The Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) is responsible for soliciting and coordinating community input into the development and execution of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). It serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of the Exoplanet Exploration Program objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.

Executive Committee:

ExoPAG activities and meetings are organized through an Executive Committee, selected by NASA HQ through a Dear Colleague letter. Appointments are made annually to replace members rotating off; the normal term is 3 years. If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, please contact the ExoPAG Executive Secretary at NASA HQ (Hannah Jang-Condell, Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist).

New Executive Committee members for 2022: Diana Dragomir, Erin May, Bertrand Mennesson, and John Wisniewski.


ExoPAG News and Announcements (May 2, 2022)

  • REMINDER: NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall May 3, 2022
  1. Welcome New ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee Members
  2. ExoPAG 26: Suggestions for Topics, Future Activities, Ideas, Findings (Submission deadline May 16, 2022)
  3. Exoplanets IV Splinter Sessions - Remote Connection Information (May 3-5, 2022)
  4. ROSES-22 Amendment 14: Draft D.14 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Research and Support Participation Opportunities for Community Comment (Feedback requested by May 31, 2022)
  5. AbGradCon22 (August 8-11, 2022; Application deadline May 15, 2022)
  6. ExEP Exoplanet Meetings and Events Calendar Through End of 2022
+ more

REMINDER: NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall May 3, 2022

The NASA Astrophysics Division will hold a virtual National Town Hall meeting on Tuesday 3 May 2022, at 1p Eastern/12 noon Central/11a Mountain/10a Pacific. The Division Director, Dr. Paul Hertz, will present an update on the James Webb Space Telescope, a report on the NASA Astrophysics budget request for FY2023, and a snapshot status of NASA’s plans for implementing the recommendations of the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey.

The meeting will be conducted via WebEx (see below for connect information). Members of the public may submit and upvote questions/comments ahead of the meeting through the Questions/Comments Portal: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/g663/#!/dashboard

Connection details:

  • WebEx
    • Join from the direct WebEx meeting link.
    • Meeting number (access code): 2761 906 2398
    • Meeting password: AstroTH0503#
  • Join from a video system or application
  • Join by phone:
    • +1-929-251-9612 USA Toll 2
    • +1-415-527-5035 US Toll

1) Welcome New ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee Members

"Dear All,

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Ilaria Pascucci has agreed to become the new chair of ExoPAG for a three-year term starting this summer. Ilaria is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, and she previously joined the ExoPAG Executive Committee in 2021. Prof. Michael Meyer will chair the ExoPAG 26 meeting and continue to contribute to the EC as chair emeritus.

And we are very pleased to announce the new members of the ExoPAG Executive Committee (EC) for 2022:

  • Diana Dragomir, University of New Mexico
  • Erin May, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Bertrand Mennesson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech
  • John Wisniewski, The University of Oklahoma

They bring new expertise and diverse perspectives to the ExoPAG Executive Committee. Please join me in welcoming Diana, Erin, Bertrand, and John. We are grateful that they have accepted the invitation to join the EC and contribute for their three-year terms.

We are also grateful for the significant contributions of departing ExoPAG chair Michael Meyer and Executive Committee members Tiffany Kataria, Joshua Pepper, and Dmitry Savransky. Please join me in thanking them for their service over the years.

Sincerely,
Hannah Jang-Condell
ExoPAG Executive Secretary at NASA HQ
Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist"


2) ExoPAG 26: Suggestions for Topics, Future Activities, Ideas, Findings (Submission deadline May 16, 2022)

ExoPAG 26 will be held June 11-12, 2022 in Pasadena, CA in hybrid format (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/375/exopag-26/). ExoPAG meetings offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and a forum for community input on the prioritization of activities in NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the space science community are invited to attend and participate. Suggestions for topics and/or speakers at the meeting along these lines are welcome and should be addressed to the ExoPAG EC (exopag-info@jpl.nasa.gov).

