The MSE project hosted a lively and entertaining reception during the Montreal SPIE meeting. The dinner reception at the Hotel Intercontinental of Montreal brought together partners and interested parties representing astronomical instrumentation communities in Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan and Taiwan as well as a number of industrial representatives. As a post-prandial event we exchanged a series of presentations; by the MSE Project Office followed by each of the agencies and industries, outlining experience and interest in the varied components that will make up an MSE.
While there has been no decision yet on how work will be distributed for this project, the interests expressed covered much of the project scope, and were uniformly enthusiastic. With this, the Project Office will be able to better engage partner interests in a way that best mutually complements their interests and needs.