ESO Workshop on Large Programmes

ESO Garching, 13-15 October 2008


Over the first ten years of science operations of the VLT, 15% of the science time has been devoted to the execution of Large Programmes. In May 2003, ESO organised a Large Programme workshop to obtain a first assessment the scientific return of Large Programmes. In agreement with its Observing Programmes Committee (OPC), ESO wishes to obtain a new overview of the scientific results achieved through Large Programmes conducted at the La Silla Paranal Observatory. To this effect, ESO is organising a three-day workshop in Garching. The workshop will feature scientific presentations of all Large Programmes that have been completed since the May 2003 workshop. The teams of investigators in charge of these Large Programmes will be invited to present their scientific results, and the impact that their project has had in its field. The presentations will be followed by a discussion session on the general scientific impact of ESO facilities.

One of the outcomes of the May 2003 Large Programme workshop was a suggestion that ESO stores in its science archive the legacy data products of Large Programmes. This suggestion was implemented with the requirement that Large Programmes that started after April 1, 2005, deliver Advanced Data Products (ADP) to the ESO archive by the time of publication of their results in refereed journal. The workshop will feature a presentation of the ADP submission process and a discussion of its value for the ESO scientific community.

Registration deadline is 1st of September 2008.

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