[ASA] UVES 20 Years Workshop

Michael Murphy mmurphy at swin.edu.au
Thu Jul 16 13:49:24 AEST 2020

Dear ASA members,

Please find below details of ESO's "UVES 20 Years Workshop" on October 21 &
22. UVES is the high-resolution slit spectrograph on the VLT UT2 telescope.
Please register if you are interested and/or forward this opportunity to
others who may be.

I think the most important part will be the discussion about the future of
UVES. As none of the planned ELTs will offer much sensitivity in the UV
(<~3800Å), an upgraded UVES is likely to remain important over the next 20
years. There should also be opportunities for Australia to partner in the
upgrade process, some of which is already being planned.



*To: *"uves2020 at eso.org" <uves2020 at eso.org>
*Subject: *[Uves2020] First announcement: UVES 20 Years Workshop

Dear all,

*The conference registration* for the UVES 20 Years Workshop (UVES2020), to
be held virtually at ESO Garching, 21 and 22 October 2020,* is now open*!
Please register here:


The workshop format will include a series of invited talks on many of the
science cases UVES has contributed to address with view in the next decade,
followed every day by a panel discussion. In order to cover as many time
zones as possible, the workshop will consist of two  three hours sessions,
between 12 and 15 CET.
*Please notice that only the registered participants will be able to
attend the workshop*.

*Workshop rationale*

UVES, the UV-Visual Echelle Spectrograph, saw the first light on VLT-UT2 in
2000. Over twenty years, this highly efficient, reliable and flexible
“workhorse” instrument has contributed data to countless science cases from
Solar System to high-redshift objects, from the study of newborn stars to
the analysis of the most primordial ones ever detected, formed shortly
after the Big Bang. It quickly became the most productive ESO instrument in
terms of published papers, a distinction it still holds to this day. For
these reasons UVES is one of the two first-generation VLT instruments
(together with FORS2) foreseen to remain in operation in the next decade,
and it will thus be in need of an upgrade, both to prevent obsolescence of
components, and to maintain its competitiveness in a changed scientific and
instrumental landscape. In this virtual  workshop we intend to celebrate 20
years of great UVES science and envision the future role of the instrument.
Ten prominent scientists will resume the history of UVES, outline the
scientific highlights of its long career and offer their insights on how to
best equip it to help tackle the scientific questions of the next decade. A
final discussion session will address the possible future instrumental
upgrades, to balance technical constraints with scientific needs, and help
to define a set of compelling science cases.

*Invited Speakers*

   - Norbert Christlieb (U.Heidelberg)
   - Annalisa De Cia (U. Geneve)
   - Bernard-Alexis Delabre (ESO)
   - Sandro D'Odorico (ESO)
   - Valentina D'Odorico (INAF)
   - Emmanuel Jehin (U. Liege)
   - Michael Murphy (Swinburne U.)
   - Patrick Petitjean (IAP)
   - Sofia Randich (INAF)
   - Else Starkenburg (AIP)


   - Luca Sbordone (Chair)
   - Vanessa Hill (OCA)
   - Andreas Kaufer (ESO)
   - Cédric Ledoux (ESO)
   - Celine Peroux (ESO)
   - Francesca Primas (ESO)


Professor Michael T. Murphy,

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Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing,
Swinburne University of Technology,
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