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 learn from the experiences of established exoplanet researchers in the field (“ExoGuides”) via a combination of tailored presentations and small group discussions. The first cohort will run from January 2021 - June 2021 and will be composed of up to 10 early career scientists.

Webinars from the ExoExplorers and ExoGuides will be available to the exoplanet community. The webinars will be recorded and archived on this page so that they can be viewed at later dates.

Program Description

NASA's Exoplanet Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) invites postdocs and graduate students at US institutions to participate in the inaugural Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Science Series. This inaugural ExoExplorers cohort, which will run a pilot program from Jan 2021-June 2021, will present monthly seminars to the larger exoplanet community on topics spanning observation, theory, and instrumentation in support of the broad themes outlined in the “ExEP Science Gap List.”

Each of the ExoExplorers will receive $1000 compensation for their talk. In addition, ExoExplorers will be expected to participate in:

  1. Weekly interactions between members of the cohort
  2. Monthly informal roundtable discussions with prominent scientists in the exoplanet and educational fields (“ExoGuides”)
  3. One to two professional development training sessions on topics to be decided by the cohort, such as proposal writing, CV building, and public speaking

ExoExplorers should not only strive for excellence in their research but also for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the exoplanet science community, thereby contributing to exoplanet science through their understanding of the barriers facing underserved and underrepresented communities.

Candidates can expect a decision on their application in mid-December 2020.