On October 27, 2017, we launched the first ever Aurora Summit! With the insight of a conference and the excitement of a festival, the event brings admirers of the Aurora Borealis together each year for a weekend-long workshop in the U.S.

In 2019, the Aurora Summit will take place Nov. 1-3, 2019, in Washburn, Wisconsin. The host hotel is The Washburn Inn, and the event will take place at the Harbor View Event Center, a new venue just south of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The hotel offers special rates on rooms, when you call and mention the Aurora Summit.

Admission costs for the Aurora Summit are determined each year by the end of June, in order to cover the costs of meals, presenters and special programming. Costs will be posted on the registration website at event launch, no later than July 1.

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Conference activities include educational sessions, a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, a travelogue, hands-on demonstrations, photo sharing and raffle prizes. The event enjoys a diverse mix of people every year, from beginners who have never seen the Aurora to seasoned professionals and academic experts. The conference draws Aurora enthusiasts of all experience levels, whether they are beginning sky watchers, amateur photographers or working scientists.

During the peak season for Northern Lights, the Aurora Summit takes place in the Great Lakes Region, which is positioned south of the Aurora Oval. Traditionally, we’ve booked a host hotel that offers incredible opportunities for night sky photography on site, with a  beach that overlooks Lake Superior.

All are welcome, even international guests!

Photo by Mike Shaw Photography.

Featured Presenters

The Aurora Summit brings talented creative and scientific minds together, offering insight on a variety of topics related to Aurora Borealis, photography and the night sky. We welcome keynote speakers, presenters and panelists with a wide range of interests and experiences, and presentations range from beginner to advanced topics.

Find out who is presenting at our next conference, through the details on the Events page. We’ll also share their talents on our social media channels.

For a look at past presenters, visit the Resources page. Find out how you can Get Involved.

About the Organizers

Melissa F. Kaelin and Dixie J. Burbank have teamed up with Dr. Mike Shaw, of Mike Shaw Photography, LLC, to host an annual summit on the Aurora Borealis, offering an event where all are welcome to explore the art, folklore, science, and photography of this rare natural phenomenon. The Aurora Summit is not affiliated with any group, but members from any group are welcome to attend.


Aurora Summit
Hosted by Mike Shaw Photography
Day and Night Photography Workshops You’ll Remember For the Rest of Your Life

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