Mid-Term Review Session at the 2014 AGM

In preparation for the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the 2010 Long Range Plan (LRP) for Canadian Astronomy, a full day MTR session will be held immediately following the CASCA AGM on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The MTR session is designed to review and debate the various projects, missions and initiatives discussed in the LRP. All CASCA members are invited and, indeed, encouraged, to participate in this important event.

The session will consist of three blocks of talks, the first giving the prospective of the chairs of the relevant CASCA committees, the second and third including updates on all space- and ground-based projects prioritized in the LPR. At the end of each block, there will be the opportunity for contributed presentations on projects that might have emerged since the LRP, as well as time for discussion.

Unfortunately, due to the need to set aside sufficient time for discussion, contributed talks are 5 minutes in length (AAS style), while the invited talks are 10 minutes. All speakers have been asked, where possible, to present a final overhead of key issues for the MTR.

The MTR session will be webcasted. Instructions on how to join the webcast will be included on this page close to the date.


Mid Term Review Session Schedule (Grande Allee Room, Hotel Chateau Laurier):

8:30 – 8:40 — Orientation

Overview of the MTR process – Rob Thacker (Saint Mary’s University, MTR Panel Chair)

8:40 – 10:35 — Session 1: Current situation and background

8:40 – 9:00 Overview (pdf) – Greg Fahlman (NRC-Herzberg)
9:00 – 9:15 LRPIC Perspective – John Hutchings (NRC-Herzberg)
9:15 – 9:25 GAC Perspective (pdf) – Pauline Barmby (Western University)
9:25 – 9:35 JCSA Perspective (pdf) – Laura Parker (McMaster University)
9:35 – 9:45 CDC Perspective (pdf) – James Wadsley (McMaster University)
9:45 – 9:50 cont: Extrasolar Planets – René Doyon (Université de Montréal)

9:50 – 10:35 — All hands discussion

10:35 – 10:50 — Break

10:50 – 12:30 — Session 2: Update on space-based facilities

10:50 – 11:00 WFIRST/Dark Energy – Mike Hudson (University of Waterloo)
11:00 – 11:10 CASTOR (pdf) - Pat Cote (NRC-Herzberg)
11:10 – 11:20 Athena – Brian McNamara (University of Waterloo)
11:20 – 11:30 SPICA – Locke Spencer (University of Lethbridge)
11:30 – 11:40 Balloon/Microsat Programs (pdf) – Barth Netterfield (University of Toronto)
11:40 – 11:45 cont: WISH (pdf) – Marcin Sawicki (Saint Mary’s University)

11:45 – 12:30 — All hands discussion

12:30 – 13:30 — Lunch (catered), plus extension of discussion

10:50 – 12:30 — Session 3: Update on ground-based facilities

13:30 – 13:40 TMT (pdf) – Ernie Seaquist (University of Toronto)
13:40 – 13:50 SKA – Sean Dougherty (NRC)
13:50 – 14:00 CCAT – Mike Fich (University of Waterloo)
14:00 – 14:05 cont: JCMT update – Scott Chapman (Dalhousie University)
14:05 – 14:15 CFHT: New Instruments and MSE – Doug Simons (CFHT Corporation)
14:15 – 14:20 cont: Maunakea collaborative opportunities (pdf) – Alan McConnachie (NRC-Herzberg)
14:20 – 14:25 cont: Gemini update (pdf) – Stéphanie Côté (NRC-Herzberg)
14:25 – 14:30 cont: Arctic (pdf) – Eric Steinbring (NRC-Herzberg)

14:30 – 16:00 pm (end) — All hands discussion


Submission of contributed talks is now closed.

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