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Introduction and invitation to TVIW 2017

Posted by Doug Loss on 07/04/2017

Hello, First, let me apologize for this "cold contact." I was just at LibertyCon in Chattanooga and was speaking to another member of Sigma, and he suggested that I should look at the membership of Sigma and inform anyone there who might be interested in our organization about our upcoming symposium. Since I'm fairly convinced that everyone in the SF community would be interested in us if they knew about us, I'm sending this to every member I could easily find an email address for. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I'm the registrar for TVIW, the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. We hold symposia every 18 months, and have been doing so since 2011. The next symposium will be in Huntsville, AL, October 3-6. We have a strong schedule of scientific papers being presented, seminars on various topics, panel discussions, and interactive working track investigations. We're partnering with Starship Century and the Tau Zero Foundation to present detailed, accurate, and up-to-date looks at all aspects of interstellar investigation. The first day of our symposium will be opened by Pete Worden, the Executive Director of the Breakthrough Initiatives, and will feature the first (I believe) detailed public description of the Breakthrough efforts, by the Breakthrough investigators themselves. The second day will be opened by Mark Millis, the founder of the Tau Zero Foundation, and will include talks about their efforts as well as papers from other researchers from around the world. The third day will be organized by TVIW ourselves, and will include papers from NASA researchers as well as a briefing from Rep. John Culberson of Texas, chair of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NASA. You can look at our website, https://tviw.us, for more information and details about our organization. We would welcome your participation, and certainly would look forward to seeing you! If you know of anyone else for which this symposium would be a good fit, please forward this invitation to them also. (Oh, and please apologize to any Sigma members I didn't figure out how to contact who might be interested in this. I really am trying to get to everyone!) Doug Loss Registrar, TVIW 2017 (865) 238-0745

Re: Introduction and invitation to TVIW 2017

Posted by Greg Bear on 07/04/2017

Thanks, Doug--we'll post and pass this along to interested parties.

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