2021 APO Science Symposium - held virtually on July 26-28, 2021

The APO Science Symposium highlights scientific and/or educational results from the ARC 3.5m and/or ARCSAT telescopes.

Welcome to the APO 3.5m/ARCSAT virtual science symposium! The purpose of this meeting is to provide opportunities for ARC members and leasing partners to share science results derived from observations with the 3.5m and/or ARCSAT telescopes at Apache Point Observatory, and to learn about how other ARC researchers are using the facility. The goal is to foster cross-institutional collaborations, which can have the potential to leverage observing time for some larger key projects. This meeting is also intended to provide a relatively low stakes forum through which students can present results from their research projects involving APO data. We hope you will join us and learn more about the exciting science being done with APO!

Here are some key dates pertaining to this meeting:
  • July 1: Abstract submission deadline
  • July 9: Scientific Program announced
  • July 21: Deadline for uploading posters to Zenodo
  • July 26-28: Virtual meeting!

General overview of the symposium format

The symposium will take place during the dates of July 26-28, 2021. We have adopted a virtual format that allows for general discussions of the state of the field while also providing an opportunity for everybody to present their work. Registration is required, but will be free of charge. We have selected a time range for the main synchronous activities (including talks, Q&A, and discussion sessions) that maximizes the number of attendees based on the time zone coverage of the anticipated participants.

Daily synchronous sessions will be held via a Zoom session. These sessions will be 3 - 4 hours long (with breaks), and will be held from ~10:00 to 15:00 MDT. The presentations will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube. These sessions will consist of:

  • Contributed talks (15 minute slots), including short Q&A's using the chair to moderate questions from the chat.
  • Posters that will be uploaded to Zenodo for viewing/archiving

A Slack space will be used to host asynchronous discussion during the conference, including questions or topics that could not be covered during the talks, Q&As, and other general or specific discussions. Gather.Town will be used for the poster sessions and the topical interests/social gatherings.

To contact the SOC or LOC write to: aposcisymp2021@gmail.com.


  • Nancy Chanover - New Mexico State University
  • Ben Williams - University of Washington
  • Michael Crenshaw - Georgia State University
  • Denise Stephens - Brigham Young University


  • Nancy Chanover - New Mexico State University
  • Bryson Stemock - New Mexico State University
  • Emma Dahl - New Mexico State University
  • Hannah Gallamore - New Mexico State University

Code of Conduct

The meeting organizers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, and all attendees are expected to behave professionally. The meeting organizers are further dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all meeting attendees, regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines, even as we meet virtually:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, or stalking. It also includes offensive comments related to race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or physical appearance.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience of people from many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers. Please report any instances of misconduct to aposcisymp2021@gmail.com.

This code of conduct was adapted from that of the Cool Stars 20.5 meeting and the AAS Anti-Harassment Policy.


We thank the Cool Stars 20 team for their website template and support throughout the planning and execution of this symposium.