2020 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Extreme Precision Radial Velocity

July 20-24, 2020
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

March 13 Update:

The worldwide corona virus situation is changing daily and we wanted to let you know that we are actively considering its effects on the 2020 Sagan Summer Workshop in late July.

We expect to announce a decision by May 20, two months before the workshop, about either holding the workshop as currently planned, holding at least parts of the workshop on-line, or rescheduling the workshop in its entirety. In the meantime, please do not make any workshop-related travel plans.

Due to this uncertainty, we are also holding off making any decisions about financial support awards until then.

Join us in 2020 for the 20th Sagan Summer Workshop! This year we will focus on the technique of Extreme Precision Radial Velocity (EPRV) for finding and characterizing exoplanets. The recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Exoplanet Strategy Report highlighted EPRV as a critical technique for advancing the goal of finding and characterizing potentially habitable Earth analogs. With expected radial velocity signals that are an order of magnitude (or more) smaller than the currently best achieved results, EPRV observations are necessary to measure the masses and orbits of Earth analogs orbiting nearby stars. These nearby planetary systems are expected to be the targets for future planetary direct imaging programs with LUVOIR and HabEx in space, and the Extremely Large Telescopes on the ground. These observatories will also provide detailed spectra that require information on the planet masses in order to determine atmospheric content and the potential for habitability. This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of the PRV technique, a summary of planet demographics from PRV surveys, and an evaluation of the importance of planet masses and orbits to imaging missions and of the challenges in advancing PRV precision by the factor of 10-30 needed to detect terrestrial analogs in orbit around nearby solar type stars.

Attendees will also participate in hands-on group projects and will have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

The workshop presentations will be available for remote attendees via a Zoom meeting. More information on how to join will be posted closer to the workshop date.

We ask all participants to follow this Code of Conduct.

Twitter: #sagan2020

ExoPAG Meeting: Sunday, July 19 at Caltech

The next meeting of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) will be held in the Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech on Sunday, July 19, the day before the summer workshop. The ExoPAG is a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for coordinating input to support NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program objectives for planning, prioritization, and future exploration.

All Sagan workshop attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend the ExoPAG meeting! For more information (agenda, free registration) please visit the ExoPAG site.

Click on the following links for more information and check back for updates!


Registration Link (click to register)

There is no registration fee, however we ask that all attendees register for planning purposes. Likewise, please let us know if your plans change after you register. We have been notified that housing pirates have been contacting registrants. This is a scam! Information about reserving a room in the workshop room block at the Pasadena Hilton can be found on the Local Information page

Participant List (104)

Hands-on Sessions

Travel Support Application (due March 6)

We 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 to follow the guidelines posted below.

If you receive travel support to attend the workshop, we ask that you follow these Travel Guidelines. Supported international attendees can be reimbursed via wire transfer using this Wire Transfer Information Form. Domestic attendees will be reimbursed via check.

Local Information

Important Dates

February 6: Registration and Financial Aid Application Available

March 6: Travel Support applications and recommendation letters due by 5 pm Pacific

March 21: Financial aid decisions emailed to applicants

May 7: Poster/POP submission link available

May 21: NASA attendee forecast deadline

early June: Sign up for lunch with speakers and lunch ordering site available

June 16: Reservation deadline for room block at the Pasadena Hilton

July 9: Registration deadline

Scientific Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Heather Cegla, co-Chair (Geneva Observatory/Univ. of Geneva)

Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Chad Bender, co-Chair (University of Arizona)

Alice Hang (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Ellen O'Leary (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Eric Ford (Pennsylvania State University)

Nancy Solis (Caltech/IPAC)

BJ Fulton (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

Andrew Howard (California Institute of Technology)

Stephanie Leifer (JPL)

Andreas Quirrenbach (University of Heidelberg)

Johanna Teske (Carnegie Observatories)

View presentations from previous summer workshops on the Sagan Exoplanet Workshop YouTube Channel. for questions or to be added to our email list for the 2020 workshop:

(last updated March 25th, 2020 13:34:25)