News & Updates

  • NEW - All presentations and recordings are available via Slack
  • Information for registered participants (including connection information) will be sent by email by Monday morning.
  • Public Lecture: Don't forget to register for John Mather's public talk "Seeing our history from the Big Bang to Now: New Tech for New Discoveries" on Tuesday 21st Sept 18:00 UTC
  • Contributors have been sent information on providing contributions by email on 16th September. Some participants have reported not receiving this email due to email filters. If you did not receive this email, please message elt_at_physics.ox.ac.uk. Similarly, if you did not receive the email to join the meeting slack workspace, please email the same account. Only registered participants will be able to join the slack workspace and it is an integral part of the workshop so please join.
  •  The workshop programme is available.
  • The workshop will be held online. We are unable to support in person attendance owing to University of Oxford guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are advised not to book travel. 




The forthcoming generation of Extremely Large Telescope (ELTs) will reach unprecedented spectroscopic sensitivity coupled with high angular resolution in the near infrared. This workshop will bring together the international astronomical community to explore the transformational science that the spectroscopic instrument suites of the ELTs (GMT, TMT and ELT) will achieve. High resolution simulations have played a key role in the development of the instrument science cases providing a quantifiable means to determine feasibility and to predict the scientific outcomes that can be achieved. By bringing together theoreticians, modelers and observers, with interests ranging from exoplanets to cosmology, the goals of the workshop are to:  

  • explore the spectroscopic capabilities of the first‐light instrument suite of the ELTs identifying synergies and complementarities between them  

  • encourage development of ELT science cases including preparatory projects on existing telescopes 

  • provide hands‐on experience using the HARMONI simulator (H-SIM) 

  • encourage collaboration and transfer of expertise between the instrument teams and the wider community

  • explore synergies with other facilities 

The meeting will set the stage for the community to plan and coordinate ELT science programmes and pre-cursor observations, making use of quantitative estimates of what the ELTs can achieve. 

The programme will feature invited and contributed presentations on instruments, simulations and a wide range of science cases covering

  • Early Universe and Cosmology
  • Galaxy Evolution and Resolved Galaxies
  • Resolved Stellar Populations
  • Star Formation and Evolution
  • Black Holes/AGN near and far
  • Transient Universe
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Solar System