Australian LSST Workshop 2023

September 18 @ 10:00 am - September 19 @ 4:00 pm AEST
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LSST at duskAAL and UNSW were pleased to host the 2023 Australian LSST Workshop, held both in-person at UNSW Sydney as well as online from Monday 18 Sep – Tuesday 19 Sep 2023.

AAL and the ADACS-Swinburne and ADACS-Macquarie nodes are ramping up the provision of in-kind software engineering effort to Rubin Observatory, as well as hosting an Independent Data Access Centre (IDAC) in Australia, funded through a combination of an ARC LIEF grant and NCRIS funding. This enables LSST data access rights for 47 Australian PIs, and a further 188 Junior Associates (JAs). This workshop provided a showcase for our community of PIs and JAs to describe the work they are doing to prepare for LSST science, including participation in the Data Preview (DP0) process, and to hear updates on progress from Rubin Observatory management. About 20 people attended the workshop in person, with a similar number participating online.


Image credit: Y. AlSayyad/Rubin Obs./NSF/AURA

Workshop program
Time (AEST)Time (AWST)SpeakerTitle
Monday 18 September
10:008:00Sarah Brough (UNSW), in personIntroduction to Rubin
10:308:30Greg Poole / Alice Serene (Swinburne), remote and in-personADACS-SUT LSST software projects to date overview
10:508:50Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne) / Simon O'Toole (Macquarie), remoteInternational Data Access Centre
11:009:00Simon O'Toole (Macquarie), remoteADACS-MQ LSST software projects to date overview
11:159:15Amir Ebadati Bazkiaei (Macquarie), in personBright Star Subtraction Pipeline for LSST
11:309:30Lucia Paz Garate Nunez (ICRAR/UWA), remoteThe Hyper Suprime-Cam extended Point Spread Functions and applications to measuring the intra-halo light
11:459:45Sarah Brough, in personIntracluster light with LSST
13:1511:15Anais Moller (Swinburne), in personUpdates on Fink broker
13:4511:45Rossana Ruggeri (UQ), remote Synergies between LSST and DESI
13:3011:30Jamie Soon (ANU), in personDREAMS - A near-infrared survey and combining UVOIR light curves
14:0012:00Ryosuke Hirai (Monash), in personModelling of stellar-merger-driven transients
14:1512:15Timothy Holt (USQ), in personAstrocladistics for LSST Solar system research and beyond
15:0012:00DISCUSSIONHow should Australian astronomers follow-up LSST transients?
Tuesday 19 September
09:0007:00Bob Blum (Rubin Obs.), remoteRubin Observatory Update
09:3007:30Christina Williams (Rubin Obs.), remoteRubin Community Science including Data Preview process
10:0008:00Edward Taylor/Michelle Cluver (Swinburne), remote4MOST Hemispheric Survey
10:1508:15Simon Driver (UWA), in personThe LSST-WAVES Deep Drill Fields
11:0009:00Rachel Webster (U. Melbourne), remoteVariability in an AGN's continuum
11:1509:15Christian Wolf (ANU), remoteVariability of quasar accretion disks
11:3009:30Karl Glazebrook (Swinburne), remoteLenses for galaxy evolution and dark matter with LSST and Euclid
11:4509:45Sabine Bellstedt (ICRAR/UWA), remoteFitting galaxies in multiple wavelengths to simultaneously constrain structure and stellar populations
12:0010:00Aman Khalid (UNSW), in personLSST in Simulated Universes: Tidal Features
12:1510:15Daniel Zucker (Macquarie), in personStellar Streams, Near and Far
13:3011:30DISCUSSIONDeveloping use cases for Australian iDAC
15:0013:00DISCUSSIONWhat do people want from the LSST@Australia group going forwards?
17:0014:00Meeting close


September 18 @ 10:00 am AEST
September 19 @ 4:00 pm AEST


UNSW Sydney
Old Main Building (K15), Rm G59-60.
Kensington, Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia
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Stuart Ryder
Sarah Brough