Territory Acknowledgement

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 casca2018@googlegroups.com.

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.

Special events associated with CASCA 2018 will be a banquet at the world-class Royal BC Museum, a visit to the DAO to celebrate the Plaskett Telescope’s centenary, and a public lecture by CBC’s Bob McDonald (of ‘Quirks and Quarks’ fame).  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.