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Meet TMT at the Annual Science Forum 2017: "Beyond First Light”

07.22.2017

Pasadena, CA (July 20, 2017) – Calling all scientists, engineers, students, educators and astronomers! TMT will host its fifth annual TMT Science Forum from November 7-9, 2017, at the Infosys campus in Mysore, India. Registration is now open. Details about the science program, hotels, and other local information will be continuously updated on the forum website. Please see https://conference.ipac.caltech.edu/tmtsf2017/page/registration for registration.

The theme for this year’s forum is "Beyond First Light.” Hundreds of scientists, engineers, students, educators and public relations experts from around the world will gather to discuss and shape the future of TMT next generation instruments. The forum aims also to be the main meeting for the members of the international TMT community to learn about the project status, its science programs, instrumentation and adaptive optics systems.

The meeting will feature presentations about the main science questions to be answered by TMT next-generation instruments, and the novel technologies permitting to address these questions. Parallel sessions to present and discuss concepts for next generation instruments will be organized by the TMT International Science Development Teams (ISDTs).

Topical workshops will also be organized around the dates of the Forum to provide in-depth discussion about future instrument capabilities for TMT, such as high-resolution spectroscopy, high-contrast exoplanet imaging, and the first-generation science instrument Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS).

The National Science Foundation provides travel support for astronomers in the U.S. community to attend the TMT Science Forum. To be considered for support, please write to the U.S. TMT Science Working Group at tmt@noao.edu. Funding is limited, and it is important to plan travel to India promptly, so early requests will be given strong consideration.

The registration and abstract submission deadline for this year’s forum is September 18. You can download the poster of the upcoming Forum here.

TMT Beyond First Light Poster