Exploring the Wide, Fast, Deep Universe
LSST@Asia in Sydney (Australia) is the first conference in what we intend to be a series, following on from a series of very successful LSST@Europe conferences held in 2013, 2016 and 2018. These meetings enabled close interaction between LSST personnel and European scientists interested in LSST.
LSST@Asia will bring together scientists in Asia, Australia and South Africa with an interest in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and provide them with the opportunity to interact with each other as well as with leaders of the LSST Science Collaborations (Solar System; Stars, the Milky Way and Local Volume; Transients and Variable Stars; Galaxies; AGN; Strong Lensing; Dark Energy and Informatics) and hear updates on LSST construction and data processing progress.
The main objectives of the 2019 meeting are to:
Provide an update on the status of the LSST Project
Develop a network of scientists in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific involved in various aspects of LSST
Promote increased engagement of scientists with the LSST Science Collaborations
Explore synergies with other facilities
Child care will be provided to maximise participation by those with carer responsibilities. There may also be some funding support available to encourage attendance by early-career researchers (<5 years post-PHD) and PhD students.
University of New South Wales
First announcement and pre-registration
20 August 2018
Abstract submission opens
19 November 2018
Abstract submission closes
17 December 2018
4 February 2019
Registration and conference fee payment deadline
4 March 2019
20-23 May 2019
Registration for LSST@Asia is open. Please register using this form.
Registration is a two-step process: you are not required to pay when submitting your abstract, but you can do this at a later point after the conference schedule has been released.
Registration opened 19 November 2018 and will close 17 December 2018.
Leanne Guy (Data Management Scientist; LSST Project)
Victor Krabbendam (Project Scientist; LSST Project)
Federica Bianca (Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration)
Sugata Kaviraj (Galaxies Science Collaboration)
Claudia Lagos (ICRAR)
Tara Murphy (to be confirmed; University of Sydney)
The conference venue is the Colombo Theatres on the campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
The registration fee is $AU450. This will include the lunches, morning and afternoon teas, and the conference dinner.
If you would like to bring guests to the conference dinner, this will cost $AU115 per additional person.
Payment of the conference fee will be requested after the schedule is published on 4 February 2019, and will need to be paid by 4 March 2019.
We may be able to offer travel assistance funding to junior scientists. If you would to request travel assistance funding, please send an email with a paragraph introducing yourself and your area of research to firstname.lastname@example.org by the abstract submission deadline (17 December 2018). The outcome will be advised in early Feb 2019.
Free on-site child care will be provided for children under 5 years to maximise participation by those with carer responsibilities. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to take advantage of this.
No block bookings have been made for the conference. There are options either close to the UNSW campus, in Coogee (by the beach) or in the Sydney CBD.
Getting Around Sydney
The conference venue is on the campus of UNSW, which is directly accessible by bus from the Sydney CBD and surrounding neighbourhoods.
All Sydney public transport options (buses, ferries, trains, light rail) use the Opal payment card. The cards themselves are free but you will require a minimum balance to travel. They can be purchased at many locations, including the train stations at Sydney Airport. If you purchase your Opal card at airport train stations there is a $35 minimum top-up.
Sydney Airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. There is a $14.30 station access fee when using the Domestic or International Terminal train stations.
There is a very frequent weekday express bus (891 or 893) that run in the morning from Central Station in the Sydney CBD to UNSW, and back in the afternoon and evening. Do not be worried by the sometimes long queues; there will be plenty of buses.
Some representative public transport costs:
Sydney International or Domestic Terminal Stations to Central Station on the train: $17.84 (includes station access fee of $14.30)
Central Station to UNSW on the 891/893 express bus: $3.66
Coogee to UNSW on the 370 bus: $2.20
Paid parking is available on the UNSW campus. Note that there is ongoing light rail construction on the streets around UNSW which may cause driving conditions to change without notice from day-to-day.
All travellers to Australia without an Australian or New Zealand passport must have a valid visa before boarding their plane.
New Zealand passport holders will most likely be eligible for a Special Category visa (subclass 444) which is you receive automatically on arrival.
Participants with passports from other countries will either require an eVisitor (subclass 651), an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa, or a Visitor Visa (subclass 600). You can use the Visa Finder website of the Australian Government to help you decide the visa you need for entering Australia.
We strongly encourage you to apply for your visa as soon as possible, in particular the Visitor Visa (subclass 600), as the Australian Department of Home Affairs report that only 90% are processed within 31 days of application.
Conference participants who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA visa will need an “Letter of Invitation” to supplement their application. Please email email@example.com if you need an invitation letter.
Local Organizing Committee
- Sarah Brough (Chair; UNSW, Australia)
- Christoph Bergmann (UNSW)
- Anshu Gupta (UNSW)
- Mireia Montes Quiles (UNSW)
- Jeffrey Simpson (UNSW)
Scientific Organizing Committee
- Sarah Brough (Chair; University of New South Wales, Australia)
- Wen-Ping Chen (National Central University, Taiwan)
- Simon Driver (ICRAR, University of Western Australia)
- Richard Easther (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
- Yen-Ting Lin (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
- Michelle Lochner (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and South African Radio Astronomy Observatory)
- Byeong-Gon Park (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)
- Somak Raychaudhury (The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India)
- Tony Tyson (University of California Davis, USA)
- Hu Zhan (National Astronomical Observatories of China)
Code of Conduct
The LSST@Asia organisers want to ensure all participants in its activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Therefore, we are committed to making this meeting and associate events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.
This code of conduct applies to all participants at this LSST@Asia conference, including but not limited to official sessions, social events, and meetings. Participants agree to follow these guidelines:
Behave professionally. Any form of harassment – sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion.
All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. This includes oral, written and print language, and imagery.
Be considerate and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Critique ideas rather than individuals.
Individuals engaging in behaviour prohibited by this policy, as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith, will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees, and the reporting of their behaviour to their employer.
If you have concerns, suggestions, or would like to report a violation, please contact the LOC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parts of this code of conduct are based on the London Code of Conduct, as originally designed for the conference 'Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology', held in London in July 2015. The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for re-use. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at https://github.com/apontzen/london_cc.