We have scheduled a special Town Hall meeting to hear a selection of “Voices from the Community” on the first day of the Community Planning Meeting (CPM), Oct. 5 from 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm, US Central Daylight Time. Since the CPM schedule is quite full, we are only able to devote 75 minutes to this activity. The Snowmass Steering Group has decided to use this time for short talks, of 3 minutes maximum duration, from 20-25 speakers who will present a few of the many novel ideas and smaller scale projects that are perhaps less well-known. The goal is to provide a representative sample of these activities so that we can have a good picture of the full range of projects of interest to our community. We are also going to devote a few slots to general comments, advice, observations, or concerns that the community feels we should all be aware of as we make our plans for the Community Study meeting next July.
To be invited to speak, an individual must submit an abstract of approximately one-half page in length briefly describing the topic to be presented, the primary Frontier under which it should be considered or “general” category, and their name and email address through a form located at
The deadline is 5:00pm US Central Daylight Time on Sept. 25, 2020 and will be strictly enforced. The speaker must agree to be available to present the talk at any time during the scheduled Town Hall meeting.
If more than 25 abstracts are received, the Snowmass Steering Group will choose the 20-25 speakers (and a few alternates) that will be invited to give talks based on the goal of achieving a representative sample. However, all abstracts that are submitted, along with the name and email address of the author will also be posted to a website where they will be available to all CPM registrants. The decisions on the selected talks will be sent by email on Sept. 30 and also listed on the website. Speakers will be asked to confirm their availability. Once they do, they will receive information on the time of their talk and on how to prepare it.
We will have a SLACK channel for questions to the speakers and discussion, which will take place after the meeting at a date/time that will be announced. This will enable discussion that we do not have time for during the Town Hall itself. The discussions on SLACK are not limited to just the selected talks but can include discussions of other submitted abstracts at the moderator’s discretion.
We hope that this will give us a glimpse of the diversity and novelty of ideas that are early in the process of being developed and/or obtaining support.
Joel Butler, for the Snowmass Steering Group