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Crossroads Eclipse Research Workshop 2024

April 5 – 8, 2024 at SIU Carbondale

On Monday, April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse path will stretch across North America with the centerline of totality going right through Carbondale Illinois.  We will experience 4 minutes and 9 seconds of totality on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

The Crossroads Eclipse 2024 Research Workshop (CERW2024) has been established to facilitate and enrich research opportunities in solar science and citizen science.  SIUC has established research and astrophotography observation areas at the SIU Farms Astronomy Observation Area also known as the Dark Site, and on the main campus for workshop participants.  Participants are asked to present on their research project and are requested to submit brief abstracts for either talks and/or poster presentations. Selected presentations will be made at SIU Carbondale on April 6, 2024*.  Posters will additionally be displayed at the Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo to be held April 7-8 at SIUC.

Call for Abstracts

For full consideration, presentation abstracts should be submitted no later than January 31, 2024 to Steve Gariepy at mammoth@siu.edu. Groups will be notified by February 7, 2024.

Space is limited.  Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Lodging availability on campus

Campus lodging in University Hall dorms is available on a first come first come basis at: https://eclipse.siu.edu/visit/#lodging

Registered participants may camp at the SIU Dark Site for the duration of the workshop.

Tentative Presentation Schedule (updated 1/14/2023)

Location: SIU Student Center Auditorium Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2:30pm Poster Session Setup – International Louge.  Outside of Auditorium

3:00pm: Poster Session Open to Public

3:30pm: Oral Presentation Sessions Start

6:00pm: Oral Presentations Session Finished


Sunday, April 7 – Monday, April 8

Posters on display at the SIU Arena, CASTE Expo

Talks are allowed 20 minutes for presentation and questions.

*Participants who can not being present on April 6 will be offered alternate presentation accomadations at the CASTE Expo.



Registration and Payment Options

Download Registration form (PDF)

Return registration form via one of the following options:

  • Mail Registration form and payment to: SIUC Events and Outreach ‐ MC 6705, 1265 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Submit Registration form: dmcintyre@siu.edu
  • Fax Registration form to 618-453‐5680 and pay by phone with credit card at 618-536‐7751.

Contact Events and Outreach for questions at 618-536-7751 or email conferenceservices@siu.edu.