To support discussions at the Business Meeting, we invite members of the community to share ideas for future activities that the ExoPAG should consider. Ideas can be entered here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dam7D1yiMeazF_9IBtPlHgJ_NOg_iTLE9pVeWRl4Tas/edit

These ideas will be discussed during the meeting after the program office reviews progress made on past suggestions. These ideas could lead to specific activities such as the creation of a Science Analysis Group (SAG) providing analysis in the form of a report submitted to the Astrophysics Division (APD). Some ideas could lead to further discussions and eventually generate future findings that could be affirmed by the ExoPAG by vote and passed to the Astrophysics Division (see below). While it is preferable to submit ideas before the ExoPAG, there will also be opportunity to propose new ideas during the meeting.

We invite community members to propose findings for consideration by the ExoPAG here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S9kZEVfdutSaTvQcFuD3yMioFen_3UenmNgfu_59Z-4/edit

The ExoPAG EC will review these and structure a discussion of them at a future meeting.

We ask that the ideas and findings are submitted by May 16, 2022 if they wish for them to be discussed at ExoPAG 26.


3) Exoplanets IV Splinter Sessions - Remote Connection Information (May 3-5, 2022)

The Exoplanets IV conference in Las Vegas (May 1-6, 2022) is holding several splinter sessions, some of which will allow virtual participation, even if they have not registered for the main conference.

Exoplanets IV Meeting Website: https://aas.org/meetings/aastcs9/exoplanets

Exoplanets IV Block Schedule: https://submissions.mirasmart.com/ExoplanetsIV/itinerary/EventsAAG.aspx

These three splinter sessions have a remote participation option:


4) ROSES-22 Amendment 14: Draft D.14 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Research and Support Participation Opportunities for Community Comment (Feedback requested by May 31, 2022)

When it is released as final text, D.14 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Research and Support Participation Opportunities (https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId=%7b1BD0AA55-40BB-1419-EEA1-64FF5B4269D3%7d&path=&method=init) will solicit proposals aimed at supporting the progress of and exploiting the scientific and technical data from the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST, the top-ranked large space mission recommended by the National Academies decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics for 2012-2021, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/12951/new-worlds-new-horizons-in-astronomy-and-astrophysics). This opportunity will comprise three categories: Wide Field Science (WFS); Project Infrastructure Teams (PITs); and Coronagraph Community Participation Program (CPP).

ROSES-2022 Amendment 14 releases a draft version of program element D.14 for community comment. Comments and questions concerning this draft of D.14 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Research and Support Participation Opportunities (https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId=%7b1BD0AA55-40BB-1419-EEA1-64FF5B4269D3%7d&path=&method=init) are due by May 31, 2022, to Dominic Benford at Dominic.Benford@nasa.gov, with the subject line "D.14 Roman Feedback".

Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Julie McEnery, the Roman Project Scientist at julie.e.mcenery@nasa.gov.

On or about April 29, 2022, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022" (NNH22ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2022 and will appear on SARA's ROSES blog at: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2022/


5) AbGradCon22 (August 8-11, 2022; Application deadline May 15, 2022)

ABGRADCON22 will take place virtually August 8-11, 2022

https://www.abgradcon.org/

The Astrobiology Graduate Conference (ABGRADCON22) is a conference dedicated to the networking, interaction, and potential collaborations of Graduate Students and Early Career Scientists interested in Astrobiology-centered research. ABGRADCON22 will be the 18th year of the conference, which is always organized by Graduate Students and Post Docs. ABGRADCON22 is an ideal conference for the younger generations of career astrobiologists to connect, form long-lasting bonds, and discuss the issues that will affect the future of the field of Astrobiology.

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact us at abgradcon@gmail.com.

ABGRADCON22 Application (due May 15, 2022):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGxLGhaR95x5RwjvmToBdMC2iLLxwCU0Mt5aZmfJI9K6hvvg/viewform


6) ExEP Exoplanet Meetings and Events Calendar Through End of 2022

The NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) maintains an Exoplanet Meetings and Events Calendar at https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/. If there are new meetings with a significant exoplanet-related component, please bring them to our attention at exopag-info@jpl.nasa.gov.

