South & North America

Attendees experiencing EPIC2020 from this region are called Parkes. This Australian place name evokes our conference theme scale:

Learn about Parkes
The Parkes radio telescope, locally nicknamed “the Dish”, was completed in 1961 by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Parkes is one of the largest single-dish telescopes in the southern hemisphere dedicated to astronomy. Although it is operated primarily for astronomy research, the Dish has a long history of being contracted by NASA and other international space agencies to track and receive data from spacecraft.

photo of the dish at ParkesThe most famous use of the Dish was a contract to NASA to relay both audio and video signals during the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969, allowing over 600 million television viewers worldwide to watch the crew take the first ever moonwalk.

Parkes contemplates the people, places, and systems that created a monumental, global experience. What new narratives of the earth, technology, and humanity were catalyzed? What social and technical systems are forging new visions of progress at scale in the 21st century?  

Regional Schedule

Programming will run around the clock, and to give you the most flexibility, you’re welcome to attend any of it. But here is the schedule designed for Parkes time zones. In the coming months we’ll provide times and content details so you can build the schedule that works for you.

See also: detailed Tutorial Program & Program Overview

Week 1: Learning & Networking

Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23
Pangaea Tours Pangaea Tours Sponsor Exhibition Social Events Graduate Colloquium
Tutorials*: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 6A-1, 15A Tutorials*: 2B, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A-1, 13A, 16A Tutorials*: 1B, 3B, 5A Tutorials*: 6A-2, 12B, 14A, 17B Tutorial*: 11A-2

*Pre-register for tutorials during or after conference registration. Space is limited.

Week 2: Main Program

Oct 24 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28
Opening Session International Socials International Socials Panel Cohort Activities
Opening Social Cohort Activities Sessions:
Transcending Time & Space
Dissent at Scale
Salons International Socials
Keynote: Genevieve Bell Sessions:
Agency, Capacity & Scale
Scaling Research
International Socials Keynote: Ashwini Asokan
Trees & Forests
Impact at Human Scale
Cohort Activities Sessions:
Isolation & Connection
Challenging Bigger, Faster, Easier, Broader
Session: Humanizing Scale Session:
Empathy Writ Small & Large
Built to Scale
Keynote: Bruce Pascoe Cohort Activities
Salons Sessions:
Post-human Scale
Scaling Ethnography