The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

Science Collaborations

In 2008, eleven separate quasi-independent science collaborations were formed to focus on a broad range of topics in astronomy and cosmology that the LSST could address. Members of these collaborations have been instrumental in helping to develop the science case for LSST (encapsulated in the LSST Science Book) to refine the concepts for the survey and for the data processing, and to educate other scientists and the public about the promise of this unique observatory.  The scientific questions that the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project will address are profound and it would be impossible to list all the possible projects that LSST data will enable. Read more about LSST science goals.

Science Collaboration Endorsement of LSST Corporation Activities

The Science Collaborations are committed to continuing to work closely with LSSTC to help guide private funds to programs and activities that have broad scientific value. Click here for the Letter of Endorsement of LSST Corporation by the LSST Science Collaborations.

Science Collaboration Publication Policies
Each LSST Science Collaboration develops its own publication policy, based on a template policy that can be used, revised, or expanded as it fits (Word (link is external), PDF (link is external), Gooogle Doc (link is external)). See the first page of the template for more details.

LSST Science Collaborations

Overview Posters

There are currently eight active LSST Science Collaborations.  Additional information about their work and membership can be found at the links below or by contacting the individual chairs, or the LSSTC Science Collaborations Coordinator (LSSTCSCC), Federica Bianco.

 Chair(s): Manda Banerji (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge); Sugata Kaviraj (University of Hertfordshire);

DM Liaison: Robert Lupton

Stars, Milky Way, and Local Volume 
 Chair(s): John Bochanski (Rider University); John Gizis (University of Delaware); Peregrine McGehee (College of the Canyons);

DM Liaison: Colin Slater

Solar System 
 Chair(s): Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatory Northern Operations Center); David Trilling (Northern Arizona University);

DM Liaison: Mario Jurić

Dark Energy 
 Chair(s): Patricia Burchat (Stanford University); Rachel Mandelbaum (Carnegie Mellon University);

DM Liaison: Robert Lupton, Leanne Guy

Active Galactic Nuclei
 Chair(s): Triana Almeyda (University of Southampton); Niel Brandt (Pennsylvania State University);

DM Liaison: Željko Ivezić

Transients/variable stars
 Chair(s): Federica Bianco (University of Delaware); Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory);

DM Liaison: Melissa Graham, Eric Belm

Strong Lensing
 Chair(s): Charles Keeton (Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey); Aprajita Verma (University of Oxford);

DM Liaison: Jim Bosch

Informatics and Statistics
 Chair(s): Tom Loredo (Cornell University); Chad Schafer (Carnegie Mellon University);

DM Liaison: Leanne Guy

LSST National Groups


Chair(s): Bob Mann & George Beckett
DM Liaison: Leanne Guy & Wil O'Mullane (management)

LSST Chile

Chair(s): Chris Smith
DM Liaison: Leanne Guy & Wil O'Mullane (management)

LSST France

Chair(s): Emmanuel Gangler
DM Liaison: Leanne Guy & Wil O'Mullane (management)



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