HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA — The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, in partnership with Starship Century and Tau Zero Foundation, seeks contributions for its upcoming fifth symposium from aerospace technologists, communicators, psychologists, anthropologists, and other researchers and visionaries whose work could vitally impact the future of humanity’s interstellar adventure.

The TVIW conference, titled “Step By Step: Building a Ladder to the Stars,” will be held Oct. 4-6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in Huntsville, Alabama. The workshop was founded in 2011 by NASA physicist and author Les Johnson; physicist, educator, and author Dr. Greg Matloff; and professional engineer and businessman Robert Kennedy III.

TVIW 2017 seeks proposals for plenary talks, papers and posters; interdisciplinary working tracks; seminars; and Sagan workshops. Named for visionary researcher Dr. Carl Sagan, the latter include a combination of short presentations, panel discussions, and general floor debate — an approach adopted by TVIW for the first time for 2017. Complete details about each are available online:

“It’s our mission to bring together as many practical, grounded professional minds as possible to pursue the multifaceted challenges of journeying beyond Earth’s solar system,” said TVIW President John Preston. “We seek not just technical solutions to achieve long-distance, long-duration spaceflight but also a proper, holistic understanding of the expectations, potential impact, and long-term value associated with such missions.”

Letters of intent for working tracks and ideas for Sagan workshops are due March 3, 2017. Abstracts for plenary talks, papers, and posters are due April 30, 2017. Additional deadlines and requirements are detailed on the website.

TVIW partners with Starship Century, an interstellar starship development symposium coordinated by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in San Diego, California, and Tau Zero Foundation, a coalition of scientists, engineers, journalists, artists, and science fiction writers seeking to expand the boundaries of conventional research and pursue practical, high-value solutions for interstellar exploration.

Sponsors of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop for 2017 include Baen Books, Digital Oilfield Solutions, and the Huntsville Alabama L5 (HAL5) Society, a chapter of the National Space Society (NSS).

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By Matt