Australian ESO Proposal Workshop 2022

8 September 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm AEST
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Remarkably we are now halfway through the 10 year Strategic Partnership between Australia and ESO. While there have been some significant achievements already, including 4 successful Large Programme proposals and 6 papers in Nature or Science from Australian-led ESO programmes, a lot has changed since Period 101. The introduction of a new web-based p1 toolDual-Anonymous Peer Review, and most recently the use of Distributed Peer Review for smaller programmes have all changed the way we write proposals. In anticipation of the Period 111 proposal deadline at the end of September, AAL and Australia’s ESO Scientific Technical Committee and Users Committee representatives (Michael Murphy and Sarah Sweet, respectively) organised an on-line ESO proposal writing workshop held on Thursday 8 Sep from noon-2:30pm AEST (10am-12:30pm AWST). Topics covered included:

  • The Observing Programmes Committee Process
  • Summary of current and imminent ESO instrumentation
  • The Dual-Anonymous Proposal & Distributed Peer Review processes

followed by a round-table discussion involving a panel of major users of ESO and past OPC members about what makes a compelling proposal, and common mistakes to avoid.

A recording of the workshop is available by request to [email protected]

Workshop program
Time (AEST)Time (AWST)SpeakerTitleLink to presentation
12:0010:00Matthew Colless (ANU)Welcome & background
12:0510:05Stuart Ryder (AAL)La Silla Paranal Observatory Instrumentation for Period 111Click here to view presentation
12:2010:20Richard McDermid (Macquarie)The OPC ProcessClick here to view presentation
12:4010:40Michael Murphy (Swinburne)The Dual Anonymous Proposal & Distributed Peer Review processesClick here to view presentation
13:0011:00Elaine Sadler (U. Sydney - moderator); Caroline Foster (UNSW); Michael Murphy (Swinburne); Sarah Sweet (UQ); Emily Wisnioski (ANU); Devika Kamath (Macquarie)Q&A and round-table discussion
14:0012:00Stuart Ryder (AAL)Wrap-up and conclusion


8 September 2022
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm AEST




Stuart Ryder