Preparing for TESS

March 5-9, 2018 / Flatiron Institute / New York City

This workshop (inspired by the Gaia Sprints) is designed to bring together a group of people with a common interest in scientific discovery using data from NASA's forthcoming TESS Mission. This meeting is intended to build new collaborations, minimize duplication of effort, and facilitate the development of open-source tools for working with this new dataset. This is not a traditional scientific conference and there won't be any formal talks. Instead, the time will be spent in informal discussions and co-working, with the goal of having tangible results by the end of the week. This project is designed to help build and support the broader TESS community, and we welcome applications from people both inside and outside the TESS project.

Slides from the meeting

On the first day, each participant introduced themselves and pitched a project, and at the end of every day groups presented their progress from the day. The slides are available below:

Applications are Closed

The deadline for applications was January 26, 2018.

Schedule and Location

The Preparing for TESS workshop will take place from March 5 to March 9, 2018 at the Flatiron Institute in New York City.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Collaboration Policy

To ensure transparency and openness, we have adopted the collaboration policy developed for the Gaia Sprints. This policy requires that participants agree to the following:

All participants will be expected to openly share their ideas, expertise, code, and interim results. Project development will proceed out in the open, among participants and in the world.

Participants will be encouraged to change gears, start new collaborations, and combine projects. Any participant who contributes significantly to a project can expect co-authorship on resulting scientific papers, and any participant who gets significant contributions to a project is expected to include those contributors as co-authors.

These rules make it inadvisable to bring proprietary data sets or proprietary code, unless the participant bringing such assets has the rights to open them or add collaborators.

Code of Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment, abusive behavior, or intimidation of conference participants in any form. As such, we follow the AAS Code of Ethics, and expect all participants to read and abide by the statements in the AAS Code of Ethics.