Scientific Program

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The most important things that can happen at a workshop are discussions leading to new research and collaboration, and to new minds entering the field from a variety of scientific backgrounds.  Our broad range of topics will bring together a wide range of researchers, none of whom are experts in all the topics.  Students may not yet be experts in any.

To promote interaction and broad discussion, we have adopted a format styled loosely after a popular series of research conferences.  Sessions include invited introductory reviews in which non-experts can learn enough to follow the research talks and posters in the session.  Significant discussion time is built into the schedule and need not be restricted to the immediate topic of the preceeding talk.

See the actual session schedule.

Typical session schedule

Time Description
60 Introductory review.

An advanced-grad-level lecture by a recognized expert introducing the session.
These overview talks will make the session accessible to graduate students and
researchers from other areas, and stimulate interdisciplinary discussion.  Speakers
will prepare 45 minutes of material and intersperse 15 minutes of discussion.

15 Poster lightning talks.
Each poster is a projected slide, which runs on a 60-second
timer. When you see your poster, stand and talk for one minute,
sit when it changes. 2 seconds of applause between posters.
It’s a great spectator sport!
15 Break in poster room.
90 Invited talks on topic, including reviews and research results.  Most talks will be
20-30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for questions and general discussion.


Wednesday – AM

Exoplanet Discovery and Missions

Chair: Andrew Collier Cameron, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

School: Anatomy of a successful search program

Suggested Contribution Topics:

  • Transit, radial velocity, microlensing, imaging searches
  • Kepler, CoRoT, EPOXI, MOST

Downloadable Materials

Wednesday – PM1

Measurements of Exoplanets

Chair: Drake Deming, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

School: Planning measurement and analysis of exoplanets

Suggested Contribution Topics:

  • Indirect – RV, astrometry, microlensing
  • Combined-light – transits, eclipses, phase curves, spectra
  • Resolved imaging – photometry and spectroscopy


Wednesday – PM2

What is a Planet?

Special talk by Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute

Thursday – AM

Atmospheres and Interiors of Exoplanets

Chair: Adam Showman, University of Arizona

School: Hot planets meet cool theory

Suggested Contribution Topics:

  • Thermal evolution
  • Precipitates, absorbers, inversions, radiation
  • Atmospheric dynamics


Thursday – PM1

Surfaces, Oceans, and Life

Chair: Eric Gaidos, University of Hawaii

School: Physics of Terrestrial Planets

Suggested Contribution Topics:

  • Observable biosignatures
  • Theory of terrestrial planets unlike Earth:
    hot, diamond, ocean, and super Earths

Downloadable Materials

Thursday – PM2

What You Need to Know About Stars to Study Exoplanets

Chair: Jeff Valenti, Space Telescope Science Institute

School: Stars are not blackbodies (and why that matters for exoplanets)

Suggested Contribution Topics:

  • Impact on planetary spectra
  • Photometric variability, flares
  • Surface jitter and RV

Downloadable Materials

Friday – AM


Chair: Renu Malhotra, University of Arizona

School: Basics of disks and migration theory

Suggested ContributionTopics:

  • Disks, planet formation, migration
  • Orbital dynamics of mature systems

Downloadable Materials