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Wide Field Astronomy in Canada

October 10 – 12 2018

Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario

Canada has great ambitions in the area of wide-field astronomical surveys, and a strong heritage. On the eve of the Canadian Long Range Plan 2020, this workshop brings together the Canadian wide field astronomy community to discuss our strategy, including possible areas of scientific and technical coordination.

We will review existing and near-term surveys, on facilities including CFHT, MWA, CHIME, Dragonfly, Gaia, SDSS-V, DESI, Euclid, and LSST, as well as future projects like MSE and SKA1 on the ground and WFIRST and CASTOR in space.

Invited talks will highlight areas of rapid expansion, including time domain astrophysics and radio surveys, as well as data archives and computing platforms like CADC, Canfar, and CIRADA that enable the exploitation of wide field and time-domain data by the community. Our activities aim to ensure that wide field and time-domain science emerge with strong support in LRP2020 and are able to attract significant funding.

The workshop is sponsored and organized by the Dunlap Institute and the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, McGill University and the NRC Herzberg.

Registration for this event will open shortly. To register, and for full details about travel and accommodation, visit the Perimeter Institute website by clicking here.


Roberto Abraham, University of Toronto

Jo Bovy, University of Toronto

Patrick Cote, NRC

Ivana Damjanov, Saint Mary’s University

Michael Fich, University of Waterloo

Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto

Sarah Gallagher, University of Western Ontario

Patrick Hall, York University

Daryl Haggard, McGill University

Renée Hložek, University of Toronto

Michael Hudson, University of Waterloo

Vicky Kaspi, McGill University

JJ Kavelaars, NRC

Dustin Lang, Perimeter Institute

Alan McConnachie, NRC Herzberg

Laura Parker, McMaster University

Will Percival, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo

Samar Safi-Harb, University of Manitoba

Kendrick Smith, Perimeter Institute

Michitoshi Yoshida, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan


Image: CHIME Collaboration


Science Organizing Committee:

Michael Balogh, University of Waterloo

Daryl Haggard, McGill University

Renée Hložek, University of Toronto

Alan McConnachie, NRC Herzberg

Will Percival, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo


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