2017 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

MOA-ip-10; Art by Jon Lomberg/MOA

Microlensing in the Era of WFIRST

August 7-11, 2017
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

The 2017 Sagan Summer Workshop will focus on searching for planets with WFIRST microlensing. Leaders in the field will discuss the importance of microlensing to understanding planetary populations and demographics, especially beyond the snow line. They will review the microlensing method, both in the context of current capabilities and the future WFIRST microlensing survey. In addition, speakers will address the broad potential of the WFIRST's Wide Field Imaging microlensing survey for (non-microlensing) science in the galactic bulge. Attendees will participate in hands-on group projects related to the WFIRST microlensing planet survey and will have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

Sept. 2017 Updates:

Conceptual Themes for the 2017 Sagan Summer Workshop
Microlensing Source is a resource center for all aspects of gravitational microlensing. It aims to make microlensing more accessible for anyone with an interest in the subject, including students considering a career in the field, citizen scientists and those looking for a ready reference.

Class of 2017 - Sagan Summer Workshop

Topics to be covered include:

  • Microlensing Science: Current and Future
  • An Introduction to the Theory of Microlensing
  • Fitting Microlensing Light Curves
  • The K2/C9 and Spitzer Microlens Parallax Campaigns
  • The WFIRST Microlensing Survey
  • Planet Populations Beyond the Snow Line: Formation and Demographics
  • Galactic Science with Wide Field imaging Data in the Galactic Bulge, including microlensing and Galactic Structure
  • Finding Exotic Massive Objects with Microlensing

  • Check back often as we update the following information:
    POPs and Posters
    Hands On Sessions
    Local Information
    Registration and Financial Support

    Quick Links
    POP/Poster/Talk Submission (submission deadline is July 21)

    Workshop attendees may submit two kinds of presentations: POPs and posters, with each submitted separately through the Presentation Submission site. Typically attendees 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. POP slides (maximum of 2 PDF format slides) should be submitted here. The POP schedule will be published near the end of July.

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

    Lunches and Workshop Dinner (purchase deadline is July 21)
    Box Lunches

    In order to facilitate networking lunches, attendees may pre-purchase box lunches for $12 here.

    Workshop Dinner: Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm

    On Wednesday evening, we will gather for a workshop dinner at El Cholo restaurant (260 E. Colorado Blvd., #203) in the Paseo Colorado shopping center, a short walk from the Pasadena Sheraton, the workshop hotel. The cost for the dinner is $36 and tickets can be purchased here. Diners will enjoy an al fresco buffet of Mexican food including taquitos, enchiladas, and fajitas, with vegetarian options available. Dinner includes non-alcoholic drinks and a cash bar will be available.

    Registration and Financial Support Application

    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

    The period to request financial support is now closed. 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 the Pasadena Sheraton, the workshop hotel.

    Important Dates
    • January 27: On-line Registration available and Financial Support application period open
    • January 31: Deadline for NASA and JPL Employees to Forecast Attendance (do this even if you're not sure you'll be attending!)
    • February 24: Financial Support application due
    • March 10: Financial Support decisions announced via email
    • May 26: POP/Poster/Talk submission link available
    • July 21: On-line Registration closed and deadline to purchase lunches and Wednesday dinner and to submit presentations
    • July 28: Final agenda posted
    • August 7-11: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Local Organizing Committee

    Jennifer Yee, Chair (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

    Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Etienne Bachelet (LCO)

    Wanetta Lockhart (Caltech/IPAC)

    Jean Philippe Beaulieu (IAP)

    ME McElveney (IPAC)

    Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Helene Mannings (Caltech/IPAC)

    David Bennett (GSFC)

    Ellen O'Leary (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Alan Boss (Carnegie DTM)

    Roberta Paladini (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Sebastiano Calchi Novati (Caltech/IPAC)

    Dorothy Stevens (IPAC)

    Scott Gaudi (The Ohio State University)

    Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Calen Henderson (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Roberta Paladini (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Matthew Penny (The Ohio State University)

    Kailash Sahu (STScI)

    Rachel Street (LCO)

    2016 Sagan Summer Workshop Attendees

    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 October 12th, 2017 14:06:59)