PESSTO Meeting II : MPA Garching February 7th - 8th 2012

Group Photo

Hurry up!! It's chilly here!!

(Photo: K. W. Smith)

Agenda : Tuesday 7th Feb. -- see attached files at bottom of this page for talks

Chair : S. Mattila

09.15 - 09.30 : PESSTO status report (S. Smartt)

09.30 - 10.30 : Data Reduction and Quality Control: Overview of the pipeline and data products (S. Valenti)

10.30 - 11.00 : Data access, information flow and science user requirements (S. Smartt)

11.00 - 11.30 : Coffee Break

Chair : E. Cappellaro

11.30 - 11.45 : First Observing season (April, August, Sept), observers and teams ; (M. Sullivan, S. Smartt)

11.45 - 12.00 : Lessons learned from the Benetti ESO LP[1] (S. Benetti)

12.00 - 12.30 : SkyMapper update (R. Scalzo & B. Schmidt - remote)

12.30 - 13.00 : La Silla QUEST (LSQ): update (C. Baltay - remote)

13.00 - 14.00 : Lunch

Chair : R. Kotak

14.00 - 14.30 : GAIA Alerts - summary and update (S. Hodgkin)

14.30 - 14.45 : The future of PTF beyond 2012 (A. Gal-Yam)

14.45 - 15.00 : The future of PS1 beyond 2012 (S. Smartt)

15.00 - 15.30 : Summary of the Science proposals (M. Sullivan)

15.30 - 16.00 : Tea/Coffee Break

Chair and discussion moderator : S. Smartt

16.00 - 16.30 : Target and Alert Team (TAT) - Criteria of classification and follow-up of interesting targets (A. Pastorello)

16.30 - 17.00 : Discussion : merging science goals with the TAT

17.00 - 18.00 : Time for informal discussions

Dinner in Munich (Meet at Garching U-bahn at ??.??)

Agenda : Wednesday 8th Feb.

Chair : A. Gal-Yam

09.15 - 09.45 : Lightcurves and ancilliary data : coordinating plans for LC and other data. (Discussion moderator : S. Smartt)

09.45 - 10.00 : Update on the plans from SN Factory and SNIFS (working with PESSTO) : S. Bongard

10.00 - 10.20 : Archiving and making data public (results of tests of PESSTO pipeline to WISEASS - now WiseRep) : O. Yaron

10.20 - 10.45 : Publication Policy (M. Sullivan)

10.45 - 11.15 : Coffee break

11.15 - 11.45 : Presentation from ESO: Phase 3 and data distribution for Public Surveys (Magda Arnaboldi)

11.45 - 12.00 : Automated acquisition software : P. Nugent

12.00 - 13.00 : Pipeline Data reduction workshop and tutorials - opportunity for more detailed discussion of reductions. Or science interest groups can take opportunity to meet in breakout sessions.

13.00 - 14.00 : Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 : Breakout sessions : parallel discussion groups (Groups to be decided, but likely to be science focused to discuss overlaps of science interests)

15.30 - 16.00 : Tea/Coffee together

16.00 - 16.30 : Summary, actions, and outcomes. (Discussion Moderator : S. Smartt)

16.30 onwards : Informal discussions (and run over time).

"Notes for speakers:"

    1. Times on the agenda are fairly generous - please try to stick to time, including questions. Although we will encourage questions amd interaction during the talks rather than a question session after presentation.

    2. For the survey talks, could you emphasise cadence, area, and filter coverage. Will help assess the types/numbers of objects that each will find (i.e. a 5DC will find very few faint&fast but a 1DC will find lots.) This was done at Belfast meeting, but worth looking at again, particularly as LSQ is now running - would be useful to see what exactly is being done.

Video Conference Option

For the duration of the PESSTO meeting we have booked an EVO meeting. Connection details are:

    • Title: PESSTO

    • Community: Universe

    • Password: on request contact Stefan (tauben AT

    • Phone Bridge

        • ID: 470 7073

        • Password: on request contact Stefan (tauben AT

Shortcut for registered EVO users: click here to join the conference (valid 02/07 8.30 CET -- 02/08 20.00 CET).

For all others there are several possibilities for joining the conference:

EVO Software

For this you have to get an EVO account and start the EVO software (Java Web Start, no installation necessary). You can obtain EVO from here. If you already have an EVO account you can use this direct link to connect to the conference immediately.

Java issues

If the EVO software does not start directly from within your browser after clicking on the link above or the "Start Evo" button on the EVO website, open a console window and start the downloaded koala.jlnp directly using the javaws command.

We have made the best experience using the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) provided by Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems). You can download it fromhere. On GNU/Linux systems there might be a package called sun-java6-bin.


There is an audio-only connection to the meeting via ordinary phone lines.

    1. Call the phone gateway in your country. (full list)

    2. When asked for it, enter the phone bridge ID (see above). Be sure to use touch-tone dialing (DTMF).

    3. Enter the phone bridge password (see above).


The Skype connection is audio-only. Detailed instructions can be found here.

    1. Call the Skype contact "".

    2. Enter the phone bridge ID and password (see above) using the dial pad.

H.323 video conference system

If you intend to use a H.323 video conference system to connect to the EVO meeting, please contact Stefan (tauben AT

Registration and Participant list

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME, or email Stefan (tauben AT deadline for registration is 31st January.

To ensure you have wireless credentials please send your MAC-address to Maria Depner (maria AT by 2nd February. Note that eduroam should in theory work as well.

How to get here

From the airport you can take one of two trains (called S-Bahn; S1 or S8) that would both eventually arrive in downtown Munich, but take different routes. To arrive in Garching, you have to get off earlier anyway.

If you want to come to the institute directly, you have two possibilities:

    • take the S1 to the station called Neufahrn, and from there the bus 690 to the campus (Garching Forschungszentrum)

    • take the S8 to Ismaning, and then the bus 230A to Garching Forschungszentrum (exiting at Boltzmannstrasse).

You can choose depending on which S-Bahn comes first.

If you plan to go to your hotel first, the second option is definitely better, and you would get off the bus already in the city centre of Garching. Between Garching and the campus there is a subway (U-Bahn) connection (1 stop).

You can check all possible connections at

Transportation maps can be found at

Concerning the ticket options: have a look at Be aware that the prices on this page are not up to date.

For your connection between the airport and Garching the best choice is a day ticket (Tageskarte) for the outer district (Aussenraum). It costs 5.60 Euros. For a trip from Garching to Munich and back, a day ticket Munich XXL for 7.50 Euros is the preferred option. The tickets have to be validated!

A map of the campus is available at It highlights ESO, but MPA is just next to it.

For more details see

Where to stay

We have made block reservations for 25 people at Garching hotels: 10 at Hotel am Park ( and 15 at Hoyacker Hof (, from February 6 through 8, with extensions to February 9 being possible. They are guaranteed until January 25 and cost 75 Euros per night (including breakfast).

Participants who would like to book one of those rooms are kindly asked to contact Mrs Maria Depner at MPA (maria AT, phone +49-89-30000-2214, fax +49-89-30000-2235). She will do the booking for you.