LRP2020: Call for white papers

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the call for white papers for the Canadian Astronomy Long Range Plan for 2020-2030 (LRP2020). Due dates are as follows:
* Expressions of interest: UT 2300 on Apr 15th, 2019, via https://casca.ca/?page_id=11595
* White papers: UT 2300 on Sep 30th, 2019 (instructions provided to those who submit EoIs)

LRP2020 will review the Canadian landscape for astronomy and astrophysics, and will produce a list of recommended priorities for the next decade. The resulting plan will serve as a single unified vision for the highest priority projects in astronomy in Canada over the period 2020 to 2030. See https://casca.ca/lrp2020 for details and terms of reference.

We now solicit white papers to inform the LRP2020 report. A white paper should be a self-contained description of a future opportunity for Canadian astronomy. A white paper will be most effective and useful if it concisely summarises an option that the LRP2020 panel should be considering for prioritisation.

White papers should adhere to the following guidelines:

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: An expression of interest (EoI) must be submitted in advance of a full white paper. An EoI submission requires a title, a contact person, a proposed list of co-authors (optional) and a 2000-character summary, and is submitted entirely via a web form (see below).

SCOPE OF EoIs AND WHITE PAPERS: Topics may include (but are not limited to):
* new facilities, experiments and missions
* proposed upgrades to current facilities, experiments and missions
* science programs, science topics and science themes
* instrument design and development
* laboratory astrophysics
* high-performance computing
* data analysis, data management and data storage
* outreach, education and teaching
* state of the profession
* training, careers, demographics and professional development
* equity, diversity and inclusion

AUTHORSHIP: Each EoI and white paper must have a designated contact person. Anonymous submissions will not be considered and all submitted EoIs and white papers will be made public via the LRP2020 web site. Confidential supplementary material (e.g., budgets, proprietary technical information) can be submitted separately to the LRP2020 panel; the relevance of this material  should be described in the public submission. There are no restrictions on the affiliations of co-authors, and no limit on the number of co-authors. Note that the number of co-authors will not necessarily be taken as an indication of the level of community interest.

FORMAT AND LENGTH: Submissions may be made in English or in French.

White papers must be submitted as PDF files, capped at a length of ten 8.5”x11” pages (including figures, tables, references and appendices), with a minimum of 11-point font and 2-cm margins. Submissions must be in PDF format, and should not exceed a file size of 30 MB. Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

White papers are not required to contain a specific set of sections or headings. Depending on the content, the following topics may be appropriate to include:
* connection or relevance to Canada
* timeline
* cost
* description of risk
* governance / membership structure
* justification for private submission of supplementary information

SUBMISSION AND DUE DATES:
* EoIs: UT 2300 on Apr 15th, 2019, via https://casca.ca/?page_id=11595
* White papers: UT 2300 on Sep 30th, 2019 (instructions provided to those who submit EoIs)

PUBLICATION: All submitted EoIs and white papers will be posted as public documents on the LRP2020 web page (https://casca.ca/lrp2020). Teams wishing to submit supplementary confidential material will be able to indicate as such through the white paper submission process.

DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS: We encourage open discussion on the coordination of EoIs and white papers using the LRP Slack workspace (see https://casca.ca/lrp2020 for links). Participants may use the existing topical channels, or to make new channels as appropriate. Questions about any aspect of the LRP2020 process can be posted on the #general channel on Slack, or sent by email to chairs@lrp2020.groups.io.

Pauline Barmby and Bryan Gaensler
LRP2020 Co-Chairs, on behalf of the LRP2020 Panel

Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School 2019 from TRIUMF and McDonald Institute

Dear Colleagues,

The Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School (GRIDS2019) sponsored by TRIUMF and the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute (McDonald Institute, or MI) will take place at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada from June 10-21, 2019.

Please pass this information (and the attached poster) on to graduate students who might be interested.

About the School:
GRIDS2019 (http://grids.triumf.ca) is aimed at graduate students for whom particle and radiation detection plays an important role in their work, and who would like to gain hands-on experience with detectors and associated instrumentation technology. The goal of the school is to provide an introduction to practical aspects of detection principles and operations in nuclear, particle, and astroparticle physics as well as in nuclear medicine, such that participants achieve a working knowledge of the origin of data produced by commonly employed detector systems.

