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 is 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 opened
19 November 2018
Abstract submission closed
14 January 2019
(Extended from 17 December 2018)
4 February 2019 (Updated 9 May 2019)
Registration and conference fee payment deadline
25 March 2019
(Extended from 4 March 2019)
20-23 May 2019
Federica Bianco (LSST Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration)
Leanne Guy (Data Management Scientist; LSST Project)
Sugata Kaviraj (LSST Galaxies Science Collaboration)
Victor Krabbendam (LSST Project Manager)
Michelle Lochner (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration)
David Trilling (Northern Arizona University; LSST Solar System Science Collaboration)
Will Clarkson (University of Michigan-Dearborn; LSST Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration)
Claudia Lagos (ICRAR)
Tyler Bourke (SKA Organisation)
|Abhijit Saha||NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)|
|Abhisek Mohapatra||Department of Physics and Astronomy, National Institute of Technology, Odisha, India|
|Anais Möller||CNRS / LPC Clermont|
|Andrea Melandri||INAF - Astronomical Observatory Brera|
|Andrew Hopkins||Macquarie University|
|Ankit Singh||Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali|
|Anshu Gupta||The University of New South Wales|
|Baerbel Koribalski||CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science|
|Bhavana Lalchand||National Central University|
|Bin Luo||Nanjing University|
|Chan-Kao Chang||National Central University|
|CHIAKI HIKAGE||Kavli IPMU|
|Chow-Choong Ngeow||National Central University|
|Chris Lidman||Australian National University|
|Christian Wolf||Australian National University|
|Christoph Bergmann||UNSW Sydney|
|Claudia Lagos||University of Western Australia|
|Danielle Leonard||Carnegie Mellon University|
|David Buckley||South African Astronomical Observatory|
|David Parkinson||Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute|
|David Trilling||Northern Arizona University|
|Edward (ned) Taylor||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Edward Ajhar||National Science Foundation|
|Emily Kendall||The University of Auckland|
|Emmanuel Gangler||LPC - IN2P3|
|Fergus Longbottom||Macquarie University|
|Gu Lim||Seoul National University|
|Hadrien Devillepoix||Curtin University|
|Harry Ferguson||Space Telescope Science Institute|
|Hironao Miyatake||Nagoya University|
|Hu Zhan||National Astronomical Observatories of China|
|Huanyuan Shan||Shanghai Astronomical Observatory|
|Hui Zhang||Nanjing University|
|Jason Rhodes||NASA JPL|
|Jeff Cooke||Swinburne University|
|Jeffrey Simpson||UNSW Sydney|
|Ji Yao||Shanghai Jiao-Tong University|
|JOONHO KIM||Seoul National University|
|Jun Yin||Harvard University|
|Kazuhiro Sekiguchi||National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)|
|Krzysztof Bolejko||University of Tasmania|
|Kyle Finner||Yonsei University|
|Lerh Feng Low||University of Auckland|
|Martin Donachie||University of Auckland|
|Masahiro Takada||Kavli IPMU|
|Mateja Gosenca||The University of Auckland|
|Matt Hilton||University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Michael Wood-Vasey||University of Pittsburgh|
|Mijin Yoon||Yonsei University|
|Minfeng Gu||Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS|
|Mireia Montes||UNSW Sydney|
|Myungkook James Jee||Yonsei University|
|Myungshin Im||Seoul National University|
|Nicholas Walton||IoA, University of Cambridge|
|Patricia Eliason||LSST Corporation|
|Po-Chieh Huang||1Graduate Institute of Astronomy, National Central University|
|Puji Irawati||National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand|
|Qiusheng Gu||Nanjing University|
|Rachel Webster||University of Melbourne|
|Ralph Gaume||US National Science Foundation|
|Richard Easther||U of Auckland|
|Robert Lupton||Princeton University|
|Sara Webb||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Sarah Brough||University of New South Wales|
|Satoshi Miyazaki||National Astronomical Observatory of Japan|
|Shuangliang Li||Shanghai Astronomical Observatory|
|Simon Driver||University of Western Australia|
|Smriti Mahajan||Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali|
|Stuart Ryder||Astronomy Australia Ltd|
|Sugata Kaviraj||University of Hertfordshire|
|Tamara Davis||University of Queensland|
|Tony Tyson||University of California, Davis|
|Tyler Bourke||SKA Organisation|
|Wang Zhongxiang||Shanghai Astronomical Observatory|
|Wei Leong Tee||Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica|
|Wen-Ping Chen||National Central University|
|Wenfei Yu||Shanghai Astronomical Observatory|
|Will Clarkson||University of Michigan-Dearborn|
|Xinzhong Er||SWIFAR, Yunnan Univ.|
|YANG SOUNG CHUL||Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute|
|Yang Wang||Sun Yat-sen Universtiy|
|Yi Chou||National Central University|
|Yong Shi||Nanjing University|
|Yongquan Xue||University of Science and Technology of China|
|Yoon Chan Taak||Seoul National University|
|Yu Yu||Shanghai Jiao Tong University|
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)
Simon Driver (ICRAR, University of Western Australia)
Richard Easther (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Yen-Ting Lin (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica)
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)
The conference venue is the Colombo Theatres on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
We were able to offer travel assistance funding to junior scientists. Successful applicants have been advised.
The conference will be held at the UNSW Kensington Campus which is south of the Sydney Central Business District. There are 3 main accommodation locations:
Within walking distance of campus there are small hotels e.g. Perouse Lodge, (close to the Randwick shops/cafes/few restaurants)
A short bus-ride/steep hill walk away at Coogee Beach there is the large Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel and several backpacking hostels (lots of cafes/bars restaurants here)
A 20min express bus service runs from Sydney's Central Train Station every few mins in rush-hour and there are many international hotel chains close to there e.g. Mercure Sydney, Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central, Rydges Sydney Central and obviously the best city restaurants at your fingertips!
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
There is no free parking available on the UNSW campus. More details on parking costs can be found here. 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 27 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need an invitation letter.
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 (email@example.com).
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.