[ASA] MAVIS Science Workshop: December 4-6th 2019, Macquarie University

Richard McDermid richard.mcdermid at mq.edu.au
Thu Nov 7 15:53:00 AEDT 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to attend an informal workshop being held December (4th-6th) at Macquarie University dedicated to the science opportunities enabled by the unique capabilities of “MAVIS" - a new MCAO-Assisted Imager and Spectrograph for the VLT currently undergoing a Phase-A study for ESO (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/DDjVC0YZWVF3VR4DuwO1f0?domain=mavis-ao.org). This workshop will be an opportunity to bring together the MAVIS scientific community to discuss the key science topics that can be addressed with MAVIS, with a view to building a refined science case for the instrument, and identifying key MAVIS observing programs that will deliver high-impact science. This workshop is hosted by the Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro), and is complementary to the MAVIS science workshop being held this week in Florence (see https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/COZvCgZowLH29LNxCobp6x?domain=indico.ict.inaf.it).

More details, including how to register and indicate your potential contribution, are given below. Please feel free to circulate this within your networks/institutions.

Best wishes,
Richard McDermid

Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Macquarie University NSW 2109, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9850 4476


MQAAAstro Workshop: Science with MAVIS
4th - 6th December 2019
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Information and Registration: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/lVThCjZrzqHq87AMI5_jWM?domain=mavis-ao.org
Enquiries: project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org>

Goals of the workshop

  *   Mature/advance the instrument design and science case
  *   Foster interaction and collaboration between MAVIS community scientists
  *   Consolidate the science case and prepare the writing of the final Phase A Science Case for submission early next year
  *   Define key observing programmes that MAVIS can tackle

Registration for the workshop is free, and is now open through the workshop website (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/lVThCjZrzqHq87AMI5_jWM?domain=mavis-ao.org), which includes the submission of a proposed talk. The format for the workshop is to stimulate discussion relevant to the MAVIS science case, so talks can be informal, and focussed on what new ideas or science directions can uniquely be addressed with MAVIS. For inspiration, you can consult the MAVIS White Papers: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/TOn-Ck8vAZtQ9M46h9hqP7?domain=mavis-ao.org.

There is no formal registration deadline, but if you would like your talk to be fully considered in the meeting schedule, please complete your registration by Friday November 22nd. We will accept talk proposals after that date, but these will be scheduled on a best-effort basis.

Program Overview
Over the three days, we will present project and technical updates, have a series of invited and proposed science talks, and dedicate time for discussion and prioritisation of the key science goals for MAVIS.  Below we give a preliminary breakdown of the workshop content:

Project and Instrument Sessions

  *   Updates on the project progression and timelines
  *   AO Simulation and Performance
  *   Current instrument concept
  *   Project next steps - the path to Phase A

Science Sessions

  *   The Birth, Life, and Death of Stars and Their Planets
  *   Star Clusters as Tracers of Galaxy Processes Within the Local Group
  *   Resolving the contents of external galaxies
  *   Probing higher redshifts

Planning Sessions

  *   Constructing the MAVIS Science Case
  *   Prioritising MAVIS Science Cases
  *   Key MAVIS Observing Programmes

The workshop will be held at Macquarie University campus in North Ryde, Sydney. This location is easily accessible by train/metro (or taxi) from the airport. There is convenient accommodation nearby, and it is also accessible from the Sydney city centre. See the workshop web pages for details on transport and accommodation.

Scientific Organising Committe
Richard McDermid (SOC Chair, Macquarie, Australia)
Giovanni Cresci (Arcetri, Italy)
Giuseppe Bono (Rome, Italy)
Jean-Claude Bouret (LAM, France)
Marco Gullieuszik (Padova, Italy)
Laura Magrini (Arcetri, Italy)
Trevor Mendel (ANU, Australia)
Francois Rigaut (ANU, Australia)
Gayandhi de Silva (AAO-MQ, Australia)

Local Organising Committee
Christian Schwab (LOC Chair, Macquarie)
Anne-Laurent Bibost (Macquarie)
Bron Reichardt Chu (Swinburne)

For enquires, please contact project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org>.

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