Objectives:
GRIDS will offer a diversified program from leading experts, combining plenary lectures with hands-on laboratory experience with typical detector and instrumentation technologies.

Participants will develop a basic understanding of the interactions of particles with matter that are relevant to radiation detection, and of the physical mechanisms for collecting energy deposited by radiation. Operational principles will be covered for commonly employed detectors suitable for measurements of energy, momentum, timing, and particle identification. Low background environments and radio-frequency and electronic techniques will be discussed. Participants will explore design and decision-making in the field of radiation detection with focus on the rationale, limitations, and breadth of detector applications and development.

Participants will also develop laboratory skills to operate commonly used equipment for radiation detection in a safe and effective manner, identify common problems associated with operating particle physics detectors, and work as a team to experiment using a detector assembly.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Pierre-Andre Amaudruz (TRIUMF)
Aksel Hallin (UofA)
Nigel Hessey (TRIUMF)
Rafeal Lang (Purdue)
Alison Lister (UBC)
Kate Pachal (SFU)
Daniel Santos (Grenoble)
Silvia Scorza (SNOLAB)
Craig Woody (BNL)
Viktor Zacek (UofM)

Laboratory experiments will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Application and Registration Procedure:
The school will be accepting a limited number of participants. Applications along with letters of reference will be accepted via the GRIDS website.

Partial support will be available from MI and other agencies.

The application process is now open through the website http://grids.triumf.ca. Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by Friday, March 29th. Successful applicants will be notified the last week of April, and all applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May.

For further information:
Visit the school website at http://grids.triumf.ca for more information, including travel and accommodations.

Additional questions can be forwarded to grids@triumf.ca.

Organizing Committee:
• Doug Bryman, UBC
• Ken Clark, MI/Queen’s/TRIUMF
• Philippe Di Stefano, Queen’s
• Pietro Giampa, TRIUMF (co-chair)
• Dana Giasson, TRIUMF
• Tony Noble, McDonald Institute (MI)/Queen’s (co-chair)
• Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)
• Marie-Cécile Piro, University of Alberta
• Wolfgang Rau, TRIUMF
• Fabrice Retiere, TRIUMF
• Mark Richardson, MI (co-chair)
• Alan Robinson, University of Montreal
• Aleksey Sher, TRIUMF
• Isabel Trigger, TRIUMF

AO4ELT6 Call for Papers

AO4ELT6 – Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescope, 6th edition June 9 to June 14, 2019 http://ao4elt6.copl.ulaval.ca/index.html

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit your abstract to AO4ELT6. The conference will take place in Quebec City at the Quebec City Convention Center.
For this sixth edition, we expect more than 250 attendees from all over the world. This will be a unique opportunity to share your latest research, debate about the latest trends or challenges, and network with your colleagues.

To submit your 300 words abstract, please click on the following link: https://www.conferium.com/convPages/conv_401.lasso?paper=true&lang=en
To register for the conference, please click on the following link: https://www.conferium.com/convPages/conv_401.lasso?registration=true&lang=en

Important Dates
Deadline for abstract submission: January 25, 2019 Notification of acceptance: March 8, 2019 Deadline for final paper submission: September 15, 2019

For all general enquiries, please contact the AO4ELT6 Secretariat at ao4elt6@conferium.com<mailto:ao4elt6@conferium.com>

We look forward to seeing you at AO4ELT6.

Sincerely,

Simon Thibault, AO4ELT6 chair
Jean-Pierre Véran, AO4ELT6 co-chair
Thierry Fusco, AO4ELT6 co-chair
Iciar Montilla, AO4ELT6 co-chair
Simone Esposito, AO4ELT6 co-chair

Dunlap Institute 2017 Summer School

Dunlap Institute 2017 Summer School  

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION 

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

23 – 28 July 2017

The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Students will:

• Learn basic principles of radio, infrared, optical and x-ray instrumentation
• Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
• Learn in lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions 
• Work with students from around the world
• Learn about a career in instrumentation
• Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
• Attend a professional development/mentoring session 

Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and from Canadian, U.S. and international institutions. Visit our website for a list of confirmed instructors as it is updated.

