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 Extremely Large Telescope (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 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.


  • 14:00
    The Extremely Large Telescope: the future of European ground-based astronomy
    Dr Michele Cirasuolo (ESO)
  • 14:25
    Tracing the phase transition of Al-bearing species from molecules to dust in stellar winds using METIS

    Prof. Leen Decin (Leuven)
  • 14:40
    From the inner Milky Way to Local Volume galaxies: resolved stellar populations with EELT- HARMONI

    Dr Oscar Gonzalez (UKATC)
  • 14:55
    Searching for variations in the IMF using SimCADO, the instrument data simulator for MICADO@E-ELT

    Kieran Leschinski (Vienna)
  • 15:10
    NIR high resolution spectroscopy with WINERED at NTT as a stepping stone for E-ELT

    Davide Magurno (Rome)
  • 15:25
    Fibre mounted microlens array manufactured using 3D direct write lithography

    Dr. Robert Harris (Universität Heidelberg)

    Coffee break

  • 16:00
    Massive stars in the Local Universe with E-ELT

    Prof. Artemio Herrero (IAC)
  • 16:15
    Using Simulated Galaxies to Understand Future HARMONI Observations

    Dr Mark Richardson (Oxford)
  • 16:30
    Simulating mid-infrared images of clumpy tori in AGN with METIS@E-ELT

    Michael Mach (Vienna)
  • 16:45
    The METIS Data Reduction System

    Dr Rainer Köhler (Innsbruck)
  • 17:00
    Simulation of high-z galaxy observations with MOSAIC

    Dr Karen Disseau (Göttingen)
  • 17:15
    The performances of the high resolution spectrograph HIRES

    Dr Nicoletta Sanna (Arcetri)

Invited speakers
Dr Michele Cirasuolo (ESO, ELT Programme Scientist)

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 Fri May 05 12:48:39 CEST 2017