Ushering in the New Age of Microlensing from Space

21st International Microlensing Conference

February 1-3, 2017 — Pasadena Sheraton, Pasadena, CA

½ Day Microlensing Tutorial

January 31, 2017 — Caltech, Pasadena, CA

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We happily invite the exoplanet community to the 21st International Microlensing Conference entitled "Ushering in the New Age of Microlensing from Space." The field of gravitational microlensing is burgeoning, in particular due to the success of several space-based missions. We will highlight breaking results from K2's Campaign 9 (K2C9), a combined ground- and space-based microlensing survey, as well as progress in Spitzer's program of obtaining "satellite parallaxes." Talks on ground-based surveys and advances in theory will also be featured prominently. Finally, we will have a number of talks on the revolutionary promise of the WFIRST mission for exoplanet science, which was recently approved to enter Phase A. Together these endeavors provide invaluable insight into topics such as the Galactic distribution of exoplanets, the abundance of free-floating planets, and the demographics of cold exoplanets.

The three-day conference will be preceded by a free half-day tutorial on the Caltech campus featuring a series of microlensing talks introducing the mathematical formalism, observational methodology, and recent results of gravitational microlensing searches for exoplanets. Special emphasis will be given to the demographic questions addressed by space satellite programs, including Spitzer, K2C9, and WFIRST. This tutorial is recommended for those new to the field of microlensing and will help set the stage for synthesizing the content of the remainder of the conference. We thus encourage anyone interested in the microlensing technique to join us on the afternoon of January 31, 2017 for this free session, regardless of planned conference attendance.

Confirmed Invited Speakers
  • Christian Clanton (NASA Ames): The Synthesis of Microlensing, Radial Velocity, and Direct Imaging Results: Constraining the Abundance and Demographics of Bound and Unbound Planets
  • Sally Dodson-Robinson (Univ. of Delaware): How Can Microlensing Observations Inform Theories of Planet Formation?
  • Jessica Lu (Berkeley): Finding Free-floating Black Holes with Astrometric Microlensing
  • David Nataf (Johns Hopkins Univ.): The Extinction Curve toward the Bulge and Implications for the WFIRST Microlensing Campaign
  • Leslie Rogers (Univ. of Chicago): Structure, Formation, and Evolution of Low-mass Planets
  • Dun Wang (NYU): K2 Campaign Photometry: Causal Pixel Model
  • Chris Wegg (MPE): Combining Microlensing with Made-to-measure Dynamical Models: The Inner Milky Way Has a Low DM Fraction and Near-Kroupa IMF
Important Dates
  • August 5, 2016: Registration and Abstract Submission Sites Available
  • November 3, 2016: Travel Forecast Closing Date for NASA Attendees (NCTS Number 25666-17)
  • December 1, 2016: Early Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
  • January 6, 2017: Hotel Reservation Deadline at the Pasadena Sheraton
  • January 23, 2017: Late Registration Deadline
  • January 31, 2017: 1/2 day Microlensing Tutorial at Caltech
  • February 1-3, 2017: 21st International Conference on Microlensing at the Pasadena Sheraton with conference dinner at 7 pm on Thursday, February 2.
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Registration and Conference Dinner

  • Early Registration: $300 (until Dec. 1, 2016)
  • Late Registration: $350 (until Jan. 23, 2017)
  • Conference Dinner: $65

The registration fee includes the opening reception on Tuesday evening, coffee breaks and light breakfast during the conference.

The conference dinner will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 2 at Porto Alegre Brazilian Churrascaria. The dinner costs $65 and is not included in the registration fee. Diners will enjoy a large selection of roasted meats carved at your table along with a variety of hot side dishes and a large salad bar. There are plenty of delicious vegetarian options at the side dish and salad buffets. Dinner includes non-alcoholic drinks and a cash bar will be available. Porto Alegre is within easy walking distance of the conference venue, the Pasadena Sheraton.

Click here to register for the ½- day microlensing tutorial at Caltech, the conference, and to purchase the conference dinner.

Conference Venue and Hotel Room Block

The conference will be held at the Pasadena Sheraton located in the heart of Pasadena within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants. We have reserved a sleeping room block at prevailing government rate ($175 for February FY 2017).

Click here to make your hotel reservation by the January 6 deadline.


Scientific Organizing Committee
Local Organizing Committee

Rachel Street, Chair (LCOGT)

Calen Henderson, Chair (JPL)

Rachel Akeson (NExScI)

Geert Barentsen (NASA Ames)

Tom Barclay (NASA Ames)

Sebastiano Calchi Novati (Caltech/IPAC)

Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (IAS)

Ellen O'Leary (NExScI)

David Bennett (GSFC)

Yossi Shvartzvald (JPL)

Valerio Bozza (University of Salerno)

Geoff Bryden (JPL)

Sean Carey (IPAC)

Scott Gaudi (Ohio State)

Andrew Gould (Ohio State)

Matthew Penny (Ohio State)

Takahiro Sumi (University of Osaka)

Motohide Tamura (University of Tokyo)

Andrzej Udalski (Warsaw University)

Jennifer Yee (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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(last updated January 11th, 2017 09:24:37)