The ExtraHOT consortium was established at the Herschel Space Observatory Extragalactic Open Time Discussion Meeting at Sussex 21-23 September 2004 and is open to anyone in the international astronomical community.
Aim of the consortium is to coordinate the formulation of a number of extragalactic key programmes for submission in response to the Herschel Open-Time call for proposals. We hope to provide an environment in which large proposals can be successful. We aim to optimise the scientific effectiveness of the HSO by pooling resources in the planning, preparation, execution and analysis of observing programmes.
We will bring a wide variety of theoretical expertise to the optimising of observing plans and use our instrumental expertise to optimise observing modes. We also aim ensure that the required preparatory data is in place.
A secondary goal of this consortium is to provide a common political voice to EU and national funding agencies.