Institute of Astronomy

MSE:UK workshop

25 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

Meeting Now As A Videocon

20200323: Unfortunately due to the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation, and travel restrictions related to this, the meeting organisers have taken the decision to CANCEL the face to face meeting. The abbreviated session organised by videcon is now also postponed to a future date that will be advertised in due course. Details for this are will be posted in the programme section. We hope all are staying safe and well in these difficult times. 

This first MSE:UK Workshop will present the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), and allow a discussion of how UK science priorities will benefit from further participation in the development of this exciting new facility. 

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) is an 11.25-m telescope and dedicated multi-object spectroscopic (MOS) facility currently under development by an international consortium. It will provide critical follow-up for the next generation of all-sky multi-wavelength surveys in which the UK is currently heavily invested (e.g., LSST, Euclid, SKA). MSE represents a timely convergence of science and technology. By collecting over a million spectra of astronomical sources each month it will probe each of the major scientific challenges identified in the STFC Science and Technology Strategy (How did the Universe begin and what is its evolution? How do stars and planetary systems develop? What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?) MSE will also require novel technology to produce a large-aperture telescope equipped with massively- multiplexed spectrographs.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  1. Present the key science potential of MSE
  2. Update the UK community on the current progress of MSE
  3. Discuss possibilities for UK involvement in MSE
  4. Provide an opportunity to interact with key members of the MSE project

Invited speakers include those from the MSE project, and those involved in putting together the MSE Science Case.

Material below is now for historical and background infomation purposes only.

Meeting Details

The MSE:UK workshop will take place at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK from 25th to 27th March 2020.

The meeting will run for three days commencing at 11:00 on the 25th and ending at 15:30 on the 27th March 2020.

Attendance to the meeting is open to all interested in the MSE project. 

Looking forward to welcoming you all to Cambridge in March 2020.


Meeting Website

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