2020 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.
January 12-18, 2020. Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Most workshop sessions will be held at the Grand Naniloa Hotel, 93 Banyan Dr., Hilo
Workshop agenda: Our agenda for 2020 is still being developed. A coarse preliminary agenda is here. For a more detailed sense of what the workshop could include, you can review the agenda from the previous TECI Workshop (December 2018).
Workshop Application due Friday, July 19, 2019 at 23:00 GMT (4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time)
This workshop is a centerpiece of the 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 base facilities in Hilo and Waimea for Hawaii Island telescopes, including: Subaru Telescope, W. M. Keck Observatory, 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 (date and location TBD within the 2020 workshop)
Maximum poster size 120 cm (48 in) vertical x 120 cm (48 in) horizontal.
- If you would like to print your poster in Hilo, you are welcome to submit your print order online at Office Depot/Office Max. Pickup location: Office Max store #6472, 311 Makaala Street, Waiakea Center, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Phone: +1 808-969-9595.
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 (6 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 Hilo ITO.
Ground transportation: up to $20 each way from ITO to the Grand Naniloa Hotel
Lodging: $730 (8 nights double occupancy, arriving Jan. 11 and checking out Jan. 19)
MEALS AND INCIDENTALS: TECI will not support the following costs. Participants must cover these on their own.
Ground transportation to/from airport of origination (in home city)
Meals and incidentals outside of workshop lunches: $350 (estimate for meals not supplied by TECI from Jan. 11 through Jan. 19)
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 17, 2019
Application priority deadline: July 19, 2019
Notification of acceptance sent: end of August, 2019
TECI 2020 Workshop in Hilo, Hawaii, USA: January 12-18, 2020