Supernovae across LSST

April 27-29, 2020, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana


COVID-19 Update, March 10, 2020

Following the World Health Organization decision to treat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus as a pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Supernova Across LSST workshop. If you already registered for the meeting, we will send you an offical email with a PDF attachment to secure refunds from travel service providers. We will update this page as soon as it becomes feasible to schedule the workshop again. We deeply regret any inconvenience caused, but in view of limiting the spread of this virus, this was the only reasonable choice we could make given the difficult situation.

Supernovae live at the intersection of research interests of a number of the Science Collaborations of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). These energetic sources probe stellar physics, aid in modeling nearby multi-messenger sources, trace feedback over cosmic time, and allow us to measure the expansion history of the Universe. The "Supernovae across LSST" workshop brings together researchers from the different science collaborations.

This workshop will be from April 27-29th at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We will cover commissioning activities for the survey, identify key pieces of shared infrastructure, and guide new users accessing LSST data products. We will foster future collaborations for obtaining follow-up observations, identify innovative extensions to our analyses, and improve our communication with the LSST Team. Most importantly, we will chart the course for supernova science readiness with LSST, and prepare our teams for first light at the Rubin Observatory.

Registration is free and open to all professional astronomers involved in LSST. Please register by March 20, 2020. We anticipate hosting up to 60 people at this workshop, and will make sessions accessible remotely via Zoom.

We will be able to provide partial reimbursements for undergraduate and graduate student attendees (and can prepay and reserve lodging!), as well as some reimbursement towards child support costs.

Please note that we will use to facilitate remote participation throughout the workshop. If you do intend to present remotedly, please do fill out the registration form (which will ask if you will attend remotely). If your travel is impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and you can no longer attend, please do let the organizers know via email to

Code of Conduct

All attendees are required to abide by the LSST Meetings Code of Conduct.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1401 West Green Street.
Illinois, USA


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Illini Union. Full rooms are $104 + tax, while Queen/King Rooms are $109 + tax. There is no charge for a second guest. There is a $10 charge per additional guest beyond 2.

Reservations must be made directly with the Illini Union Hotel before March 26, 2020 using the group code "LSST." Reservations may be made by phone at (217) 333-1341.

You can request a late check out, and parking is available at no extra charge upon check in.

Undergraduate and graduate students (who are all elligible for reimbursement) may also contact us via email to reserve and prepay for a room on their behalf, so that they do not have to inccur that out of pocket expense. Unfortunately, we cannot make travel arrangements directly, but these receipts can be submitted for reimbursement after the workshop. We cannot estimate the exact amount of reimbursement available until after the meeting.


In prep. Will be posted in Feb. 2020. In the meanwhile, if you would like to help advertise this workshop, you can download a copy of the meeting poster as JPG or PDF.



Air transportation to Champaign–Urbana arrives at the University of Illinois' Willard Airport (CMI). There are daily flights on American to Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT), Dallas Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) and of course, O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Other airports that people often drive a rental car from include Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, Indiana (120 miles/190 kilometers away); Midway Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois (140 miles/220 kilometers away); and Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), Bloomington, Illinois (less than 60 miles/100 kilometers away).


Daily bus service to and from O'Hare and Midway airports offered by Illini Shuttle and Peoria Charter.

You can also reach Champaign-Urbana via Amtrak train or Greyhound bus service.


The Illini Union is right on Green St. and within walking distance to several restaurants. Should you wish to explore further afield, rental cars are available at CMI. We suggest reserving these in advance.

Local bus service is provided by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for a fixed $1 fare. There are local taxi services, and there is plenty of coverage by ride-share services such as Lyft.


Need to reach one of the organizers? Send a quick email to, or post in #mtg_lsstsn on the LSSTC Slack.


Gautham Narayan (Chair, UIUC)
Federica Bianco (U. Delaware)
Rahul Biswas (Stockholm U.)
Renee Hlozek (U. Toronto)
Daniel Scolnic (Duke)
Will Clarkson (U. Michigan, Dearborn)
Monika Soraisam (UIUC)
Alex Gagliano (UIUC)
Andrew Engel (UIUC)


This meeting is graciously supported by a grant from the LSST Corporation's Enabling Science Small Grants Program and by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.