The Large Binocular Telescope Corporation (LBTC) is the legal entity governing the Observatory. LBTC is a non-profit (501c3) 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.
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 (SAC; chair Eduardo Banados, LBTB) for science-driven advice on the scientific, technical and operational matters at the Observatory, and the Finance Committee (FC; Treasurer/chair Mathias Voss, LBTB) for finance-related issues.
There are currently eight members on the BoD, one per 12.5% share of the Corporation.
Current Board members (January 2023)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
SAC Composition (January 2023)
- Eduardo Banados (LBTB – MPIA, Heidelberg) – Chair
- Serena Benatti (INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Polermo)
- John Eisner (AZ – University of Arizona)
- Rick Pogge (OSU – Ohio State University) – Vice Chair
At large members
- Sarah Tuttle (University of Washington)
- Chick Woodward (University of Minnesota)
- Joseph Shields (LBTO Director)
There are four voting FC members, one from each partner:
- Mathias Voss, LBTB (Chair)
- Mark Buglewicz, AZ
- Nicole Cochran, OSU
- Ugo Di Giammatteo, INAF
Five additional members at large are also allowed.
There are currently three at large members:
- Danny Gasch, RC (Vice-Chair)
- Leonie Heming, LBTB
- David Pappone, UMinn