In the first part of this evening keynote session:
Dr. Jean Gabriel CUBY will report on the European Extra Large large terrestrial telescope E-ELT project, that will be the largest one in the world
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is building the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) located on top of Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Construction has started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2026. The ELT features a segmented 39-meter primary mirror, 4 relay mirrors delivering the optical beam to two Nasmyth platforms and a suite of instruments and adaptive optics modules. The ELT will address a large variety of scientific goals ranging from the observation of exoplanets to the farthest galaxies in the Universe.
Jean-Gabriel Cuby is senior astronomer and former director of Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) in France. He worked at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and was head of instrumentation at the Paranal Observatory (Chili) where the VLT (Very Large Telescope, made of 4 telescopes that can work independently or in an interferometric way) is installed. He is working on projects that will peer into the distant universe, most particularly the ESA Euclid space mission.
He is also involved in the SVOM spatial experiment which will be the second part of his keynote lecture.