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Eric Jeschke ( eric@naoj.org ) is the head of the Software Division at Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

Python in Astronomy 2015 Workshop Participants. Photo by Peter Teuben.

pythonsnakes-black The Python in Astronomy 2015 workshop was held from 20-24th April 2015 at the Lorentz Center, Leiden University, in the Netherlands. With a goal of mixing researchers, Python developers, users and educators in a stimulating, immersive environment, it featured presentations, tutorials, BOF discussions, unconference sessions, and coding sprints.

In addition to sharing information about state-of-the art Python Astronomy packages, the workshop focused on improving interoperability between such packages, provided training for new open-source contributors, and fostered discussions on developing a common set of educational materials for Python in astronomy.

A strong effort was made by the organizers to promote diversity in the workshop participants. The meeting was hosted and sponsored by the Lorentz Center , with additional sponsoring by GitHub , NumFocus , Python Software Foundation and LCOGT .

An online proceedings of the workshop can be found here with links to recorded talks, talk slides, unconference summaries, pictures and more. The consensus among the participants at the end of the workshop seemed to be a strong enthusiasm for more of the same! Planning is already underway for second incarnation in spring 2016 at a different venue, with a possible outcome of the meeting becoming an annual event. Interested in attending? The 2016 conference is slated for 21-25 March in Seattle, WA. You can watch for details (or sign up to receive more information by email) at the 2016 workshop page .

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