Science Objectives Forum

The OBSIP Oversight Committee--tasked with representing the user community of the OBSIP facility--is in the process of developing a strategic plan for OBSIP.  The plan will include science objectives and instrumentation needs.

This topic will be discussed at the upcoming OBS Symposium.  If you will be attending the meeting you will have an opportunity to provide input in the two forums described below.  If you will not be at the meeting, please still consider providing input.  You could stimulate a colleagues who is attending to present a pop-up, and/or you can send one-pagers/comments to a member of the oversight committee (listed below).

Forum 1. OBSIP science objectives and conceptual experiments.  We are inviting pop-up (~5 min) presentations at the meeting to talk about science goals and experiment needs.  Conceptual experiment designs will be particularly helpful to feed Forum 2 (below).  Please email if you would like to present. One-page summaries are also welcome in advance and will be posted below as they are sent in.

Forum 2. Functional specifications for the future OBSIP instrument pool.  Input is needed on the types and capabilities of the future instrument pool.  An initial DRAFT list of functional specifications can be found on the OBSIP website here, and these will be discussed at the meeting.  Harm Van Avendonk will lead the discussion of short-period instrument needs ( and Monica Kohler will lead the discussion of broadband instrument needs ( It is helpful to tie the specification to science goals (Forum 1).

Thank you in advance for your input,

Richard Allen, on behalf of the OBSIP Oversight Committee


OBSIP Oversight Committee members:

Richard Allen, University of California Berkeley (Chair)

Del Bohnenstiehl, North Carolina State University

Heather DeShon, Southern Methodist University

Monica Kohler, Caltech

Anne Sheehan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Harm Van Avendonk, University of Texas at Austin

William Wilcock, University of Washington