Registration fee: $500.00

Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available.
Applications and travel subsidy deadline: 31 March 2017

For details and to apply: dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school

Dunlap Institute 2017 Summer School

Dunlap Institute 2017 Summer School

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

23 – 28 July 2017

The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Students will:

• Learn basic principles of radio, infrared, optical and x-ray instrumentation
• Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
• Learn in lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions
• Work with students from around the world
• Learn about a career in instrumentation
• Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
• Attend a professional development/mentoring session

Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and from Canadian, U.S. and international institutions. Visit our website for a list of confirmed instructors as it is updated.

Registration fee: $500.00

Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available.
Applications and travel subsidy deadline: 31 March 2017

For details and to apply: dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school

Improvements to TMT advice and feedback mechanisms

Dear CASCA members,

As promised in my recent President’s Message, here is some more information on what CASCA has been doing to improve its advisory structures relevant to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Firstly, CASCA and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) together have formed the CASCA/ACURA TMT Advisory Committee, whose main functions are to provide advice to CASCA and ACURA on the current state of the TMT project and to act as a conduit for consulting with and informing the Canadian Astronomical community about the state of the TMT project.

The composition of the CASCA/ACURA TMT Advisory Committee is as follows:

Michael Balogh (Waterloo; Chair of the Committee)
Stefi Baum (Manitoba; ACURA appointment)
Ray Carlberg (Toronto; CASCA appointment)
Sarah Gallagher (Western; CASCA appointment)
David Lafrenière (Montreal; CASCA appointment)
Harvey Richer (UBC; ACURA appointment)
Christine Wilson (McMaster; ACURA appointment)

The committee has begun its deliberations and has been developing ambitious plans for ways to help you connect to the project. The committee will be organizing Town Hall-style events to get your feedback and I encourage you to participate fully in these. We can all look forward to hearing much more from the TMT Advisory Committee over the next few months.

Another important CASCA committee that has been working hard on your behalf is the Long-range Plan Implementation Committee (LRPIC). This is chaired by John Hutchings (NRC). To help make sure LRPIC captures the full range of the community’s views, the CASCA Board has decided to add some additional members to LRPIC, and the first of these additions is Sara Ellison (Victoria).

Canadian astrophysics goes from strength to strength, and one key to all of this is the excellence of the vibrant community from which we draw terrific people to serve on these committees. I know I sound like a bit of a broken record, but these people are all busy, yet they have all volunteered to do a ton of work on our behalf. They all deserve our thanks, so please remember to thank them next time you see them.

Best regards,

Roberto Abraham

Exploring the Universe with JWST – II / Montreal, October 24-28 – 3rd announcement

** Third announcement – Registration and abstraction submission deadline JULY 15th, Preliminary Program available **

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. Its suite of four instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our Solar System to the most distant galaxies. With JWST’s launch date approaching rapidly and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, it is important to give the astronomical community opportunities to present, highlight and discuss scientific programs that will be made possible by JWST. In this context, we are organizing the scientific conference “Exploring the Universe with JWST – II”, which will take place during the week of the 24th to the 28th of October 2016 at the Université de Montréal (Canada). The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics org
anized around the main JWST science themes:

• The end of the “dark ages”: first light and reionisation.
• The assembly of galaxies.
• The formation and evolution of stars and planets.
• Planetary systems and the origins of life (exoplanets)
• Our Solar System.

This conference is in the same spirit as the one held in the Netherlands at ESTEC (ESA headquarters) in October 2015. The attendance will be limited to approximately 250 persons.

Preliminary program can be found here: http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/images/Agenda_JWST_July_2016_v4.png
Information: http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/
Registration and payment:  http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/reg_procedure.php
Abstract soumission:  http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/submitabstract_en.php – Submission deadline 15 July

Invited Speakers
• Alyson Brooks (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA)
• David Charbonneau (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
• Julianne Dalcanton (University of Washington)
• Richard Ellis (University College London, UK)
• Jonathan Gardner (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
• Jason Kalirai (STScI)
• Dave Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
• Ralph Pudritz (McMaster University / Origins Institute, Canada)
• Sherry Suyu (Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)

Important dates & deadlines
• 15 May: 2nd announcement (invited speakers chosen, program sessions identified, abstract submission form open, payment form);
• 15 July: registration deadline and abstract submission deadline;
• 15 August: release of the program.

