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15/09/2017 Expected downtime of the Gaia Archive and some Gaia DPAC services

Due to network maintenance, some Gaia DPAC services like Jira, SVN, DPAC Wiki and GOST and the Gaia Archive will be down from about 18:00 CEST today until at least Saturday evening 16 September 20:00 CEST. Throughout Sunday 17 September there is still a possibility for a downtime until all systems are brought back up.

14/09/2017 First birthday of Gaia Data Release 1

Exactly one year ago, we released our first data. Since the release, more than 170 refereed science papers used the Gaia DR1 data so far. If you are interested to check out any publications on Gaia, please have a look here.

11/09/2017 Programme for EWASS 2018 is now online

The programme for EWASS 2018 in Liverpool is now online. There will be a session dedicated to Gaia: "Gaia: The billion-star galaxy census: at the threshold of Gaia data release 2".

08/09/2017 Young Astronomer School on the Scientific Exploitation of the Gaia Data

The Doctoral School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Paris and the Observatoire de Paris are organizing an international school for PhD and post-doctoral students on the scientific exploitation of the Gaia data and the study of the stellar populations of our Galaxy. It will be held in Paris (FIAP, Paris 14ème) from 26 February to 2 March 2018.

The school will propose lectures given by internationally recognized experts in the study of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and will be accompanied by hands-on sessions. The school will allow the participants to master the knowledge and tools allowing them to manipulate and to explore the Gaia catalog and to derive properties necessary for the analysis of stellar populations, such as the age of stars, their orbits in the Galaxy, etc.

The application deadline is November 30, 2017, but the attendance is limited to 40-50 students and candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. More information is available here.

08/09/2017 Vacancy: ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

ESA has announced an opportunity for post-doctoral research fellowships linked to its science missions, including Gaia. Applications can be submitted until 2 October 2017. More details, including the detailed vacancies, can be found here. Addtional information is provided on the Research Fellowship website.

04/09/2017 Gaia Space Science Image of the Week

Today the Space Science image of the week features a Gaia sky mapper image taken on 7 February 2017. The image features part of the Sagittarius I Window (Sgr-I), located close to the Galactic Centre, and might contain some 2.8 million stars.

30/08/2017 Interview with Lennart Lindegren kicking off the Gaia Science Meeting in Lund.

Today a three-day meeting called "The science of Gaia and future challenges" kicks off in Lund, Sweden. Home of the Lund Observatory, an institute involved in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC). The meeting also coincides with the retirement of Lennart Lindegren, one of Gaia's important faces. Here is in interview with him to start off this meeting with some in-depth knowledge on Gaia's history and Lennart's role in all of this. Thank you, Lennart, for your huge contribution to the Gaia mission and we are happy you will keep on working with us!

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