Session Suggestions

The collective work of the entire Rubin Observatory team and Science Collaborations is needed for Rubin/LSST to be a success. Lightning Stories are dedicated to celebrating the diverse contributions of team members across Rubin Observatory's geographically distributed team, so that everyone can become familiar with contributing team members that they might otherwise not have a chance to interact with.  

This year's Lightning Stories will be presented by:

  • Jeff Carlin
  • Alexandra Goff
  • Alysha Shugart
  • Hernan Stockebrand

Anyone who is planning to attend the Rubin 2022 PCW in-person is invited to request a physical, PRINTED, in-person poster spot on Tue Aug 9 or Thu Aug 11 by filling out this form:

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

Auxiliary telescope (AuxTel) operations are the first step to Rubin Commissioning on-sky, and the data is flowing! As this is the first real astronomical data obtained by Rubin Observatory at the summit with official Rubin hardware and processed with in-house pipelines, we invite the entire Rubin community to come and learn about AuxTel and celebrate this exciting step towards the LSST.

In this session we will provide an introduction to AuxTel, its photometric and spectroscopic data, validatation of the AuxTel system and its processing pipeline, and its role in commissioning.

Organizer: Merlin Fisher-Levine

Rubin exists on the precipice of engineered possibility. It bears repeating, that it will enable us to unlock distantly knowable, and hopefully un-imaginable new details about the cosmos. But beyond these scientific delights Rubin lives a concurrent life within a historical continuum of special tools. These objects, rare in their maker’s mutual resolve to address audacious technical problems, inadvertently become cultural mediums through which we reboot our essential metaphors about being alive, discovery, shared endeavor, connection, and optimism for the future.  

Organizer: McKean

The fully virtual and asynchronous venue for voluntary contributions of Rubin-related work or research, called "Rubin Research Bytes", is now described in this Rubin Community Forum topic.

There will not be a virtual breakout session for RRBs in 2022 (i.e., these RRBs are not the same as in 2021 or 2020).

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

Anyone who is planning to attend the Rubin 2022 PCW in-person is invited to request a physical, PRINTED, in-person poster spot on Tue Aug 9 or Thu Aug 11 by filling out this form:

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

In this plenary session you will hear a 1 minute summary about each breakout session, it's a great way to get informed about what happened in the sessions you were unable to attend. The slides will be developed throughout the week.

Early Career Astronomers: Networking & Tools

Organizer: Jim Annis

Organizer: Aaron E. Watkins, Sarah Brough, Lee Kelvin

We discuss a strategy for how to evaluate the scientific performance of the as-built Rubin Observatory using calibration and on-sky observations from ComCam and LSSTCam during the commissioning period, with a focus on demonstrating Operational Readiness.

Topics include:

Organizer: K. Bechtol

Operations Plenary
We will review progress and status of the Operations Plan or Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the LSST including schedule updates, data preview timing and recent success with data preview zero point 2 (DP0.2). We’ll also touch on research inclusion and the LSST, Rubin-Roman-Euclid synergies, our In-Kind Contribution program status, committee updates, new staff, and sustainability.

Plenary will be followed by lightning stories


3:30 - 4:30pm

A brief welcome by Director for Rubin Construction Željko Ivezić and the directorate will be followed by a few logistics item after which the plenary will dive into providing a construction update.

10:45 AM-11:15 AM: Status of the Community Event Brokers and the relationship to the Project
     Discussion led by Leanne Guy

11:15-11:30 AM: Discussion of plans for Early Science
      Discussion led by Leanne Guy

11:30 AM-12 PM: Status of negotiations with international partners, and the negotations of the CEC
       Discussion led by Bob Blum and Phil Marshall

Organizer: Michael Strauss

9:00 AM: Introductions and general remarks

9:15 AM-9:30 AM: Results of communications survey
 Discussion led by Ranpal Gill 

9:30 AM-9:45 AM: future plans for the Rubin website
     Discussion led by Lauren Corlies

Organizer: Michael Strauss


Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

This year's plenary will feature two Keynote speakers.

