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2018 Annual General Meeting

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Looking Up! Celebrating 30 Years of Dark-Sky Advocacy

This year, we’re celebrating IDA’s 30th anniversary and the community of scientists, conservationists, policy-makers, and advocates who successfully work together to preserve and protect the natural nighttime environment and our heritage of night skies.

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Dates & Location:
The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held November 9, 10, and 11 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Retreat, 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr., Snowbird, Utah 84092.

Less than an hour’s drive southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, Snowbird is located up Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is known for having “the greatest snow on earth.” The mountain community boasts some of the best winter activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, shopping, and dining. And of course, clear night skies.  

Conference Lodging at Snowbird Ski and Summer Retreat

Conference Schedule:
See the full IDA 2018 AGM schedule here. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Friday, November 9
Registration begins at 9 am - 5 pm
Meeting of the Board and Membership is from 9-12 pm
Opening Statements are at 1 pm, with sessions through 5:00 pm.
Desserts After Dark Receiption 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, November 10
Registration table open 8 am - 5:30 pm
Breakfast served at 8:00 am
Sessions run from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Lunch, awards, and keynote address 12:00 pm
Stargazing Tour 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Sunday, November 11
Registration table open 8 am - 2 pm
Breakfast served at 8:00 am
IDA Conference sessions begin at 8:30 am
Closing statements end at 12:30 pm

Sunday, November 11
IDA and ALAN Present: SKYGLOW Project at 4:00 - 6:00 pm Sunday, November 11

ALAN (Artificial Light at Night) Conference: The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Annual General Meeting will host dark sky advocates from around the world, November 9-11. This event is immediately followed by the largest global conference to date of the international research group, ALAN (Artificial Light at Night), November 12-15.


Confirmed Speakers:

Paul Bogard, Keynote Address
Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light is among the most influential public figures in building awareness about dark skies. Bogard’s blend of storytelling, natural history, and science offers an approachable narrative for anyone interested in dark skies and nighttime conservation.

Chris Kyba, Keynote Address
Researcher Chris Kyba studies the ecological impact of artificial light at night. Recent research by Kyba and his team has demonstrated a significant increase in light pollution around the globe during the last five years. Kyba will share his findings, then talk about the role of citizen science and advocacy in the fight to protect the night.
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Wendy Wilson,
Utah State Parks

Aubrey Larsen,
Utah Community Development Office

Zach Schierl,
National Park Service

Cooper Farr,
Tracy Aviary

Al Grauer,
Cosmic Campground

Eathan McIntyre,
National Park Service

Connie Walker,
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Michael McKeag,
Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition

Dan Duriscoe,
Research Scientist

Valentine Szwarc

Lukas Schuler,
Dark-Sky Switzerland

Crystal White,
Utah State Parks / Moab Dark Skies

Michael Marlin,
Designer, Producer, Director

Joan Marie Galat,

Laura Griffin,
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Jennifer Howse,
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Maureen Luchsinger,
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Andreas Hänel, Dark Sky Germany and Planetarium Osnabrück

Vicky Stinson,
National Park Service

Santiago Garcia,
National Park Service

Rader Lane,
National Park Service

Pete Strasser,

Bill Wren,
McDonald Observatory

Megan Bonham,
Northwestern University

Roland Dechesne,
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Nicole Rodriguez,
IDA Phoenix

Daniel Mendoza,
University of Utah

Paul Marchant,
Leeds Beckett University

John Barentine,

Mary Stewart Adams,
Star Lore Historian

Lori Rader Day,

Stan Honda,

Ann Grauer,
Cosmic Campground

Salvador Ribas,
Parc Astronòmic Montsec

Lauren Wood,
Holiday River Expeditions

Lauren Scorzafava,

Paras Pirzada,

Jess Dywer,

Randy Stanley,
National Park Service

Registration: IDA’s Annual General Meeting is open to the public. You do not have to be a member to attend. The annual gathering is an important part of building a strong community of dark sky advocates. The full cost per person of the Annual General Meeting is $250. However, in an effort to make the Annual General meeting accessible to as many participants as possible, IDA has implemented a sliding scale registration model. We encourage attendees to register at the rate that’s possible for them. Follow the link below to view all sliding scale options.  

Discounted early bird registration for the AGM, as well as discounted lodging ends on October 9th. 

All registration options include*:
  • Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday event access
  • Friday evening dessert reception
  • Saturday and Sunday networking breakfast
  • Saturday lunch
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday break snacks
*except for One Day Registration Registrants are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations. For reservations, visit Conference Lodging at Snowbird Ski and Summer Retreat.

Conference Sponsors:  Thank you to our Brand Partners for their support of this great event!    

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