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and technical expertise to provide similar ca- pabilities for the next generation 30-meter- class telescopes. References: Sivanandam, S., et al., 2018, Proc. SPIE, 10702, 107021J (arXiv:1807.03797) We plan to commission GIRMOS in 2024 and expect to be well positioned to offer GIRMOS as a workhorse survey instrument for the Gemini community. By 2024, sev- eral exciting projects should be underway, including both the James Webb Space Tele- scope and the European Space Agency’s Eu- clid space telescope, which promise to pro- vide exciting new bright, infrared targets for spectroscopic follow-up. Gravitational wave detectors such as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in combi- nation with imaging follow-up will provide well-localized gravitational wave sources. Likewise, the Large Synoptic Survey Tele- scope (now under construction in Chile) and the Square Kilometre Array (to be built in Australia and South Africa) pathfinders will be detecting exotic transient sources; and the current Atacama Large Millimeter Array will be in an era of providing large, well-characterized surveys. With its multiplexing ability, and particular- ly with the benefit of the newly announced Gemini North AO system which should pro- vide an even better corrected field, GIRMOS at Gemini is ideally positioned to lead the era of multi-messenger astronomy, under- taking surveys of large samples of sources discovered by these diverse state-of-the-art telescopes. No Instrument Upgrade Program Call this Year As several projects from previous years are still underway, we decided not to have a Call for Proposals in our Instrument Upgrade Pro- gram this year. We expect to release our next call in mid-2019. Visit the IUP web pages for more information. 16 GeminiFocus October 2018