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IAU Executive Committee Working Group : global coordination of ground and space

Rachel Somerville & Roger Davies

International collaboration has always been an important part of research in astronomy. Over the past two decades, the increasing complexity and cost of new facilities, the constrained amount of funding available from individual sources, and the rapidly increasing volume of data have made international collaboration and coordination essential to moving the field forward. All IAU members have a stake in the strategic decisions made by nations, agencies, and various scientific consortia. This Working Group Focus Meeting will provide a forum to discuss how to improve coordination of global planning and build towards future projects. Working towards a new paradigm of global Open Data and Open Science will be a major theme of the meeting.

Monday 8/8 15:00-16:30 Session I: Large facilities in the 2020's and beyond (ground and space)

What is the landscape of facilities coming online in the next decade, and status of long term planning? What are the key challenges for the Agencies around coordination? How are different agencies working towards the goal of Open Data?

Seven presentations from agencies and projects plus 20 minutes discussion.

Monday 8/8 17:30-19:00 Session II: Global coordination for the next decade of science

What kinds of coordination are needed to achieve our science goals in these areas? What are the specific challenges? Are there types of coordination that would benefit multiple areas?

Five presentations of key science areas plus 30 minutes discussion.

Tuesday 8/9 15:00-16:00 Session III: Global Coordination for Multi-messenger Astronomy

What is the landscape for multi-messenger facilities in the coming decade? What unique challenges are posed by the needs of multi-messenger astronomy?

Four presentations from specific areas of multi-messenger astronomy followed by a summary of the 2020 Kavli-IAU meeting in Cape Town on the topic plus a 35 min panel discussion.

Wednesday 8/10 10:45-12:15 Session IV: Access and Archives: Future role of current telescopes and archives

Two panel discussions guided by key questions

  • (i) The future role of current telescopes: panel discussion plus general discussion How do you see the use of your facilities evolving over the next decade as more capable systems come into operation? Do you see them focusing on particular specialisations e.g. wide field surveys or transient follow-up? To what extent will you provide direct support for programmes on the new facilities compared to pursuing a complementary programme? How will you support Open Data?
  • (ii) How do we achieve access to and coordination of archives? panel discussion plus general discussion What efforts are currently being undertaken to coordinate archiving of data from different facilities, agencies, and wavelengths? How can archive coordination be improved in the future? What challenges are posed by the datasets from the next generation of facilities?
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