A Call for ISDT membership is now open. TMT is currently accepting applications for the 9 ISDT teams until the deadline date of March 1, 2023.
You can send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about ISDTs and how to join are available below.
New applications to the ISDTs are welcome!
The TMT International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) are groups of researchers who work together to provide scientific input and feedback to the TMT Science Advisory Committee and the TMT project, to stimulate planning for future TMT observing programs, and to build connections between the TMT and the international astronomical communities The ISDTs foster scientific collaboration across the TMT partnership and beyond, into the broader astronomical community.
There are nine ISDTs, each one steering activities related to a dedicated science goal within TMT. Click below on each ISDT to view its members. In addition, each ISDT has two conveners. Two TMT Science Advisory Committee members, who are also ISDT members, oversee all ISDT activities. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the conveners to learn more about the ISDTs and their activities.
|International Science Development Team||Conveners|
|Fundamental physics and cosmology||Ian Dell'Antonio
|Early universe, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium||Michael Balogh
|Supermassive black holes||
|Milky Way and nearby galaxies||Raja GuhaThakurta
|Stars, Stellar Physics and the Interstellar Medium||
|Formation of stars and planets||Gregory Herczeg
|Our solar system||Tomohiko Sekiguchi
Michael H. Wong
|Time domain science||Guy Stringfellow
|TMT SAC ISDT Leaders||Ian Dell'Antonio
ISDT membership is open to all qualified Ph.D. scientists, both from the current TMT partners and associates, and from the astronomical community at large.
Recent and ongoing examples of ISDT activities include:
Membership of the ISDTs does not imply access to telescope time nor to funding from the TMT project.
The call for new applications is now closed (stay tuned for the next call happening early 2024)
Application for individual membership in an ISDT should be emailed to email@example.com include the following parts:
The length of the application is limited to 2000 words for items 3-5 above, and no more than 1 page for figures, plus 2 pages maximum of curriculum vitae. There is no application form or template; please format your materials as a single PDF file.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Proposals for new ISDT working groups can also be submitted. New ISDTs may focus on science that does not fit well within the scope of the existing ISDTs, or may focus on subtopics drawn from one or more existing ISDTs that merit additional emphasis within TMT planning.
Proposals to create a new ISDTs should include the following parts:
There is no strict length limit for a proposal for a new ISDT, but a recommended guideline is up to 2000 words for items 2 and 3 above, with 1 or 2 pages of figures. Proposing astronomers who are not currently ISDT members should submit individual membership applications, as described above. Scientists who are already ISDT members are not required to submit new, individual applications.