TMT: Beyond First Light
The 2017 TMT Science Forum will be held in Mysore, India, during the week of 6-10 November. The exact meeting dates and program are still to be finalized.
Each year, the Forum gathers members of the international astronomical community to meet, collaborate, and plan for future TMT science programs. It is the premier opportunity to learn about TMT, to discuss its science capabilities, and to join in shaping the observatory's future.
The theme for the 2017 Forum is "TMT: Beyond First Light". Plans for TMT's first-generation instrumentation and adaptive optics systems are quite mature, and it is none too soon to start planning new capabilities beyond first light. Some conversations began at the last TMT Forum in Kyoto, Japan (see Program & Presentations) and the TMT International Observatory hopes to launch feasibility studies for future-generation instruments later this year. The TMT Forum in Mysore will be an important opportunity to launch these studies and to deepen participation by members of the international TMT community. It will also be an opportunity to consider any adjustments to instrumentation priorities or operations plans for TMT's early-light phase and beyond.
Mysore is a fascinating and attractive city with many famous palaces, situated about 150 km from Bangalore (site of the nearest international airport). The surrounding area features national parks, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, charming villages and temples, waterfalls, and many other attractions (see http://karnatakatourism.org/Mysore/en/).
Registration for the 2017 Forum will open soon, with an official first announcement that will provide detailed information about the meeting program, venue, lodging, and travel. There will also be information about National Science Foundation travel support for US community astronomers to attend the TMT Science Forum.
Stay tuned, and save the dates!