Beth Willman

CEO and Astrophysicist

Beth Willman spent the first half of her career pursuing the answers to cosmological questions like "What is the nature of dark matter?" and "How has the Universe changed with time?" Beth now builds astrophysics organizations that center the democratization of science as a pathway to scientific innovation and excellence. Spanning these eras, her last 15 years have been invested in the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) - the most magnificent map to be made of the Universe. Beth is currently the CEO for LSST Discovery Alliance. She is one of a few living people with a galaxy named after her - Willman 1.

About The presentation

The Most Magnificent Map

Come engage with highlights of the remarkable Vera Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) project, including how revolutions in cosmic understanding have historically guided revolutions in how all of us think about our place in the Universe. Targeted to begin in 2025, the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will produce the ultimate map of our Universe. LSST will be a 10-year, 800-frame movie of half of the sky, launching a giant leap forward in our understanding of the Universe. 

At Rubin Observatory in Chile, this US-based, global project will deploy the world’s largest digital camera to reveal the origins of our Solar System, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the way our Universe changes over time.  LSST will curate astronomical data at a scale never previously seen; open access to its data and software has the potential to democratize science.

Sunday, April 7th