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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

Managing Follow-up Observations in the Era of ZTF & LSST

30 September - 4 October 2019; Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA

The workshop will be an interactive introduction to the key technologies and facilities for
follow-up observing that will drive astronomy in the LSST era and a chance for scientists to
influence their development. Participants will have exclusive access to a unique proposal
opportunity for development mini-grants and telescope time to kick-start their observing

For more information, please see: and join our mailing list to receive further updates.

This workshop is a collaboration between LSST Corporation, LCO, NOAO, Gemini, and SOAR
Observatories and gratefully acknowledges support from the Heising-Simons and Zegar Family

Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2019

December 2019; Location to be Determined, Chile

Beginning in 2015, and continuing each year since, SOCHIAS organized four successful "Towards Science in Chile with the LSST" meetings. Each of hese workshops gathered more than 70 astronomers from over 15 different Chilean institutions, including a significant number of student attendees. These meetings allow the vast majority of the Chilean scientific communty, interested in LSST-related research, to receive direct updates on the project from top-level LSST representatives and provide the natural venue for the presentation, discussion, and coordination of scientific projects planned for LSST, cadence requirements, and simulations, among others. The workshops were also used to elect new Chilean representatives to key LSST committees.

Held annually, the workshops are critical given the heavy involvement of the Chilean community and their rapidly evolving responsibility on the LSST project.

For more information, click here.

LSSTC Support: $7500

SNe Across SCs

April 2020; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Supernovae live at the intersection of research interests of a number of LSST Science Collaborations (SCs), spanning topics from stellar physics and modeling nearby multi-messenger sources, to tracing feedback over cosmic time and measuring the expansion history of the Universe. This workshop will guide new users accessing LSST science pipeline products and chart the course for developing shared infrastructure between science collaborations. Bringing scientists together across SCs will foster future collaborations for obtaining follow-up observations, help to identify innovative extensions to our analyses, and improve our communication and interfacting with the LSST project.

For more information, contact Gautham Narayan.

LSSTC Support: $27,000

Recent Activities

La Serena School for Data Science

19-28 August 2019; La Serena, Chile

The La Serena School for Data Science: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences is an intensive week of interdisciplinary lectures focused on applied tools for handling big astronomical data. Participants will be instructed in how astronomical data are processed, accessed and analyzed, including reduction pipelines, databases, and scientific programming.  The School will be taught by an international and interdisciplinary group of professors who will use real data and examples.  Participants will work on team-based projects and be provided training and access to the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing located at the University of Chile's Center for Mathematical Modeling.

LSSTC Support: $3,000

Student Program at LSST 2019 Project & Community Workshop

12-14 August 2019; Hilton El Conquistador; Tucson, AZ

Twenty-three students were supported by LSSTC to attend the LSST 2018 Project & Community Workshop, in mid-August, for two days of student-oriented programming — for example, a student poster session, breakfast with LSST scientists and engineers, student-oriented breakouts, mirror lab tour, etc.  In the poster session, students presented their LSST-related summer research. Most of the student stipends were supported with LSSTC-funded internships; others were supported by their home institution or other programs.  LSSTC is funding the transportation, workshop registration, and housing for the students.

LSSTC Support: $25,000

LSST Dark Matter Workshop 2019

5-7 August 2019; University of Chicago - Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Chicago, IL

Dark matter constitutes roughly 85% of the matter density of the Universe, and represents a critical gap in our understanding of fundamental physics. Despite extensive experimental efforts, the only robust, positive empirical measurement of dark matter continues to come from cosmological and astrophysical observations. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) offers a versatile platform to investigate dark matter. This workshop focused on new ideas for probing the fundamental nature of dark matter with LSST and other future observations.

More information on the LSST dark matter effort can be found at

Workshop information may be found here.

LSSTC Support: $6,439

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