2019 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Astrobiology for Astronomers

July 15-19, 2019
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
Baxter Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
(see this map for the workshop locations)

View presentations from previous summer workshops on the Sagan Exoplanet Workshop YouTube Channel

The 2019 Sagan Summer Workshop will focus on astrobiology. It will feature introductions on the formation of Earth and terrestrial planets, their evolution over time, current geochemical cycles on Earth, and the emergence of life on Earth. Our knowledge of Exo-Earths will be reviewed, including demographics, composition, atmospheric signatures, and comparison with Earth. Detection of biosignatures, with an emphasis on false positives and false negatives, will also be discussed. Attendees will participate in hands-on group projects related to astrobiology and will have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

NASA attendees must forecast their attendance by the May 16 deadline.

We ask all participants to follow this Code of Conduct.

Check back often as we update the following information:
Application for Travel Support
Participants (updated as people register)
Local Information
Important Dates

Registration (click to register)

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.

NASA attendees must forecast their attendance by the May 16 deadline.

Application for Travel Support (closed)

Pending NASA support, we expect to have limited funding to cover local expenses (hotel, per diem), however we are not able to offer any airfare support. Each application must be accompanied by an advisor's letter of support. Attendees who are awarded lodging support will be asked stay at the workshop hotel, the Pasadena Hilton.

If you receive travel support to attend the workshop, we ask that you follow these travel guidelines:

  • Wire Transfer Information Form for international reimbursements
  • 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 attendees who receive travel support 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 intended to serve as an advertisement for a poster presentation.

    Each poster will have a 4' x 4' (1.2 m x 1.2 m) area for display. All posters will be up all week and there will be two poster sessions during the afternoon breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday with half the authors staffing their poster on each day.

    Important Dates
    • February 5: On-line Registration available and Application for Travel Support period open
    • March 6: Application for Travel Support and Recommendation Letters due
    • March 21 (delayed until March 25): Travel Support decisions announced via email
    • May 9: POP/Poster/Talk submission link available and Food Ordering site open
    • May 16: Deadline for NASA and JPL Employees to Forecast Attendance (do this even if you're not sure you'll be attending!)
    • June 13: Hotel Reservation Deadline for workshop hotel
    • June 28: Deadline to submit POP and poster presentations
    • July 5: Final agenda posted with POP schedule
    • July 15-19: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Local Organizing Committee

    Steve Desch, Chair (ASU)

    Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Alice Hang (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Paul Falkowski (Rutgers)

    Ellen O'Leary (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Dawn Gelino (IPAC/NExScI)

    Stephen Kane (UC Riverside)

    Niki Parenteau (NASA Ames)

    Aki Roberge (NASA GSFC)

    David Stevenson (Caltech)

    Click here for information and presentations from previous summer workshops.

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    (last updated April 18th, 2019 13:18:09)