I'm not sure that this has made it here before, but I wanted to forward it with a note that the SciPy conference is really a lot of fun. I'll be there, and co-organizing some of the Birds of a Feather sessions, and there should also be ample opportunity to learn about other Python projects both in astronomy and out of astronomy. I'd highly encourage attending, as it's really a fun conference with lots of diverse domains represented. The call for abstracts is *very* soon, and if you have something you'd like to present I would encourage you to submit!
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Tom Aldcroft email@example.com Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM Subject: [AstroPy] Astronomy & Astrophysics Mini-Symposium at SciPy2013 To: astropy firstname.lastname@example.org
We are planning to have an Astronomy & Astrophysics Mini-Symposium at the SciPy2013 conference in Austin, TX in June 2013 . The use of Python for astronomy research is growing rapidly, and we have seen the emergence of large and well-organized community efforts to develop analysis packages for astronomy.
I'm excited to have the opportunity to organize and chair this mini-symposium. This is timely moment for the astronomy Python community to get together and present what's new and exciting, as well as to discuss and define future priorities. This will be an evening session taking 1.5 hours and consisting of 4 - 6 talks and some form of open discussion.
I'd like to encourage everybody to attend SciPy2013 this year and participate in the overall discussion. We need viewpoints not only from people deeply involved in development, but also newcomers and those who are just trying to get their research done. I also want to specifically invite people to submit a talk or poster abstract so we can make the mini-symposium interesting. The abstract deadline is March 20.
If you have questions or suggestions please contact me or post to this list as appropriate. Please forward this message to your colleagues who may not be on this list. I'm interested in ideas for discussion topics that would be productive. One possibility is examining some of the large community efforts (e.g. yt, SunPy, Astropy, etc) to look for opportunities for cross-project coordination.
Best regards, Tom Aldcroft