Welcome to the 2021 NANOGrav Fall Meeting

The Meeting will take place Wed-Fri (Oct 13-15) within the normal business hours of both the East and West Coast of the Continental US. This meeting will be a hyrbid meeting where attendees can attend in person (see details below) or via Zoom during our recorded science talks, invited guest speaker presentations, and panels. In order to bridge the distance between our two audiences, Slido will be used for all Q&A sections and discussion sessions and all those participating must use the app.

Registration is Closed

Please check the NANOGrav Code of conduct. All attendees are expected to adhere to the above principles for the duration of this meeting. If you experience any interactions which do not follow these codes, please reach out to a member of the meeting's committee.

The NANOGrav 2021 Fall Meeting at Vanderbilt has adopted the following COVID-19 policies:

  • All meeting attendees must be fully vaccinated; and
  • All policies of Vanderbilt University must be followed. This includes a requirement that masks be worn at all times indoors except when eating.

All members planning to attend the meeting in person need to acknowledge their understanding of the above by filling out this form.

Please be sure to review our host institution's Health and Safety requirements before registering and attending, which can be found here.

General Meeting Information

The meeting will be held in person at the Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt University. The Alumni Hall is a ~10 minute walk from the primary hotel for the conference, the Hyatt House hotel. Please refer to the attached map for walking directions.

Meeting Block Schedule

Primary Zoom Meeting

To best facilitate our attendees, here is a list of available all-gender bathrooms (two in Alumni Hall) can be found here.

Our host, Vanderbilt University, will have a Physics Colloquium for our members to attend on Thursday, October 14th. We have attached a map below to make navigating the campus easy!

LGBTQI+ Attendee Support

The NANOGrav Location Organizing Committee, the NANOGrav Equity and Climate Committee, and Vanderbilt University's Office of LGBTQI Life are committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of attendees of all identities during their stay in Nashville. In order to best facilitate our attendees' needs, we have compiled a list of guides produced by notable local organizations which provide a detailed overview of the social climate in Nashville. In order to affirm NANOGrav's stance on inclusivity and equality, we encourage attendees to patron LGBTQI+ supportive businesses during their stay.

  • The Nashville LGBT Chamber has a directory of all local contributing member businesses/organizations. These business partners are strong supporters of the local LGBTQI+ community. You can find a list of supportive resturants here.

  • The Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University has a list of local resources for any attendee to reference should the need arise located here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out the the office at (615) 322-3330 or by email lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu.

  • Queer in the World produced an in-depth travel guide covering all aspects of tourism in Nashville. You can read the full article for free here.

  • GayCities has several curated lists of active LGBTQI+ afferming entertainment/hospitality businesses in Nashville, which can be found here.

  • For a bulleted-breakdown of aspects of LGBTQ+ life in Nashville, please see this community-currated wikiwand page located here.

Additionally, NANOGrav's Equality and Climate Committee will be organizing an outreach event alongside Vanderbilt University's Office of LGBTQI Life and local LGBTQI+ organizations to support youth members of the local community. More details will follow soon. If you are interested in aiding in this venture, we encourage you to reach out to the chair of the Equality and Climate Committee, Megan DeCesar, via email (megan.decesar@nanograv.org).

Lodging & Travel

A room block has been reserved for our meeting via the Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt (2100 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203) for October 12-16, 2021. Room rates are $139 per night (+$15 per day for Parking). You can reserve your room by visiting the hotel's website and endering the Corporate/Group Code "G-NANO", by calling 1-800-233-1234 and asking for the NANOGrav Group Block, or by following this direct link. The cutoff date to secure reservations is Friday, October 1st, 2021 by 11:59PM CST.

The Alumni Hall is within walking distance of this hotel. In addition, a free shuttle to various parts of the Vanderbilt campus is operated by the hotel (subject to changing COVID-19 restrictions). However, if you need to park on campus, the information can be found here.

Useful Addresses

  • Intl' Airport: 1 Terminal Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Conference Hall: 2205 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240
  • Hotel: 2100 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203

Useful Tutorials

Location Organizing Committee

  • Stephen Taylor (Chair)
  • Linzie Treadway
  • Maria Charisi
  • Natasha McMann
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
  • Tonia Klein
  • Margaret Mattson
  • Joe Glaser
  • Nihan Pol

Science Organizing Committee

  • Paul Baker (Chair)
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Debroah Good
  • Fronefield Crawford
  • Haley Wahl
  • Joe Glaser
  • Peter Breiding
  • Spravani Vaddi