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LSSTC Supported Activities

SNe Across SCs

POSTPONED until further notice; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Workshop postponed until Summer 2020. More information may be found at the website link below.

Supernovae live at the intersection of research interests of a number of the Science Collaborations of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). These energetic sources probe stellar physics, aid in modeling nearby multi-messenger sources, trace feedback over cosmic time, and allow us to measure the expansion history of the Universe.

This workshop will cover commissioning activities for the survey, identify key pieces of shared infrastructure, and guide new users accessing LSST data projects. We will foster future collaborations for obtaining follow-up observations, identify innovative extensions to our analyses, and improve our communication wit the LSST Tea. Most importantly we will chart the course for supernova science readiness with LSST.

Registration and information at:

LSSTC Support: $27,000

Rubin Observatory LSST@Europe4

Shaping the European Contribution to LSST
POSTPONED until further notice; Rome, Italy

This conference follows the very successful LSST@Europe1 (Cambridge), 2 (Belgrade) and 3 (Lyon) workshops organized in 2013, 2016 and 2018 to foster the European participation in the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time, as well as the analogous LSST@ASIA organized in 2019 by and for the Asian, Australian and African communities.

The Rubin Observatory project is moving forward in the construction phase, and activities in the Rubin Observatory LSST Science Collaborations are vibrant and involve a significant European participation. The recent adoption of “in-kind” contributions to regulate the access of International participants to LSST data clearly represents a major paradigm shift for the participation of the European astronomical community, with existing agreements that need to be re-negotiated by mid-2021.

The Rubin Observatory LSST@Europe4 conference provides the community with a timely opportunity to discuss proposals and plans. In this framework, the main objectives of Rubin Observatory LSST@Europe4 are to:

  • provide an update of the status of the Rubin Observatory;
  • foster and promote the participation of European scientists in the activities of the Science Collaborations;
  • discuss opportunities and proposals to help European participants shape the “in-kind” contributions for the development of the Rubin Observatory project;
  • discuss potential common initiatives at the European level to support the participation of European scientists in the survey;
  • provide an updated description of the LSST data products;
  • discuss the survey science drivers: current perspectives and future developments;
  • explore synergies with other facilities, with a special emphasis on the European ones.

For information:

LSSTC Support: $10,000

Building a TOM for Early Classification of Type Ia Supernovae and Managing Follow-up

Ongoing Project: December 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020; Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

During this project, we will develop a Target Observation Manager (TOM) to identify young type Ia supernovae in current and upcoming transient surveys. Our main goal is to provide candidates to be observed in the Hubble Space Telescope SIRAH program with near-infrared photometry and spectroscopy of 24 SN Ia in the smooth Hubble flow.

Contact Saurabh Jha (Admin PI) or Mi Dai (Science PI) for additional information.

LSSTC/Heising-Simons/Zegar Family Support: $45,000

This award was made possible by a collaboration between LSST Corporation, Las Cumbres Observatory, NOAO, and SOAR Observatories and gratefully acknowledges support from the Heising-Simons and Zegar Family Foundations,

Discovery and Follow-up of Active Asteroids in ZTF Alerts

On-going project: January - December, 2020; Adler Planetarium, Astronomy Department, Chicago, IL

Active asteroids are a diverse population driven by a variety of mechanisms including volatile sublimation, direct impacts, rotation driven mass shedding and "exotic" dust creation and ejection processes. Current and deep future surveys such as ZTF and Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will increase the numbers of known active asteroids by orders of magnitudes. We will use ZTF alerts to look for newly active asteroids among the population of known asteroids. MPC, ALCDEF data and prior ZTF data will establish a baseline light curve. 100 hours of LCO 1-m time will be used to take confirming photometry of candidate active asteroids. Confirmed asteroid activity triggers will be disseminated to the community. 

Contact Geza Gyuk at Adler for more information.

LSSTC/Heising-Simons/Zegar Family Support: $21,500

This award was made possible by a collaboration between LSST Corporation, Las Cumbres Observatory, NOAO, and SOAR Observatories and gratefully acknowledges support from the Heising-Simons and Zegar Family Foundations,

Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2019

June/July 2020; Universidad de ConcepciĆ³n, Chile (tent.)

Due to political unrest in Chile, this meeting has been postponed until mid-2020. The meeting website will be updated with new information following the LOC and SOC meetings in January 2020 -- new submission and registration deadlines will be forthcoming.

Based on the success of the LSST in Chile Workshops started in Nov 2015, applications will be accepted for this fifth meeting. This workshop will prepare the Chilean community for the large volumes of data coming from LSST, which represent an excellent opportunity to develop world class scientific research in astronomy, but which will also require addressing the data analysis problem in novel ways. The workshop will encompass a two-day meeting in which members of the Chilean community may present and discuss their ideas to make the best use of the LSST data and multi wavelength follow-up studies, ranging from solar system and planetary science to high redshift galaxies and cosmology. Special emphasis will be on tutorial sessions about the different tools that are and will be available to the community.

More information about the meeting and the registration form may be found at:

LSSTC Support: $7500


Recent 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

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

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