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4-m Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope

Community Surveys selected

by Joe Liske on 2022-02-04

During the first five years of 4MOST operations, 30% of the available observing time will be used for conducting a set of surveys initiated by the ESO community. The two-step selection process for these surveys, which began in 2019, has now been completed: ESO has announced the selection of 15 Community Surveys, covering a wide range of Galactic and extragalactic science cases. These will now join the existing 10 Consortium Surveys to form the final 4MOST survey programme. The completion of its survey programme is a major milestone for the 4MOST project, and the 4MOST consortium would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Community Survey teams. "We are very glad to have these Surveys on board as they will significantly enhance the scientific scope of the 4MOST survey programme. We are looking forward to a close collaboration in exploiting the many exciting scientific opportunities that lie ahead," said Roelof de Jong, the 4MOST Principal Investigator.

The next step is to integrate the Community Surveys into the existing 4MOST Science Team, and to familiarize the new members with the complexities of 4MOST operations and the management of the project. To this end, the consortium has prepared an extensive "onboarding" programme, consisting of eight online training sessions and culminating in the Science Team meeting in May 2022. The first three of the online sessions will be held twice in order to accommodate participants from all time zones. They will also be recorded and the recordings will be made available here afterwards. The connection details will be distributed by email. The training sessions are open to all members of the Community Surveys as well as to all existing 4MOST members. The current programme for the online training sessions is listed below. Please note that this may still evolve, so please check back frequently.

Session 1
  • Programme Introduction & Project Culture (R. de Jong, 4MOST Principal Investigator)
  • Overall Organisation of 4MOST (J. Brynnel, 4MOST Project Manager)
  • Breakouts
  • Philosophy of 4MOST – sharing the focal plane (K. Lind and J. Loveday, 4MOST Project Scientists)
  • Signing up on 4most.eu (J. Liske)
  • Meet the Principal Investigator, Project Manager and Operations Manager
2022-02-10 15:30 – 17:30 CET
2022-02-11 09:30 – 11:30 CET
Session 2
  • Introducing the Science Team and the Science Coordination Board (E. Starkenburg, Deputy SCB Chair)
  • Science Team Policies (J. Liske, SCB Chair)
  • Breakouts
  • Introduction to 4MOST operations and data-flow (J. Walcher, Operations Manager)
  • Meet the SCB chairs and Project Scientists
  • Hands-on session for relevant persons only:
    • Membership management (J. Liske)
2022-02-23 09:30 – 11:30 CET
2022-02-23 15:30 – 17:30 CET
Session 3
  • Introducing the Helpdesk (J. Knoche, Helpdesk manager)
  • Simulating our survey – the work of IWG2 (P. Norberg and J. Storm, IWG2 leaders)
  • Breakouts
  • Verifying and documenting your catalogue – the work of IWG1 (D. Alexander and N. Kacharov, IWG1 leaders)
  • Meet the IWG1, IWG2 and Helpdesk leaders
  • For relevant persons only:
    • Tools in IWG1 (N. Kacharov, IWG1 co-leader)
    • Introduction to navigating the IWG2 outputs (J. Storm, IWG2 co-leader)
2022-03-10 15:30 – 17:30 CET
2022-03-11 09:30 – 11:30 CET
Session 4
  • Overview of 4MOST pipelines, data levels & formats, and Operational Rehearsals (C. Worley, Operations System Engineer)
  • Introduction to the Science Policy Board (K. Maguire, SPB chair)
  • Meet the SPB chairs, Operations System Engineers and Instrument Scientist
2022-03-23 09:30 – 11:30 CET
Session 5
  • Survey Management Plan (Karin Lind, Galactic Project Scientist)
  • Data Releases (Jon Loveday, extragalactic Project Scientist)
  • Galactic Analysis Pipeline – the work of IWG7 (R. Church and G. Kordopatis, IWG7 leaders)
  • Break
  • A guided tour of equipment in the AIP integration hall
  • Selection functions – the work of IWG4 (S. Sharma, E. Tempel and S. Martell, IWG4 leaders)
  • Meet the IWG4 and IWG7 leaders
  • For PIs only:
    • Discussion: create a Messenger issue describing all Community Surveys?
    • Document management with DocuShare (D. Johl, Consortium Manager)
    • Exercise: upload your ESO proposal according to DMP standards (R. de Jong)
2022-04-08 09:30 – 11:30 CEST
Session 6
  • Expected instrument performance and verification (O. Bellido and S. Frey, Hardware System Engineers)
  • Trade-offs when sharing the focal plane (P. Norberg and J. Storm, IWG2 leaders)
  • Breakouts
  • Extragalactic Analysis Pipeline – the work of IWG8 (J.-K. Krogager, IWG8 co-leader)
  • Meet the Hardware System Engineers, IWG2 and IWG8 leaders
  • For PIs only:
    • How do surveys contribute to the common infrastructure? (J. Walcher, Operations Manager)
    • I have resources, where can I deploy them?
    • Labour contributions accounting (R. de Jong, Principal Investigator)
2022-04-22 09:30 – 11:30 CEST
Session 7
  • Classification pipeline – the work of IWG9 (C. Heneka, IWG9 leader)
  • Commissioning and calibration plans (G. Micheva, Instrument Scientist) (M. Irwin, Data Management System)
  • Break: video of VISTA
  • Operations Startup Phase (J. Walcher, Operations Manager)
  • Meet the IWG9 leader, Consortium Manager and Project Controller
2022-05-04 15:30 – 17:30 CEST
Session 8
  • Data quality control (I. Pelisoli, Quality Control Scientist)
  • Software requirements (O. Streicher, Software Product Assurance Manager)
  • Data publication and archiving: the 4MOST Public Archive (4PA) (J. Knoche)
  • Meet the Quality Control Scientist, Software and Hardware Product Assurance Managers
  • For relevant persons only:
    • Hands-on session exploring IWG2 output (P. Norberg, IWG2 co-leader)
2022-05-20 09:30 – 11:30 CEST