Special Events

Wednesday, September 18

Attendee Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
This event is included with all full conference, student exhibit only, and Wednesday single day registrations. See registration desk onsite to purchase tickets for guests.

Exhibitor Hosted Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall

Join the ION GNSS+ exhibitors as they host a social evening of information and cuisine. All exhibit booths will be open during the exhibitor-hosted reception. Take this opportunity to review developments in GNSS technology, talk shop, get the specifics directly from the vendors, and learn about what has been happening in the GNSS marketplace during the past year. This event is included with any type of registration. Spouses and traveling companions 21 years of age and older are welcome to attend.


Thursday, September 19

Attendee Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall
This event is included with all full conference, student exhibit only and Thursday single day registrations. See registration desk onsite to purchase tickets for guests.

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Women in PNT: Roundtable Discussion Groups

Informal discussions on issues important to women at work in PNT 

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Hibiscus Room

Join us for an informal evening of roundtable discussions moderated by leaders in the field and formatted to promote intimate thought-provoking discussions on a variety of topics important to women in PNT. These roundtable discussions will provide a relaxing space to examine important issues and collectively share information with the goal of helping you effectively manage your professional career. 

About Women in PNT
The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Women in Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) is a voluntary networking initiative designed to support and engage women who are in the early stages of their careers in and across all areas of PNT. The initiative provides a forum for PNT professionals to meet and discuss issues vital to women on topics including, but not limited to, professionalism, career development, leadership, networking and work-life balance issues.

Discussion Topics May Include:

Juggling Professional and Personal Priorities

  • Time management skills
  • Cultivating pleasures outside of work
  • Using technology to organize
  • Survival skills when facing challenges

Advancing Yourself Professionally

  • Obtaining leadership roles
  • Networking effectively
  • Transitioning between professional sectors/markets
  • Identifying a professional mentor and asking for help

These roundtable discussions are designed to promote fresh and innovating thinking while providing an opportunity for everyone to contribute. 

Schedule of Events

  • 5:30 p.m.                 Attendees arrive and are seated
  • 5:45 - 6:10 p.m.       Roundtable 1:  Juggling  Professional and Personal Priorities
  • 6:15 - 6:40p.m.        Roundtable 2: Advancing Yourself Professionally
  • 6:45 - 7:00p.m.        Wrap up and Networking

This event is supported by:

L3-Harris    Spirent Logo 2018    Munich SatNav


Friday, September 20

Johannes Kepler and Bradford W. Parkinson Awards Luncheon

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Riverfront Hall North/Center

The purpose of the Kepler Award is to honor an individual for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. All members of the ION are eligible. Please submit names for consideration with a supporting letter to the Satellite Division Awards Committee Chair via the ION website prior to June 30.

The Bradford Parkinson Award, which honors Dr. Parkinson for his leadership in establishing both the U.S. Global Positioning Systems and the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation, is given to an outstanding graduate student in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems. The award includes a personalized plaque and a $2,500 honorarium. Any graduate student who is an ION member and is completing a degree program with an emphasis on GNSS technology, applications, or policy is eligible. Applications must be received by June 30. See the Kepler Award Nomination Form for application requirements.

This event is included with a full, or Friday single day, conference registration. Tickets for exhibitors, students and/or guests may be purchased using the registration form in this program or by visiting the ION registration desk onsite.