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BRICS countries have agreed on a new astronomy cooperation initiative

BRICS countries have agreed on a new astronomy cooperation initiative

On 24 and 25 September, the 6th Meeting of BRICS Astronomy Working Group took place via videoconference.

The event was attended by over 70 experts from BRICS countries.

The meeting participants discussed prospects for implementing the BRICS Intelligent Telescope and Data Network project and the establishment of a BRICS Centre for Observation Data Processing.

Under the project, in 2021, the countries plan to start assembling a prototype distributed network of large-area telescopes based on the infrastructure available to academic organizations in the BRICS countries. The implementation of the first phase of the project is believed to help form scientific and organisational ties, train staff members and start developing the necessary equipment and software for its main phase.

The meeting included an annual research workshop, also held via videoconference. Leading BRICS scientists and engineers presented reports on the project’s characteristics and prospects.

The parties discussed contributions already made by each BRICS country and further steps to be taken to implement the project. They also agreed to submit information for consideration to the relevant Ministries and Line Agencies in the five countries.