Welcome to the Exoplanet Travel Bureau


Travel support applications are closed as of November 1st, 2018

NASA's Exoplanet Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) and NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office invites all postdocs and graduate students interested in the intersection of exoplanets and space-based astronomy to attend the ExoPAG meeting on Saturday and Sunday January 5-6, 2019 in Seattle WA.

This year, the ExoPAG 19 conference will include a mini-symposium focusing on observational or theoretical work related to efforts to characterize the population distribution and characteristics of the very nearest planetary systems to our own. Postdocs and graduate students are invited to present their research at this session, and travel support is available for up to three participants. For example, we welcome presentations that address:

  • Ground- and space-based transit studies and surveys
  • Ground- and space-based astrometric studies
  • Precision radial velocity techniques and results
  • Direct imaging of exoplanets and disks
  • Future synergistic use of ground- and space-based observing resources
  • Other relevant areas of nearby exoplanetary system(s) research

While attendees are encouraged to combine their visit with the AAS 233 meeting, ExoPAG talks should be tailored to address NASA’s exoplanet program, including Kepler/K2, TESS, JWST, WFIRST, as well as other missions; NASA’s exoplanet ground support efforts such as Keck, LBTI, IRTF, and NN-Explore; mission concept studies such as OST, LUVOIR, HabEx and Lynx; and general data archiving, follow-up organization, and tool development related to exoplanet research and missions at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.

As the ultimate users of future NASA facilities, postdocs and graduate students 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.

Postdocs and graduate students should read the guidlelines prior to applying and submitting their abstract. For questions regarding postdoc and grad student travel support, please contact student-travel@jpl.nasa.gov