U.S. ELT Key Science Program Development Workshop

14-16 November 2018
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
Tucson, AZ

NOAO will host a community workshop to develop Key Science Programs (KSPs) for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). KSPs will address fundamentally important scientific questions that require tens to hundreds of nights of TMT/GMT observing time. KSPs are a core component of the U.S. Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Program (US-ELTP), a joint endeavor of NOAO, TMT, and GMT for presentation to the 2020 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey and to the National Science Foundation.

Scientists who have registered to contribute to KSP development are invited to attend this workshop, which will feature a mix of presentations, discussion, and working sessions. Workshop sessions and topics will include:

Goals and implementation of the U.S. ELT Program

  • Presentations of KSP concepts
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration/coordination among KSPs
  • Common requirements for instrumentation, adaptive optics, and observatory operations
  • Review of technical issues with experts from the GMT and TMT science communities
  • Face-to-face work time for KSP development
  • Discussion of open collaboration models for KSPs
  • Communicating KSP science to the Decadal Survey

Workshop schedule:

Start: Wednesday morning, 14 November End: mid-day Friday 16 November

Breakfasts, lunches and breaks will be catered, and participants may make their own dinner plans. A reception is planned for Wednesday evening, 14 November.


Westward Look is a historic resort in the Tucson foothills, with beautiful grounds, mountain, city and desert views, and a full range of amenities. A block of rooms is available at an outstanding conference rate, which is also available for guests who wish to stay a few days before or after the workshop.

Registration form:

Please register by 23 October. There is a $50 registration fee, which will be reimbursed for participants receiving travel support.