ExEP Exoplanet Meetings and Events Calendar through end of 2022:


ExoPAG News and Announcements (April 19, 2022)

  1. New Extreme Precision Radial Velocity (EPRV) Research Coordination Network & Science Seminar (April 26, 2022; 1pm-5pm EDT/10am-2pm PDT)
  2. Attention Early Career Scientists, Postdocs and Graduate Students: Apply to Present at ExoPAG 26 (Deadline April 20, 2022, 8pm EDT/5pm PDT)
  3. Release of Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032: Public Release of the Survey Report (April 19, 2022, 2pm-4pm EDT/11am-1pm PDT)
  4. Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Workshop (August 22-24, 2022, Annapolis)
  5. NASA SMD Town Hall (April 19, 2022)
  6. Nominations Now Open for Membership on the Planetary Science Advisory Committee (Deadline April 22, 2022)
  7. Exoplanets IV Splinter Sessions (May 3-5, 2022)
  8. The First Penn State SETI Symposium (June 27–30, 2022; State College, PA; Abstract & breakout session deadline May 1, 2022)
+ more

1) New Extreme Precision Radial Velocity (EPRV) Research Coordination Network & Science Seminar (April 26, 2022; 1pm-5pm EDT/10am-2pm PDT)

"NASA ExEP is excited to announce the formation of a new Research Coordination Network focusing on Extreme Precision Radial Velocity (EPRV) science. Increasing RV precision to the level necessary to detect Earth analog planets is a major challenge facing the exoplanet community, especially in light of the ASTRO2020 decadal recommendation of a future direct imaging flagship mission. The EPRV RCN aims to bring together EPRV scientists from around the globe to work towards this goal, and to support increased communication, collaboration, and coordination between researchers.

The RCN is open to anyone who is actively engaged in EPRV science, and we encourage early career scientists to join and engage. Our debut science event will be a science seminar on April 26th featuring early results from the awardees of NASA’s first EPRV funding call that went out in 2021 (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/EPRV-RCN/EPRV-RCN-events/). In the coming months we plan to establish a regular seminar series, develop a set of workshops based around useful EPRV skills/software, and hold community town halls about key efforts and directions in EPRV science. We’re also setting up a Slack workspace for easier prolonged conversations and collaboration planning, and a shared google drive space where members can share resources.

If you are interested in joining the EPRV RCN, please use this Google form (https://bit.ly/EPRV_RCN_SignUp) to sign up and visit our website (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/EPRV-RCN/EPRV-RCN-welcome/) to learn more about the program. If you have any questions, please reach out at eprv-rcn-questions@jpl.nasa.gov.

We look forward to having you join the conversation as we continue developing new content / events, and work towards the capability to detect and characterize temperate, Earth-mass planets!

~Jennifer Burt

On behalf of the EPRV RCN Organizers"

EPRV Research Coordination Network (RCN): https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/EPRV-RCN/EPRV-RCN-welcome/

EPRV Fundamental Science Seminar (April 26, 2022; 1pm-5pm EDT/10am-2pm PDT): https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/EPRV-RCN/EPRV-RCN-events/

EPRV RCN Membership Request: https://bit.ly/EPRV_RCN_SignUp


2) Attention Early Career Scientists, Postdocs and Graduate Students: Apply to Present at ExoPAG 26 (Deadline April 20, 2022, 8pm ET/5pm PT)

NASA's Exoplanet Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) and NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office invites early career scientists, postdocs and graduate students to consider presenting at the hybrid ExoPAG 26 meeting (June 11-12, 2022). We are particularly interested in attendance and presentations by postdocs and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

As the ultimate users of future NASA facilities, early career scientists are encouraged to attend the ExoPAG meetings to:

  • Share their work with a broad audience of scientists, technologists, and program managers;
  • Learn about NASA's strategic goals and plans, and learn how to impact them through ExoPAG activities.

Finding and characterizing earth-like planets around nearby stars is one of NASA’s primary scientific goals. ExoPAG helps NASA assess the current and upcoming state of exoplanet science toward the goal of enabling future exoplanet missions relevant to NASA's strategic goals.

