based on the Kepler 16b travel poster.


The Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Science Series, sponsored by the ExoPAG Executive Committee and the NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, aims to enable the professional development of a cohort of graduate students and/or postdocs in exoplanet research (“ExoExplorers”).

Each member of the cohort will be featured in a webinar that will be live streamed to the exoplanet community, helping to increase their visibility within the field. The cohort will also engage with established exoplanet researchers (“ExoGuides”) via a combination of tailored presentations and small group discussions.

Webinars from the ExoExplorers are open to the exoplanet community. Both the ExoExplorer and ExoGuide webinars are recorded and posted to this page so that they can be viewed at later dates.

The first cohort ran from January 2021 - June 2021 and was composed of 10 early career scientists. The second cohort will run from January 2022 - June 2022. Applications are now closed, and the new cohort will be announced later this year.

Program Description

Each of the ExoExplorers will receive $1,000 for the purchase of a presentation of their research results during the Science Series on topics focusing on observation, theory, and instrumentation in support of the broad themes outlined in the “ExEP Science Gap List.”

In addition, the ExoExplorers will be invited to participate in:

  1. Weekly interactions between members of the cohort
  2. Monthly informal group discussions with prominent scientists (“ExoGuides”) in the fields of exoplanet science and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), and individual conversations with other researchers
  3. One to two professional development training sessions on topics to be decided by the cohort, such as proposal writing, building inclusive collaborations, and public speaking
  4. The development and/or execution of cohort-driven activities pertaining to DEIA.

The activities described above will largely be shaped by the unique interests and needs of the cohort. Cohort members should actively seek to enrich and enhance their exoplanet science and DEIA in the broader exoplanet community by engaging with each other as well as with the ExoGuides and program organizers. In the event that this vibrant discussion between cohort members leads to the conception of a DEIA-related initiative, the program organizers will be happy to consider support to enhance it. However, we emphasize that this is not a program requirement.

All participants in the Exoplanet Explorers Science Series are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct.

We ask that ExoExplorers cohort members follow the program acknowledgements policy.