Episode 188

In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the ALPO Executive Director, Ken Poshedly on the upcoming Virtual ALPO Conference.

The dates will be Friday and Saturday, July 26/27, 2024. The conference will also be Live Streamed on the ALPO YouTube channel.

The conference times for both days will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) and allow for seven paper presentation sessions each day with short breaks on both days. All presentations be limited to approximately 25 minutes each with a few minutes left for audience questions.

The schedule of presentations will be posted about one week prior to the event.

The ALPO board of directors meeting will be held on Friday, July 26 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).

The ALPO Conference is free and open to anyone to attend; however, all presenters must be current members of the ALPO.

Following a break after the last paper presentation on Saturday afternoon, July 27, will be presentation of the annual Walter Haas Observer Award.

This will be followed by our keynote speaker at 4 pm. PT (7 p.m. ET). With the award presentation and keynote speech usually occurring at the traditional Saturday evening

dinner, we suggest that you enjoy your own meal during these last two conference events.

Door prizes will be awarded following the Keynote address. No purchase necessary.

An online chat feature will allow type-in text comments for questions once the conference gets underway.

All presenters must already have ZOOM installed on their computer prior to the conference dates.

ZOOM is free and available at https://zoom.us/

The ZOOM links will be e-mailed out on Thursday, July 25.

There will be a separate ZOOM meeting set up for each day.

The ZOOM virtual (online) meeting room will open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each day’s activities.

Upon logging into ZOOM you will be placed into a ‘waiting room’ until the meeting begins, and your microphone will be muted automatically.

Participants are encouraged to submit research papers, presentations and experience reports concerning various aspects of Earth-based observational solar system astronomy. Suggested topics for papers and presentations include the following:

• New or ongoing observing programs and studies, specifically, how those programs were designed, implemented, and continue to function.

• Results of personal or group studies of solar system or extra-solar system bodies.

• New or ongoing activities involving astronomical instrumentation, construction or improvement.

Those individuals wishing to present a paper should submit their request to Tim Robertson at cometman@cometman.net no later than July 1st, along with a brief bio about themselves and a summary of their presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint is the preferred method of visual presentation along with an audio explanation.

Contact Information:

ALPO Website: http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/

Tim Robertson: cometman@cometman.net

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/

ALPO YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AssociationofLunarandPlanetaryObservers

ALPO Podcast- The Observers Notebook: https://soundcloud.com/observersnotebook

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