The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is hosting the first Science Forum in Waikoloa, Hawaii on July 22 and 23 2013. The TMT is an international project to build and operate a 30-m wide-field, alt-az Ritchey-Chretien 492 segment telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, with a planned first light in 2022. International partners include Canada, China, Japan, and India.
A total 150 people are registered for the Forum, which will be held annually. Per a new Cooperative Agreement between the TMT and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the forum aims to to engage the broad US astronomical community developing a model for partnership in the Observatory science and operations, including the development of international collaborations.
Topics for discussion include “science, first-light and future instruments, observatory operations, archiving and data products, key projects and cross-partnership collaborations, and astronomy education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities.” I understand that the meeting will post links to talks, which focus on science use cases, and the posters, which focus on instrumentation and operations; some links have been posted already. There will be no formal proceedings from the meeting, but the plan is to update the science case document.
I will write more about individual topics as the meeting progresses.