Call for Papers for 2008 Space Elevator Conference

Today I received an announcement about a Call for Papers for the upcoming 2008 Space Elevator Conference (’08 SEC):

The Space Engineering and Science Institute Presents
2008 Space Elevator Conference
Redmond, Washington, USA
Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation
Black Line Ascension and Industrial Nano

Call for Presentations and Papers

The 2008 Space Elevator Conference is a three day conference to be held in Redmond, Washington at the Microsoft Conference Center on July 18-20, 2008.  The conference, focusing on all aspects of Space Elevator development, will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students. This conference will feature topical discussions in all of the Four Pillars of Space Elevator Development: Science/Technical, Political/Social, Legal, and Economic. In addition, we anticipate technical and speculative presentations on the topics mentioned below. We invite you to present a paper on a topic of your interest.

Conference to include:

  • Space Elevator Overview Presentation – the popular conceptual design
  • Space Elevator Impact – transformations enabled by the SE, including exploration, using space resources to solve problems here on Earth, extraterran bases and colonization
  • Roadmap Workshop – focusing on the four pillars of development, get engaged!
  • Presentations on the Space Elevator – design, construction, deployment and operation
  • Shotgun Science Session – science ideas not ready for prime time: rapid sequence, 5 min

Abstract and Presentation Guidance

Abstracts must be in English, one page or less, and summarize a presentation suitable for the conference. We plan on collecting presentations in PowerPoint or PDF format, and to offer them for sale on CD after the conference. In addition we encourage, but do not require, authors to submit papers, in pdf format, that will also be included on the CD. The nominal length of the final paper should be about 6-10 pages. Abstracts will be evaluated as they are received and authors will be notified of acceptance. The preferred procedure and format for abstract submittals for this conference is given on our web site:

For all submittals, please include the title, authors and affiliations, mail address, e-mail, and phone number of the corresponding author, and up to 10 key words.  Abstracts are due by April 22, 2008.  All acceptance notices will be sent by May 07, 2008. Final drafts of the presentations and any accompanying papers, in specified formats will be due one week before the conference, July 11, 2008.

2008 SPACE ELEVATOR CONFERENCE abstracts and technical program inquiries to:
Technical Chairman:
Dr. Martin Lades
hml [AT]
(925) 606-9756

And, as noted above, there is now an Official Website for the Conference.