Registration for attendance for the 2017 TVIW Symposium is now open! Please read the full directions prior to leaving this site and beginning the registration process for TVIW 2017.

Participation fees are owed upon registration.  There are No Refunds. If someone pays an attendance fee and cannot attend, they may transfer their fee to another person, or make it a donation to TVIW.  They can request a donation letter for tax purposes.  All such requests should be emailed to  Attendance is not guaranteed until FULL payment of the registration fee is received.

Students must provide a student ID on arrival.  Guests must list the Regular participant they are the guest of in the ‘Remarks of Participant’ field on the registration form.  Guests may attend the lunches and special events but do not take part in the symposium itself.

The registration fees and dates are as follows:

  • Early registration (now till May 31) $175 for participants, $87.50 for students and guests
  • Regular registration (June 1 till September 15) $200 for participants, $100 for students and guests
  • Late registration (September 16 till October 4) $225 for participants, $112.50 for students and guests

Please make all desired selections during your initial registration.  If you need to make changes later, you must send an email to requesting those changes.

Once on the Conftool system, you will first be required to create a Conftool account. Once logged into that system, there are several options which you will be presented with:

  • Register as Participant [required]: This option will allow you to register for the symposium itself.
  • At the first step, you have four options to register under:
    • Guest: If you are attending TVIW with a regular attendee but will not be sitting in on any of the sessions, this registration covers meals and snacks for the conference duration.
    • Regular: If you will be attending TVIW in full, choose this option.
    • Student: If you are a student and would like to attend TVIW, GOOD NEWS!!!! We offer a special discount off of regular registration price to encourage participation. Contact Martha Knowles if you have any questions.
    • If you are a sponsor, contact Martha Knowles for more information.
  • At the second step, make sure you select the symposium to attend, and any pre-symposium seminars that you would like to also participate in (for an additional fee).
  • Once your total has been added, registration logging will confirm the submission but registration will require payment before final confirmation.
  • Please note: Attending pre-symposium seminars is separate from attending the symposium itself.
  • Submit Contribution: This option will allow you to propose a session at TVIW 2017. For more information on the different submission options, please refer to the Submissions page.
    • Note: If you propose a session at TVIW 2017, you still need to also go through the registration process below. Proposing a session does not automatically register you for the symposium.
    • After filling out the requested information, proceed to Step 2, and press the button titled “Save Submission, Upload File Later.” You will receive a confirmation email promptly confirming your submission to the conference.
    • Now that you’re back at the home page, go ahead and register!

Now that you’ve read through the pertinent information, you should click here now!

  • Show User Account Details: Here you can access the personal data of your user account.
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Registration Costs

  Symposium Single price
Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop 2017
October 4-6, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama
USD $175.00
  Pre-Symposium Seminars and Tour Single price

Morning Session, Monday, October 3, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama
Presenter is Major Brent D. Ziarnick, USAFR
This seminar will survey the state of conflict in space today, including the players (focusing on the United States, Russia, and China) as well as the technologies and concepts that exist now or are expected in the near future. The state of space weapons in policy and strategy will be discussed, as well as the possible goals of each player in the space environment. This seminar will not discuss science fiction or historical concepts, but will arm attendees with the latest unclassified and open-source understanding of the state of the militaries of the great space powers. Those who attend this seminar will be well-prepared to assess international space news and separate the real from the ignorant – and the realistic from the sensational – in modern debates about space conflict.
USD $100.00

Morning Session, Monday, October 3, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama
Presenter is Edward. E. (Sandy) Montgomery
This Seminar will address both Earth-to-Orbit and In-Space applications of lasers to propel space vehicles. It’s particular relevance to interstellar travel is often noted in reference to advanced conceptualizations such as StarWisp by Robert Forward. The fundamental mission concepts, system mechanizations, trajectories, and key performance parametrics will be presented for Laser thermal rocketry, Laser photon momentum exchange, and Laser ignited fusion/fission.A summary of the historical perspective on the development of high power lasers and advanced beam directors will be provided. Current on-going technology development initiatives in the United States and Australia will be described. Some questions to be addressed include: Is a gigawatt laser needed? How could it be constructed? Where will the power for the laser come from? How far can a laser be projected? What laser propulsion systems have been designed and built? What do they look like? How does the cost of laser propulsion compare to conventional propulsion technologies? How does its cost compare with other future propulsion technologies? Can laser propulsion enable us meet and maybe exceed the goals of Breakthrough Starshot?
USD $100.00

Afternoon Session, Monday, October 3, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama

Presenter is Dr. Robert E. Hampson (ie Speaker to Lab Animals), neurophysiologist and SF writer. 
Most fiction, even hard science fiction, glosses over the problems that humans will have adapting to environments other than Earth. Good Science Fiction addresses a few of the problems, such as the body’s adaptations to zero-G or microgravity, but there are so many issues that a body evolved in a constant 1-G field, with plentiful air and water will have adapting to space, that no one story can address them all.So we guess, and we invoke wishful thinking that all of the problems will somehow be solved by the time we get there.The problem is, even with the extensive Human Research Program sponsored by NASA and various international space agencies, we just don’t know how humans will tolerate partial gravity, rotating habitats, exotic atmospheres and hostile space and planetary environments. Even the ISS is a relatively benign environment compared to Mars or the asteroids.This seminar will examine many of the real medical and physiological problems encountered by the few humans who have spent more than a handful of days in space. From fluid balance to vertigo, from radiation to immune deficiencies, Dr. Hampson will lead participants in discussions of the real problems facing humans as we move out into space and potentially other planets.
USD $100.00

Time: 1:00 PM CST
Monday, October 3rd, 2017

United Launch Alliance, 1001 Red Hat Rd, Decatur, AL 35601
Tour the United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket assembly facility in Decatur, AL – Home of Atlas V, Delta IV, and the future Vulcan launch vehicles.
The tour will be limited to the first 30 people to apply. Only US citizens can take the tour and all must sign up at least 15 days in advance. Applications will be processed only after payment for symposium participation is received. The tour will take place at the same time as the Human Life in Space seminar, so attendance at that seminar will take priority over tour attendance.

USD $0.00
  Sagan Meetings Single price
Modified Drake Equation
Tuesday, October 4, 2017
In honor of this format’s origins, the first TVIW Sagan Meeting will deal with a variation on the Drake Equation put forth by astronomer Sara Seager. This equation describes the probability of detecting life on alien planets, specifically with a bent toward the detection of biogenic gases in alien atmospheres.
USD $0.00
Flyby or Deceleration?
Wednesday, October 5, 2017
Can worthwhile science be accomplished by a flyby interstellar mission? Or conversely, can enough worthwhile science be performed by a fully-decelerated interstellar mission to justify increase in cost and time?
USD $0.00
Mission Longevity
Thursday, October 6, 2017
All the proposed interstellar missions take from 40 years (for a flyby) to 100 years (for a decelerated mission). How can a vessel be designed to survive this long? How too can we ensure longevity for the organization here on Earth that manages the mission?
USD $0.00
  Working Tracks Single price
Working Track Registration
October 4-6, 2017
Working Tracks are collaborative, small group discussions around a set of interdisciplinary questions on an interstellar subject. Working Tracks will be allocated 2-hour blocks each day for in-depth conversation between participants, led by a Track Moderator, and work best with participants who have engaged in pre-symposium reading and discussion with other Track participants. Working Track Full Proposals shall recommend tangible output (papers, workshops, seminars, etc.) from the Symposium.
The Working Tracks for TVIW 2017 are currently being designed. Selecting this option will indicate an interest in taking part in one of the Working Tracks when the officially opened for registration.
USD $0.00