Further information: The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a future ground-based optical and infrared telescope, which is being designed and built by the European Southern Observatory. With a primary mirror diameter of 39m, it will be the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world when it enters operation in the middle of the next decade. Construction work is underway at the telescope site in Chile. In this talk, I will discuss some highlights from the science case for the ELT, which ranges from studies of exo-planets to the most distant galaxies and cosmology. I will also describe the telescope design and plans for the instrumentation suite. Finally, I will discuss the current status of the project.
Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm.