Information for the AST-19 Meeting

The nineteenth Argo Steering Team meeting will be hosted by the Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the week of 12 - 16 March 2018.

The Argo Steering Team Meeting is a time for the national groups who contribute to international Argo to come together and discuss logistical and technical matters pertaining to the Argo array.

The AST executive meeting will be held at 13h00 on 12 March 2018.

The plenary AST meeting will be held 13 March 2018 through 15 March 2018. The start time will be 9h00 on the 13th.

The Institute of Ocean Sciences was founded by Dr. R. W. Stewart and opened its doors in 1977. It is built on the historical land of the Tseycum First Nation whose reserve is within 1 km of the Institute. Meetings will be in the Stewart Auditorium which recently received spectacular new doors carved by the husband of the current Chief of the Tseycum First nation. You will also get to use the new podium also by the same Tseycum wood-carver. (http://www.tseycum.ca/)

There are NO hotels within walking distance of the Institute of Ocean Sciences, and public transit to the Institute is almost non-existent. We will be setting up a shuttle service between Sidney Hotels and the Institute. If you miss the shuttle service, please use a taxi. Shortly after you register, a Google Doc will be shared with you. Please fill in the information on the Google Doc to help plan the transportation to and from the meeting.

IOS will host a welcome reception on Tuesday evening at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. The Shaw Centre is located on the waterfront in downtown Sidney.

Greg Johnson from Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, will be giving a public lecture on Thursday evening at 19h00 in the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

Prior to the public lecture, the manufacturers are hosting a reception from 17h00 to 18h30 at the Victoria Distillers. See the manufacturer's day website for more information.

There will be a manufacturer's day on Friday 16 March 2018. Click here to register or email marketing@rbr-global.com with your RSVP.

Please read Howard Freeland's carefully prepared guide to Sidney and the local area.

Please contact Megan Scanderbeg at mscanderbeg@ucsd.edu and Howard Freeland at Howard.Freeland@dfo-mpo.gc.ca if you need an official invitation letter to obtain a visa to Canada.

Please register and request letters of invitation by 1 February 2018.