Herschel Users' Group


The Herschel Users' Group was set up in the spring of 2010. It is an independent advisory group directly representing the Herschel user community. The HUG will provide a forum for (potential) general users of Herschel to provide input to the operations of the observatory as an astronomical facility on various matters affecting its scientific productivity and user friendliness. The HUG directly interfaces with the Herschel Project Scientist as described in its Terms of Reference.


The HUG was formed in 2010 as a group of eight people drawn from the KP user community. The HUG#1 meeting was conducted by the these eight members. In early 2011 the group was extended to its full complement of twelve people, by adding four members drawn from the OT1 community to the original eight members. In this form the HUG conducted the HUG#2-4 meetings.

The HUG members were always foreseen to serve for about 2 years, and be replaced. In the course of 2012 four members have been replaced. At the time of the HUG#5 meeting, four had left the group while three new had been recruited, with one more to come. All four are now in place. The current HUG members are:


  • Dimitra Rigopoulou, U Oxford & RAL-STFC, UK (Chair)
  • Mike Barlow, University College London, UK
  • Leen Decin, KU Leuven, B
  • David Elbaz, CEA, Saclay, F
  • Edith Falgarone, École Normale Supérieure & Paris Observatory, F
  • Paul Hartogh, MPIfS, Katlenburg-Lindau, D
  • Leslie Hunt, Arcetri Observatory, I
  • Margaret Meixner, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
  • Alberto Noriega-Crespo, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
  • Carsten Kramer, IRAM, Granada, E
  • Gordon Stacey, U Cornell, USA
  • Axel Weiss, MPIfR, Bonn, D


The HUG vintage 2011 at ESAC in front of the Herschel scale model during the HUG#2 meeting. From left to right in the front row: Alberto Noriega-Crespo, Dimitra Rigopoulou, Leslie Hunt, Gordon Stacey, and Rob Kennicutt, behind them are: Axel Weiss, Gwendolyn Meeus, Paul Hartogh, Edith Falgarone, Lars Kristensen, and Margaret Meixner. Unfortunately Jean-François Lestrade is missing in the picture.
The HUG in 2013 during HUG#6. From left to right: Leen Decin, David Elbaz, Paul Hartogh, Dimitra Rigopoulou, Alberto Noriega-Crespo, Leslie Hunt, Edith Falgarone, Gordon Stacey, and Mike Barlow. Unfortunately Carsten Kramer, Margaret Meixner, and Axel Weiss are missing in the picture.


The HUG had several interactions including a telecon on 24 June 2010 in order to prepare for the first meeting which took place on 20-21 October 2010 in Cambridge. Below a listing of held and planned meetings and associated presentations and minutes in inverse time order.

HUG#10, held on 30-31 May 2016, ESAC.

HUG#9, held on 18-19 June 2015, ESAC.


HUG#8, held on 22-23 May 2014, ESAC.


HUG#7, held on 14 October 2013, ESTEC.


HUG#6, held on 8-9 April 2013, ESAC.


HUG#5, held on 6-7 September 2012, ESAC.


HUG#4, held on 15-16 December 2011, ESAC


HUG#3, held on 3-4 May 2011, ESAC


HUG#2, held on 23-24 February 2011, ESAC


HUG#1, held on 20-21 October 2010, Cambridge