APS NWS 2020 Conference

About Kamloops & TRU





Presenting (Plenary/Session/Poster)

Maps, Travel, and Parking

Grants (Student travel, childcare)

Organizing Committee and Contact


Confirmed Plenary Speakers

APSNW2020 Speakers List

Kamloops and TRU

Thompson Rivers University is situated in Kamloops, British Columbia, at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers, on the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Territory - within the unceded traditional lands of the Secwepemc Nation.

Climatically we are in a semi arid upland on an interior plateau (altitude 500m)

Practically, TRU is 4 hours north-east of Vancouver BC and is accessible by 5 highways (1, 5, 5A, 16, 97), airport (YKA most flights from Vancouver and Calgary) and train (Via rail)

Geographically, TRU is located at 50°40'5.7" N 120°22'11.6" W

Grammatically, What three words has us at:https://what3words.com/island.email.coolest

Athletically, we are the Tournament Capital of Canada.

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As Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital, Kamloops has many hotels, but there will invariably be a tournament (or two!) so we strongly urge you to book your room early.  Below are two hotels who have blocked off a set of rooms until mid/end of April-ish.  These hotels are an easy walk to the university.  There are many other hotels but are farther away.

As student dorm rooms will not be ready in time for the conference, we encourage you to apply for travel grants.

 Ramada Kamloops (20 rooms booked from May 14-16, 2020)

Group rate is 83USD/109CDN per night + 8%tax, includes breakfast, free wifi and free parking.

Booking must be made by April 30, 2020 in order to use group rate.

555 West Columbia Street, Kamloops, British Columbia  V2C 1K7 Canada

To book, call the front desk at 250.374.0358, and quote Conference Code CJ5310 to access group rate.

 Toll Free: 1.800.663.2832

Phone: 250.374.0358

Email: info@ramadakamloops.com

Link to hotel website: https://www.ramadakamloops.com/


Best Western Plus (25 rooms booked for May 13-17, 2020)

Rates starting at 144USD/189CDN per night + 8% tax, includes breakfast, free wifi and free parking.

Booking must be made by April 14, 2020 in order to use group rate.

Link for attendees to book using conference rates: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.62122.html?groupId=H23KL6S

660 Columbia Street West, Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 1L1 Canada

Toll Free Central Reservations (US & Canada Only) 1(800) 780-7234

Hotel Direct Number +1 250-374-7878

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Conference schedule

The general schedule (times are approximate and based on previous versions of the conference): 

Thursday May 14: check in, public lecture/astronomy observing

Friday May 15: Plenary 8-12, Lunch, 1-5pm : Parallel Afternoon Sessions, 5-6:30 pm: Poster Session (APSNW meeting), 6:30-9:30 pm: Banquet

Saturday May 16: Plenary 8-12, Lunch, 1-5pm: Parallel Afternoon Sessions

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Register for the conference

The conference registration fees and deadlines are listed in the table below. 

Attendees may register online via the APS conference registration page by using a credit card.

If you wish to use a debit card or check for payment please complete this form (not posted yet) mail or fax to the address provided on the form.

After May 1st, registration will be closed until on-site registration begins at check-in time at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, on TRU Campus.  Attendees who wish to register on-site may do so through the APS website and pay by credit card. ( Registration may also be done on-site via a paper form and check. Cash payments will not be accepted.)

As the registration occurs through the APS, all prices in USD.

Participant type

Online registration
(through May 1, 2020)


On-site registration (starting May 14, 2020)


Regular participant 75 85
Graduate student 35 45
Undergraduate student 20 25 
Banquet 40 not available


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Banquet will be a buffet style dinner held in the TRU Mountain Room.  

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The deadline for submitting an abstract is April 17, 2020

Details for talks:  Plenary talks are allotted 30 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.  Parallel session invited talks are allotted 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.  Parallel session contributed talks are allotted 10 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions. Our projectors are equipped with VGA ports. Please bring your own adapter if you require another type of connector.

Details for posters: The poster session will take place on Friday, May 15th from 17:00 to 18:30. Presenters may post their posters anytime during the period 15:00-17:00 on that day. Size limit for posters is 35” wide by 44” high.

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Maps, Travel and Parking

Thompson Rivers University is located on the traditional and unceded Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory in the city of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. 

Kamloops is accessible by highway, train, bus (https://myebus.ca/) and airplane

Arriving by plane?  Contact organizers for pick up/drop off.

Parking on campus is 5$ CDN per day (FREE ON WEEKENDS AND AFTER 5PM) in the appropriate lots (blue or green lots on this maplinks to external site, orange lots are closer, more expensive, short term lots), payable by cash or cards.

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Grants - Student Travel and childcare

Undergraduate and graduate students attending the conference are eligible to apply for a limited number of travel grants. Preference will be given to students presenting their work at the conference in an oral or poster contribution. Application forms are linked here and completed forms should be emailed to the chair of the conference program committee Barry Davids at davids@triumf.ca .

Grants to offset childcare costs related to conference attendance are also available by application. If you are interested please email the chair of the conference program committee Barry Davids at davids@triumf.ca .

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Contact Us

Local Organizing Committee (LOC): Mark Paetkau (mpaetkau at tru.ca), George Weremczuk (Dept. Chair. gweremczuk at tru.ca), Joanne Rosvick, Dan Bissonnette, Ernest Tsui, Robin Kleiv, Richard Taylor.

APS NWS Executive can be found at https://www.aps.org/units/nws/governance/officers/index.cfm

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