Welcome to the Exoplanet Travel Bureau


Travel support applications are due no later than 5pm PT May 10, 2019

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 Sunday June 23rd, 2019 in Bellevue WA (immediately preceding AbSciCon 2019).

This year, the ExoPAG 20 meeting will include a science theme focusing on observational, theoretical and synergistic work related to efforts to characterize habitable exoplanets. Travel support is available for up to three postdoc or graduate student participants to present their research at this session. For example, we welcome presentations that address :

  • The occurrence rate of habitable zone terrestrial planets
  • Ground-based observations and instrumentation needed to discover and characterize terrestrial exoplanets
  • Solar system and exoplanet synergies
  • Near-term observing prospects and challenges for habitable zone planets (e.g. JWST and ground-based)
  • Future use of, and synergies between, ground- and space-based observing resources
  • The interdisciplinary research needed to support interpretation of data on terrestrial exoplanets
  • Other relevant areas of nearby exoplanetary system(s) research

While attendees are encouraged to combine their visit with the AbSciCon 2019 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 (NExScI) and Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS)

The ExoPAG recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in producing the most innovative and impactful science. We especially encourage graduate students and postdocs from underrepresented backgrounds in science to apply for this travel support to present their research at the ExoPAG 20 meeting.

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 guidelines prior to applying and submitting their abstract. For questions regarding postdoc and grad student travel support, please contact student-travel@jpl.nasa.gov