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Adaptive Optics Workshop Week @ Porto 2020

Mar. 30/00:34 - Apr. 03/18:34 2020

Adaptive Optics Workshop Week @ Porto 2020

Porto, 30th March -- 3rd April 2020



This is the second version of the successful OPTICON workshop week held in Durham in March 2018 (https://www.dur.ac.uk/cfai/adaptiveoptics/workshopweek2018/) which gathered 80+ researchers, engineers and students.

By gathering a large range of experts in telescope instrumentation, we hope to cover topics ranging from computer-assisted design of astronomical adaptive-optics systems to the post-processing of their observations passing through the on-sky calibration and real-time performance optimisation. We are willing to get contributions pertaining both to the announced and planned 3rd generation instruments for the existing 10m-class telescopes (VLT, Keck, Subaru, Gemini, …) and the next generation of Giant Segmented Mirror Telescopes (ELT, TMT, GMT). Bench experiments and pathfinders are particularly welcome.

Workshops are arguably the greatest venues for extended scientific and technical discussions between pairs. Following the very positive feedback of the AO community, the opportunity to hold back-to-back workshops on several inter-connected topics made for a unique, interdisciplinary format that was welcome by many participants.

Under the auspices of OPTICON which fosters facility enhancements and community sustainability, we organise a week full of workshops in the beautiful city of Porto from the 30th of March through the 3rd of April 2020.

Programme topics

  1. Post-processing and pipelines
  2. Turbulence profiling
  3. Wave-front sensing & calibration
  4. Wave-front reconstruction and control
  5. Soft and Hard Real-time control & algorithms
  6. Pathfinders: demonstrations in the lab and on-sky

(tentative schedule)

Conference proceedings e programme

Will be made available at Zenodo (cf. https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/zenodo.html)

Important dates

1st November 2019 | Registration opens

15th January 2020 | Deadline for abstract submission 

15th February 2020 | Final programme

28th February 2020 | Registration closes 

Note that we have limited spaces (around 100) so registration might close before.

Code of Conduct

This event will follow the ESO Code of Conduct. Please contact any LOC member if violations are to be reported.


Registration will open the 1st November 2019. No registration fee is foreseen.



Local and Practical Information

The workshop will take place at Porto, the nearest airport is Porto Airport (OPO). Porto can also be reached by train, 3.2hrs from Lisbon (webpage).

Details on the venue will be posted later.

Scientific Organising Committee

Antonin Bouchez

Benoit Neichel

Carlos Correia (Chair)

Caroline Kulcsar

Damien Gratadour

Eric Gendron

Gerard Rousset

Iciar Montilla

James Osborn

Jean-Luc Beuzit

Jean-Pierre Veran

Jessical Lu

Michele Cirasuolo

Simone Esposito

Thierry Fusco

Tim Morris

Valentina Viotto


Local Organising Committee

Mercedes Filho

Paulo Garcia (Chair)

Sandra Costa

An importable CVS/ICS calendar with all of CENTRA's events is available here