OSSOS Belfast Workshop 2017

17-19 July, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Belfast OSSOS team host an OSSOS collaboration workshop on 17-19 June 2017 at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. More details on the meeting format and other information will be added to this page - keep checking.


  • Michele Bannister
  • Pedro Lacerda
  • Kat Volk
  • Wes Fraser
  • Brett Gladman
  • Michael Marsset
  • Stephen Gwyn
  • JJ Kavelaars
  • Charles Chen
  • Philippe Rousselot
  • Sam Lawler
  • Cory Shankman
  • Christa van Laerhoven
  • Daniel Hestroffer
  • Nahuel Cabral
  • Tom Seccull


  Work Play
Sun 16   19:00 Evening reception at Woodworkers (see map)
Mon 17 09:00 Presentation Session #1  
  10:30 Coffee Break  
  11:00 Presentation Session #2  
  12:30 Lunch  
  13:30 Topic Team Session #1  
  15:00 Pocket Coffee Walk  
  15:00 Topic Teams Session #2  
Tue 18 09:00 Short Topic Team Presentations  
  10:30 Coffee Break  
  11:00 Future-Looking Presentations  
  12:30 Lunch  
  13:30 Half-Baked Ideas / Butterfly-Chasing Discussion  
  15:00 Pocket Coffee Walk  
  15:00 Half-Baked Ideas / Butterfly-Chasing Discussion  
    18:30 Meeting Dinner at The Barking Dog (see map)
Wed 19 09:00 Last Half-Baked Ideas Session  
  10:30 Coffee Break  
  11:00 Half-baked Ideas Summaries  
  12:30 Lunch  


1st day

  • Michele Core activities summary
  • Stephen Gaia analysis and data calibrations
  • Michele What’s up with the non-tracked objects?
  • Wes Extended data products. TRIPPy-ed out OSSOS and Col-OSSOS
  • Brett Future projects on orbital and size distributions
  • Pedro Phase-curve analysis
  • Phillipe Searching for Cometary Activity
  • Charles Reporting on the 2:1 resonances

2nd day

  • Michele Surfaces of the stirred objects beyond the 2:1
  • Sam Resonant Trails or Beards; The 7:4 resonance
  • Wes Blue binaries; Col-OSSOS: what’s next?
  • Rosemary The 2:1 colours project

Interested in attending topic discussions

  • Meg
  • Rosemary
  • Jean-Marc
  • Ruth

Location and Map

The meeting will be held at the Graduate School, Training Room #6 (TR6 01/009).

Map showing main locations related to the meeting.

Travel information

You can travel to Ireland by flying to:

  1. Belfast City Airport (BHD)
  2. Belfast International Airport (BFS)
  3. Dublin Airport (DUB)

If arriving at BHD, take bus Airport Express 600 to Belfast Europa Buscentre (one-way £2.50; return £3.80, valid 1 month; about 15 min journey time). Alternatively, take a taxi (£10-£15, about 15 min each way).

If arriving at BFS, take bus Airport Express 300 to Belfast Europa Buscentre (one-way £7.50; return £10.50 valid 1 month; 30-45 min journey time). Alternatively, take a taxi (£30-£40, about 40 min each way).

If arriving at DUB, take bus Translink-Goldline X1 or X2 to Belfast Europa Buscentre (one-way £8; return £16, valid 1 month; ~2 hr each way) or bus Aircoach 705 X to Belfast Glengall St (one-way 16€; return 24€, valid one month; ~2 hr). Prices for Translink/Goldline are for online tickets and may vary; you can also buy tickets on the spot, they should take £ but safer to assume €.

Upon arriving in Belfast by bus, you can then take a taxi from Europa Buscentre/Glengall St to your hotel. About £5 and 5 min ride.

OTHER TRANSPORT OPTIONS: You can rent a car at all three airports.


All students and post-docs wishing to have their accommodation covered need to contact Wes Fraser directly so we can book and pay for them.

Everyone else, when booking accommodation, mention you are attending a meeting at QUB, so you can get the QUB rates below.

  1. Malone Lodge ****
  2. Tara Lodge ****
    • £225-£355/3 nts, 4 min walk to QUB
    • Rooms available on 16th & 17th, £72 (normal room) or £115 (signature room)
    • Limited availability on 18th, £79 (normal room) or £125 (signature room)
    • tel: +44 28 9059 0900, info@taralodge.com
  3. Queen’s B&B accommodation at Elms Village

Other options


The Belfast OSSOS team will be able to cover some expenses for participants:

  • Not Covered
    • transportation to meeting
    • general accommodation
  • Covered
    • morning & afternoon coffee breaks
    • lunches
    • group dinner
    • accommodation for grad students and postdocs (see note in Accommodation)

Airports and Transport

Visitor Information

Basics Near the University

Most places take cards (exception: Maggie Mays), but there are plenty of cash machines around. There are also several convenience stores (Centra, Mace, Russell’s, Tesco Express).

A few suggestions:

Food Molly’s YardThe Barking DogHolohan’sMaggie MaysBoojum’sFalafel
Coffee PocketKaffe OFrench VillageSinnamonClements
Beer BrewbotWoodworkersParlourEmpireLavery’s

(bold = better & more expensive)