November 16, 2022 - A productive and collaborative meeting, "LSST@Europe4 - Shaping the European Contribution to LSST," took place October 24-28 in Rome, Italy, with a high level or participation from members of the Rubin Operations and Construction teams. The meeting focused on the last phases of Rubin Construction, the transition to Operations, and on the participation of international communities in commissioning, early science, and the LSST Science Collaborations. Rubin staff members gave presentations on Construction project status, integration and commissioning, operations, In-Kind program status, and early science. The European community presented about their In-Kind contributions, science goals, and synergies with Euclid, SKA, and other projects.
Between 250 and 300 people registered for the meeting, with many participating online because of COVID-19 restrictions. Those who attended in person enjoyed a tour of the meeting venue, the Accademia dei Lincei in Trastevere, on the banks of the Tiber.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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