Invitation to Register – Community Discussion: Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes this Decade and Beyond

September 1st – 12:30 to 14:00 (Eastern time)

As part of the Canadian Astronomical Instrumentation Workshop (CAIW), jointly organized by iREx/OMM and NRC-HAA, a 90-min community discussion will be held on the topic of “Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes (VLOTs)“. As the construction timelines for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) become increasingly unaligned, the objective of this event is to create space for community voices on 1) strategies to gain access to a large telescopes before the TMT becomes operational and 2) ongoing issues surrounding TMT’s deployment on Maunakea. While the event is intended to focus on open discussion rather than formal presentations, brief updates on the statuses of both the TMT and E-ELT will be presented at the start of the session.

This event will take place in-person at l’Université de Montréal’s Campus MIL (Pavillion A – Rm. 2521.1) on September 1st from 12:30 – 14:00 (Eastern time). For those interested in attending in person, please register for the CAIW by August 15th. Registration is free and you can only register for the second day. Lunch will be provided for registrants:

Members of the Canadian astronomical community interested in attending this discussion remotely can register for the event at the following Zoom link:

Organizers of the event invite all Canadian astronomers to attend, with a particular emphasis on early career scientists and future users of VLOTs (i.e. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and similar). Incorporating the perspectives of early career researchers in discussions surrounding the next-generation of ground-based astronomical observatories is absolutely crucial for fostering meaningful dialogue that is comprehensive and relevant. Moreover, it ensures that these upcoming observatories will be equipped to push the boundaries of astronomical exploration and address the evolving needs of future scientific endeavours, while nurturing the growth of the next generation of astronomers.

Heidi White (on behalf of the CAIW LOC)

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