Welcome to MW-Gaia

MW-GAIA will provide European leadership in understanding the Galaxy, its stars and planets, enhance the potential of the community in its scientific exploitation of the observations of more than a billion stars with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, and enhance the development of the next steps in astrometry and space astrometry missions.

The Action brings together key stakeholders from across Europe, to leverage expertise, and develop new techniques to fully maximise the scientific returns from Gaia's rich and complex data.

Five key challenges are addressed: The Milky Way as a Galaxy, The Life and Death of Stars; Planetary Systems Near and Far; Gaia Fundamentals: Space and Time; and Astrometry Innovation Challenge – towards sub-μas astrometry. COST enables the vital Action activities, supporting exchanges, training and meetings.

The Action will have a significant legacy, creating a dynamic and vibrant network of researchers with expertise in the study of the Milky Way, its constituents and the art of Astrometry. Participation is inclusive, with researchers accessing the Network from across Europe, irrespective of their gender or location.

This COST Action commenced 14 Mar 2019 and will complete 13 Mar 2023 (although with the possibility of an extension)

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MW-Gaia at the EAS 2020 Annual Meeting

There will be a MW-Gaia presentation at the EAS 2020 Annual Meeting. This will be in Symposium S10 "Gaia: The (two) billion star galaxy census: The promise of (E)DR3 and ground-based synergies" - 29+30 June 2020. See S10 page. There will be many MW-Gaia and Gaia related presentations of interest to the MW-Gaia Community.

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MW-Gaia Year 2 Activities

The MW-Gaia activities (schools, workshops, exchange visits, etc) are being planned for the coming second year of the network (to Apr 2021). See the Participate pages for details.

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CORONAVIRUS - COST activities - UPDATE - 13 Mar 2020

Information about COST activities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak - news from COST: 13 Mar 2020.

As of now, all MW-Gaia STSM and Meetings are SUSPENDED

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Covid-19 Outbreak and COST Actions

Information about COST activities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak - news from COST as of 27 Feb 2020.

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COST: UK Participation and Brexit

COST have now confirmed UK access and participation in COST in the light of a possible future Brexit. In short, UK participation is guaranteed through to 31 Dec 2020 in the event of UK leaving the UK.

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