Announcing the 2016 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum

The 2016 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum:

 Future Large Optical-Infrared Facilities in China


November 10-11, 2016

Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University


Astronomy is an empirical science driven by progress in observational facilities.  With the rapid development of telescopes facilities on the ground and in space during the past decade, coupled with increased participation in large international projects such as TMT and SKA, China is poised to play a dominant role in astronomy on the world stage.  A major current weakness, however, is the lack of general-purpose, large-aperture optical-infrared facilities.  To remedy this urgent situation, the community, under the auspices of the National Astronomical Observatory of China, has proposed the construction of a 12-meter optical-infrared telescope in Ali, Tibet.  In a parallel effort, a consortium of universities is evaluating the feasibility of developing a 6.5-meter optical-infrared telescope.


The theme for this year's KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum is Future Large Optical-Infrared Facilities in China. We are organizing a forum to discuss the two proposed large telescope projects.  It is a great opportunity for EVERYONE in the Chinese astronomy community to actively participate in the early planning of the two projects, to join in various science and technique working groups, and to learn, propose, and discuss science cases for the two telescopes. The forum will provide a platform for national and international collaborations among individuals and institutions.


Topics to be covered in the workshop include:

• Key science drivers

• Key technical specifications of the telescopes

• Instrumentation requirements

• Site survey

• International collaboration

• Detailed planning for the 12-meter telescope project













本年度北京大学科维理天体物理论坛的主题为“中国未来大型光学-红外天文设备”。我们将组织讨论两个计划中的大型望远镜项目, 是每位中国天文界人士积极参与项目初期策划,加入各个科学技术工作组以及了解、提议、讨论科学案例的一个好机会。论坛也将为个人及单位间提供国内外合作的平台。会议将包括以下主题: