Gaia in the UK

Taking the Galactic Census

Gaia Data Release 1 NAM2017 workshop


  Gaia-DR1 Session    
09.00: Gaia Mission Status and looking ahead to DR2 Nicholas Walton (IoA, Cambridge) pdf
09.20: What's in Gaia DR1 Nicholas Walton (IoA, Cambridge) pdf
09.50: The ESA Gaia Archive Deborah Baines (ESAC, ESA) pdf
10.20: The Gaia Data Archive: Plans for DR2 Deborah Baines (ESAC, ESA) pdf
10.30: Coffee    
11.00-12.30: NAM 2017 Plenary Session    
12.30-13.30: Lunch    
13.30: Gaia: Usage of Astrometric data (inc handling of errors) Nigel Hambly (IfA, Edinburgh) pdf
13.50: Use of Gaia DR1 data from TOPCAT Mark Taylor (Bristol) pdf
14:20: API access with Python to the Gaia DR1 data Deborah Baines (ESAC, ESA) pdf
14.30: Spectroscopy in Gaia DR2 George Seabroke (MSSL, UCL) pdf
14.45: Looking ahead - Variability in DR2 Giorgia Busso (IoA, Cambridge) pdf
15.00 Close    

Date and Location

Mon 3rd July 2017

The workshop will be held as a parallel session at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting 2017 (NAM2017) in Hull, UK. Full details at

Related Gaia Software

Installing the 'helper' clients.

Java is required by Topcat and Aladin: any recent java version is OK, but Oracle/Hotspot Java SE (from is recommended rather than OpenJDK.  On linux you can run “java -version” to see which you have.

Instructions for installing Python

Some scripting access will be provided using python. 

If you don’t already have a Python (scientific) stack on your computer, you can easily install the Anaconda stack. This comes with “batteries included”, and comes packed with numpy (numerical python), scipy (scientific python), Astropy (astronomical Python library), and matplotlib (a plotting library).   You can get the Python 2.7 or Python 3.5 Anaconda version from:   If you don’t know which Python version to chose, then select Python 3.5 (graphical or command line installer -- either is OK).   The Gaia DR1 data can be found at: Help information on the use of ADQL can be found at: TOPCAT Specific information: