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Conference Locations

Ritter Planetarium and Observatory (exterior)The 2019 GLPA conference will be hosted by Ritter Planetarium on the campus of The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. We have a 96 seat 40-foot theater with a SciDome XD. The planetarium will host some sponsor showcases, a film festival, paper sessions, and a constellation shootout.

Adjacent to the planetarium, Ritter Observatory has a 1-meter telescope with two fiber-fed spectrographs for stellar spectroscopy. The schedule will include a nighttime observing session, weather permitting.

Ritter Planetarium/Observatory alongside McMaster HallMcMaster Hall is located directly next door to Ritter and will host some additional conference activities, including paper sessions and an invited speaker. A tour of Brooks Observatory, located on the roof of McMaster Hall, will also be offered.

Park Inn (exterior)Located in downtown Toledo, the Park Inn will host many conference activities as well as serve as the conference hotel. Along with the sponsor hall, the Park Inn will also host paper sessions, the welcome reception, sponsor showcases, invited speakers, GLIPSA, and the banquet. The hospitality suite will also be located at the hotel. Bus transportation will be provided between the hotel and the UToledo campus.

UToledo Student Union (exterior)Additional sessions will be held in the University of Toledo Student Union, which is a short walk away from Ritter. Golf carts will also be available for transportation around campus. The student union will host invited speakers, paper sessions, sponsor showcases, and workshops.

Weather in Toledo

The average high temperature in Toledo in October is 63 °F and the average low temperature is 44 °F. Having said that, temperatures 10 degrees above or below that are not uncommon. In October, it usually rains about 20 days a month. Severe weather in October is not common. Toledo does tend to be a fairly windy city so the temperatures often feel a bit cooler.

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.

Important / New Information

  • The conference runs until late Saturday afternoon; therefore, the conference days will be a little shorter than in previous years.
  • The pre-conference, day-long GLIPSA workshop will be offered again this year.
  • The sponsor exhibit hall will be closed during meals so sponsors may eat with delegates.
  • Wednesday’s Opening Reception will be substantial (i.e. no need to eat before).
  • Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to observe with the Ritter one-meter telescope.
  • We will have a new Astronomy Update format and speaker.
  • By popular demand, we'll be holding a constellation shootout again.
  • Late registration (Sept. 17 - Oct. 9) fees are $50 plus an additional $50 for last minute registration (Oct. 10 - Oct. 18).
  • There will be no on-site registration.
  • An optional electronic version of the conference notebook will be available.

Conference Deadlines:

  • August 15 - Scholarship Applications Due
  • September 16 - Regular Registration ends (late fees apply after this)
  • September 16 - Deadline for paper / poster submission
  • October 1 - Unbooked rooms at hotel are released
  • October 9 - Late Registration ends (additional late fees apply after this)
  • October 15 - Electronic text for papers & posters due to proceedings editor
  • October 18 - Last minute registration ends
  • October 23 - Conference starts
  • October 26 - Conference ends

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