For abstracts and more information, please see these session webpages:

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

Abstract: This year the Education & Public Outreach team is finishing construction and heading into operations. In this talk, I will present the EPO program - the design and strategy that went into it as well as the program components themselves. This includes an overview of our formal education activities, our data visualization tools, our citizen science infrastructure, and other fun outreach materials the team has created.

Organizer: Lauren Corlies

This sessions will bring together teams and committees working on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) related initiatives, to increase their visibility in the Rubin community, get to know each other and discuss common elements, goals, and the potential for growing through interconnections. All are welcome to attend and any volunteers wishing to represent their initiative with a short presentation should please contact the session chair.

Organizer: Federica Bianco

Sometimes a task is difficult because you’re given the wrong tools. Sometimes a tool works really well for one person but not at all for another person. And sometimes finishing a task is not as important as finding satisfaction in doing it. In this session we’ll explore some of the core tenets of Rubin EPO’s approach to software development and UX, how they support our mission to engage a broad international audience in science-learning, and what parallels exist in software for learning about science and software for doing science?

Organizer: Blake Mason

Organizer: Eli Rykoff

This session is aimed at participants in both the International In-Kind Contribution Program and the US/Chile Commissioning Announcement of Opportunity Program that will contributing to Rubin Observatory System Integration and Commissioning (SIT-Com) efforts. It would also be appropriate for SCOC, photometric redshift teams, and alert brokers who become ex officio members of commissioning team.

Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Everyone -- including software developers working within the Science Collaborations -- is welcome to come to this informal Q&A with the Rubin Science Platform developer team. Ask about what kind of data access will be available, authentication and authorization issues, common software packages, APIs, specialized software for data visualization and scientific analyses, and so on.

(There will not be any additional coffee in the meeting room, bring some from breakfast!)

Organizer: Frossie Economou

In this session we will discuss the current state of source injection in the pipelines including an introduction for people unfamiliar with it. We will also show some examples of science uses of the synthetic source injection. FInally we will discuss any additional features that we hope to develop in the near future. 

Organizer: Sophie Reed

This in-person session creates an opportunity for anyone working on OpSim analysis and MAF to drop-in and chat with the Rubin Survey Scheduling team. Ask questions, get assistance, share your work with others. All attendees should feel free to reach out to the session chair in advance with particular suggestions for topics to be covered.

Organizer: Lynne Jones

Organizer: Lynne Jones

Organizer: James J. Buchanan

The next version of imSim will include an optical ray-tracer allowing new detailed simulations of the telescope and control systems that were previously not possible. This session will primarily be a discussion between imSim developers and optical system experts to design and plan for simulating and then executing commissioning tests with the ComCam, LSSTCam and the AuxTel, using the new version of imSim. A short introduction to planned new features of imSim will be presented.

Organizer: Chris Walter

Organizer: John Franklin Crenshaw, Alex Malz

With the LIGO/Virgo/Kagra O4 and O5 runs coming up, this breakout session will discuss plans for Rubin Observatory's role in multi-messenger astrophysics -- including target-of-opportunity (ToO) follow-up for GW events and neutrinos from IceCube -- and the software frameworks needed to maximize science impact. All are welcome to participate. 

Organizer: Eric Bellm, Raffaella Margutti

Organizer: Kevin Reil

Organizer: Tony Tyson, Rachel Street

This breakout session will discuss the capabilities of current and future follow-up facilities, and the time-domain astronomy they will enable. All are welcome to attend.


Organizer: Alessandra Corsi, Rachel Street, Jen Sobeck

Organizer: Alex Gagliano, Alex Malz

This session will cover the scientific use cases, current status, and anticipated performance of Difference Image Analysis (DIA) with the LSST Science Pipelines.  The session will conclude with a planning discussion for DIA Commissioning plans and coordination.

