The GACMAC Social Committee is hosting a number of social events that will coincide with the conference.  As the social scene is constantly evolving under COVI-19 restrictions, these events may be modified and cancelled where necessary. Please check frequently for updates prior to the conference. 


*Registration for these events will be in the Fall

*All registered attendees will be provided a free bus pass

*All Public Talks are posted on the Outreach and Education page.


GAC-MAC Icebreaker 

A conference opening reception on Tuesday afternoon/evening.

When: November 2, 2021, between 4:30-7:30 pm EDT

Where: Talbot Bowl Tent, Western University campus 

Cost: FREE  

*COVID-19 Protocol will be in place; you must be seated to consume food and drink and remain masked while indoors and under the tent.

Planet – an Earth observation Scavenger Hunt  

Learn how to Explore the Earth through time and space in a fun Scavenger hunt exercise hosted by Ingenium and Western University, and sponsored by Planet. Planet has the largest constellations of Earth observation satellites that image the Earth every day, making change visible, accessible and actionable. Here we will give you special access to Planet data and its exploration software for the week of the conference to experience the Earth from above first hand. 

To participate in this event, you must register no later than October 26. 

When: Thursday November 4 at 12:20 pm

Where: Arts and Humanities Building (AHB) 1R40  

Cost: FREE

To register and have access to Planet data during the event, please e-mail Dr. Cassandra Marion ( with the Subject line: “Planet Scavenger Hunt” no later than October 26. Inquiries may be directed to the same email.

Cronyn Observatory Night

Get the view of the night sky during an evening at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory hosted by knowledgeable astronomers. This includes a tour of the 1940 and 1967 period rooms and the vault in the basement of the observatory, and of course, a look through the telescope(s) with your own eyes. Note: If indoor restrictions are in effect, telescopes will be brought outdoors to enjoy.

Please e-mail with the subject ‘Cronyn event’ to register or express interest in this free event!

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

Where: Hume Cronyn Observatory, Western University campus

Cost: FREE

Pub Night – informal drop-in 

For your convenience and further networking, we invite you to a night at the Pub on Thursday evening.  This event will be held outside on a patio, unless inclement weather brings us inside.

No registration required. See you there!

When: Thursday November 4 starting at 8pm.

Where: Joe Kool’s, 595 Richmond St. London.

Notes: Please dress accordingly. Kitchen is open late. *Must show proof of vaccination at the door. Mention you are with GAC-MAC and they will show you to the patio. There will be large capacity tables but you must remain seated if eating or drinking.

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the London 2021 Local Organizing Committee is closely following updates from regional and national authorities, and planning accordingly for this fast-evolving situation. The health, safety, and well-being of all participants is our priority consideration in our decisions, and we will provide updates on this site as needed.

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