GPS World Webinar: PNT Monitoring to Safeguard Critical Infrastructure

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – Thursday, September 17, 2020
1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT / 7 p.m. CET

Recent webinars have focused on a variety of proven, resilient technologies to combat GNSS and PNT vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. In this webinar, we will focus on how PNT monitoring can further protect critical systems from these vulnerabilities through continuous monitoring and improvement. More information: here.

17th June 2020, videoconference: PhD defense of Steffen Wittrock

Steffen Wittrock will defend his thesis the 17th of June 2020 at 2 PM on: “From noise and stability to synchronization and complex dynamics in spin torque nano-oscillators”, prepared at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales under the supervision of Vincent Cros.

The defense will take place by videoconference on the following link:

Death of Raymond Besson, “the man of the quartz at 10-14

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Passionate scientist, professor at ENSMM (Besançon, France) until 2006 and director of the Chronometry, Electronics and Piezoelectricity Laboratory of Besançon between 1978 and 2002, Raymond Besson was renowned in the national and international time-frequency community for his so-called BVA quartz resonators. He died on April 15, 2020.

-> More details about Raymond’s life

Two-Way Satellite Time and Frequency Transfer: first use of a Software Defined Radio receiver in UTC calculation

Two-Way Satellite Time and Frequency Transfer, improved by the Software-Defined Radio (SDR) receiver, has been used for Circular T calculation for the first time in March 2020. The comparison between the French and German local realizations of UTC, UTC(OP) and UTC(PTB), was performed using SDR receivers, a method that replaces part of the time-transfer hardware with high-speed digitization and software data processing. This significantly improves the 1-day stability of the time comparison.

=> informations (or here in french)

FIRST-TF Calls for projects 2020 are opened ; deadline April 10th 2020 [Update COVID19]

The FIRST-TF calls for projects 2020 are now opened. The deadline is April 3rd 2020 April 10th 2020 [Update COVID 19].

IMPORTANT: this year, we introduce 2 parralel calls. The usual “one-year project” call, and in addition, a new “multi-year project” call. There is two distincts forms for these two calls.

The texts of the calls and the forms to fill-in can be downloaded here :

[note COVID 19: in case of difficulties in transmitting the “signature pages”, an email to from the direction of the structure involved will also be accepted]

“One-year project” call 2020 ; “One-year project” form 2020

“Multi-year projects” call 2020 ; “Multi-years projects” form 2020