Contact:  daryl.haggard[AT]mcgill.caLocation:  Canada (virtual)
We write to invite you to our first Canadian-led, LISA-focused workshop:
What: LISA Canada 2021 Workshop
When: April 27-29, 2021, 08:00-11:00 am Pacific/11:00-02:00pm Eastern
Where: Remote via Zoom
Confirmed Speakers (to date): Robert Caldwell, Nelson Christensen, Martin Gehler, Martin Hewitson, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Germano Nardini, Harald Pfeiffer, and Sweta Shah.
Details: The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission is a space-based gravitational wave interferometer planned for launch in 2032. It promises major advances across a wide range of fields in physics and astronomy. Canadian researchers in particle physics, astronomy, gravity, instrumentation, spacecraft, computing, and other related fields are well poised to play an important role. With an expected mission launch a bit more than ten years away, now is a key time to develop the methods and infrastructure needed to fully unlock LISA’s scientific potential and train the next generation of LISA researchers.
Please join us for the LISA Canada 2021 Workshop, scheduled for April 27-29, 2021 from 08:00-11:00 am Pacific time each day, by Zoom. This workshop will introduce attendees to the LISA mission and science goals, feature speakers from leading roles within the LISA Consortium and ESA, and highlight collaboration opportunities for Canadians to contribute to LISA science. The workshop is particularly geared for researchers who may be interested in getting involved with LISA and would like to learn more about the mission and available opportunities. No previous experience with gravitational wave astronomy is assumed.
Who is this workshop for?
* Researchers interested in multi-messenger astronomy, compact objects, black hole astrophysics, dark matter, cosmology, numerical relativity, tests of general relativity, simulations and computing, as well as advocacy and outreach.
* Scientists and engineers in academia and industry interested in space instrumentation.
* Contributors at every career level: talks will be accessible to upper-level undergraduates.
* Organizations and agencies supporting physics, astronomy, and space-based research.
* Our target audience is Canadian researchers, but all are welcome!
Goals for this workshop:
* Give attendees an overview of the LISA mission, LISA science, what’s happening within the LISA consortium, and opportunities to contribute.
* Connect attendees with LISA leaders and key figures in the LISA community.
* Facilitate new collaborations with fellow Canadian researchers involved with or interested in LISA science.
Those interested should please register to attend (https://meetings.triumf.ca/indico/event/220/) by April 26. This will help us to plan discussions. Registration is free of charge.
Especially if you have never considered getting involved in LISA research before, we hope you will join us to learn more about LISA’s scientific potential and opportunities to engage with the LISA community and Canadian collaborators.
Please feel free to contact any of the organizing committee members with your questions.
We hope to see you there,
Daryl, on behalf of the LISA Canada 2021 Organizing Committee:
Pasquale Bosso (Lethbridge)
Djuna Croon (TRIUMF)
Saurya Das (Lethbridge)
William East (Perimeter)
Daryl Haggard (McGill)
Jess McIver (UBC)
David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
Scott Oser (UBC)
Saeed Rastgoo (York)
John Ruan (Bishops)
Huan Yang (Guelph)