The presentations for early career scientists, postdocs and graduate students should have a focus on elements of the ExEP Science Gap List (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/system/internal_resources/details/original/2146_ExEP_Science_Gap_List_2022.pdf).

Travel reimbursement

Early career scientists who are requesting travel reimbursement should wait until they have been notified of their selection prior to making travel arrangements or paying registration fees. Failure to comply with this may prohibit reimbursement. Selected postdocs and graduate students will be contacted by the ExEP office to make travel arrangements after selection announcements have been made. Reimbursable travel expenses may consist of roundtrip airfare, lodging, car rental, per diem and conference registration based on approved government rates.

For questions regarding early career proposed talks, please contact student-travel@jpl.nasa.gov.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2022 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT

Guidelines: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/talk-guidelines/

Applications: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/talk-application/


3) Release of Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032: Public Release of the Survey Report (April 19, 2022, 2pm-4pm EDT/11am-1pm PDT)

https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/planetary-science-and-astrobiology-decadal-survey-2023-2032

REPORT RELEASE AND PUBLIC BRIEFING ON APRIL 19, 2022

Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey

What new discoveries are on the horizon for the next decade of planetary exploration? The Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 highlights key science questions, identifies priority missions, and presents a comprehensive research strategy that includes both planetary defense and human exploration. The report also recommends ways to support the profession as well as the technologies and infrastructure needed to carry out the science.

Learn more about the decadal survey by joining the National Academies for a public briefing on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 2-4pm ET. During the briefing, members of the committee will discuss the report's key findings and take questions from the audience.

Please note that this event will be held mostly online, but we are able to accommodate a limited number of in-person participants at our building in Washington, DC. Join the discussion on Twitter with #PlanetaryDecadal

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planetary-science-and-astrobiology-decadal-survey-public-briefing-registration-310589320017


4) Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Workshop (August 22-24, 2022, Annapolis)

"As you may be aware, the NASA Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program Office is organizing a Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) Initiative Workshop. The goal of the 3-day workshop, to be held in the Annapolis area on August 22nd–24th 2022, is to identify and prioritize the top science questions for TDAMM that need to be addressed to implement the recommendations of the Astro 2020 Decadal Report. NASA invites US and international members of the ground and space science community and of the astronomy and physics communities to attend the workshop and contribute to its final product, a publicly available report with findings for the NASA Headquarters Astrophysics Division. For more information and to register, please follow the link below.

https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/TDAMM/

Wishing you the best,

Dr Jacob Slutsky

NASA PCOS Chief Scientist"


5) NASA SMD Community Town Hall (April 19, 2022)

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team on Tuesday April 19 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share current status of NASA activities.

Members of SMD, the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by joining at

https://nasaevents.webex.com/nasaevents/j.php?MTID=m1468211a0d1c2dd1031a70c26dfdfbb1

If prompted, please use event number 2761 572 5402, followed by event password FPhHmMUs284.

Participants are invited to submit their questions below and/or vote up questions already posted. To ask a question, go to https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/d434/#!/dashboard

Users must provide their first and last name and organization and can submit their own questions or vote up questions submitted by others. The meeting leaders will try to answer as many of the submitted questions as possible.

Presentation materials will be available for download and a recording will be available later that day at:https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/virtual-townhall


6) Nominations Now Open for Membership on the Planetary Science Advisory Committee (Deadline April 22, 2022)

"The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) supports the advisory needs of the Planetary Science Division (PSD), the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and other mission directorates as required, as well as the NASA Administrator. The advisory scope of the PAC includes all aspects of NASA's planetary science program, including scientific research; considerations of the development of near-term enabling technologies, systems, and computing and information management capabilities; and developments with the potential to provide long-term improvements in future mission operational systems.

Responsibility for biological planetary protection is outside the purview of the PAC. NASA's PSD is extending an invitation for nominations for service on the PAC. Interested members of the community are invited to review the charter and to submit nominations (including self-nominations) for consideration to fill vacancies on the Committee. Additional details can be found at:

https://science.nasa.gov/science-red/s3fs-public/atoms/files/PACnominations2022.pdf

More information on the PAC may be found at: https://science.nasa.gov/nac/science-advisory-committees/pac

Stephen Rinehart

Director, Planetary Research Programs"


7) Exoplanets IV Splinter Sessions (May 3-5, 2022)

The Exoplanets IV conference in Las Vegas (May 1-6, 2022) is holding several splinter sessions, some of which will allow attendees to join via Zoom, even if they have not registered for the main conference (noted below).

