Special Session SS18  29 June 2017

Aims and scope

The European ELT - Project status & plans for early science

14:00-17:30 29 June 2017

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be the world's largest optical/IR telescope, with a collecting area greater than all the current generation of large ground-based facilities put together. This transformative facility is now well into its construction phase, with the contract to build the dome and main structure recently agreed, and design of the first instruments well underway ahead of production. EWASS 2017 is therefore a timely opportunity for the European astronomical community to focus on the scientific and technological developments toward this hugely exciting and important project.

In parallel to its construction, there is a need for comprehensive end-to-end simulations of E-ELT observations, both to inform the instrument development and prepare the community. By taking into account the effects of the telescope, adaptive optics and instruments, combined with realistic analysis of the output simulated data, such simulations will be essential to predict how this facility will meet the scientific objectives of the next decade and beyond. We are eager to engage with the community as early as possible on this topic, particularly early-stage researchers from across Europe.


The program will feature an invited talk from the E-ELT Programme Scientist, giving an overview of the project, the latest news on its progress, and details of its first set of instruments (HARMONI, MICADO+MAORY, METIS). The remainder of the programme will be given to contributed talks and we invite abstracts on topics such as:

  • Ideas for scientific exploitation of the first suite of instruments
  • Simulations of E-ELT observations
  • Novel technical developments that will influence future instrumentation
  • Synergies with multi-wavelength facilities (JWST, ALMA, SKA etc)

Invited speakers

  • Dr Michele Cirasuolo
    (E-ELT Programme Scientist, ESO)

Scientific organisers

Dr Chris Evans (UK Astronomy Technology Centre)
Prof. Isobel Hook (Lancaster University)
Prof. Giuseppe Bono (INAF-Obs Rome)
Dr Suzanne Ramsay (ESO)

chris.evans @ stfc.ac.uk

Updated on Mon Dec 12 07:37:27 CET 2016