9-10 Nov 2020 Virtual (France)


Thank you for your participation to the BlueMUSE science workshop!


The PDFs of the presentation slides have now been included on the BlueMUSE project page:





We welcome the participation of the astronomical community to the BlueMUSE science workshop, which will happen VIRTUALLY on Nov 9-10th 2020. 


BlueMUSE is an instrument selected by ESO for its VLT2030 instrumental plan, with a Phase A starting no later than 2022. It is an optical seeing-limited, blue-optimised, medium spectral resolution, panoramic integral-field-spectrograph, to be installed on one of the telescopes of the VLT on Cerro Paranal (Chile). The project is an evolution of the technology used on the very successful VLT / MUSE instrument, but with a new and distinct science case enabled by its main characteristics

  • A wavelength coverage 350 – 580 nm

  • An average spectral resolution R~4000
  • Minimum 1 arcmin2 and up to 2 arcmin2 field-of-view.

Due to its unique parameter space, BlueMUSE is foreseen to cover broad science cases, from solar system objects to high redshift galaxies. It has strong synergies with future facilities such as JWST, ELT, SKA and Athena, as highlighted in the BlueMUSE science white paper.

This workshop aims at bringing together the scientific community and discuss the key science cases in relation with the top level requirements and capabilities of BlueMUSE. It is an opportunity to engage the community and push forward the BlueMUSE project. We are specifically seeking input from the community on specific science cases where BlueMUSE will have a strong impact due to its uniqueness. A mirror science workshop will happen in Australia end of 2020. 


Preliminary Program

The workshop program will include a few overview and invited talks but the large majority will be dedicated to individual contributions and scientific discussions.

The topics we aim to cover are the following:

  • Solar system 

  • Galactic (including stars and ISM)

  • Nearby galaxies 

  • Distant galaxies and cosmology

  • Discussions on synergies with current and future facilities


Confirmed speakers

Sebastiano Cantalupo (ETH)

Matthew Hayes (Stockholm University) 

Sebastian Kamann (LJMU) 

Cyrielle Opitom (ESO)

Céline Péroux (ESO) 

Fabrice Martins (LUPM) 

Alessia Moretti (INAF)

Anne Verhamme (Geneva Observatory) 

Jeremy Walsh (ESO) 


Venue and registration

The workshop will be held virtually over zoom (a link will be distributed to the participants). There will be no registration fees and no deadline for registration. However abstract deadline for individual contributions is fixed to Oct 10.

Sep 15th: registration and abstract submission for virtual meeting

Oct 10th:  abstract deadline for individual contributions.

Oct 17th: speakers notified.

Oct 24th: full program online.

Scientific Organising Committee

Roland Bacon (CRAL)

Jarle Brinchmann (CAUP)

Laure Ciesla (LAM)

Emanuele Daddi (AIM / CEA)

Matthew Hayes (Stockholm University)

Jean-Paul Kneib (EPFL)

Ana Monreal-Ibero (IAC)

Cyrielle Opitom (ESO)

Johan Richard (CRAL) (chair)

Martin Roth (AIP)

Ian Smail (Durham)

Anne Verhamme (Geneva Observatory)


Local Organising Committee

Nicolas Bouché (CRAL)  (chair)

Roland Bacon (CRAL)

Marion Farcy (CRAL)

Maxime Rey (CRAL)

Johan Richard (CRAL)



This workshop is sponsored by the French National Programmes (PNCG and PNPS), the LaBeX LIO and CRAL.


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