2018 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Did I Really Just Find an Exoplanet?

July 23-27, 2018
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

The 2018 Sagan Summer Workshop will gather leaders in the field to focus on follow-up work to validate and characterize exoplanet discoveries. The follow-up needs for direct imaging, astrometry, and microlensing, radial velocity and transit detections of planets are similar but differ in the details. These differences will be discussed and explored covering what each method can detect and the shortcomings of each, with particular focus on the transit and radial velocity techniques. Attendees will participate in hands-on group projects applying tools to real data in order to validate planets. They will have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

The Sagan Summer Workshops are aimed at graduate and post doctoral level students, however anyone who is interested in learning more about the field is welcome to attend.

NASA attendees must forecast their attendance by the Feb. 23 deadline.

K2 light curve of Trappist-1 (Luger et al. 2017)

2016 Sagan Summer Workshop Attendees

Topics to be covered include:

  • Transit Photometry
  • Follow-up Observations of Transit Candidates
  • Radial Velocity Surveys
  • Understanding Host Stars
  • Planetary Characterization Observations
  • Microlensing
  • Finding Planets with Direct Imaging
  • Astrometry

  • Check back often as we update the following information:
    Registration and Financial Support Application (available in early Februrary 2018)
    POPs and Posters
    Hands On Sessions
    Local Information

    Registration and Financial Support Application (available Feb. 6 & due March 16)

    There is no registration fee, however we ask that all attendees let us know if you plan to attend. Likewise, if you have registered and your plans change, please let us know.

    If we are supporting some of your travel to the workshop, we ask you to follow these guidelines for Attendees or Speakers

    We have limited funding to cover local expenses (hotel, per diem), however we are not able to offer any airfare support. Successful applicants must following the Travel Guidelines for Attendees. Each application must be accompanied by an advisor's letter of support showing financial need (submitted through this online link). Attendees who are awarded lodging support will be asked stay at one of the workshop hotels, the Pasadena Hilton or the Dusit.

    NASA attendees must forecast their attendance by the Feb. 23 deadline.

    POP/Poster/Talk Submission (available in mid-April)

    Workshop attendees may submit two kinds of presentations: POPs and posters, with each submitted separately through the Presentation Submission site (available in late April). Attendees typically submit both a poster and a POP presentation but this is not required. We do require all financially supported attendees to make a POP and/or poster presentation as well as to participate in the hands-on sessions. Both are intended to spark discussion during the week and to foster collaborations beyond the workshop. Due to space limitations, the number of POPs and posters that we can accept is limited. First come, first served!

    Research POPs are short (2 minute) presentations. The POP schedule will be published in early July.

    Each poster will have a 4' x 4' (1.2 m x 1.2 m) area for display.

    Lunches and Workshop Dinner Ordering (available in mid-April)
    Box Lunches

    In order to facilitate networking lunches, attendees may pre-purchase box lunches. Attendees can also participate in lunch with the speakers; sign ups for these will be sent closer to the workshop date.

    Workshop Dinner: Wednesday, July 25

    Plans and the price for the workshop dinner, on Wednesday July 25, will be available in March.

    Important Dates
    • February 5: On-line Registration available and Financial Support application period open
    • February 23: Deadline for NASA and JPL Employees to Forecast Attendance (do this even if you're not sure you'll be attending!)
    • March 2: Financial Support application due
    • March 16: Financial Support decisions announced via email
    • April 16: POP/Poster/Talk submission link available and Food Ordering site open
    • June 22: Hotel Reservation Deadline for both workshop hotels
    • July 6: Deadline to submit POP and poster presentations
    • July 13: Final agenda posted with POP schedule; deadline for food purchases
    • July 23-27: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Local Organizing Committee

    Ian Crossfield, Chair (MIT)

    Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Alice Hang (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Fritz Benedict (UT Austin)

    ME McElveney (Caltech/IPAC)

    Cullen Blake (U Penn)

    Ellen O'Leary (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    David Ciardi (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley)

    Eric Ford (Penn State)

    Rebecca Oppenheimer (AMNH)

    See the Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop YouTube Channel for videos of presentations since 2014.

    Click here for information and presentations from previous summer workshops.

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    (last updated January 16th, 2018 09:01:00)