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The National Academies’ Decadal Assessment of Plasma Science


Town Hall at the APS Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting

in conjunction with the Gaseous Electronics Conference


Community input is critical for the success of this study!  See below for instructions on how to apply to give a lightning talk to share your views during the town hall.


Date/Time: November 6, 2018 from 7-9pm PT

Location: Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR

Conference Information


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is conducting a Decadal Assessment of Plasma Science to help federal agencies, policymakers, and academic leadership understand the importance of plasma research and make informed decisions about funding, workforce, and research directions. Community input is critical for the success of this assessment, and we invite members of the plasma science community to attend this town hall to share their input on the future of the field with members of the study committee.

In addition to general discussion during the town hall, we invite members of the community to apply to give short “lightning” presentations (less than 2 minutes, with a single slide) to the committee on their thoughts for the future of plasma science. See below for instructions on how to apply.


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Town Hall Agenda


Session I: Decadal Study Introduction and Directed Q&A
Session II: 90-second “Lightning” Presentations
Session III: Open-mic Public Comment


Lightning Talk Application Instructions and Additional Information


Lightning Talks should be short (less than 2 minute) presentations with a single PowerPoint slide (please use required template) about a topic you wish to share with the committee regarding the future of plasma science.  Since we have a finite amount of time allotted for lightning presentations, we will fill the time with applications on a first-come first-served basis, but we will be sure to share all information received with the committee whether or not a lightning talk time is available. 


Please fill out the following web form and submit your slide no later than October 26, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.  We will notify you no later than October 31, 2018 if you have been allocated a slot to speak.


Lightning Talk PowerPoint Template 

All talks are required to use this single-slide PowerPoint template.  Please keep the quad chart labels in place and fill in the appropriate boxes.  Presentations should only include one slide.  The only exception will be if you need to present an image or figure, in which case you are permitted to have one additional slide for that purpose.


Lightning Talk Application Form


*Please note that all submissions will be made publicly available and may also be referenced in the committee's final report.