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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Forum


24 - 26 May 2016


Kyoto, Japan


Mark Dickinson


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The 2016 TMT Science Forum 
International Partnership for Global Astronomy

Kyoto, Japan 
24 to 26 May 2016

The annual TMT Science Forum gathers members of the international astronomical community to meet, collaborate, and plan for future TMT science programs. It is the premier opportunity to learn about the status of the observatory, its instrumentation and adaptive optics systems, and to join in shaping TMT’s future.

This year’s TMT Forum is the first to be held in Asia, and its central theme is international collaboration. TMT will be built and operated internationally, and the Forum is a venue for members of the international TMT community to map out cooperative strategies for developing the observatory and its instrumentation, running the facility, and carrying out science with global reach. Sessions and talks will emphasize:

  • International TMT Key Project science
  • Cross-partnership scientific collaboration
  • Second-generation TMT instrumentation and AO development
  • Effective strategies for observatory operations
  • Coordinating science planning with other observatories and facilities within the TMT partnership

There will be invited science talks, as well as topical parallel sessions organized by TMT’s International Science Development Teams (ISDTs), with opportunities for contributed talks and posters.

The 2016 TMT Forum will be held in beautiful Kyoto, Japan, at the Kyoto International Community House. Registration is now open at the conference web site. May is a very popular season for visiting Kyoto, and hotels book up quickly. A limited number of hotel rooms have been pre-reserved for Forum participants, and should be booked early from the ‘Accommodations’ page at the Forum web site.

The National Science Foundation provides travel support for astronomers in the US-at-large community to attend the TMT Science Forum. To be considered for support, please write to the US TMT Science Working Group at Funding is limited, and it is important to plan travel to Japan promptly, so early requests will be given strong consideration.