We acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory CASCA 2018 is being held, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
CASCA 2018 is being held at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC from 22 May to 26 May 2018. The meeting is co-hosted by the University of Victoria and the NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre with help from volunteers from RASC-Victoria and Friends of the DAO. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s meeting will be focused on a look forward to the exciting new opportunities and challenges that face the Canadian astronomical community as we begin our second century of Canadian astrophysical research. Science sessions will present results from our newest facilities. A Town Hall Lunch will serve as a foundation for LRP2020 discussions. Centenary sessions embedded within the regular CASCA science sessions will:
- highlight the scientific and technical successes of Canadian facilities and institutes over the first century of Canadian astrophysics
- discuss lessons learned that contribute to the present-day quality of astronomy and astrophysics in Canada and provide insights for our future endeavours.
The CASCA 2018 public lecture will be given by CBC’s Bob McDonald (of ‘Quirks and Quarks’ fame). Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. On Wednesday, 23 May at 8pm, Bob will deliver his public lecture provocatively titled, ‘What If Everything We Know Is Wrong?‘
Other special events associated with CASCA 2018 will be a banquet at the world-class Royal BC Museum and a visit to the DAO to celebrate the Plaskett Telescope’s centenary, The graduate student workshop will include science and industry components, and education workshops will be held for both elementary and secondary school teachers. And CASCA members have already helped to select the name of our special centenary beer. You can look forward to sampling some of ‘Plaskett’s Big DIPA’ while in Victoria!
We would appreciate you using hashtag #CASCA2018 in your social media to attract attention to the meeting. Those interested in events related to the DAO Centenary itself will find information on the DAO Centennial Facebook page.