The 2012 All Scientists Meeting
The 2012 All Scientists Meeting (ASM) was held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado from September 10th to the 13th, with ancillary meetings held on September 9. The Program Committee, made up of a broad range of people representing the whole LTER community, worked hard to create a meeting that focused on scientific interactions at many levels.
Plenary presentations focused on the theme “The Unique Role of the LTER Network in the Anthropocene: Collaborative Science across Scales”. Over 75 Working Group meetings were scheduled for seven working group sessions, over 400 posters, four evening mixers, and pre-ASM meetings for information managers, graduate students, education representatives, and the LTER Executive Board. There was ample free time within the program to allow for ad-hoc scientific interaction as well. Logistics for the meeting were handled by the LTER Network Office in collaboration with The Schneider Group, a company specializing in meeting organization.
- June 15 - Poster Submission opened - late posters accepted up to the poster limit of 450
- July 1 - Meeting Registration Opened - Early Registration fee is $60.00
- August 1 - Working Group Submission closed, ad-hoc meeting proposals accepted anytime
- August 1 - Early Meeting Registration closed - Standard Registration fee is $70.00
- August 15 - Housing Reservation Closed; Room block released
- August 15 - Opportunity for Registration Refunds ended September 1 - Cutoff for printing and inclusion in the Program of Poster Papers submitted to date
- September 1 - On-line Meeting Registration closed - Late/on-site Registration Fee was $80.00
Working Groups: Working group meetings are one of the highlights of the LTER ASM meeting, where students and researchers interact to discuss, plan and disseminate results of LTER research. The working groups are meant to be an open forum with a variety of formats to meet the objectives of the meeting organizers. http://asm2012.lternet.edu/story-12
Posters: Poster presentations and mixers have always been popular during the LTER ASM and once again were an integral part of the meeting. Presentation of posters occured during the evening mixers with all posters available for viewing for the duration of the meeting. Information on poster submission can be found at:
Housing reservation: Housing Registration was open until August 15 at which time the LTER reservation block was released. The costs listed on the registration page included lodging and meals for the duration of your stay at the YMCA. Reservations were made directly with the YMCA at:
Shuttle transportation from Denver International Airport: Discounted Shuttle transportation was available through Estes Park Shuttle. Although it is a bit more than a 2 hour trip from the Denver Airport to the YMCA of the Rockies, by the time you retreive your luggage, and wait for your shuttle the whole trip could take more than 3 hours. The registration code "LTER" designated the LTER discount. Their web site is: http://www.estesparkshuttle.com./group.login.cfm?shuttle=1
Meeting Registration: The meeting registration link is: https://www.sgmeet.com/lter/lter2012/reginfo.asp. All attendees must register for the meeting. Spouses and guests need register only if they plan to attend mixers or breaks. Children do not need to register. Please register early to help us better plan logistics for the meeting. Early Registration closed August 1.
More Information about the meeting was available in the July LTER Network Newsletter Story: http://news.lternet.edu/node/2537/
The YMCA also has a "FAQ" at: http://www.ymcarockies.org/EPC_FAQ.htm