Know Thy Star - Know Thy Planet

Assessing the Impact of Stellar Characterization on Our Understanding of Exoplanets

October 9-12, 2017 — California Ballroom, Hilton Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

This meeting will gather experts in the field to understand community needs for follow-up observations in the era of K2 and TESS and leading into JWST, PLATO, and WFIRST.

This four-day meeting will focus on the needs for stellar characterization, bound (and unbound) companions, false positive assessment, and planetary characterization with an emphasis on the techniques necessary to accomplish these goals. The follow-up needs for radial velocity, transit, direct imaging, and microlensing detections of planets are similar but also different in detail.


Posters can be put up starting at 7:30 am on Monday, Oct. 9 in the Pasadena room at the Hilton (adjacent to the meeting room, the California Ballroom). Posters should be no larger than 122 cm tall x 111 cm wide.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Martin Asplund (ANU)

Phil Muirhead (Boston University)

David Ciardi (Caltech/IPAC)

Ilaria Pascucci (University of Arizona)

Heather Cegla (University of Geneva)

Erik Petigura (Caltech)

Courtney Dressing (Caltech)

Josh Pepper (Lehigh University)

Elliott Horch (Southern Connecticut State University)

Alessandro Sozzetti (INAF-Torino)

Daniel Huber (University of Hawaii)

Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory)

Paul Kalas (UC Berkeley)

Sharon Wang (Carnegie Institution of Washington)

Heather Knutson (Caltech)

Angie Wolfgang (Penn State University)

Registration, Abstract Submission, Social Events

Registration and social events ticket purchasing are now closed.

There is no registration fee for this conference. Contributions for talks and posters are invited and can be submitted through the registration portal.

Tickets for two social events during the conference can be purchased through the registration portal. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Oct. 2.

  • Opening reception on Sunday evening, Oct. 8 from 6-8 pm at El Cholo restaurant $25
  • Greet your colleagues over appetizers and drinks before the start of the conference. The price includes a buffet of Mexican appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks; a cash bar will be available. El Cholo is within easy walking distance of the conference venue, the Pasadena Hilton.
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday evening, Oct. 11, 7 pm, at Porto Alegre Brazilian Churrascaria $70
  • 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 Hilton.

Cancellation policy: cancellations for the social events can be made up until the Oct. 2 deadline for a $5 fee per event.

Conference Venue and Parking

The conference will be held at the Hilton Pasadena, located in the heart of Pasadena within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

Street parking arond the Hilton is quite restricted although free parking can be found several blocks south, below California Blvd. Parking at the hotel is available as follows:

  • Overnight valet parking with in/out privileges: $11/day
  • Daily self parking with in/out privileges: $10/day

Hotel Room Block (reservation deadline Sept. 14)

We have reserved a sleeping room block at prevailing government rate ($158++ including wifi). The room block code is CIOT10.

Click here to make your reservation by the September 14 deadline.

Important Note About Coffee

We apologize ahead of time but NASA conference rules prohibit us from providing coffee or food for conference attendees. However, there is a Starbucks in the Hilton lobby and many other caffeine options nearby.

Important Dates
  • April 28, 2017: Registration and Abstract Submission Sites Available
  • July 28, 2017: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • September 14, 2017: Registration Deadline and Hotel Reservation Deadline for Conference Room Block at the Hilton Pasadena
  • October 2, 2017: Deadline to purchase tickets for conference social events
  • October 8, 2017: Opening reception at El Cholo Restaurant (ticket required; purchase through registration site)
  • October 11, 2017: Conference dinner at Porto Alegre Brazilian Churrascaria (ticket required; purchase through registration site)
  • October 9-12, 2017: Know Thy Star - Know Thy Planet Conference at the Hilton Pasadena

Scientific Organizing Committee

Chas Beichman (Caltech-NExScI)

Steve Howell (NASA Ames)

David Ciardi, Chair (Caltech-NExScI)

Dave Latham (CfA)

Magali Deleuil (LAM)

Eric Mamajek (JPL)

Calen Henderson (JPL)

Savita Mathur (SSI)

Andrew Howard (Caltech)

Dave Soderblom (STScI)

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(last updated October 3rd, 2017 09:42:34)