In March 2021, the optical and radio communities decided to come together in the Opticon Radionet Pilot (ORP) (https://www.orp-h2020.eu/) providing for the first time a coordinated and coherent plan for access to a set of optical/infrared and radio facilities, support and training for multi-wavelength astronomers, and specific developments to improve the capabilities of facilities.
ORP represents the largest and most comprehensive network of facilities/observatories across Europe (and around the world) covering the optical, infra-red, sub-mm and radio wavebands. The aim of ORP is to bring together experts from the astronomy community, to develop access to optical, infrared and radio facilities in an efficient and co-ordinated way.
The Opticon Radionet Pilot project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation programme. The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) coordinates the project, together with the University of Cambridge and the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Astronomers from 15 European countries (Greece is included with the 2.3m Aristarchos Telescope at Helmos Observatory), Australia and South Africa, as well as from 37 institutions (NOA), have already joined the ORP consortium.