Chairs: Michael Wood-Vasey, Eric Bellm


Organizer: Michael Wood-Vasey

DESI is and will remain the most competitive instrument for large-scale spectroscopic surveys for the remainder of this decade, and the DESI survey is by far the largest wide-area spectroscopic survey ever done. This session will present and discuss how the DESI observations that will help to realize the primary science goals of the LSST, and the options and advantages of coordinating surveys to enhance the science goals of each. All are welcome to participate. To volunteer to present in this session, please contact the session chair(s).


Organizer: Julien Guy, Martin White

This session will feature a report from the recent "From Data to Software to Science with the Rubin Observatory LSST" (DSS) meeting hosted by the LINCC Frameworks team (LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing) and a discussion on one of the cross cutting use cases (time series tools). The DSS meeting focused on common challenges faced by astronomers carrying out their science analyses given the scale and complexity of the LSST data set.

Organizer: Andy Connolly, Jeremy Kubica, Rachel Mandelbaum

For anyone new to the Rubin Observatory or seeking a refresher on the observatory's systems (telescope and site, camera, data management, and education and public outreach), this session will place a special emphasis on jargon and acronyms.

This session could not be hosted in one of the two remote-ready rooms, and so is not available for virtual participation, but the slides for this year's session will be uploaded to this page. (Google slide deck, view-only link).

Organizer: Melissa Graham

The Rubin Users Committee members will meet to discuss various issues regarding the Rubin Science Platform and the planned LSST data products. Discussion topics can be suggested by anyone in advance, by contacting any member of the UC (

Organizer: Melissa Graham

This will be a mostly free-form workshop/working session about Equity and Inclusion in all different spaces of the project - science collaborations, operations, in-kind contributors, member and partner institutions all have a responsibility to uphold the values of the Rubin/LSST project. The goal of the session is for participants to have the proper tools to evaluate an organization that is successful in D&I, and what allyship is. This workshop will be a host of potentially difficult conversations and will ask participants to lean-in to discomfort and emotional work. 


Organizer: Alysha Shugart

LSSTCorp is supporting a cohort of 12 undergraduates and 23 graduate students to attend the 2022 Rubin PCW.  The students will present their Rubin/LSST-related summer research projects in two groups, in two dedicated poster sessions -- immediately after the Monday afternoon plenary session and the Wednesday morning plenary session.  In the Wednesday session, PCW attendees will have the opportunity to hear 18 of the graduate students briefly pitch their posters at the end of the plenary session.

Organizer: Patricia Burchat

LSSTCorp is supporting a cohort of 12 undergraduates and 23 graduate students to attend the 2022 Rubin PCW.  The students will present their Rubin/LSST-related summer research projects in two groups, in two dedicated poster sessions -- immediately after the Monday afternoon plenary session and the Wednesday morning plenary session.  In the Monday session, PCW attendees will have the opportunity to hear all the undergraduates and a few of the graduate students briefly pitch their posters at the end of the plenary session.

Organizer: Patricia Burchat

Title: JWST & Rubin Observatory: Engineering, Commissioning, and Science

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

The intent of this session is to disucss the needs (equipment,space, staff, time) needed for re-assembling and simple funtional checkup of the camera aftre it is received on the summit. The output of this meeting should be a list of activities with duration needed, personnel needed and space/equipment needed

Organizer: Vincent Riot

The intent of this session is to go ove the current verification plan for the camera to be reviewed at the camera pres-ship review and which would be done as part of the reverification on the summit after the camera is re-assembled.

Organizer: Vincent Riot

This is a working session to review the lits of activities needed and associated time to stop, remove and re-start the camera from the telescope when in operation. The intent is to complete this session with a spreadhseet listing activities and time required along with justifications.

Organizer: Vincent Riot

This session will focus on  project wide recommnedaion items from the camera pumped coolant final design review from August 2-4, 2022. We will review open actions and focus on planning for fabrication, installation and testing both at SLAC and on the summit.

For remote attendees:

Organizer: Vincent Riot

In this session we will discuss the trust triangle based on the youtube from Frances Frei Participants are encourage to watch the video before joining (10min).

We will then organize the rest of the session on what trust means for Rubin and the LSST and how to ensure we base our work and interactions on trust.

