Keck Science Meeting 2006

Beckman Center
University of California, Irvine

Friday, September 15 -- Science Meeting
Saturday, September 16 -- Strategic Planning Meeting

The annual meeting of the Keck Observatory user community will be held at UC Irvine this year. We hope to have resounding participation from the Caltech, UC, UH, NASA, TSIP, and WMKO members of our scientific partnership. Recent results from the Keck I and Keck II telescopes on Mauna Kea will be showcased. The meeting is also a forum for obtaining status reports on current and planned instrumentation, and for discussing initiatives and opportunities that are still far afield. An observatory strategic planning discussion will occur on the day after the science meeting.

The meeting will also be a great opportunity for Keck users to meet the new Director of the W. M. Keck Observatory, Dr. Taft Armandroff.   Dr. Armandroff will present his first "State of the Observatory" address on September 15.

Organizing committee:


Please register if you are planning to attend either or both days of the meeting. Registration helps us with logistical planning and ensures that you will have access to meals and parking.  Even if you are not planning to give a talk or present a poster, you must register if you want to attend the meeting.  Travel and lodging arrangments are the responsibility of individual participants; see information below.  There is no registration fee. 

Registration deadlines:

If you've previously filled out the registration form but need to change your registration information, just fill out the form again and add a comment that you're entering a re-submission.

Registration form.

List of registered participants.


Science Meeting: 

The science meeting will be a full day meeting consisting of short talks and posters. Talks will be selected from the proposed titles/abstracts. Anyone may present a poster.  The meeting will take place in the Beckman Center auditorium.

Strategic Planning Discussion:

The primary goal of the Strategic Planning session is to provide a forum for the astronomical community of WMKO users to give feedback to the Science Steering Committee and Observatory Directors on many issues ranging from new science drivers to performance of existing facilities.  Significant time is given to open discussion. 

The strategic planning meeting will be held in the Huntington Room at the Beckman Center.

Meeting Logistics:

Travel Information and Directions:

Information for people flying to southern California:

Getting to the Beckman Center:

Driving directions to the Beckman Center are posted on a separate page now- please print out and bring with you.

If you're driving to the meeting on friday morning from Los Angeles or Pasadena, please plan to get on the road early!  The trip could potentially take 2 hours or more during rush hour.  Breakfast will be served starting at 8:15 on friday, and the conference program begins at 8:55.  On saturday, breakfast starts at 8:00 and the meeting begins at 8:45.

For people attending the NGAO meeting on Sept. 14 at UC Irvine, here are directions to the meeting location in Frederick Reines Hall.  Please note that the NGAO meeting is not at the same location as the Keck Science Meeting.

We have arranged special rates at two hotels close to John Wayne Airport.   The Atrium is a bit cheaper and includes free parking, free internet access, and a shuttle service to/from UCI, while the Hilton has spiffier rooms but charges extra for internet access and parking.

Both hotels have a shuttle service that runs from the airport to the hotel, so when you arrive you can call the hotel for a ride.  The hotels are just across the street from the airport, so you can easily walk from the terminals to the hotels too.

Important note:  For both hotels, the only way to get the special rate is to call the hotel directly at the number below, and tell them that you are with the KECK-UCI group.  If you try to book online you will not get the special rate.

Restaurants and attractions in Irvine and Orange County:

Support for the Keck Science Meeting 2006 has been provided by the Keck Observatory and by the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics of the University of California.

Recent Previous Keck Science Meetings: Keck Science Meeting 2005
Keck Science Meeting 2004
Keck Science Meeting 2003
Keck Science Meeting 2002
Keck Science Meeting 2001

Last Revised: September 18 2006