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Announcement: The Third TVIW will return to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Sunday 09 thru Wednesday 12 November 2014. The theme for 2014 is "Long-Term Thinking--Present-Day Action".

The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (now a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific-education corporation in the state of Tennessee) was conceived by Les Johnson, Greg Matloff, and Robert Kennedy, on a sunny Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011, on the patio of a charming little hotel (which no longer exists, regrettably) in the ancient city of Aosta in the Italian Alps, at the conclusion of the IAA's 7th Biennial Symposium on Realistic Near-Term Scientific Space Missions. As Les eloquently put it:

"The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is an opportunity for relaxed sharing of ideas in directions that will stimulate and encourage Interstellar exploration including propulsion, communications, and research. The 'Workshop' theme suggests that the direction should go beyond that of a 'conference'. Attendees are encouraged to not only present intellectual concepts but to develop these concepts to suggest projects, collaboration, active research and mission planning. It should be a time for engaging discussions, thought-provoking ideas, and boundless optimism contemplating a future that may one day be within the reach of humanity."

Though the TVIW concept was explicitly intended to be regional (viz., the American Southeast), it in fact acquired an international flair from the get-go, with the immediate participation of Dr. Claudio Maccone of Italy (sitting at the same table with the founders in Aosta in fact) as well as the presentation of one of the papers to an Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow just three weeks before the workshop itself. Since then, international participation has grown, for example the full involvement and support of the prestigious British Interplanetary Society, all to the good. But its heart is still in the Tennessee Valley.

Attendance at TVIW is by invitation; active participation and presenting is strongly encouraged. Questions about participation should be directed to registrar@tviw.us .

Application to attend may be made via email to tviw2014@tviw.us , or for traditionalists, via matter mail to P.O. Box 4171, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-4171

News: Read the inaugural (vol. 1, no. 1) quarterly newsletter of TVIW Inc. (December 2013).
Read the second quarterly newsletter of TVIW Inc. (April 2014).

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The TVIW has now been incorporated as a public-benefit, not-for-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee. As a scientific-educational charitable organization, we have applied for tax-exempt status under chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The founding board members and newly-elected officers of TVIW, Inc., are:
John Preston (President)
Martha Knowles (Secretary)
Ken Roy
Robert Kennedy
David Fields
Our co-founder Les Johnson remains Technical Advisor to the Board and general chairman of the 2014 Workshop.

We thank the generous sponsors and supporters of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop who have gotten us this far: Principally sponsored by the Ultimax Group, Inc, plus the additional participation of the British Interplanetary Society, SF publisher Baen Books , the Huntsville, Alabama (HAL5) chapter of the National Space Society, the amateur astronomy club ORION, the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, and NeXolve Inc.(building the sun shield for the James Webb Space Telescope). We are grateful to work together with such prestigious partners. (If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket, we'd love to hear from you.)

collage of sponsors of TVIW 2013


These pages last updated 10 April 2014