A Meeting of the Minds
The wide range of expertise and work at the Observatories as well as regular visitors from the broader scientific community in Pasadena and beyond ensure the grounds are regularly filled with interesting conversations.
From large gatherings in our auditorium to casual hallway conversations our staff regularly meet to discuss work and socialize. In addition to more formal presentations at our regular colloquia our staff and guests also present their work at informal lunch talks and morning discussions over tea. At lunch people regularly gather at our outdoor tables in the regularly pleasant southern California weather. Typically folks gather on Friday afternoons for an end-of-week social hour in our courtyard to talk shop over snacks and drinks.
Carnegie Observatories operates several post-doctoral fellowship programs in observational and theoretical astronomy and instrumentation. All fellows are empowered to pursue independent research on the topics of their choice. Fellows enjoy access to all of Carnegie’s observing facilities in Chile on the same basis as the scientific staff.Learn More
Outreach & Education
The Observatories maintain an active public outreach program designed to share our work with the general public, provide science education activities and resources for students and educators, and to connect our scientists with communities in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and beyond.Learn More About Our Outreach Programs
The Carnegie Observatories is committed to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee works to develop a range of resources and programs to ensure that our campus is a welcoming workplace for everyone.Learn More About DEI at the Observatories
Our Summer Student Program
CASSI interns participate in an educational program that includes over 60 activities designed to improve students' fluency and ease with scientific communication and scientific computing. At the end of the summer, nine out of 10 CASSI interns feel more comfortable presenting their research than they did at the start of the program and 10 out of 10 feel more prepared for future work in astronomy.Learn More About CASSI