The 18-th annual meeting of **BEST** will be hosted at Boise State University during the weekend of **March 27 (Friday) – March 29 (Sunday), 2009**.

It is organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Stefan Geschke, Richard Ketchersid and Marion Scheepers.

Contributed and invited talks will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Department of Mathematics, Boise State University. The four invited speakers are:

Steve Jackson (University of North Texas)

Ljubisa Kocinac (University of Nis, Republic of Serbia)

Assaf Rinot (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Grigor Sargsyan (University of California, Berkeley)

The conference webpage is available at URL

There are four important deadlines regarding the conference:

**Lodging:** The Hampton Inn & Suites is providing rooms at a reduced rate for BEST participants. To take advantage of the reduced rate, reservations must be made online by **MARCH 12**. Follow this link for the Hampton Inn’s online reservation site for BEST.

**Financial support: **Limited financial support is available to partially offset travel expenses of some participants. The criteria for granting support include whether the participant has alternative financial support for the conference, and whether the participant is presenting a talk at the conference. Preference is given to graduate students and early career researchers. The amount of support is contingent on the budget constraints. University accounting regulations require completing certain forms online **BEFORE** the conference, and submitting original receipts of expenses. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. The deadline for applying for financial support is **MARCH 3**.

To apply for support, email the organizers at

best@diamond.boisestate.edu

Applications from graduate students must be supported by a separate email from their thesis advisor. Anyone interested in participating should contact the organizers as soon as possible by sending an email to

best@math.boisestate.edu

**Abstracts: **Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 18. The deadline for submitting an abstract for invited or contributed talk is **MARCH 25**. Links are available at the BEST 18 web site.

**Call for papers:** The organizers will be editors for a volume in the **Contemporary Mathematics** series. Research papers on topics related to Set Theory and its Applications will be considered for publication in this volume.

All papers will go through a thorough referee process. Former and current participants of the BEST conferences or their collaborators are especially encouraged to consider submitting a research paper. Anyone interested in submitting a paper should contact Marion Scheepers as soon as possible at

marion@math.boisestate.edu

with this information. Subsequently information regarding preparation of papers will be sent to contributing authors by Contemporary Mathematics. The deadline for submitting a paper is **JULY 21**.

The conference is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Abstract services are provided by Atlas Conferences, Inc. Contemporary Mathematics is published by the American Mathematical Society. Reduced lodging rate is provided by The Hampton Inn & Suites. Support from these entities is gratefully acknowledged.