Kick-off-Meeting: Queen's University Belfast September 15th-16th

Minutes of Belfast PESSTO Meeting, 16/09/11

Agenda : Thursday 15th September

For those of you arriving on either 14th (or morning/afternoon on 15th), we will arrange a place for you to work and login. We will have some informal discussions on Data Reduction and Alert team, and then Andrea is organising a meeting of the Alert Team in the afternoon. When you arrive, ask for me at Physics Reception.

Informal discussions on pipelines, data reduction plans - see Stefano's list of questions and issues (to be linked here)

3.30 (In Physics Board Room) : Meeting of the Target and Alert Team: informal discussion on the arrangement of the team, duties and strategies.

Dinner - Plan is to meet at the Taphouse Bar at around 19:00 and go to the Scalini Restaurant (Italian) at 19:30-20.00. Both venues are in the Botanic area, less than 5mins walk from Queen's. See map.

Agenda : Friday 16th September

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Session Chair : S. Smartt

09.00 - 09.15 Registration

09.15 - 09.35 PESSTO Management plan and recap of Science Goals (S. Smartt)

09.35 - 10.00 Discussion of main issues - make list of what we want to discuss/decide today (Chair : S. Smartt)

10.00 - 10.15 Status report on SkyMapper (B. Schmidt)

10.15 - 10.30 Status report from LaSilla-QUEST (C. Baltay)

10.30 - 10.45 Status and future outlook of CHASE (J. Anderson)

10.45 - 11.00 Summary of Thursday meeting of Target and Alert team (A. Pastorello)

11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee

Session Chair : R.Kotak

11.30 - 12.15 Discussion - how do we scientifically run the survey, how to select objects, how do we do science within this consortium ? who writes the papers on which objects ? (Discussion lead : S. Smartt)

12.15 - 12.45 EFOSC2 vs SOFI breakdown and EFOSC2 spectral settings (Discussion lead : S. Smartt)

12.45 - 13.00 (slack for overrun, or start lunch at 12.45)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch (provided)

Session Chair : S. Benetti

14.00 - 14.30 Data reduction and Quality Control - status of pipelines and plans (S. Valenti)

14.30 - 14.45 Discussion of data reduction - rapid classification and final archiving (Discussion lead : S. Valenti)

14.45 - 15.15 WISEASS archive system - status and functionality (O. Yaron)

15.15 - 15.30 Discussion of archiving issues (Discussion lead : S. Smartt)

15.30 - 16.00 Lightcurves - resources and plans (Discussion lead : ???)

16.00 - 16.30 Tea/Coffee

Session Chair : S. Smartt

16.30 - 17.00 TBD

17.00 - 18.00 Wrap up and answering questions posed in the morning session

18.00 Finish

Dinner - Meet at Ryan's Bar at 19:30 and go to the Jharna restaurant (Indian) at 20:30. Both venues are on the Lisburn road, within easy walking distance of QUB, at the junction of Wellesley Avenue. See map.

Participants and registration

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME, or email Stephen or Ken (s.smartt, k.smith AT : deadline for registration to ensure you have wireless credentials is 12th September

Lunch will be provided on Friday 15th September. Again, please register by 12th September so we have final numbers

S. Smartt (QUB)

R. Kotak (QUB)

M. Fraser (QUB)

M. Mcrum (QUB)

D. Wright (QUB)

J. Chen (QUB)

L. Magill (QUB)

K. Smith (QUB)

A. Pastorello (UniPd)

Michel Dennefeld (IAP) 15th pm - 17th am

J. Anderson (

J. MacKay (Bonn)15th - 17th

W. Hillebrandt (MPA Garching) 15th pm - 17th

S. Valenti (OAPd) 14th - 17th

N. Elias-Rosa (ICE/IEEC-CSIC) 14th pm - 17th am

S. Taubenberger (MPA Garching) 14th pm - 17th pm

B. Schmidt

C. Baltay

Seb Bongard (LPNHE) 15th pm -18th am

F. Bufano (OACt) 14th pm - 17th am

Ulrich Feindt (Bonn) 14th pm - 16th am

M. Turatto (Padova) 14/9 together with Pastorello et al. ; departure: 17/9 morning

S. Benetti (Padova) 14/9 together with Pastorello et al. ; departure: 17/9 morning

O. Yaron (Wizemann) 16/9

K. Maguire (Oxford) 15th pm - 17th am

Logistics - where to stay and how to get here

The meeting will be hosted by the Astrophysics Research Centre, in the Main Physics and Astronomy Building. This is right next to the main University Building, on University road. See this Google Map.

Travel information and how to find the Physics and Astronomy Building is linked here

The meeting will be in the Board Room, in the Physics and Astronomy building.

There are plenty of hotels and guest houses within walking distance to the University. All of the ones listed below are shown on the map. Zoom out if you can't see all of them.

Note - these prices and info are approximate. Check directly with the accommodation - if you phone directly and say you are a visitor at Queen's, they may give you a better rate. This is sometimes better than on the web. But not all hotels have this agreement.

Camera Guest House

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are about £50 per nigh

Malone Guest House

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are about £50 per night. Breakfast and WiFi in rooms included.

Malone Lodge

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £79 and £99 per night. Breakfast and WiFi in rooms included.

Tara Lodge

    5 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £65 and £79 per night. WiFi included.

Ibis Hotel (formerly called Renshaws)

    5 mins walk from Queens. New hotel, advertised rate is £49, which is good. But make sure you book the Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter hotel - there are two Ibis hotels, do NOT stay in the one in Castle street.

Wellington Park Hotel

    5 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £69 and £79 per night. WiFi included.

Dukes at Queen's : (potentially quite noisy at the weekend)

Marine Quest House :