Building Early Science with TESS

March 25-29, 2019 / University of Chicago

This workshop is designed to bring together a group of people with a common interest in scientific discovery using data from NASA's 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 will not 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. We welcome people interested in all potential uses of TESS data. 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

Day 1 Pitches
Day 1 Check In
Day 2 Check In
Day 3 Check In
Day 4 Check In
Final Wrap Up


If you publish a paper that benefitted from this workshop, we request you include the following statment in your acknowledgement:

This project was developed in part at the Building Early Science with TESS meeting, which took place in 2019 March at the University of Chicago.

Applications Are Now Closed.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019. Applicants will be selected using entrofy with the goal of selecting a diverse group of participants. Preference will be strongly given to those who can commit to attending all five days. Limited travel assistance may be available for those who could not otherwise attend. Any questions should be addressed to the SOC chair.

Schedule and Location

The Building Early Science with TESS workshop will take place March 25-29, 2019 at the University of Chicago.

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.

Previous Meetings

The first TESS Ninja meeting, "Preparing for TESS," was held at the Flatiron Institute in New York City in March 2018. More information about that meeting can be found here.