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    Past Event Overview

    The essential astronomical telescopes and instrumentation event, where top experts provide the latest information on interferometry, adaptive optics, observatory operations, systems engineering, and more.

    • 2100 Attendees
    • 1900 Presentations
    • 60 Exhibitors

    This year's theme was: Synergies Between Ground and Space

    The meeting concluded 28 June. See the full Technical Program

    The ancient Mediterranean port city of Marseille played host to SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation this year. Over 2,000 attendees from around the globe gathered at the single most important event for telescope builders and maintainers.

    No other event in the world draws this elite, focused group of researchers, innovators, and companies—experts whose goal is to develop the technology enabling the discovery of the nature and origin of the Universe. It was a powerful week of conferences, courses, and exhibits focused on technology enabling the frontier of scientific discovery.

    1,900 Technical Papers on:

    Technology Advances

     •Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
     •Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
     •Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy
     •High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy
    Telescopes and Systems
     •Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 2008
     •Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray 2008
     •Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
     •Optical and Infrared Interferometry
     •Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
     •Adaptive Optics Systems
     •Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
     •Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy

    7 Courses covering:

     •Adaptive Optics
     •Astronomical Optics for Astronomers
     •An Introduction To Scalable Frameworks for Observatory Software Infrastructure
     •Opto-mechanics for Astronomical Instrumentation Developers – NEW
     •Imaging Detectors for Astronomy – NEW
     •CMOS Imaging Sensor Architecture, Construction, and Applications – NEW
     •Introduction to Visible and NIR Spectrograph Design and Development for Astronomy – NEW

    60 Exhibitors offering the latest technology:

    SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation is the only event drawing this highly specialized group of technology leaders, a group that is focused on enabling discoveries in our galaxy and beyond.

    Download the Technical Program (PDF) featuring conference, course, exhibition, and other information.

    2008 Symposium Chairs:

    Mark C. Clampin
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (USA)

    Alan F. Moorwood European Southern Observatory (Germany)

    2008 Symposium Co-chairs:

    Masanori Iye
    National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)

    Douglas A. Simons Gemini Observatory (USA)

    Local Organizing Committee

    Jean-Gabriel Cuby, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM / OAMP)
    Katia Mirochnitchenko, "Competitiveness cluster" OPTITEC (POPsud)
    Thierry Botti, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP)
    Jacques Boulesteix, "Competitiveness cluster" OPTITEC (POPsud)
    Marc Ferrari, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM / OAMP)
    Bruno Milliard, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM / OAMP)
    Eric Prieto, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM / OAMP)
    Hervé Le Coroller, Observatoire de Haute Provence (OHP/OAMP)
    Frédérique Lepine, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM / OAMP)