We are pleased to confirm that the SOFIA/ALMA sponsored conference “Our Galactic Ecosystem: Opportunities and Diagnostics in the Infrared and Beyond” at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge is going ahead, as planned, as an in-person event, with a late registration deadline on Feb 14.

While virtual meetings can be very valuable – as exemplified by the three well-attended SOFIA virtual workshops held over 2021 - we feel that they cannot fully replace in-person events. We are therefore, after significant consultation within the SOFIA Science Center, with the USRA and ALMA sponsors and with NASA, proceeding with the Lake Arrowhead meeting.

However, in consideration of the Covid-19 situation, we have adjusted both our meeting protocol and the timeline for registration and abstract submission.

We are reassured that the California caseload (as tracked by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center) is, as of Jan 18, coming down significantly, indicating that the situation will be significantly improved by late February.

We have defined a comprehensive Covid protocol which in addition to vaccination and masking requirements also now includes a requirement of a negative Covid-19 test before the participants leave their home. We will also have Covid tests available at the meeting site to test any participant showing potential symptoms of the disease. Our complete Covid-19 protocol can be found here. U.S. residents can order free test kits here.

Because of the uncertainty in these last few weeks, we are leaving the registration and abstract submission open for the meeting until the late registration deadline on Feb 14. The SOC is finalizing the conference program, and after this schedule has been filled all new abstracts will be assigned to posters.

We thank you (invited speakers, registered participants and potential attendees) for your patience and we look forward to seeing you in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains.