Advanced technology underpins the tools astronomers use to study the cosmos from the ground and space. It is therefore important to reference the technologies discussed throughout the symposium with special plenary presentations on forefront astronomical research that is being conducted today or planned for tomorrow. These plenary sessions begin on Monday, June 28 with a pair of presentations that explain how little we really know about the universe and how, through existing and planned new facilities, we will probe basic properties of the universe and begin to answer fundamental questions like what is the universe made of, where did it come from, and what is its ultimate destiny? The plenary sessions continue on June 29 with a series of six invited presentations on research goals and technical challenges of next-generation optical, infrared, and radio facilities. Recent exciting findings within our own solar system using interplanetary probes will also be presented, which serves as a segue to the latest research results in exo-planets in the solar neighborhood. Finally, on July 1 the high-energy regime will be explored through presentations of recent results from X-ray and Gamma-ray observatories which probe everything from the physics of our sun to the most energetic explosions in nature.
Combined these invited presentations from leaders in science and technology will provide both the novices and skilled researchers attending the symposium with up-to-date results from a wide variety of research facilities as well as outline the scientific objectives of future missions. These presentations represent a unique collection of expertise that is sure to be of broad interest to symposium attendees.
Plenary presenters include:
| •||Roberto Gilmozzi, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere|
| •||Mark McCaughrean, European Space Research and Technology Ctr.|
| •||Alfred McEwen, Lunar and Plenary Lab., The Univ. of Arizona |
| •||Göran Pilbratt, Herschel Space Observatory|
| •||Steven Ritz, Fermi's Large Area Telescope and Univ. of California, Santa Cruz|
| •||Yasushi Sato, Univ. of Tokyo|
| •||Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
| •||Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan|
| •||J. Anthony Tyson, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Univ. of California Davis|
| •||Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory|