by Colin Jacobs <email@example.com>
I was recently fortunate enough to visit the ESO Paranal observatory for two nights of observing with the XShooter spectrograph. As a member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) I'm an avid consumer of observational data but, at least until recently, less of a producer, making the two nights in visitor mode at the VLT a first for my PhD. We were awarded the two nights for follow-up of galaxy-galaxy strong lenses we discovered in DES using machine learning, hoping to get redshifts for both lens and source and enable some interesting follow-up science. In September, thanks to Astro3D, the ASA and Swinburne, I travelled to Paranal as CoI with my supervisor, Prof. Karl Glazebrook.
Mike Ireland is the Australian representative on the ESO Science Technical Committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org