Imaging Retreat 2019

An Imaging retreat will take place in Sierre, Valais, on 9 September 2019 to discuss the initiative with colleagues and gather further ideas.

For further information, please contact: [email protected]


The retreat will take place in the Château de Villa, a 10-15 minutes walk from Sierre train station. The Château is renowned for its idyllic setting and famous Raclette menu.

Lausanne to Sierre. We suggest that participants take the 07h50 train from Lausanne, with arrival in Sierre/Siders at 09h08. A group will then depart from the station at 09h15 towards the Château.

Sierre to Lausanne. Trains depart from Sierre to Lausanne every 30 minutes before 21h30 and every hour after. Exact schedule on



09:30-10:00 Coffees and Croissants 


Opening word – Martin Vetterli, President

Imaging in the EPFL strategy – Andreas Mortensen, Vice-President for Research 


Key trends and opportunities in imaging – Michael Unser, Chair of [email protected]

The imaging landscape at EPFL – Sabine Süsstrunk, Steering Committee Member 

Contribution of the imaging working group to the EPFL strategic plan 2021-24 – Michael Unser

10:45-11:00 Break 


Report on a related initiative: Vision for the CIBM – Pina Marziliano, CIBM Director

Resources for astronomical imaging at EPFL – Jean-Paul Kneib and Fred Courbin, LASTRO

Project opportunities with the SDSC – Radhakrishna Achanta, SDSC

The Open-Science initiative and available support – Luc Henry, Open-Science Initiative 

12:00-13:30 Lunch



Short-term actions and events by [email protected] – Suliana Manley, Steering Committee Member 

Discussion on Open-Imaging – Andy Oates, Steering Committee Member 

Plan for the Imaging Seminar Series  – Michael Unser


Parallel working groups (WG) – Moderated by the Steering Committee

WG1: Suitable structure for [email protected], incl. actions for visibility and better integration – Moderated by Sabine Süsstrunk

WG2: Mechanisms to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in imaging – Moderated by Suliana Manley 

WG3: Potential faculty hires to reinforce science in core facilities – Moderated by Michael Unser 

WG4: Common needs in terms of infrastructure and services, incl. data management – Moderated by Andy Oates 

15:00-15:30 Coffee break


Reporting of the outputs of the working groups


Concluding word – Michael Unser

16:30-18:00 Social activities & Apéritif 

18:00 Valaisan dinner (Raclette et al.)