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TeVPA 2017 Conference Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 TeV Particle Astrophysics conference (TeVPA 2017) will take place in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The dates are August 7-11, 2017 (with optional pre-conference mini-workshops on August 6). It will be hosted by the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) of The Ohio State University.

Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the US, and a leading research center in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics. Columbus is an active, vibrant city, easily reachable by air. International visitors will find many other nearby institutions that they could visit on the same trip.

We are planning an interesting, rich conference that is also affordable for students and postdocs to come and present their work.

We intend for TeVPA 2017 to be inclusive. If there are significant circumstances that may limit your ability to attend and/or to fully participate in the meeting, please let us know, and we will do our best to help find solutions.

Pre-Conference Mini-Workshops

We want to make TeVPA an opportunity for the community to get together to tackle open problems that require the combined input from different experimental collaborations and theorists.

To help achieve this, we are planning to host a number of optional informal pre-conference mini-workshop sessions on Sunday, August 6th, at OSU, provided there is sufficient expression of interest from participants. Each session would address a particular open problem. Most of the time should be dedicated to discussion within and between different experiments, with perhaps one or two short presentations.

When you register as participant in TeVPA, you may express your interest in participating in one of the following mini-workshops: anisotropy and propagation in the Galaxy, Galactic Center excess, multi-messenger sources, radio detection of ultra-high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays, or dark matter complementarity. You may also propose a different topic.

Mini-workshops should be primarily self-run by participants. We would help set them up and provide facilities and coffee.

If you are interested in proposing, attending, or planning a mini-workshop broadly centered on TeV Particle Astrophysics, please indicate so at registration time or contact us at tevpa2017@osu.edu.

Plenary Speakers


Nima Arkani-Hamed

Nima Arkani-Hamed

IAS Princeton

Julia Becker Tjus

Julia Becker Tjus

Ruhr University Bochum

Veronica Bindi

Veronica Bindi

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Jo Bovy

Jo Bovy

University of Toronto

Ralph Engel

Ralph Engel

KIT

Gianluca Gregori

Gianluca Gregori

University of Oxford

Francis Halzen

Francis Halzen

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison

Caltech

Xiangdong Ji

Xiangdong Ji

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Marc Kamionkowski

Marc Kamionkowski

John Hopkins University

Victoria Kaspi

Victoria Kaspi

McGill University

Marek Kowalski

Marek Kowalski

DESY

Mariangela Lisanti

Mariangela Lisanti

Princeton University

Miguel Mostafa

Miguel Mostafá

Pennsylvania State University

Hitoshi Murayama

Hitoshi Murayama*

University of California, Berkeley

Samaya Nissanke

Samaya Nissanke

Radboud University

Tracy Slatyer

Tracy Slatyer

MIT

Todd Thompson

Todd Thompson*

The Ohio State University

Abigail Vieregg

Abigail Vieregg

University of Chicago

* = To be confirmed

Conference Venues

TeVPA will take place in two excellent venues, located in downtown Columbus. They are within easy walking distance from each other, as well as from the conference hotel. The area is also within walking distance of multiple alternative hotels, restaurants, as well as from the Short North, the liveliest part of town. TeVPA will feature extended two-hour lunch breaks, providing participants with plenty of time to experience Columbus while moving between conference venues.

Davidson Theatre

Morning plenary sessions will be held in the Davidson Theatre, a 903-seat facility located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. Named after Jo Ann Davidson, the first female speaker of Ohio's House of Representatives, the theatre is located directly across from the Ohio Statehouse and was founded in 1989.

Coffee and snacks will be provided each morning, during a break in the plenary sessions. The theatre is equipped with wireless internet, which will be accessible to all attendees throughout the conference.

Parking near the theatre is available at an extra cost. The nearest parking garages are the Columbus Commons Parking Garage on 3rd Street and Rich Street, or the Statehouse Parking Garage on 3rd Street. More information can be found here.

The Columbus Athenaeum

Afternoon parallel sessions will be held at the nearby Columbus Athenaeum, a renovated Masonic Temple built in 1896 in the heart of downtown Columbus. Since its restoration in 1996, the Athenaeum has stood as a premier location for conferences, weddings, and theatrical performances.

Parallel sessions will be held in the centrally located Corinthian, Macedonian, Spartan, and Athenian Rooms. Coffee and light snacks will be provided to all conference attendees in the mid-afternoon in the Oak Room. We have arranged to have a family room available during the parallel sessions. The Athenaeum is equipped with wireless internet throughout, which will be accessible to all attendees.

Parking near the Athenaeum is available at an additional cost. The closest parking facilities are the 4th Street & Elm Garage. More details can be found here.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Downtown

We have locked a number of single and double suites at a discounted rate of USD 139 per night (plus 17.5% taxes) at the DoubleTree Suites in downtown Columbus. The hotel is conveniently located next to the Davidson Theatre, the venue for the morning sessions. The suites are spacious and can comfortably be shared. Single suites have a bed and a sofa-bed; double suites have two beds sofa-bed. Wi-fi is available in all rooms. To activate the free wi-fi, please register with a password at the DoubleTree link below when booking your room.

Book Rooms now to take advantage of our discounted rate. The discounted rate will be active until Thursday, July 6, 2017.


Experience Columbus also has useful hotel resources for visitors.


Alternative Accommodations
TeVPA 2017 will take place in the heart of downtown Columbus, and is close to a number of hotels:

  • The Westin Columbus
  • Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
  • Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square
  • Hilton Columbus Downtown
  • Hotel LeVeque
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown
  • Red Roof Plus+
  • Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Downtown
  • The Lofts Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown
  • Columbus, Ohio

    Columbus is a major US city, with a population of nearly 850,000 and a metro area exceeding 2 million residents. It is part government-center -- established as the state capital of Ohio in 1838. It is part college-town -- home to the largest state-school in the United States, The Ohio State University. It is home to a wide variety of attractions -- including a major zoo, art museums, historical theatres, and a number of sports teams.

