The Large Binocular Telescope Corporation (LBTC) is the legal entity governing the Observatory.  LBTC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Arizona. 

LBTC has currently four Members which constitute the LBTC Collaboration, made of research institutes and universities in Germany, Italy, and the United States. 50% of the shares are in Europe and 50% in the USA.  

Member Representatives

Unanimous approval by the Member Representatives is required for matters such as the program plan, the budget of LBTC, the financial contributions of the Members, and the designation of the LBT Director.

Board of Directors

LBTC’s Board of Directors (BoD) meets twice a year (generally in March/April and in September/October). It governs the life of the Corporation as well as the Observatory.

It votes on the budget as well as the annual program plan proposed by the LBT Director.

It also votes on various issues such as development priorities, new instrumentation, time allocations for science or instrument commissioning within the partnership, or policies on data handling or scientific dissemination.

Two advisory committees assist the BoD: the Scientific Advisory Committee  for science-driven advice on the scientific, technical and operational matters at the Observatory, and the Finance Committee  for finance-related issues.

There are currently eight members on the BoD, one per 12.5% share of the Corporation.

Board members

  • Adriano Fontana, INAF (Chair and President)
  • Chris Kochanek, OSU (Vice Chair)
  • Buell Jannuzi, AZ
  • Andreas Quirrenbach, LBTB
  • Roberto Ragazzoni, INAF
  • Matthias Steinmetz, LBTB
  • Evan Kirby, OSU (UND)
  • Dennis Zaritsky, AZ

Science Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC provides advice, solicited or otherwise, to the Board and the LBTO Director on all matters relating to scientific, technical and operational aspects of the LBT collaboration. The Committee shall provide its advice to the Board and the Director in formal reports and recommendations submitted to the Board by the SAC chair through the LBTO Director.

SAC Composition

Voting members
  •  Eduardo Bañados, LBTB
  •  Serena Benatti, INAF
  •  Josh Eisner, AZ
  •  Rick Pogge, OSU – Vice Chair

At large members
  •  Sarah Tuttle, University of Washington
  •  Chick Woodward, UMN

  Ex-Officio Member
  • Joseph Shields (LBTO Director)

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee advises the Board and the Observatory Director on financial issues, including the annual LBTC budget, financial performance, policies, and audit.

Voting members

  • Mathias Voss, LBTB (Chair)
  • Mark Buglewicz, AZ
  • Nicole Cochran, OSU (Vice-Chair)
  • Ugo Di Giammatteo, INAF

At large members

  •  Leonie Heming, LBTB
  • David Pappone, UMinn



User Committee

The User Committee is an advisory committee for the LBTO Director.  It assists the Director in all the technical and operational matters of the LBT collaboration.  It provides LBTO with feedback on all operational areas that affect current users of the facility.

User Committee Members:


  • Roland Gredel*
  • Jochen Heidt
  • Silvia Belladitta



  • Roberto Speciali*
  • Adriano Gargiulo
  • Ester Marini


  • Eichi Egami*
  • Nathan Smith
  • Sanchayeeta Borthakur


  • Kris Stanek*
  • Chick Woodward*
  • Peter Garnavich*
  • Mark Whittle*
  • Ji Wang