[clug] Call for Presentations: LCA2015 Astronomy Miniconf

Jessica Smith jessica at itgrrl.com
Sat Nov 1 00:02:45 MDT 2014

Hi all,

The Call for Presentations for the Astronomy Miniconf at LCA2015 is now
open! All details are available on the LCA2015 wiki at

A copy of the CfP is included below - please pass this along to your
astronomy and open source networks and anyone else that you may think would
be interested.

As highlighted in the CfP below, we're especially keen to make the
Astronomy Minconf a diverse and inclusive event. If you know anyone from a
group that is typically under-represented at tech events who may be
interested in presenting, please take a moment to forward this CfP on to




*Astronomy Miniconf Call for Presentations - LCA2015*

The Astronomy Miniconf is a one-day stream at LCA2015 focused on the use of
Linux and open source technologies in professional and amateur astronomy.
The Astronomy Miniconf will be held on the second day of miniconfs, Tuesday
13th January, 2015.

This is a Call for Presentations (CfP) for the Astronomy Miniconf 2015. We
are seeking presentations from conference attendees who would like to share
their astronomy-related work, projects, and hobby projects with the LCA

Please circulate this CfP widely among your open source and astronomy
networks to help us reach the widest number of prospective speakers

A copy of this information is on the LCA2015 wiki at

*Submission Deadlines and Dates*

Saturday 1st November, 2014: CfP opens
*Sunday 23rd November (11:59pm), 2014: Deadline for submissions*
Monday 1st December, 2014: Announcement of proposals selected

*Monday 5th January, 2015: Deadline to submit presenter slides/notes for
Tuesday 13th January, 2015: Astronomy Miniconf!

*’No pressure' policy*

The Astronomy Miniconf is a low-pressure event, and we strongly encourage
anyone who has an idea for an astronomy-related talk to submit a proposal
even if you’ve never presented at a conference before. Please share this
CfP with anyone you know who may otherwise not consider submitting a

*Commitment to Diversity*

We are especially keen to present a diverse range of experiences and
voices, and actively encourage women and people from other groups that are
frequently under-represented at tech events to submit a proposal. Please
share this CfP with anyone you know who may fit with this objective.

*Suggested Presentation Topics*

Any topic which is related to both astronomy and open source technologies
is considered on-topic for the Astronomy Miniconf.
Some ideas include:

 * Showcasing your backyard astronomy pictures captured or processed with
open source tools
 * A brief demonstration of a cool or interesting astronomy application
that runs on Linux
 * Sharing info about your life as a sysadmin managing a high-performance
computing cluster in an astronomical research facility
 * A tutorial on post-processing of astronomy photos using open source tools
 * Sharing your work on creating simulations of galaxy formation
 * Anything interesting, cool, or unusual related to astronomy and open

In addition to presentations from LCA2015 delegates, we are working to
source a small number of presentations from New Zealand-based professional
astronomers to discuss the open source aspects of their work.

*Presentation Format*

Presentations will be a mix of 20 minute and 45 minute time slots, with a
‘lightning talks’ session with multiple 5-10 minute mini-presentations.
Lightning talks do not require a proposal, you can just present on the day
(this is a very low-pressure way to ease yourself into presenting, so
please have a think in advance about what you’d like to present).

*Need some help?*

If you have an idea (or the beginning of an idea) for a presentation for
the Astronomy Miniconf, we’d be very happy to talk it through with you to
help you develop it further. Email Jessica Smith at jessica at itgrrl.com or
ping her at @itgrrl on Twitter to start the conversation.

*Code of Conduct*

Anyone presenting at the Astronomy Miniconf is bound by the same Code of
Conduct as presenters and conference attendees of the main conference. The
full LCA2015 Code of Conduct is at http://linux.conf.au/cor/code_of_conduct

To help ensure that presentations comply with the Code of Conduct, we
require presenters to submit a copy of their presentation/slide deck for
review by Monday 5th January, 2015 (one week prior to the start of LCA).

*Presenter Responsibilities*

Presenters at the Astronomy Miniconf must be registered attendees of the
main LCA2015 conference. Presenters are responsible for their own
conference registration, travel, and accommodation costs. The LCA2015
committee has made available a small number of miniconf-only passes that we
will be using to enable professional astronomers to present who would not
otherwise be able to attend.

*How to Submit Proposals*

Please submit your proposal(s) by email to Jessica Smith at
jessica at itgrrl.com.
We encourage you to submit multiple proposals if you have multiple ideas.

Jessica Smith
Astronomy Miniconf Convenor


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