[TDA_wg] IAU S339 - 3rd announcement

Rob Seaman seaman at lpl.arizona.edu
Thu Oct 12 08:30:55 EDT 2017

Final details regarding IAU S339, Southern Horizons in Time-Domain
Astronomy, that should be of interest to members of the IAU Time Domain
Working Group:

Southern Horizons in Time-Domain Astronomy, Stellenbosch, near Cape Town
(South Africa) on November 13-17, 2017


*Symposium Programme*


The symposium programme of invited and contributed talks is now
available at:




We now have a full roster of 14 Workshops, split between the three
afternoons (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) as 5-5-4.  Most are a
single session (90 minutes), but some of the original proposals have
been merged and will be run as double sessions. 

The current workshop program, and workshop outlines are now available at:


Should you wish to contribute to the workshops listed on the program,
please contact the workshop organisers directly.

Workshop leaders are asked to identify a "Recorder" (or more than one)
who will take notes and eventually prepare a 1-3 page account of
the workshop. Workshop accounts will be included in the published
conference Proceedings.

We request that you complete the following google document, to indicate
your choice of workshops based on the actual program. This is
for planning purposes only - you may of course attend any of the
workshops you like even if you did not indicate so on the google document.


There is still space in the program to propose one or two small
discussions or workshops. Workshop topics can be narrow or broad,
or anything in between, rather like “Birds of a Feather” sessions, and
are best organised as primarily round-table discussions. Please contact
the SOC chairs should you wish to offer an additional workshop.


We anticipate a total of about 80 posters.  There is ample space, and we
offer poster boards that accommodate A0 posters (in portrait mode). The
location of the posters will offer convenient viewing during coffee/tea

All requested contributed talks which were not scheduled in the plenary
sessions of the conference may be presented as posters. 

As some of the poster presentations are strongly aligned with workshop
themes, we recommend you contact the relevant workshop organiser should
you wish to contribute to a specific workshop program. Note that
workshop styles may differ from workshop to workshop, ranging
from discussion sessions to a mix of presentations and discussions.

*Welcome reception and conference dinner*

IAU S339 offers a welcome reception at STIAS on *Sunday 12 November*
from 18:00 - 19:30. 

The conference dinner will be held at STIAS on *Thursday 16 November*
from 19:30 onwards. The conference dinner is included in the price
of the registration. 

Should you wish to bring an extra person to the conference dinner, you
can indicate that in the earlier mentioned google document. The
price for an extra ticket is ZAR 450.


*Registration deadline*  

Registration will close on 22 October, or once we have reached a maximum
of 200 participants.


Abstracts for posters can be submitted up until the close of
registration (22 October).

*Payment of registration fee
Once you have registered, you will receive an invoice for payment of the
registration fee; the fee payments are handled by the South
African Institute for Physics (SAIP).

The current list of participants is available at:


*Conference poster*

The conference poster can be downloaded at:


Stellenbosch is a small university town, and offers ample accommodation
spanning a range of prices.  Participants need to make their
own bookings, and can do so on-line.  

Check the web site for details.


*Free afternoon - Wednesday 15 November

*For the free afternoon on the program, we will provide bus transport
free of charge to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from where you
can explore the various attractions of Cape Town at your own leisure.
The bus service provided by IAU S339 will pick you up again from the
V&A Waterfront at 21:00 to return to Stellenbosch. A packed lunch will
be provided and there are plenty of options for dinner at the V&A

Popular destinations in Cape Town include: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch
botanical gardens, Robben Island, Cape Town aquarium, Camps Bay Atlantic
beach front, and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. You can
reach these destinations from the V&A Waterfront, using the “Hop on, Hop
off” bus service. Costs for any of the Cape Town site seeing excursions
are not included in the conference fee. For more details of the “Hop on,
Hop off” bus service, please see:


We request that you indicate on the linked google document if you plan
to make use of the bus transport - this is for planning purposes only.


Alternatively you can explore Stellenbosch on your free afternoon, with
popular destinations such as the Stellenbosch botanical
garden, Stellenbosch village museum and various wine farms.

*Transport to and from Stellenbosch*

Should you wish to make use of a minibus shuttle between Cape Town
international airport and Stellenbosch at the start and the end of
the conference, please contact the chair of the LOC (Patrick Woudt -
pwoudt at ast.uct.ac.za) with details of your flight arrival time so that
we can coordinate the minibus shuttle.

There are excellent taxi services available at the airport, and often
the hotels provide a shuttle service, so please contact your hotel for
more information. 

Uber is very popular in South Africa and gets you around in Cape Town
and Stellenbosch very efficiently.

Looking forward to seeing you at IAU S339 in Stellenbosch !

Your co-Chairs,

Patrick Woudt (Cape Town, South Africa)
Mark Sullivan (Southampton, UK)
Rob Seaman (Tucson, USA)
Elizabeth Griffin (Victoria, Canada)
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