Organizer: Sandrine Thomas

The Rubin Observatory In-kind Program comprises over 150 diverse contributions from the international community spanning Telescope Time, Datasets, Data Access Centres and computing resources, Operations offsets and Software received by Science Collaborations and the Observatory. In this session, the In-kind Program team will provide an overview of the contributions, and the process to implement contributions and receive them. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session and more detailed discussion of the Telescope Time contributions.

Organizer: Aprajita Verma, Steve Ridgway, Knut Olsen, Steve Margheim, Phil Marshall, Greg Madejski, Bob Blum

Do you want to know more about what the NOIRLab Communications, Education and Engagement (CEE) team does for the NOIRLab Programs (Rubin, CSDC, CTIO, Gemini and KPNO)? This session will outline the work of the CEE group, including a description of, and the history and motivation behind, a number of key education and engagement programs. Come and ask all your questions and get to know CEE.

Organizer: Amanda Kocz

Background: The Rubin In-Kind program includes roughly a dozen Independent Data Access Centers (IDACs) and Scientific Processing Centers (SPCs).  These contributions aim to provide computing and storage resources to the Rubin community, along with local access to subsets of the LSST data, to support compute-intensive scientific analysis.

Organizer: Knut Olsen

Please contact Merlin Fisher-Levine at via email/Slack if you would like to contribute.

Organizer: Merlin Fisher-Levine, Claire Juramy

Organizer: Jeff Barr, Holger Drass

Organizer: Yusra AlSayyad

Organizer: Leanne Guy, Bob Blum

The breakdown session of safety, health and environmental compliance during commissioning and operation will be a detailed look of the SHE management model that the Rubin Safety Observatory team will apply during commissioning and operation. The breakout will be led by Rubin's safety coordinators, and this represents a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the project's safety approach and safety culture.

Organizer: Giovanni Corvetto

We will discuss commissioning plans for Rubin Active Optics, both with ComCam and the full camera. Specific topics may include:
• Observations we plan to take during commissioning
• Goals of each type of observation
• Analysis plans for each type of observation
• Criteria to guide progress through various commissioning tasks (when do we declare success?)

We seek expertise from community members with experience commissioning other telescopes’ active optics systems, including DECam, Magellan, VST, and others.

Organizer: Josh Meyers

DM and DP (Data Production ops)  all hands meeting 

General tag up for the Data Management/Production staff with some highlights and a delve into a few technical topics.

Organizer: William O'Mullane

The co-chairs of the Galaxies SC Low Surface Brightness Working Group, Aaron Watkins and Sarah Brough, DM representative Lee Kelvin, and representatives from other Science Collaborations interested in low surface brightness astronomy, Ian Dell'Antonio, Annika Peter, and Yao-Yuan Mao, Peregrine McGehee, and Stephen Smartt have organized two breakout sessions on low surface brightness (LSB) astronomy with Rubin.

Organizer: Aaron E. Watkins, Sarah Brough, Lee Kelvin

Explore the Solar System with us as we work together through the online investigation, along with some assessment breaks. Afterwards we will discuss ways toimplement this investigation, including leveraging the design aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Bases Curriculares (Chile). Learn about the timeline for future investigation releases, and options to join our community of practice.


Organizer: Ardis Herrold

Come to get an overview of the new Surveying the Solar System investigation, and all of the related teaching resources on the education pages of the new Rubin website. We will also preview supporting materials that can be used from the main Rubin website, such as videos and staff profiles.

Organizer: Ardis Herrold

In this session we will go over the many important details about interacting with the Rubin Observatory Control System with a special focus on commissioning. Our plan is to cover the following topics:

Organizer: Tiago Ribeiro

This session is planned to introduce you to the scope of the Dynalene System, from its origin, going through the Dynalene Project's design and progress during the last year. Starting with the reasons which push it up, passing by preliminary design up to getting closer to the start-up milestone, covering all the piping construction process, Power and Controls Cabinet design and assembly, IT and Electrical works, and Control Software developments, including all issues and difficulties during these stages.

Organizer: David Jiménez Mejías