First Announcement: UK E-ELT Science Workshop

Exo-planets and Proto-stars with the European ELT

Edinburgh, 2nd & 3rd April 2009

The European ELT (E-ELT) is currently in the detailed design phase leading to a proposal for construction and, following approval, first light in about 2017. Studies for eight potential E-ELT instruments and two adaptive optics modules are also underway, many with strong UK involvement. In parallel, the E-ELT project is currently seeking community input (via the Design Reference Science Plan (DRSP), including ideas for science cases and corresponding requirements.

This informal workshop will provide an opportunity for the UK research community to learn about the current status and plans for the E-ELT and its instruments, and to contribute to the science case and definition of requirements in this key period.

The meeting will include contributed talks followed by discussions on the relevant E-ELT instrument capabilities. Contributed talks are invited on current research in the field of exo-planets, sub-stellar objects, stellar disks and protostars, and possible directions for future uses of the E-ELT in these fields. It is expected that similar workshops focussed on other science fields will follow.

Potential E-ELT users are encouraged to participate, especially students, postdocs and those new to the project. Some funding is available to help with travel expenses. Please note that space is limited so if you are interested in attending please let us know as soon as possible using the form below.

For more information on the European ELT, including links to the DRSP, exposure time calculators and technical data for making simulated images, see the ESO E-ELT pages.


Start : 11am, 2nd April
End : 3pm, 3rd April

Travel funding:
A limited amount of funding is available to assist with travel expenses. Preference will be given to students and those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Expression of interest:
If you are interested in attending please contact Isobel Hook (imh .at. with the following details:

Your name
Your email address
Would you like to give a talk?
If so, on what topic?
Are you likely to require travel funding?
(if so please estimate the amount required and provide a short justification)

Early responses would be appreciated *** preferably by the end of December ***. A second announcement and final registration deadline will be circulated nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Edinburgh,
  Isobel Hook (Joint Chair of the European ELT Science Working Group)
  Jane Greaves
  Mark McCaughrean
  Andy Longmore