Since the successful move on the Plateau de Bure to the extended A-configuration at the beginning of 2006, very good weather conditions have allowed us to make full use of this new instrumental capacity. All the programmes, which requested the new configuration, were completed before changing to the next configuration by mid-February. With a synthesized beam at 230 GHz between 0.3 to 0.5 arcseconds, these new observations show spectacular details in the structure and dynamics of many sources spanning the range of galactic star formation regions, proto-planetary disks, outflows, evolved stars and starbursts in the early universe. These results, which will be published soon, illustrate the potential of observing with long baselines at the sensitivity of the Plateau de Bure interferometer.
Another extension concerns the addition of a new floor on the eastern wing at the IRAM headquarters in Grenoble. This addition will be completed by the end of 2006 and provide new working space for the scientific groups and visitors. Together with the recently extended receiver lab, this will give the needed support for the planned future activities at IRAM.