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.

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


Individuals may submit multiple abstracts as a lead author for RTSRE

Poster (3' x 4' / A0 Portrait)Talk (10-20min)Workshop (1 hour) suggestion

Individuals may only submit once as a lead author (although multiple times as a co-author at iNATS)

90 minute hands on workshop90 minute panel discussion15 minute contributed talkPoster presentation ( 3' x 4' / A0 Portrait )




14 May 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes

14 May 2018
Abstract Submission Closes

31 May 2018
Program Released

11 June 2018
Speakers registration closes

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

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