Previously, I’d written about the political barriers facing the Kepler Science Conference, with an update last week that only (only!) the government shutdown stood to derail the meeting. I’m happy to report that the end to the shutdown means that the meeting can proceed in its original location, and will be inclusive of our fellow Chinese researchers.
Below is the message sent to the meeting registrants from the Local Organizing Committee.
With the re-opening of the US government and the lifting of furloughs, we are happy to announce that the Second Kepler Science Conference will go on as planned November 4-8 with an opening reception on Nov 3, at NASA Ames.
We anticipate that foreign national registrants will be cleared for attendance prior to the conference start. All foreign national registrants will receive notification as soon as clearance has been granted.
We hope to see you in two weeks to celebrate the science enabled by the Kepler Mission!
Thanks once again to AMD for offering their campus as an alternate venue, and to everyone who responded with offers to help. Now, back to science!