Fees
• Student: $275 CAN ($239 CA + Tax) / ~$210 US (Tax included)  / ~€187 (Tax included)
• General: $476 CAN ($414 CAN + Tax) /  ~$370 US (Tax included) / ~€324 (Tax included)
• Banquet: $90 CAN ($78,50 CAN + Tax) / ~$70 US (Tax included) / ~€61(Tax included)

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)
• René Doyon (U. de Montréal/iREx; co-chair)
• Chris Willott (NRC-Herzberg ; co-chair)
• Michael Balogh (U. of Waterloo)
• Beth Biller (U. of Edinburgh/ROE)
• Peter Behroozi (UC Berkeley)
• Isobel Hook (U. of Lancaster)
• JJ Kavelaars (NRC-Herzberg)
• Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge, IoA)
• Charles Lada (CfA)
• Laura Pentericci (INAF)
• Marshall Perrin (STScI)
• Allison Sills (McMaster)
• Tommaso Treu (UCLA)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)  –  jwst2016@astro.umontreal.ca
• Loïc Albert (UdeM/iREx)
• Étienne Artigau (UdeM/iREx)
• Nick Cowan (McGill/iREx)
• Olivier Hernandez (UdeM/iREx)
• François-René Lachapelle (UdeM/iREx)
• David Lafrenière (UdeM/iREx)
• Marie-Eve Naud (UdeM/iREx)
• Jason Rowe (UdeM/iREx)

JWST is a joint mission between NASA, ESA and CSA.

2016 Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School – 14 ~ 19 August

Dunlap Institute 2016 Summer School

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

14 ~ 19 August 2016

The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Students will:

• Learn basic principles of radio, infrared, optical, x-ray and gamma-ray instrumentation
• Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
• Learn in lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions
• Work with students from around the world
• Learn about a career in instrumentation
• Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
• Attend a professional development/mentoring session

Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and from Canadian, U.S. and international institutions.

Registration fee (without waiver): $500.00

Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available.
Applications and travel subsidy deadline: 15 April 2016

For full details and to apply: dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school

Great Lakes Cosmology and Galaxies Workshop 2016, McMaster June 19-22

Name: James Wadsley
Email address: wadsley@mcmaster.ca
Affiliation: McMaster University

Dear Colleagues,

This is to announce the 2016 Great Lakes Cosmology and Galaxies workshop to be held at McMaster University, Ontario, June 19-22.   The workshop will mark the 11th Great Lakes Cosmology Meeting and the first time the meeting has been held in Canada.  Please forward this message to your group members and colleagues, particularly in the US Great Lakes region.

https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/great_lakes2016

The meeting will begin with a half-day Python in Astro workshop Sunday, June 19th and 3 days of talks will follow.   A key goal is to provide opportunities for junior researchers (graduate students and postdocs) to give talks and network.  Sessions will also include talks by senior researchers.  We aim to keep the meeting affordable with a nominal registration fee and on campus accommodation available.  Travel support is available for graduate students coming longer distances.

Simon White (MPA, Garching) will deliver an Origins public talk on Tuesday evening, June 21st, entitled:
“All from Nothing: the structuring of our Universe”.

We strongly encourage you to register and indicate your interest in giving a talk or a poster ASAP.  The registration fee will be due after talk selection.
https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/great_lakes2016/register/

A broad list of topics is listed on the site.  We also welcome suggestions with respect to the program and other enquiries at:
glc@physics.mcmaster.ca

Best Regards,

James Wadsley for the organizing committee

JWST Early Release Science Program: A Survey to Gauge Community Interests

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for launch in October 2018, and the first call for proposals will be released in 2017. The Space Telescope Science Institute, following the recommendations of the JWST Advisory Committee (http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/advisory-committee/JSTAC-Recommendations_ERS_CF.pdf), is now defining the parameters for an Early Release Science (ERS) program.

The primary objective of the ERS program is to provide community access to a broad suite of JWST science observations as early as possible in Cycle 1. The observing programs will be chosen by peer review to provide representative datasets and to address technical challenges related to the major instrumental modes available on JWST. ERS observations are expected to seed initial discovery and to inform Cycle 2 proposals, which will be submitted just months after the start of Cycle 1.

We are gathering community input to inform our preparations for the program and invite your participation in our brief survey at http://goo.gl/forms/lR0rHG4H4o. The survey will be open until 15 January 2016 and consists of four pages; it should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

More information on the general framework and timeline for the ERS program can be found on the ERS webpage (http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science/ers). Questions and/or comments are welcome via email (jwst_ers [at] stsci.edu).