It is an honor to welcome SEPA 2015 to Tellus. We are proud of our museum and that in less than 6 years we have seen over a million visitors and over a half million through the planetarium. This conference is a group effort by all the departments of the museum who have worked hard to make this special event happen. I am indebted to the upper levels of the museum administration and to all my collegues for their support and hard work.
All conference hosts go through three phases of hosting SEPA. Phase one; euphoria of being selected as a conference site, quickly followed by be they thought of “oh, Dear what have I done?”. Phase two; the anxiety of hoping all the plans and preparations made for the past two years come together and the conference happens like clockwork. This is finally followed by phase three; at noon on Saturday when hopefully I can breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction that all the planning paid off.
I hope you will enjoy your time with us.
David A. Dundee
Astronomy Program Manager