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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

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 will focus 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 registration information may be found here.

LSSTC Support: $6,439

Synergies of LSST and Suborbital Missions Workshop

August 2019; Postponed due to schedule conflict - more information coming soom

Core science cases of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) would greatly benefit from overlapping observations with NASA's recently developed Superpressure Balloon (SPB) capability. SPB-based imagers can provide near-space quality and enormous imaging speed in the blue/UV, which can calibrate critical LSST measurements (e.g., galaxy shapes and photometry). Our workshop will explore possible synergies between LSST science and planned, future SPB missions.

Contact: Tim Eifler

LSSTC Support: $10,000

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

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

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

LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program

The LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) is a supplement to graduate education in astronomy-related fields (e.g. astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, etc.), intended to teach students essential skills for dealing with big data. You don't need to know anything about data science to apply, you just need to be excited to learn!

The DSFP consists of three, one-week schools per year over a two year period. On top of teaching our students the skills they need for modern survey astronomy, we also aim to create a collaborative, supportive learning environment, and work to empower our students to teach the skills they learn to others. We strive to create an inclusive program, and particularly encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups in astronomy.

Please visit and check out our FAQ to learn more!

Lucianne Walkowicz, Director
Adam Miller, Program Director

LSST@ASIA: Exploring the Wide, Fast, Deep Universe

20-23 May 2019; University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

LSST@ASIA is the first conference in a series, following on from the series of very successful LSST@Europe conferences held in 2013, 2016, and 2018. These meetings encouraged close interaction between LSST personnel and European scientists interested in LSST.

This conference will bring together scientists in Asia, Australia and South Africa with an interest in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and provide them with the opportunity to interact with each other as well as with leaders of the LSST Science Collaborations and hear updates on LSST construction and data processing progress.

LSSTC Support: $10,000


2nd Workshop on LSST Detection of Optical Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Events

3 & 4 May 2019; Columbia University, New York, NY

A workshop will be held at Columbia University to assess the detection of optical counterparts of gravitational wave events by LSST. LSST will be the most sensitive instrument for observing optical counterparts of GW events in both depth and speed. Binary neutron star (NS) mergers will be visible with LSST out to 1 Gpc. Binary black hole (BH) mergers and BHNS mergers will be much fainter and possibly accessible only with LSST. The science enabled by the optical observations includes testing cosmology, general relativity and measuring the NS equation of state.

Contact: or Morgan May, Columbia University

LSSTC Support: $8,000


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