15:00-15:30 Break  
15:30-16:30 Gaia query statistics (J. De Bruijne)  
16:30-17:00 Community feedback collected by User Group members and discussion (All).   
 - Dinner -  
Tuesday 13th September, 9:00 - 13:00  
09:00-09:20 ESA Astronomy Archives session at EAS 2022 and plans for EAS 2023 (G. de Marchi, N. Webb, D. Baines) pdf
09:20-09:40 Archival Research Visitor Programme status (G. de Marchi) pdf
09:40-10:10 ESASky updates (D. Baines) pdf
10:10-10:50 ESA JWST archive latest news (T. Marston) pdf
10:50-11:00 Date and time of next meeting (All)  
11:00-11:30 Break  
11:30-11:45 AOB  
11:45-13:00 Closed session  
13:00 Wrap up  


Meeting Location

The meeting will take place at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP), Toulouse, France on the Roche site (9 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse), in the main conference room (Salle de conférence) across the hall from the main entrance. You will need to sign the visitors book at the welcome desk. 

Travel to IRAP

Arriving in Toulouse:

By air :

Toulouse is well served by the Toulouse-Blagnac airport about 10 km north-west of the centre of Toulouse. To get to your hotel from the airport, there are several options - either the bus (navette), or via public transport (tram) Line T2 - Palais de Justice/Airport. The second option takes longer, stopping at 16 stations from Blagnac to Toulouse, arriving at the Palais de Justice (close to the centre of town), with a journey time of 32 minutes. The advantage of this option is that it only costs 1.70€. Alternatively you can take a taxi (20-30 euros).

By train:

The main train station is Toulouse Matabiau (link in French only). It is located just a few hundred metres from Jean d'Arc and Jean Jaurès. There are many hotels in this area of Toulouse as it is very close to the centre of Toulouse (Capitole).

By car:

Toulouse is well linked to other major French cities as well as neighbouring Spanish and Italian cities by road.

Arriving at IRAP:

To get from your hotel to IRAP, you can either take the metro line B in the direction of Ramonville (1.70€) and get off at Faculté de Pharmacie, from where you can walk (~15 minutes) to IRAP or take the bus 78 (using the same ticket as you used for the metro - don't forget to stamp it again) in the direction of St Orens Lycée and get off at the LAAS stop. The bus goes every 20 minutes. Alternatively you could get off the metro at Ramonville and take either the bus 27 or 37. Both buses start at Ramonville metro station. You can plan your journey here!

Alternatively you can walk along the canal (~50 minutes) or take one of the bikes to hire. There are stations all around town and a couple close to our institute. You can find out more information here (website in French), but the essentials are that it is 1.20€ to hire the bike for <24 hours - with each journey free for the first 30 minutes. Be aware that the bike stations (to return bikes) close to our institute can fill up quickly in the morning. The final alternative is to take a taxi, but traffic is very heavy between 08:00 and 10:00 and again between 17:00-19:00. 

If you wish to come by car, there is plenty of free parking at IRAP.


TripAdvisor or is the best option to find a good hotel. It is probably best to stay in the town centre as there is very little in the way of restaurants and entertainment close to the institute.