22-24 May 2006

Pasadena, CA


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Making the most of the Great Observatories

The Chandra, HST and Spitzer observatories are sponsoring a workshop to be held at the Pasadena Hilton from May 22-24 2006. The primary goal is to focus the astronomical community's attention on the scientific priorities for the Great Observatories over the next few years. We want to emphasize both joint/multi-mission scientific programs, and programs that lay foundations for the future. Key questions we hope to address are:
  • What are the pressing issues of the day?
  • What would we really regret not doing with Chandra/HST/Spitzer before the missions end?

The workshop, which is limited to no more than 120 participants, will provide a series review talks, each covering a broad area of astrophysics outlined as follows:

  • Planets and planetary systems -- Drake Deming, GSFC
  • Stars: the main-sequence and beyond -- Jim Liebert, Arizona
  • Nearby galaxies and stellar populations -- Rob Kennicutt, IoA/UofA
  • Galaxy formation and the high redshift universe -- Michael Strauss, Princeton
  • Star formation and the ISM -- Ed Churchwell, Wisconsin
  • Galaxy clusters and the IGM -- Megan Donahue, Michigan State
  • AGN and QSOs -- Niel Brandt, Penn State
  • Cosmology -- David Weinberg, Ohio State
  • Workshop Summary and a View to the Future -- Richard Ellis, Caltech and Meg Urry, Yale

Each review talk will be mirrored in breakout discussion sessions, designed to enable active participation by all attendees. We will also hold panel-led general discussions that will focus on preparing for the science programs that will be undertaken by future ground- and space-based projects, including ALMA, Con-X, JWST, Herschel, GSMT and other future missions and projects. Jeff Hayes, the NASA Program Executive for Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer will provide a 'View from Inside the Beltway' on Wednesday morning.

The meeting will also accommodate poster presentations, with time for brief (1 minute/1 transparency) oral summaries. We encourage posters highlighting current or future use of the 3 Great Observatories and also synergies between current and/or future missions. There will be no plenary contributed talks, although we encourage participants to prepare key arguments for the individual discussion sessions.

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