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)

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View presentations from 2019 and from previous summer workshops on the Sagan Exoplanet Workshop YouTube Channel.

Presentations from this year's workshop, including the posters, are linked to the presentation titles on the agenda page

You can attend the workshop remotely via Zoom. Click this link to join the Zoom meeting each day using the password "astrobio". The meeting ID is 880 179 074

If you want to join via telephone rather than using your computer audio, you can find your local number here:

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:
Agenda (presentations linked to titles)
Participants (updated as people register)
Local Information (including venues and maps)
Presentation Information and Submission
Purchase Coffee, Lunches, Workshop Dinner/Sign up for Lunch with Speakers
Hands On Sessions and Resources
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
  • Presentation Information and Online Submission Site

    Workshop attendees may submit two kinds of presentations: POPs and posters, with each submitted separately through the Presentation Submission site. The submission deadline is June 28. Attendees typically submit both a poster and a POP presentation but this is not required. We do require all attendees receiving travel support to submit 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.

    Purchase Coffee, Lunches, Workshop Dinner/Sign up for Lunch with Speakers ( online link to order by the July 8 deadline)

    Due to NASA regulations, we are not able to provide any free food as part of this workshop. However, you can purchase food ahead of time if you wish using this link. There are also other options for purchasing food at Caltech and near campus.

    Coffee: $20 for the week

    This will cover the cost of coffee at the morning break (not before the workshop) and water, lemonade, and granola bars at the afternoon breaks, including the poster sessions. These will be served in Dabney Hall, the location of the poster sessions, across from Baxter (see map). Note that coffee, or drinks of any kind, are NOT allowed in Baxter Lecture Hall.

    Lunches: $15 each

    In order to facilitate networking lunches, attendees have the option of pre-purchasing box lunches. These will be delivered to the workshop location. Attendees can also sign-up to have lunch with the speakers through this link. If you order a box lunch, it will be delivered to Dabney Hall. The lunch with speakers will take place in the Dabney Gardens.

    Lunch with Speakers Signup

    Our speakers will have lunch with up to 10 attendees on each day of the workshop. You may sign up for as many days as you'd like.

    Dinner: $37 per person

    We will have a workshop dinner at Eden Garden Bar & Grill on Tuesday evening, July 16. Mediterranean food will be served family style on a tented patio and will include appetizers (with vegetarian and vegan options), chicken and beef kabobs, rice pilaf, and sauteed vegetables. Soft drinks, tea, and coffee are included. Alcoholic beverages are not included but may be purchased separately.

    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
    • May 16: Deadline for NASA and JPL Employees to Forecast Attendance (do this even if you're not sure you'll be attending!)
    • early June: Food ordering site and lunch with speakers sign-up open
    • June 13: Hotel Reservation Deadline for workshop hotels (Pasadena Hilton and Hotel Constance; see Local Information)
    • 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)

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    (last updated February 21st, 2020 09:28:16)