APS NWS 2020 Conference

About Kamloops & TRU





Presenting (Plenary/Session/Poster)

Maps, Travel, and Parking

Grants (Student travel, childcare)

Organizing Committee and Contact



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, it is 4 hours north-east of Vancouver BC and is accessible by 5 highways (1, 5, 5A, 16, 97), international airport (YKA) 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

Politically, Kamloops leans right.

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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, Lunhc, 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 print out and complete the following  form, #### and mail or fax to the address provided on the form.

After May ##, 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.  

Participant type Online registration
(through May 3, 2019)
On-site registration (starting May 14, 2019)
Regular participant $ TBA  $ TBA 
Graduate student $ TBA  $ TBA 
Undergraduate student $ TBA  $ TBA 
Additional cost option    
Banquet $ TBA  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

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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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