Meeting Website: https://aas.org/meetings/aastcs9/exoplanets

Block Schedule: https://submissions.mirasmart.com/ExoplanetsIV/itinerary/EventsAAG.aspx

  • "Atmospheric Escape and Evolution"
    • Wednesday, May 4th 2022 (1:00 PM PDT - 4:00 PM PDT)
    • Room: Milan 6,7,8
    • https://exoescape.github.io/splinter_2022/
    • (see Registration form with deadline April 22, 2022)
    • Note: "In order to participate in this splinter session, you have to be a registered attendee in the main conference."


8) The First Penn State SETI Symposium (June 27–30, 2022; State College, PA; Abstract & breakout session deadline May 1, 2022)

The First Penn State SETI Symposium

  • Presented by the Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center
  • June 27–30, 2022
  • Penn State University
  • The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA
  • https://sites.psu.edu/setisymposium2021/

"Dear SETI enthusiasts,

We are excited to share the research abstract and breakout session proposal submission form for the first Penn State SETI Symposium here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfukbphMkxQgN1jUql9N-TnVtqIS5c4rrnpXu7IlW02QKJErg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The form will close at 11:59pm ET on May 1, 2022.

We are accepting submissions for:

  • Breakout sessions, which might be workshops, reviews or short courses, hack sessions, or tutorials, and can span multiple days.
  • Contributed science talks
  • Contributed science posters
  • Posters describing future SETI-related meetings, job openings, workshops, and funding opportunities.

Multiple posters from the same presenter are allowed. You can find more details about the scope of the conference and topic prioritization here: https://sites.psu.edu/setisymposium2021/

Registration information and fees will be collected separately, and we will share more information about this soon.

See you in State College this Summer!

-The PSETI Symposium SOC"


ExoPAG News and Announcements (April 12, 2022)

  1. NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall (May 3, 2022; 1pm EDT/10am PDT)
  2. ExoPAG 26: Suggestions for Topics, Future Activities, Ideas, Findings
  3. Attention Early Career Scientists, Postdocs and Graduate Students: Apply to Present at ExoPAG 26 (Deadline April 20, 2022, 8pm EDT/5pm PDT)
  4. ExoExplorer Science Series Talks by Julia Seidel (ESO) & Briley Lewis (UCLA) (April 15, 2022, 2pm EDT/11am PDT)
  5. Exoplanets IV Splinter Session: "Enabling Future Comparative Exoplanetology" (May 4, 2022, 9am-12pm PDT, Hybrid)
  6. Rocky Worlds II Conference (July 4-8, 2022, Oxford)
  7. Thinkshop 2022: High-Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet Atmospheres and Biomarkers (September 7-9, 2022, Potsdam)
+ more

1) NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall (May 3, 2022; 1pm EDT/10am PDT)

NASA Astrophysics Division Town Hall May 3, 2022

The NASA Astrophysics Division will hold a virtual National Town Hall meeting on Tuesday May 3, 2022, at 1 PM Eastern Time. The Astrophysics Division Director, Dr. Paul Hertz, will present an update on the James Webb Space Telescope, a report on the NASA Astrophysics budget request for FY2023, and a snapshot status of NASA’s plans for implementing the recommendations of the 2020 Decadal Survey.

Please save the date.

The meeting will be conducted via WebEx (see below for connect information). Members of the public may submit and upvote questions/comments ahead of the meeting.

