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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

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


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; LSST 2019 Project & Community Workshop, Tucson, AZ

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

Recent Activities

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


Towards Science in Chile with the LSST

6-9 March 2019; La Serena, Chile

A nationwide, three-day workshop to gather scientists, engineers, students, and other professionals in related areas with interest in LSST to discuss the project and its scientific potential for the Chilean community. This is the fourth year for this workshop, which started in 2015, with more than 250 participants.

For registration information, click here.

Contact: Patricio Rojo, Universidad de Chile

LSSTC Support: $8,300


Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation - Winter Meeting

25 Feb - 1 Mar 2019; Berkeley, CA

The third of several meetings of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), which is actively working to prepare for a multi-probe dark energy analysis of LSST data. Grant funds will provide travel support for junior scientists to attend the DESC Sprint Week, which brings together members to push forward work on DESC code and analysis.

LSST Support: $12,960

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