The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

Membership & Benefits

Why You Should Join the LSST Corporation (LSSTC)

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is the most ambitious all-sky survey of the universe ever proposed. LSST is a joint U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project that was approved for construction in 2014. First light will occur in 2020, and the survey will commence in October 2022. In just its first year of operation LSST will see more of the universe at optical wavelengths than all previous telescopes ever built. As an LSSTC member, you’ll receive numerous benefits (listed on reverse) for your institution as a whole, as well as for your researchers preparing to do science with LSST.

LSST will conduct a 10-year survey of the sky that will deliver a 60-petabyte set of images and a 15-petabyte data catalog to study some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and objects within it. The LSST survey is designed to address four science areas:

  • Probing Dark Energy and Dark Matter
  • Taking an Inventory of the Solar System
  • Exploring the Transient Optical Sky
  • Mapping the Milky Way

The LSST Corporation (, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed to initiate the LSST Project and advance astronomy and physics. LSSTC represents nearly 40 U.S. & Chilean institutional members, as well as 74 international institutions representing 23 countries and over 1500 scientists and researchers. LSSTC will enable the exploitation of LSST data by advocating for and supporting LSST science.

Using Big Data for Big Science: With LSST construction well advanced, LSSTC's focus is now to prepare the community to use this remarkable facility. LSSTC is committed to fostering and building new modes of interdisciplinary collaboration at the interface of astronomy, physics, computer science, mathematics, and information science. Through graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, science schools, workshops, think tanks, and support of the LSST science collaborations, LSSTC is enabling the training of a new generation of young scientists and researchers, and preparing the scientific community for the big data challenges that LSST will bring.

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Membership Benefits 

  • Building and belonging to a science community that includes many of the world’s leading astrophysicists, cosmologists and particle physicists, working together through LSSTC and its Science Collaborations to create an era of transformative science with LSST.

  • Participating in LSSTC Board meetings, which provide in-depth, wide-ranging updates from LSST leadership.

  • The best, and early, access to information about LSST's status, policies, and policies in preparation.

  • Access to the best opportunity for financial support of researchers involved in preparations for LSST. Because NSF has stated clearly that it will not set aside dedicated funds for preparatory activities related to LSST, LSSTC is aggressively seeking such funds from private donors, primarily for its members. As the coordinated voice of LSSTC institutions throughout the country, LSSTC has proven success in raising funds for those planning to carry out research with LSST.

  • Preferential access to LSSTC’s Enabling Science funds and programs. To date, all Enabling Science awards have been made either to scientists active within the (LSSTC-supported) Science Collaborations or from LSSTC member institutions.

  • The opportunity to clearly demonstrate your institution’s commitment to current and prospective faculty, post docs, and students who plan to use LSST. Big data in general, and LSST in particular, will dominate the astrophysics landscape in the coming decade. Because most of those striving to undertake cutting-edge research with LSST will participate in some preparatory activities, access to funds that support such work–even before the start of operations–helps recruitment and retention of top faculty and students.

  • Validation for prospective faculty, postdocs, students, alumni, and the world community that your institution has a leadership role in a project that will transform the field of astrophysics.

  • The opportunity to serve the physics and astronomy communities by helping to maximize the scientific output and societal impact of LSST, with subsequent benefit for your faculty, researchers, students and alumni.

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To apply for membership, please contact the Executive Officer, Pat Eliason (

(Left) Data Science Fellowship Program Session 5 Johns Hopkins University – January 2018
(Right) Dark Energy Schools & Hack Days SLAC – March 2017 & Stony Brook – July 2017




















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