spaceblog 2007 programme first draft

Last night the Seven met, as they do, around a dark table, deep below the city in a room built by the Templar Knights; surrounded, as normal, by ancient iconography of power and knowledge. Their goal: a draft programme for LCA 2007.

We ranked the streams in order of popularity; nothing too scientific, based purely on presenter name and subject matter, what would likely draw the biggest crowds?

Then with that ordering, we’d go through the streams, picking off the top of all lists, and putting them in the biggest room. Repeat for the next one in the next talk slot, offsetting them so that no two venues would carry the same stream at the same time.

halfway through the first programme draft

By the end of it, we had a nice patchwork quilt.

the finished draft

I don’t think we’re done with it, yet, but it’s a good start! 2007 proposal count through the roof!

lca 2007 logo

The response to the CFP has been massive! Right now our reviewers are starting to read the torrent of submissions…

  • 212 proposals for presentations/seminars
  • 31 proposals for tutorials
  • 17 proposals for miniconfs

Holy shit!

Reading through some of the titles and abstracts, theres a lot of really awesome stuff that people have been working on, I’m really excited about what the programme is going to look like!

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to reject a lot of these :( On the upside, it does mean that the stuff that does make it through is going to be so mindblowingly awesome that you can’t afford not to be at 2007!