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

On behalf of Heidi White (on behalf of the CAIW LOC) –

Dear members –

We are truly grateful for the overwhelming response and enthusiasm that you have shown towards our previously advertised Sept 1 discussion on “Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes this Decade and Beyond”, intended as part of the Canadian Astronomical Instrumentation Workshop (CAIW). Your interest and engagement have been heartening, and we appreciate the active participation from our community members.

It has come to our attention that several of our interested community members (including key CASCA committee representatives) have indicated that they will not be able to attend the meeting due to prior commitments or being away during this period. Others have expressed that the single, 90-minute forum is likely inadequate for this important discussion and the community would be better served by a series of meetings. In light of these responses, the CAIW SOC/LOC has made the decision to postpone this discussion to a later date. We recognize that scheduling such large events during the summer months can be quite challenging, and we want to ensure that everyone can participate and contribute to this important conversation.

Please note that all other components of the CAIW will take place as scheduled.

We believe that this adjustment will allow a greater number of community members to join the discussion, ensuring a more comprehensive and enriching experience for all. We hope community leaders will work together to create opportunities for these conversations to begin taking place in Fall 2023.

Once again, thank you for your support and enthusiasm. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and truly appreciate your understanding.

We value your continued involvement and collaboration in shaping this discussion and look forward to reconvening for productive and insightful meetings this Autumn.

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