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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Markus Kissler-Patig (Gemini Observatory)

"New Opportunities with the Gemini Observatory"

Abstract. Gemini Observatory's director Markus Kissler-Patig will present an update of the facility and introduce some new opportunities for astronomers at Gemini. Gemini operates twin 8-m telescopes, one in Hawaii and the other in Chile. The departure of the UK from Gemini's international partnership at the end of 2012 provided the chance to re-evaluate the services offered to Gemini users and opened new opportunities in two domains. First, Gemini will welcome discussions with groups wanting to bring their own instruments for campaigns. This visiting instrument program will complement the suite of workhorse instruments offered by the Observatory, and will allow scientific breakthroughs not possible with the regular suite of instruments. Second, the Gemini observatory will be offering cross-partnership large or long programs. Gemini is considering dedicating 20% of Gemini time to high-impact large or long collaborative programs selected through a yearly call. In addition to these two major initiatives, several new instruments are expected in 2013: Flamingos-2, the Gemini Multi-conjugate adaptive optics System (GeMS), and the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). Gemini is also looking at the possibility of offering some fraction of time in a fast turn-around mode, and started "eavesdropping" for queue observing. We remain very interested in having astronomers visit the telescopes and are looking into making classical observing more attractive and remote. Learn about these new opportunities, and please provide feedback how Gemini Observatory can optimally support your research.

Held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, 02 July 2013