VLBA Astrometry Workshop

M. Claussen and W. Brisken on behalf of the LOC and SOC

NRAO will host a workshop titled "New Science Enabled by Microarcsecond Astrometry" at the Pete V. Domenici Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM from July 21 to 23, 2009. Topics of the workshop will include: planet searches, star formation, stellar astrophysics, Galactic structure, motions of local group galaxies, black holes and neutron stars, megamasers, reference frame ties, and astrometry instrumentation. The workshop’s opening day will be devoted to invited talks on a range of astrometry topics. Most of the second day will consist of breakout sessions with the aim of building new astrometry collaborations. The state of the VLBA and its ongoing sensitivity upgrade project will be described, and the fundamentals of VLBI astrometry will be explained. There will also be program slots for ~ 12 contributed talks, a change since the first announcement. Please submit an abstract if you wish to talk by 1 June through the registration web page. We will let all potential speakers know if their paper has been accepted by 15 June. We will also have room for about 25 posters. All poster presenters will be given up to 2 minutes to "advertise" their poster.

Tentative list of invited speakers and topics:

Space at the workshop will be limited, and registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register early via the form at the conference web page. There will be a registration fee of US$120.

See http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/events/astrometry/ for details.