[clug] Call for Presentations: LCA2015 Astronomy Miniconf
jessica at itgrrl.com
Thu Nov 20 06:16:36 MST 2014
Just a reminder that the CfP for the Astronomy Miniconf at LCA2015 closes
THIS Sunday, 23rd November. If you've been thinking of submitting a
proposal, or know someone else who's been thinking about it, NOW is the
time to get on it. A proposal can be as simple as a few lines describing
your idea, so please submit!
Details on the CfP and how to submit are in the original email below.
On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Jessica Smith <jessica at itgrrl.com> wrote:
> 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
> * 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
> 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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