2018 TMT Early-Career Workshop
A workshop for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career professionals from partners in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory, including Caltech, Canada, China, India, Japan, and University of California.
December 2-9, 2018. Pasadena, California, USA
Most workshop sessions will be held at the Pasadena Westin, 191 N Los Robles Ave.
This workshop is a centerpiece of the 2018 TMT Early-Career Initiative. The workshop is designed to support international collaboration among the TMT partners by engaging those in the early stages of their career in TMT and providing a workshop experience that:
Develops professional skills needed to be successful in TMT and similar projects, including international collaboration, and project management
Provides an experience with the instrument design process
Enables participants to see how they can contribute to TMT and engage in current TMT projects
Builds community among TMT future users and leaders, and connects them to current TMT leaders
This workshop is scientific and technical, and is much like a “summer school” style event, with more emphasis on professional skills that are highly valued by TMT and large projects in general. Sessions give participants an opportunity to learn and practice skills such as working effectively on interdisciplinary, international teams; defining technical requirements based on science goals; and managing projects.
Participants will also visit local facilities in Pasadena, including: TMT Project Office, TMT lab, Caltech, and other sites to be announced.
Throughout the workshop, TMT leaders provide presentations on topics such as TMT instruments, project management, systems engineering, software, and the role of scientists in TMT now and into the future. The workshop includes two sessions that give participants an extended period of time to work in small teams, and spanning multiple days:
Instrument design: Participants will work in small international teams to work through the process of designing an instrument, including conceptual design, defining science cases and requirements, and down-selecting. Some participants act as a science advisory committee (SAC), gaining experience in how SACs work.
TMT Mini-Projects: Participants collaborate on small projects informing specific case studies or problems of interest to the TMT Project Office, the TMT community, and the ISEE/TMT International Program. Some examples of mini-projects are here.
TECI Poster Session: Participants are invited to present their work at a poster session which will be held on the last day of the workshop, December 9.
The annual TMT Science Forum will be held immediately following this workshop from December 10-12, 2018, at the same location. TMT leaders from around the world attend the TMT Science Forum and will be invited to arrive early to attend the TECI Poster Session.
Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory Project Office
Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (UC Santa Cruz)
University of California Observatories
Wide Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) team
Speakers & Instructors
Speakers and instructors confirmed (more coming):
Gary Sanders, Project Manager, Thirty Meter Telescope
Claire Max, Director, University of California Observatories
Scott Roberts, Systems Engineering Group Leader, Thirty Meter Telescope
Warren Skidmore, Telescope Research Scientist, Thirty Meter Telescope
Christophe Dumas, Head of Operations, Thirty Meter Telescope
Shelley Wright, Project Scientist, TMT Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
Jessica Lu, Assistant Professor and IRIS Science Team Member, University of California, Berkeley
Renate Kupke, Instrument Scientist, University of California Observatories
Kevin Bundy, WFOS Principal Investigator, University of California Observatories
Maureen Savage, WFOS Project Manager, University of California Observatories
Lisa Hunter, Director, Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators
We invite workshop applications from early-career scientists and engineers (graduate students, postdocs, professionals) affiliated with any of the Thirty Meter Telescope partners:
University of California
Cost of Participation
TECI is funded by Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory, which significantly reduces costs of attending the workshop. In addition, TECI works with TMT partners to identify funding sources that will cover travel expenses. Below is an itemized list of approximate costs, and whether they are covered by TECI or must be covered by workshop participants. Amounts are in U.S. dollars.
REGISTRATION FEE: TECI will cover the full cost of the following items, for all participants.
Registration: there is no registration fee to attend
Lunches during active workshop days (7 lunches)
TRAVEL: TECI is able to offer travel awards. The application form includes a field for participants to request a travel award for some or all of these items. In some cases we may prioritize applicants who can cover these costs on their own.
Air travel: each applicant should estimate the cost of air travel from their home airport to BUR or LAX.
Ground transportation: up to $80 each way from LAX to Pasadena, or $40 each way from BUR
Lodging: $875 (9 nights from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10, double occupancy)
MEALS AND INCIDENTALS: TECI will not support the following costs. Participants must cover these on their own.
Meals and incidentals outside of workshop lunches: $350 (estimate for meals not supplied by TECI from Dec. 1 through Dec. 10)
Passport and visa fees: each applicant should determine the fees of any passport or visa they require
Applicants with questions about how they can cover the costs of items above should visit the TECI travel award page to look up an appropriate contact for their TMT partner. TECI works hard to find travel funding for as many participants as possible, so encourages people to apply for travel awards.
Application opens: June 6, 2018
Application deadline: July 6, 2018
Notification of acceptance sent: Early August, 2018