Join from the meeting link

Join by meeting number

  • Meeting number (access code): 2761 906 2398
  • Meeting password: AstroTH0503#

Join by phone

  • +1-929-251-9612 USA Toll 2
  • +1-415-527-5035 US Toll
  • Global call-in numbers

Join from a video system or application

Questions/Comments Portal: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/g663/#!/dashboard


2) ExoPAG 26: Suggestions for Topics, Future Activities, Ideas, Findings

ExoPAG 26 will be held June 11-12, 2022 in Pasadena, CA in hybrid format (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/375/exopag-26/). ExoPAG meetings offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and a forum for community input on the prioritization of activities in NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the space science community are invited to attend and participate. Suggestions for topics and/or speakers at the meeting along these lines are welcome and should be addressed to the ExoPAG EC (exopag-info@jpl.nasa.gov).

To support discussions at the Business Meeting, we invite members of the community to share ideas for future activities that the ExoPAG should consider. Ideas can be entered here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dam7D1yiMeazF_9IBtPlHgJ_NOg_iTLE9pVeWRl4Tas/edit

These ideas will be discussed during the meeting after the program office reviews progress made on past suggestions. These ideas could lead to specific activities such as the creation of a Science Analysis Group (SAG) providing analysis in the form of a report submitted to the Astrophysics Division (APD). Some ideas could lead to further discussions and eventually generate future findings that could be affirmed by the ExoPAG by vote and passed to the Astrophysics Division (see below). While it is preferable to submit ideas before the ExoPAG, there will also be opportunity to propose new ideas during the meeting.

We invite community members to propose findings for consideration by the ExoPAG here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S9kZEVfdutSaTvQcFuD3yMioFen_3UenmNgfu_59Z-4/edit

The ExoPAG EC will review these and structure a discussion of them at a future meeting.


3) Attention Early Career Scientists, Postdocs and Graduate Students: Apply to Present at ExoPAG 26 (Deadline April 20, 2022, 8pm ET/5pm PT)

NASA's Exoplanet Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) and NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office invites early career scientists, postdocs and graduate students to consider presenting at the hybrid ExoPAG meeting (ExoPAG 26, June 11-12, 2022, Pasadena, https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/375/exopag-26/) . We are particularly interested in attendance and presentations by postdocs and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

As the ultimate users of future NASA facilities, early career scientists are encouraged to attend the ExoPAG meetings to:

  • Share their work with a broad audience of scientists, technologists, and program managers;
  • Learn about NASA's strategic goals and plans, and learn how to impact them through ExoPAG activities.

Finding and characterizing earth-like planets around nearby stars is one of NASA’s primary scientific goals. ExoPAG helps NASA assess the current and upcoming state of exoplanet science toward the goal of enabling future exoplanet missions relevant to NASA's strategic goals.

The presentations for early career scientists, postdocs and graduate students should have a focus on elements of the ExEP Science Gap List (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/system/internal_resources/details/original/2146_ExEP_Science_Gap_List_2022.pdf).

Travel reimbursement: Early career scientists who are requesting travel reimbursement should wait until they have been notified of their selection prior to making travel arrangements or paying registration fees. Failure to comply with this may prohibit reimbursement. Selected postdocs and graduate students will be contacted by the ExEP office to make travel arrangements after selection announcements have been made. Reimbursable travel expenses may consist of roundtrip airfare, lodging, car rental, per diem and conference registration based on approved government rates.

For questions regarding early career proposed talks, please contact student-travel@jpl.nasa.gov.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2022 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT

Guidelines: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/talk-guidelines/

Application: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/talk-application/


4) ExoExplorer Science Series Talks by Julia Seidel (ESO) & Briley Lewis (UCLA) (April 15, 2022, 2pm EDT/11am PDT)

The next ExoExplorers science series will feature talks by Julia Seidel (ESO) & Briley Lewis (UCLA) on April 15, 2022 at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

  • Speaker: Julia Seidel (ESO)
    Title: Observing Exoplanet Winds
  • Speaker: Briley Lewis (UCLA)
    Title:Small Pieces of the Solar System: Dust, Ice, Pluto, and More

Talk abstracts and the connection information are at:

https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/367/exoexplorer-science-series-julia-seidel-eso-briley-lewis-ucla/


5) Exoplanets IV Splinter Session: "Enabling Future Comparative Exoplanetology" (May 4, 2022, 9am-12pm PDT, Hybrid)

  • Enabling Future Comparative Exoplanetology Splinter Meeting @ Exoplanets IV
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022
  • 9 AM – noon pacific

We invite participants in a splinter meeting on “Enabling Future Comparative Exoplanetology” to be held at the Exoplanets IV Conference on May 4, 2022 from 9 AM – noon pacific. Attendees may join in-person or via Zoom; online-only participants are not required to register for the main conference.