    Columbus is easily accessible by car, located with one day's drive of half the US population. For international attendees, Columbus has an international airport (CMH), which is only a 20-minute drive from downtown.

    The summer weather in Columbus is pleasant and the culture is friendly. Accomodations and dining options are plentiful and highly affordable. Columbus is notable for being one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the US.




    Below, we have selected some of our personal highlights around Columbus, including our favorite places to eat, drink, and visit. Almost all of these venues are either within walking distance, or have accessible mass-transit options. Of course, these are our personal opinions -- for more complete information we recommend that you Experience Columbus

    The Short North

    For dining options, we highly recommend the Short North, which is located about a half mile north of the conference hotel along High Street. High Street is the primary artery of Columbus, connecting its most important shopping, business, and artistic neighborhoods. In addition to fine dining, the Short North also hosts numerous bars, art galleries, and specialty shops. Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams is a beloved local brand and ice-cream shop, which all participants should visit on at least one occasion.

    The Short North is easily accessible from the conference hotel and both conference venues. A free bus -- known as the CBUS -- operates along High Street every 15 minutes from 07:00 - 21:00 on Monday-Thursday, 07:00 - 24:00 on Friday, 09:00 - 24:00 on Saturday, and 10:30 - 18:00 on Sunday. The CBUS route extends from German Village -- south of Downtown -- to the Northern portion of the Short North. Details of the route can be found here. In addition to the free CBUS, the public bus system (COTA) has routes through the downtown area, most at a reasonable price of $2 for a one-way journey. More information on the Columbus bus system can be found here.

    In addition to the Short North, we recommend a number of historic Columbus communities. Highlights include: German Village -- located just south of downtown and easily accessible via the CBUS -- and Franklinton, located directly across the Scioto River and hosting an up-and-coming art community.

    We have assembled a number of dining options, both within the Short North as well as in other historic Columbus neighborhoods. We have personally visited and approved of these dining options. More details can be found here.

    The Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University is located approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) north of downtown, and is home to 58,322 students on the main campus, and over 100,000 students including the branch campuses. The ``Oval" is pictured on the right, and serves as a central meeting place for student life.

    Research relevant to TeVPA is split between the Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy, The physics department is located in the recently constructed Physics Research Building,, and currently hosts 56 faculty members, along with numerous post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates. The Department of Astronomy is located in the nearby McPherson Laboratory and is home to an additional 18 faculty along with post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates.

    The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics, hosted within the Department of Physics, aims to build open the unique environment between these departments, in order to facilitate collaborative research at the interface of cosmology, astrophysics, and high-energy physics. CCAPP currently includes 25 faculty, 10 postdoctoral fellows, along with a number of graduate students and scholars.

    Arts and Entertainment

    Columbus is home to a flourishing art scene, including a number of historical theatres, such as the 3000-seat Ohio Theatre shown on the left. These theaters, run by the non-profit CAPA organization, also include the Davidson Theatre, where the plenary sessions for TeVPA 2017 will be held. A complete schedule of events associated with CAPA can be found here.

    In addition to live performances, attendees may also be interested in the Columbus Crew, a major-league soccer team. In particular, the Columbus Crew will be hosting the Chicago Fire on August 12 at the Mapfre stadium, approximately 3 miles (5 km) from downtown. The Columbus Clippers, a minor-league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will be hosting the Toledo Mud Hens on August 6 at Huntington Park, which is within walking distance of the conference hotel.

    Finally we note some cultural events, such as the Festival Latino, which will take place the weekend of August 12 and August 13, and is easily accessible from downtown Columbus.

    Organizers

    Local Organizing Committee

    Katie Auchettl

    Katie Auchettl

    Co-chair

    Mauricio Bustamante

    Mauricio Bustamante

    Co-chair

    Tim Linden

    Tim Linden

    Co-chair

    John Beacom

    John Beacom

    Jim Beatty

    Jim Beatty

    Annika Peter

    Annika Peter

    International Advisory Committee


    Felix Aharonian (MPI Heidelberg)
    Laura Baudis (U. Zurich)
    John Beacom (OSU)
    Lars Bergström (Stockholm U.)
    Gianfranco Bertone (GRAPPA)
    Elliott Bloom (Stanford)
    Marco Cirelli (LPTHE, Paris)
    Joakim Edsjö (Stockholm U.)
    Jonathan Feng (UCI)


    Gian Giudice (CERN)
    Sunil Gupta (TIFR)
    Francis Halzen (WIPAC)
    Dan Hooper (Fermilab)
    Olga Mena (IFIC)
    Subir Sarkar (Oxford, NBI)
    Tim Tait (UCI)
    Masahiro Teshima (ICRR)
    Zhang XinMin (IHEP)





    Sponsoring Organizations

    Code of Conduct

    Adapted from the code of conduct of the JINA Center for the Evolution of the Elements

    TeVPA 2017 is a community event intended for networking and collaboration as well as learning. We value the participation of every attendee and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and productive experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the workshop and to abide by the following Code of Conduct. Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy is encouraged to speak to any of the conference organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

    TeVPA is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religion.

    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments or jokes related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

    The AAS, APS, and SKA Collaboration have produced detailed statements laying out the standards of our community as pertains to bullying and harassment of others. We will follow these guidelines in all conference activities. Full statements can be found on the AAS, APS, and SKA websites.