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Conference Locations

Abrams Planetarium (exterior)The 2018 GLPA conference will be hosted by Abrams Planetarium in the center of campus at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. We have a 141 seat 50-foot theater with a Digistar 6 and ChromaCove lights.

Henry Center (exterior)The conference is going to be split between the Abrams Planetarium and the Henry Center for Executive Development (3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, MI 48910). This is about a 10 minute drive south of the planetarium. We will host the opening reception, sponsor hall, a majority of talks, posters, and banquet here. The Henry Center has near continuous snack and drink service during the day and a variety of rooms for our use. They also have a nursing room for all of our moms as well!

We will also be using some rooms in the Biomedical Physical Science Building (BPS) across the street from the Abrams Planetarium on Saturday.

Weather in East Lansing

Over the past several years East Lansing has experienced very pleasant weather in mid-October with highs in the mid-60s with little rain. That said, it's Michigan, so prepare for snow to 80 degrees. Be sure check the weather forecast before you come.

Current weather / short-term forecasts:

What to wear

The standard dressy attire for the banquet is requested. For all other activities, wear what you are comfortable in. We will not be doing a lot of walking.

What's new or different this year?

  • The conference runs until 6pm Saturday.
  • A pre-conference, day-long GLIPSA workshop will be offered again this year.
  • Wednesday’s Opening Reception will be substantial (i.e. no need to eat before).
  • There will be NO on-site registration.
  • Late registration fees are $50 plus an additional $50 for last minute registration.

Conference Deadlines:

  • August 15 - Scholarship Applications Due
  • September 10 - Regular Registration ends
  • September 10 - Deadline for paper / poster submission
  • September 10 - Unbooked rooms at primary hotel (Candlewood Suites) are released
  • September 19 - Unbooked rooms at secondary hotel (Best Western) are released
  • September 26 - Late Registration ends
  • October 2 - Electronic text for papers & posters due to proceedings editor
  • October 5 - Last minute registration ends
  • October 10 - Conference starts
  • October 13 - Conference ends

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