Travel and subsistence support for the LSST:UK Consortium

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Physics and Astronomy


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is a US-led programme to build and operate a telescope capable of mapping the whole visible sky every few nights to a depth currently only possible in small regions of sky. Over ten years, the LSST will visit each patch of sky many hundreds of times, building up a multi-colour movie that will drive new research projects across the whole of astronomy, from potentially hazardous asteroids to the furthest quasars, and the nature of the dark energy believed to pervade space.

A consortium of over 170 astronomers from 29 institutions in the UK are currently seeking to join LSST and this grant is to support their initial engagement with the LSST Science Consortia and to undertake the technical discussions needed to complete the formal proposal for funding UK involvement in LSST.


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Lochner M (2016) PHOTOMETRIC SUPERNOVA CLASSIFICATION WITH MACHINE LEARNING in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

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Sooknunan K (2021) Classification of multiwavelength transients with machine learning in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Description LSST Science Collaborations 
Organisation LSST Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This award supported participation by UK astronomers in scientific and technical preparation for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
Collaborator Contribution Researchers at a number of US and international institutions also participated in the scientific and technical preparation for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
Impact Scientific and technical planning for LSST.
Start Year 2014
Description ROE Open Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Poster displays and associated discussion of sky survey data archive featured in annual ROE open days. Posters seen by several hundred people on each of two open days per year, stimulating follow-up discussion with several dozen people each year, asking further questions about our work.

Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016