July 7-10, 2009, ESIP Federation Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA

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Please note that all information on this page is preliminary and in the process of being confirmed.


The Summer 2009 ESIP Federation will take place on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most of the meeting will take place at Bren Hall. Travel to Santa Barbara can be done by air to SBA (local), LAX or BUR (both in the greater Los Angeles area). Public transportation is available to Santa Barbara from LA-area airports.

Visioneers Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24433586256


Lodging for the meeting is offered by campus housing in Manzanita Village. The dorms overlook the Pacific Ocean and are available as double occupancy rooms ($191.40) or single occupany rooms ($268.52). The room rates are for the FOUR NIGHT period of July 6-10, 2009 and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of nights used. On-campus housing will be billed during registration and is not refundable.

There also will be a small block of rooms in downtown Santa Barbara for those wanting more traditional accommodations. As of February 1, we are waiting to hear what is available to us.

For those bringing a car, parking is free for those staying in the dormitory, the fee is $8 a day for those staying in hotels off the campus.

Note on Santa Barbara summer rates: Weekends (friday-saturday) get EXPENSIVE. To save big $ book a motel room in Carpinteria (10 miles south of SB on 101) or Goleta (near UCSB).


Registration for the 23rd ESIP Federation meeting is conducted [online]. Early Bird registration continues through May 29 and is $325 (member) or $425 (non-members). Regular and on-site registration is $425 (member) or $525 (non-member). Registration for the meeting is done online by clicking [here] and is done using Visa/MasterCard. Limited on-site registration will be available.

Program Elements

The Summer Meeting Plan incorporates a wide range of member opportunities. On Tuesday, a full day of hands on learning about important technologies and products. On Wednesday, an opportunity to interact with leading experts in fields important to your work. On Thursday, you are the expert, and it is time to share your knowledge or ask your question in small-group sessions. On Friday, the Federation does its needed business (everyone is encouraged to join in on one or more committee, cluster, or working-group efforts). Then it is time for the entrepreneurial side of ESIP: Funding Friday shows how the Federation can point combined resources and a little extra funding to the solution of important problems.

Technical Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Open Meeting Sessions

Air Quality Community: Review of Progress & Next Steps

FUNding Friday


(The posted agenda is a skeleton for the meeting's evolution. Join the Meeting Visioneers to suggest topics.)

July 7, 2009

July 8, 2009

July 9, 2009

July 10, 2009

Add-On Independent (or Group) activities

The Local ESIPs will post some activities here that are available Friday afternoon or on the weekend, for those who want to stay over.

Optional activities that would require a group registration will be added to the meeting registration system or some other sign-up to guarantee the event.

Whale Watching

Santa Barbara Channel Whale Watching

land and sea tour

Tour as individuals, or we can do a group tour

Going Sideways

First: watch the movie:

Sideways: the movie

Then decide if the Federation should spring for a group tour, go on your own, or pick an individual tour

Touring the Santa Barbara wine country

Front Country Hiking

Hike the nearby mountains


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (up Mission Canyon) and Sea Center (on the wharf)


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (further up Mission Canyon)

lotusland (aummm....)

infamous pick-up bars

(somewhere to go after the museum)

Wildcat Lounge

EOS Lounge (NO, we did not make the name up... all they need is a DAAC martini)

other spots of interest

Oprah's house (requires parachute)