So What's All This Fuss About Decadal Surveys?

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
Phillips Auditorium

Astronomers have been doing decadal surveys for more than half a century. There must be good reasons that our community keeps spending so much time and energy on these reports every ten years. And yet, some in our community have suggested that the whole enterprise has outlived its usefulness and should be rethought. This talk will briefly review the history of the surveys, examine how the reports are used (or not) by policymakers and lobbyists in Washington, and look forward to what we might expect when Astro2020 hits the streets.

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