Planning has already begun for the 2018 Joint User Facility and PI Meeting, to be held March 19 to 23, 2018, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, Virginia.

For the upcoming meeting, there will be a change to the process for proposing breakout sessions. Instead of submitting breakout session requests on the meeting website, any Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility/Atmospheric System Research (ASR) investigator may submit an idea for a session topic they think important by sending it directly to an appropriate member of the ARM/ASR Coordination Team (AACT).

In addition to a session topic, the submission should include a few sentences on the objectives of the session and a suggestion of a primary convener (e.g., the submitter or other willing meeting participant). The AACT will consider all the proposed topics, merge them where appropriate, identify primary and co-conveners, and prioritize topics of broad scientific interest that span the needs of both ASR researchers and the ARM infrastructure. Proposals should be sent to an AACT member by no later than January 5, 2018.

All submissions will be considered, but due to limitations on the availability of breakout rooms and timeslots, some sessions may need to be combined or left for informal meetings. Breakout schedules will be finalized by the end of January. Conveners will be responsible for developing the breakout agenda and submitting a concise final report after the meeting.