Special Session SS41  28 June 2019

Aims and scope

In the past 3 years, the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has upgraded its facility and operation model for the arrival of its second generation instruments: Gravity and MATISSE. VLTI is more sensitive, more capable at producing synthetic images and generalises the use of spectro-interferometry. Outstanding results have been published recently, opening new opportunities and untapped potential for observations covering a large variety of astrophysical topics.

This session is intended as a forum to bring experts and newcomers together.

The session is organised by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the European Interferometry Initiative (EII)


Morning session:

  • Update the community, from novices to experts, about VLTI, Gravity and MATISSE
  • Invite people to present recent outstanding interferometric results (10min talks or posters)
Lunch Session:
  • Present the OPTICON funded VLTI expertise centers (http://www.european-interferometry.eu/vlti-expertise-centres-network)
  • Discuss how to make VLTI more accessible to newcomers: a panel discussion between ESO, The VLTI Expertise Centres and the community at large will be held.

Invited speakers

  • Gravity Consortium
  • MATISSE Consortium
  • Jean-Marie Mariotti Centre

Scientific organisers

  • Antoine Mrand (ESO/DE and EII) - Chair
  • Myriam Benisty (IPAG/FR and Obs. Cerro Calan/CL)
  • David Buscher (Cambridge/UK and EII)
  • Paolo Garcia (Univ. Porto/PT and EII)
  • Sebastian Hoenig (Univ. Southampton/UK and EII president)
  • gnes Kspl (Konkoly/HU)
  • Claudia Paladini (ESO/CL)
  • Jrg-Uwe Pott (MPIA Heidelberg/DE and EII)
  • Isabelle Tallon-Bosc (CRAL/FR)


amerand @ eso.org

Updated on Tue Dec 04 16:15:21 CET 2018