23-25 JULY 2018
Big Island of Hawai’i - Hilo
25-27 JULY 2018
Big Island of Hawai'i - Hilo

About the conference

 A conference to provide a global picture of the role scientific research, technical engineering and astronomy education play in student research and education.

The RTSRE conference series focuses on building a sustainable community around the educational, technical and student research uses of robotic telescopes, from small through to large aperture and from radio through to gamma-ray. It aims to be a meeting place for astronomers, educators, researchers, and observatory and telescope network developers and managers, in a continuing effort to share and combine resources, develop and enhance education and research programs, and foster global conversations and collaborations. The co-located CAPER Team’s iNATS astronomy education summit at the end of the week provides worldwide networking opportunities and hands-on workshops designed to expand educators’ teaching strategy toolkit designed for innovative astronomy professors, school teachers, and outreach professionals. Both individual and joint meeting registration opportunities are available.

The diverse program meeting includes a family program, guided-tours of observatories, visiting the astronomy and cultural education center & planetarium and the national volcano park, and a workshop for novice robotic telescope users and educators to learn how to do hands-on astronomy research projects with their students. Student researchers are highly encouraged to attend and present their scientific work at the conference in a special poster session. A combined RTSRE+iNATS peer reviewed conference proceedings will also be open for contribution.

The conference has arranged special ocean-side room rates for attendees at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel at 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, telephone: +1 (808) 935-9361.

Book your discounted room by telephoning the hotel directly and tell them you are with the “Astronomy Education Conference” and ask for the discounted “Astronomy Education Conference” conference rate, which is available before and after the conference too.

A rental car is not required, but recommended, and free parking is available at both the hotel and the conference venue. A daily shuttle will run between the hotel and the conference venue.

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Experience the Science and Beauty of Hilo

The RTSRE and iNATS conference will be hosted in Hilo, Hawaii, USA

We are actively working on incorporating the suggestions from previous conferences to provide a flexible and varied program which includes workshops and active breakout sessions which caters to our multiple audiences. This audience runs the gamut from middle school educators through high school teachers and students through project personnel and observatory owners, operators and designers through to professional scientists and college educators and more above and below and inbetween. To do this, we need a variety of flexible social and interaction spaces from large to small.

What better place to do this than in a school?

RTSRE and iNATS gives thanks to our primary conference location, Hilo Intermediate School and the principal, Heather Dansdill, for allowing us to host the main sessions of our respective conferences at this location. Hilo Intermediate School is a leisurely 15 minutes walk from downtown Hilo and a 10 minute drive from the main conference hotel. A shuttle to and from the conference hotel will be provided each day.

For those who want a little more flexibility, a bike ride from the hotel to the venue is 15 minutes along the bay or there are also many accommodation opportunities within central Hilo itself. If more flexibility is required, a rental car is typically suggested for visitors to Hilo. Hilo is a relatively small town (population 43,000). For more detailed information on local transportation, please explore this link

Hilo Intermediate School serves roughly 470 students in grades 7 and 8. Their vision is to be committed to developing adaptable and innovative students who are equipped with the tools they need to be collaborative, dynamic, and contributing members of a global 21st century society.



Abstracts are now closed. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this a fantastic conference.


18 July 2018
Online General and Student Registration closes

22 July 2018
Welcoming Reception

23-25 July 2018
RTSRE Conference

25-27 July 2018
iNATS Conference

Conference costs

RTSRE & iNATS (5 days): $300  –  after May 18 – $375

RTSRE Only (3 days): $180  –  after May 18 – $225

iNATS Only (3 days): $180  –  after May 18 –  $225

What’s On at RTSRE & iNATS

Some of the highlights you can look forward to at RTSRE & iNATS 2018

Evening (5pm): Opening Reception – Welcoming reception near the shores of Hilo Bay

Daytime: [RTSRE] Robotic Telescopes, the people and the projects that use them. Major RTSRE panels.

Afternoon:  Tour to the beautiful Waterfalls near Hilo

Evening: Informal “Show’n’tell” Bar night

Daytime: [RTSRE] Student Research Day, Major RTSRE Poster Session, Major RTSRE workshops. Some Education.

Afternoon/Evening: Mauna Kea (Group 1) OR Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Daytime: [RTSRE/iNATS] Astronomy education research and practice: Panels, talks and workshops.

Afternoon/Evening: Volcanoes National Park

Daytime: [iNATS] Teaching Innovations: Workshops, Talks and Panels

Afternoon/Evening: Mauna Kea (Group 2) OR Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Daytime: [iNATS] Teaching Innovations: Workshops, Talks and Panels

Evening: Luau at Nana Kai Farms

RTSRE Program

Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO)
Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO)

Opening Reception

  17:00 start
Opening Reception – Welcoming reception near the shores of Hilo Bay (Sponsored by LCO)

Opening Ceremony

  08:00 - 08:20
The Adventure Begins! Opening of the RTSRE Conference

Session 2c- TBC

  10:30 - 10:45
The Aloha Telescope’s Real-Time Outreach

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