General Info

We are looking forward to seeing you all online this June via Zoom & Gather Town!

Before registering, please make sure that you review the IPTA code of conduct for the meeting.

Registration (Closed):

Please register for the conference here this google form. For those whom are restricted from accessing Google in their home country, please use this WVU-sponsored form.

Abstract Submission (Closed):

We will be collecting abstracts separately from the registration. Please submit abstracts through this google form.

If you are having difficult accessing the abstract submission form, please email the SOC Chair, Maura McLaughlin (, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Talk or poster contribution

Full Schedule

Student Workshop

We are happy to announce the schedule of lectures and other activities here. It is challenging to cover multiple time zones, so we hope that you can understand that not all sessions are convenient to you. Recorded lectures will be uploaded online after each session and we will be organizing Q&A sessions on Jun 16 (Wednesday) and 19 (Saturday) if you miss live lectures and have questions.

Each session consists of a 40min lecture + breaks + ~2hr exercise. For the 15 UTC session on Jun 17, instead of exercise, we will be organizing a Career Advice discussion where participants can ask panel members questions on career development.

  • Jun 14 (Mon):
    • 7:00 UTC ~ Introduction to pulsars + linux/python exercise (Renee Spiewak)
    • 15:00 UTC ~ Radio telescopes and pulsar observations (Bhal Chandra Joshi) + Pulsar data processing exercise (Mayuresh Surnis)
  • Jun 15 (Tue):
    • 15:00 UTC ~ Pulsar timing(Manjari Bagchi) + Tempo2 exercise (Abhimanyu S)
    • 23:00 UTC ~ ISM and noise analysis + exercise (Ryan Shannon)
  • Jun 16 (Wed):
    • 7:00 UTC ~ Q&A + social gathering
    • 23:00 UTC ~ Q&A + social gathering
  • Jun 17 (Thu):
    • 15:00 UTC ~ Gravitational waves (Caitlin Witt) + Career Advice
    • 23:00 UTC ~ Pulsar timing arrays + exercise (George Hobbs)
  • Jun 18 (Fri):
    • 7:00 UTC ~ Bayesian statistics + exercise (Anuradha Samajdar)
    • 23:00 UTC ~ Detecting GW with ENTERPRISE + exercise (Sarah Vigeland)
  • Jun 19 (Sat):
    • 7:00 UTC ~ Q&A + social gathering
    • 15:00 UTC ~ Q&A + social gathering

Participants will want to prepare the following Virtual Machine (VM) on their local machine. You can find it and the install directions by downloading them both with the following command:

  • wget
  • wget

Science Meeting

In order to best accommodate PTA members from across the globe, sessions will start approximately at 7:00 UTC, 15:00 UTC, and 23:00 UTC.

You can the detailed, full block schedule along with connection information and live updates here.

In order to best facilitate Q&A sessions during our sessions, we will be utilizing Slido. This allows participants to ask question anonymously and vote on questions asked by other participants to encourage shared questions to be answered quickly. Our event ID is #191921 (referencing the famous pulsar B1919+21). Our session moderators can find a guide on how to moderate Slido sessions here.

As we are meeting virtually this year, we want to emulate the diverse methods of communication present at our in-person meetings to the best of our ability. As such, our poster sessions and social spaces will be held through Gather.Town, an interactive proximity-based video-chat client. You can learn more about Gather.Town here. Registered participants will receive connection details by email.

Additionally, we will be broadcasting the live Zoom sessions to GatherTown via a private YouTube Live connection, which will continue to be viewable after the session concludes!

Code of Conduct

The organizers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.
  • Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any charge.

Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak, in confidence, to any member of the local organizing committee (LOC).

Acknowledgment: This code of conduct is based on the “London Code of Conduct“, as originally designed for the conference “Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology”, held in London in July 2015. The London Code of Conduct was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for reuse. To help track people’s improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgment, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at

Helpful Guides for the Meeting