The motivation for this meeting is to explore how future Great Observatories in space and the upcoming extremely large telescopes (ELTs) on the ground can usher in a revolution in exoplanet studies. A series of talks will review the facilities, then discuss what advances they could achieve in key exoplanet science areas. The session will wrap up with open discussion & brainstorming about near-term preparations needed to realize that future. The detailed splinter meeting agenda is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eBMOJ4Kw6XJ7vDoluKSLY7UKr7JBHJEbMKIhSG-zLdQ/edit

For details and updates about this splinter meeting, please provide your contact info via this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3jvXy79qmiargNBIERD7D8iw3v6THivnyRah9ihC7SUe4mg/viewform

Hope to see you in May!

From the meeting organizers,
Scott Gaudi, Aki Roberge, Chas Beichman, Karl Stapelfeldt, & Eric Mamajek


6) Rocky Worlds II Conference (July 4-8, 2022, Oxford)

  • ROCKY WORLDS II CONFERENCE
  • July 4-8, 2022
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • https://www.rockyworlds.org
  • In-person registration deadline: 15 April, 2022

The detailed understanding gleaned from the terrestrial planets in the Solar System is crucial in the interpretation of extrasolar planets. As the characterisation of these new planetary systems proceeds, it in turn improves our understanding of the Solar System, and in particular of how potentially habitable worlds form, evolve, and are distributed throughout the galaxy.

The Rocky Worlds conference series brings together planetary scientists, astronomers, and earth scientists to foster discussion and build collaborations that will pave the way for the next decade of rocky exoplanet discovery and characterisation.

Invited speakers:

Nathalie Carrasco, Rebecca Fischer, Sascha Quanz, Elishevah van Kooten, Allona Vazan, Masahiro Ikoma

Scientific organisers:

Tim Lichtenberg, Amy Bonsor, Vivien Parmentier, James Bryson, Oliver Shorttle, Colin Wilson, Jayne Birkby, Ray Pierrehumbert"


7) Thinkshop 2022: High-Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet Atmospheres and Biomarkers (September 7-9, 2022, Potsdam)

https://meetings.aip.de/event/16/overview

"The AIP aims to bring together the astrophysics community to discuss exoplanet atmospheres in high spectral resolution in its Thinkshop series. We therefore invite scientists to come to Potsdam to discuss the latest techniques for observations, their analysis, and the next-generation instruments in September 2022.

Meeting information:

  • Dates: 07.-09. September 2022
  • Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
  • Mode: primarily in-person, plus a limited number of online attendance slots will be made available
  • Workshop fee: 150 EUR for in-person attendance, including daily food & drink
  • Program: a mix of talks, discussions, hands-on sessions, and haikus to encourage collaboration.

Meeting registration and abstract submission will be opened shortly. The organizers can be contacted by email in the meantime: SOC chair (K. Poppenhaeger, kpoppenhaeger@aip.de), LOC chair (E. Keles, ekeles@aip.de).

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Katja Poppenhaeger (chair), Julián Alvarado-Gómez, Elena Gallo, Silva Järvinen, Laura Kreidberg, Matthias Mallonn, Lorenzo Pino, Heike Rauer

Local Organizing Committee:

Engin Keles (chair), Eliana Amazo-Gómez, Kathrin Böhrs, Thorsten Carroll, Laura Ketzer, Michael Weber and others from the AIP."


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NExSS

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) is a research coordination network whose role is to form a cohesive community of exoplanet researchers that transcends disciplines and funding stovepipes. It is led by teams funded by NASA Research & Analysis Programs from the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Earth Science Divisions that conduct interdisciplinary exoplanet research. NExSS helps lead or facilitate white papers, workshops, conferences, science and communications working groups, and other community activities that support exoplanet research.

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