Keck Science Meeting 2017

Santa Cruz, CA

September 13, 2017: Time Domain Astronomy (TDA)

September 14-15, 2017: Keck Science Meeting

We will be streaming parts of the Keck Science Meeting live from Keck Observatory's Facebook page.
Please note that not every talk will be streamed (and not the TDA Workshop).

Download or view a printable PDF of the Agenda.

Download or view a printable PDF of the Abstracts.

About the Keck Science Meeting

UC Santa Cruz is pleased to host this year's annual meeting of the Keck Observatory user community at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, CA. The meeting will include two days of both oral and poster presentations from the scientific partners of Keck Observatory, including Caltech, the University of California, NASA, the University of Hawaii, Yale University, Swinburne University, the Australian National University, Australian Keck users via the AAL, Subaru Observatory, and Gemini Observatory. Participants will share recent, interesting results based on observations conducted with the Keck I and Keck II telescopes on Maunakea.

Abstracts were due by July 28th, 2017.

Whether an abstract is given as a talk or a poster will be determined by the Organizing Committee.

Posters should be no larger than 24" x 36".


Registration closed on September 6th, 2017.

Science Organizing Committee Chair:

Ryan Foley, Asst. Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz


Marusa Bradac, Assoc. Professor, Department of Physics, UC Davis:
Tom Greene, Astrophysicist, NASA Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies:
Brad Holden, Academic Researcher at UC Observatories / Lick Observatory:
Andrew Howard, Professor, Department of Astronomy, Caltech:
Anne Kinney, Chief Scientist, W. M. Keck Observatory:
Evan Kirby, Asst. Professor, Department of Astronomy, Caltech:
Alice Shapley, Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA:
Shelley Wright, Asst. Professor, Department of Physics, UC San Diego:


Keck Observatory and Time Domain Astronomy (TDA)

On Wednesday, September 13th, at Hotel Paradox, we will hold a workshop featuring some of the leaders of the new time domain telescopes, LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), Pan-STARRS, ZTF (Zwicky Transient Factory), the proposed NASA mission, NEOCAM, and the challenges of cadence observing and twilight observing. After hearing about the wide range and variety of properties of transients, we will disperse in the afternoon to different groups to discuss the observing methods Keck can develop to take best advantage of the TDA discoveries, allowing the WMKO community to exploit opportunities provided by initial TDA discoveries. This will no doubt allow our community to both discover and define new science goals for the future. Our goal is to improve Keck’s ability to accommodate the discoveries coming from these new facilities, and to engage the Keck community in discussions about how best to do that.

Meeting information

Registration for the Keck Science Meeting 2017 and the TDA Workshop is extended to September 6th, 2017.

The meeting will take place at The Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, CA. The address is 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. For driving directions click here.

There are a number of lodging options in the City of Santa Cruz, some of which provide discounts for UCSC affiliates.

Parking is complimentary for registered participants of the Keck Science Meeting 2017 and the TDA workshop at Hotel Paradox.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Hotel Paradox on both days of the meeting.

For dinners, Santa Cruz has a lively restaurant scene. There are many restaurants downtown in walking distance to Hotel Paradox, please view some restaurant recommendations here.