Great Kickoff Meeting
26+27 March 2009 at Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
These pages hold meeting materials for this kick off meeting - in particular materials from the breakout group discussions.
The main static meeting pages are on the GREAT web site at http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/GREAT/events/cam-mar09/cam-mar09.html
Aims and Session Information
The three breakout sessions will enable discussions around the major science themes of Gaia. During these sessions the groups will aim to outline suggestions for networking activities around these science themes. Thus one activity for the breakout sessions will be deciding on key science themes where Gaia will have a significant impact, and what science programmes are best carried out in a collaborative manner, before and after Gaia launch.
The networking aspects could include ideas for:
- Conferences - thus with topics
- Exchange visits
- Community building via joint research programmes
- (Need for) development of new techniques (multi-wavelength, multi-domain, computational)
We'll also be discussing the ideas for meetings, workshops etc that have been proposed by the participants in GREAT - via the earlier Sep 2008 Expressions of Interest Call
It is anticipated that the ideas generated in the breakout groups will form the basis for the initial plans for GREAT activities for the later part of 2009 and into 2010 (where hopefully) ESF funding will commence.
Attendees: please sign up to the breakout group that you would wish to participate in.
It is suggested that each group ask for a volunteer who would be able to report back on the groups discussions during the Friday feedback session. Additionally a member of each group should be requested to keep notes (on this wiki) of the group discussions.
Breakout Group A
Breakout Group A: Survey Science, understanding the Milky Way
Breakout Group B
Breakout Group B: Stellar Astrophysics, star formation
Breakout Group C
Breakout Group C: Non single stars, extrasolar planets, the solar system
Report by the ESA-ESO Working Group on Galactic populations, chemistry and dynamics - Gaia features heavily in this as a key facility. Here is the (pdf) of the report.
ELSA School - The Science of Gaia - a range of overview presentations.
Dinner details: please sign up here