The Rubin Observatory/LSST Science Collaborations (SCs) are independent, worldwide communities of scientists, self-organized into collaborations based on their research interests and expertise. The SCs were formed prior to 2008 to help develop the science case for Rubin Observatory (encapsulated in the LSST Science Book) and advise on the design of the LSST survey. Today, they continue to lay the groundwork necessary to prepare for the advent of Rubin Observatory and advise the Rubin Observatory Project on the operational strategies and data products to accomplish specific science goals, and they provide access to Rubin Observatory and its support infrastructure for large numbers of scientists. Their communication infrastructure is supported by LSSTC who also procures and distributes funds for their activities.
Currently there are eight active collaborations. Each Science Collaboration develops its own governmental structure, publication policy, and code of conduct. Membership to the SCs is limited to Rubin Observatory Data Rights holders.
Information about their work and membership for each of the SCs can be found at the link below, by contacting the individual chairs, or the LSSTC Science Collaborations Coordinator, Will Clarkson.