1:00 PM Data Reduction Workshop (Possible fee up to $35)
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5:00 PM: Welcome Reception
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM: General Session
After last general meeting session: Speed Collaboration
Lunch time: "Under the Hood" Talk
7:00 PM: Conference Dinner
Conference poster. Print resolution 23MB PDF
Note: Workshop registration fees cover the cost of room and AV equipment rental; thus, fees will be lower if more people register.
The science carried out using Gemini Observatory’s telescopes ranges widely from Solar System Astronomy to Cosmology, and SEG 2018 will bring together observers from all over the world from every possible astronomical sub-field. In the spirit of new collaboration and fresh ideas, we are offering this workshop as an opportunity to connect with other SEG 2018 attendees and learn about their work as part of a fun, but highly structured activity that encourages creativity. Perhaps you are asking yourself some variation of the following: “What could I, as someone who specializes in black hole feedback, learn from an astronomer who studies asteroids?” In this 90-minute speed collaboration session, you will find out. Our goal is to encourage everyone to think beyond their subfield and usual methods, develop new ideas, make new friends, and possibly build new collaborations. Over drinks, you will speed collaborate with up to 12 other adventurous astronomers who signed up for this workshop. Speed collaboration involves one-on-one, low-pressure, 5-minute conversations that follow a structure carefully designed to help you figure out your overlapping areas of interest and expertise on a rapid timescale. There is nothing to prepare or bring with you except for an open mind. This will be a great way to begin the conference, and hopefully will serve as a jumping off point for continuing conversations throughout the week. We are strictly limited to 40 participants, so please register early if you want to ensure a spot in this speed collaboration workshop.
Jessica Werk, the organizer of this special session, participated in her first speed collaboration session at a conference in 2014. One of the 5-minute conversations she had resulted in a successful HST Cycle 23 program, and two submitted publications on a topic that bridges stellar, Galactic, and extragalactic astronomy. Since then, she has run two Astronomy speed collaboration sessions at conferences in Big Sur, CA and Munich, Germany. Invariably, they are a huge crowd favorite, and on occasion, actually result in new collaborations! Whether you are inspired to build a new collaboration or not, you are guaranteed to meet new astronomers and learn about their exciting work.
An optional lunch time session where Large and Long Program (LLP) PIs will share some of the more practical aspects (from observing preparation to data reduction) that made them successful.