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2013 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Imaging Planets and Disks

July 29 - August 2, 2013

Beckman Institute Auditorium

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Hosted by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute

We regret to announce that the 2013 Workshop has been cancelled.
Please see the full statement here.

image credit: W. M. Keck Observatory

2012 Summer Workshop Attendees

The 2013 workshop will explore current techniques and technology used to detect and image exoplanets and debris disks, as well as the underlying science driving the modeling of exoplanetary atmospheres and disk structure. A number of ground-based surveys are presently underway using advanced coronagraphs and Extreme Adaptive Optics on 5-10 m telescopes, while new algorithms are being used to dig deeper in space-based datasets. Leaders in the field will summarize the current state of the art in science, hardware, and software. Prospects for future space instruments will also be discussed. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises to gain experience working with imaging data and astrophysical models. Attendees will also have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

Click on the following for more information:
Agenda Hands-on Sessions Registration
Financial Support Local Information Talk Submission Info
Participants Important Dates Organizing Committees


Click here for the preliminary workshop agenda.

The POP schedule will be published by mid-July.

Hands-on Sessions

The hands on sessions will be on the following topics:

  • Classical PSF Subtraction in Space Imaging
  • LOCI
  • Principal Component Analysis Technique
  • Building a Coronagraph

Check back for more information!


Click here to register.

Registration Fee includes:

  • Opening reception
  • Conference attendance and materials
  • Transportation between the hotels and Caltech on workshop dates
  • Light breakfast each day of the workshop
  • Box lunches on Monday and Friday (and Wednesday for tour participants only)
  • Light snacks and drinks during morning and afternoon breaks each day of the workshop
  • 1 ticket to visit the California Science Center on Wednesday afternoon (extra tickets available for purchase)
  • 1 ticket to attend workshop dinner on Thursday (extra tickets available for purchase)

Financial Support - applications are due March 1, 2013

Attendees may apply for limited financial support to attend the workshop through this on-line application. The application is due March 1, 2013 and decisions will be announced by March 25, 2013 via email. If you are awarded travel and/or lodging support for the workshop, you must abide by all rules in the travel guidelines and stay in the room block at the Pasadena Sheraton.

Local Information

Click here for useful information on the workshop venue, workshop hotels, workshop events and useful maps. (Read this page to make your workshop week easier!)

POP/Poster/Talk Submission Link now available

June 28, 2013: deadline for POP and poster abstract submissions by workshop attendees.

July 19, 2013: deadline for talk submissions by workshop speakers.

Workshop speakers and registered attendees may submit their presentations online starting on April 1. Workshop attendees may submit two kinds of presentations: POPs and posters, with each submitted separately through the Talk Submission website (available April 1). You may submit a POP and a poster abstract on the same topic or on different topics. Both are intended to spark discussion during the week and to foster collaborations beyond the workshop.

Research POPs are short (2 minute) presentations. POP slides (maximum of 2 PDF format slides) should be submitted through the online link. The POP schedule will be published roughly two weeks before the workshop.

Posters will be on display during the week on walls adjacent to the workshop venue. There will not be a dedicated poster session, however there will be time for discussion during the breaks and lunches. Posters should be no more than 40 inches wide x 36 inches high.

Due to space limitations, both in the agenda and on the walls, there is a limit to the number of POPs and posters that we can accept. First come, first served!

Important Dates

  • December 2012: First announcement
  • February 1, 2013: On-line Registration and Financial Support application period open
  • March 1, 2013: Financial Support application due
  • March 25, 2013: Financial Support decisions announced via email
  • April 1, 2013: POP/Poster/Talk submission period open
  • May 31, 2013: Early Registration Fee deadline
  • June 28, 2013: POP/Poster Submission deadline
  • July 12, 2013: On-line Registration closed; final agenda posted
  • July 12, 2013: Deadline for hotel reservations in room block at the Pasadena Sheraton
  • July 19, 2013: Talk Submission by workshop speakers deadline
  • July 28, 2013: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop Opening Reception
  • July 29-August 2, 2013: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Scientific Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Chas Beichman (NExScI)

Dawn Gelino (NExScI)

Fritz Benedict (Univ. of Texas)

Carolyn Brinkworth (NExScI)

Carolyn Brinkworth (NExScI)

Kathy Golden (NExScI)

Jonathan Fortney (UC Santa Cruz)

Irene Loera (NExScI)

Dawn Gelino (NExScI)

Ellen O'Leary (NExScI)

Lynne Hillenbrand (Caltech)

Renee Newman (IPAC)

Peter Lawson (JPL)

Bruce Macintosh (LLNL)

Ben Oppenheimer (AMNH)

Karl Stapelfeldt (NASA GSFC)

Alycia Weinberger (DTM CIW)

Click here for information and presentations from previous summer workshops.


(last updated February 1, 2013)