What Is PAES?

The Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit (PAES) is an intensive five-day forum focused on astronomy and engineering that connects and fosters partnerships among secondary schools from Thirty Meter Telescope partner countries: Japan, China, India, Canada, and the U.S. (Hawaiʻi Island).

The 2015 summit is hosted by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i and generously funded by the Thirty Meter Telescope. Students will have an opportunity to interact with professionals and experts within the science fields, especially those associated with astronomy and engineering on Maunakea, and to exchange ideas and solutions which advance their interest in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

PAES will also foster local and global connections through the establishment of a network that students can take advantage of as they explore future careers in STEM and pursue leadership opportunities in science.


The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit (PAES), is hosted by ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and coordinated in cooperation with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Conference Center. Mahalo nui, many thanks, to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development and Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC) for their generous sponsorship of this event. Mahalo as well to the following organizations for their support of this Summit: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, Institute for Astronomy, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Subaru Telescope, UH Hilo Department of Astronomy & Physics, UH Hilo University Astrophysics Club, Gemini North Observatory, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), One Earth: New Horizons Message Initiative, 23.four Degrees, Kaikodo Inc. and Oceanit.