Welcome to the Exoplanet Travel Bureau


Applications for travel support are now closed.

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 Friday and Saturday January 3-4, 2020 in Honolulu, HI. We are particularly interested in attendance and presentations by postdocs and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

This year, the ExoPAG 21 conference will include a mini-symposium focusing on exoplanet demographics. 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:

  • Updates to eta_Earth
  • New occurrence rate results from individual detection techniques
  • New occurrence rate results that combine multiple detection techniques
  • Emerging correlations in intra- and inter-planetary system populations

While attendees are encouraged to combine their visit with the AAS 235 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 guidelines prior to applying and submitting their abstract. For questions regarding postdoc and grad student travel support, please contact student-travel@jpl.nasa.gov