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SEEC Symposium: Pathways to Characterizing Non-Transiting Planets

April 15 – 19, 2024
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt Maryland, USA

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Hosted by GSFC Sellers' Exoplanet Environments Collaboration and University of Maryland College Park Department of Astronomy

Recent exoplanet surveys from the ground have discovered myriad nearby systems that are non-transiting. Currently, the number of known non-transiting systems dominate by a factor of two compared to transiting ones within 20 pc, and by a factor of 9x within 10 pc. It is expected that the number of detected non-transiting planets will continue to grow in the coming years with more high-precision radial velocity surveys, next-generation direct imaging capabilities, Gaia astrometry, and the launch of flagship space missions like the Roman Space Telescope. This interdisciplinary symposium will focus on exploring pathways to characterize non-transiting planets - in particular, the regions of planetary parameter space that are not well represented in transiting planet characterization studies. The goal will be to engage communities working with ground- and space-based observational methods as well as contextualizing theoretical models to prepare for the characterization of these planets in the next decade.

Focus Topics:

  • Observations of Nearby Non-Transiting Planets: Phase Curves, Radial Velocity, Astrometry, Direct Imaging
  • Demographics of Non-Transiting Planet Population: Microlensing, Radial Velocity, Astrometry
  • Characterization: Planetary Parameters, Atmospheres, and System Architectures Using Space-based
    and Ground-based Approaches
  • Theory and Modeling of Non-Transiting Planets
  • Science Priorities, Technology Gaps, Instruments and Missions

Due to space limitations, the symposium attendance will be limited to 160 attendees.

This symposium is a hybrid meeting. Remote participation is available.

List of invited speakers:

  • Melodie Kao (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Jennifer Burt (JPL)
  • Przemek Mroz (University of Warsaw)
  • Rachel Fernandes (Penn State)
  • Mary Anne Limbach (U. Michigan)
  • Brittany Miles (U. Arizona)
  • Tyler Robinson (U. Arizona)
  • Sarah Millholland (MIT)
  • Yuka Fujii (NAO, Japan)
  • Eduardo Bendek (NASA Ames)
  • Mercedes Lopez-Morales (CFA, Harvard)

 

A PDF of the schedule is available here.

Monday April 15, 2024
Observations

8am-9:30am

NASA Badging, registration
9:30am-10:00

Welcome comments/
Logistics
10:00-10:30

Invited Talk - Jennifer Burt (JPL)
10:30-10:45

Ritvik Basant
10:45-11:00

Shweta Dalal
11:00-11:15

Emily Rickman
11:15-11:45

Flash Talks

(∼15 min buffer)
12:00 - 2:00

Lunch
2:00-2:30

Invited speaker - Ty Robinson (UArizona)
2:30 - 2:45

Susan E. Mullally
2:45 - 3:00

William Balmer
3:00 - 3:15

ZJ Zhang
3:15 - 3:45

Coffee Break
3:45-4:00

Coffee Break
4:00 - 4:15

Elena Manjavacas
4:15 - 4:30

Kevin Stevenson
4:30 - 4:45

Kim Bott
4:45 - 5:00

(∼15 min buffer)

Tuesday April 16, 2024
Demographics and Characterization I

8am-9:00

Buses to Goddard
9:00 -9:30

Invited speaker - Melodie Kao (UCSC)
9:30-9:45

Ranc
9:45-10:00

Lastovka
10:00-10:15

Vandorou
10:15-10:30

Coffee Break
10:30-10:45

Schlieder
10:45 - 11:00

Bennett
11:00-11:15

Bhattacharya
11:15 - 11:45

Invited - Fernandes (Penn State)
11:45 - 12:00

Wilson
12:00 - 12:15

Ealy
12:15 - 12:30

Weinberger
12:30 - 1:30

Lunch
1:30 - 3:00

Tour of Goddard
3:00 - 3:15

Schlaufman
3:15 - 3:30

Thorngren
3:30 - 3:45

Oliveros-Gomez
3:45 - 4:15

Invited speaker - Brittany Miles (UArizona)
4:15 - 4:30

Bogat
4:30 - 4:45

Malin
4:45 - 5:00

Monnier
   

6:00pm: Conference Banquet, The Hotel at UMD

Wednesday April 17, 2024
Demographics and Characterization II

8am-9:00

Buses to Goddard
9:00 -9:30

Invited - Sarah Millholland (MIT)
9:30-9:45

Kane
9:45-10:00

Debes
10:00-10:15

Ranshaw
10:15-10:30

Daspute
10:30-10:45

Young
10:45 - 11:00

Mayorga
11:00-12:00

EMAC/
community needs
12:00 - 5:00

Bagged lunch
D.C. tour
   

Thursday April 18, 2024
Characterization/Theory and modeling

8am-9:00

Buses to Goddard
9:00 -9:30

Invited speaker - Mary Anne Limbach (UMich)
9:30-9:45

Johnson
9:45-10:00

Venkatesan
10:00-10:15

Crouse
10:15-10:30

Coffee Break
10:30-10:45

Beltz
10:45 - 11:00

Soni
11:00-11:15

Adams
11:15 - 11:45

Invited speaker - Przemek Mroz (Warsaw)
11:45 - 12:00

Arney
12:00 - 12:15

Kelkar
12:15 - 12:30

Morgan
12:30 - 2:00

Lunch
2:00 - 2:15

Alei
2:15 - 2:30

Kofman
2:30 - 2:45

Salvador
2:45 - 3:15

Invited speaker - Yuka Fujii (NAO, Japan)
3:15 - 3:30

Ansdell
3:30 - 4:00

Coffee Break
4:00 - 4:15

Plavchan
4:15 - 4:30

Tuchow
4:30 - 4:45

Free time
4:45 - 5:00

Free time

Friday April 19, 2024
Science Priorities, Technology Gaps, Instruments, Missions

8am-9:00

Buses to Goddard
9:00 -9:30

Invited speaker - Eduardo Bendek
9:30-9:50

Dressing
9:50-10:20

Angerhausen
10:20-10:40

Coffee Break
10:40-11:00

Mandell
11:00-11:20

Singh
11:20 - 11:40

Girard
11:40-12:00

MacGregor
12:00

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Code of Conduct:

The organizers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, being differently abled, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. Participants are expected to help create an environment at the meeting and all associated activities that is professional, inclusive, and in which everyone is treated with respect. Please follow these guidelines:

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This code of conduct is based on the "London Code of Conduct", as originally designed for the conference "Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology", held in London in July 2015. The London Code of Conduct was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry (http://software-carpentry.org/conduct.html), which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse. To help track people’s improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at https://github.com/apontzen/london_cc.

SOC Chairs: Ravi Kopparapu (NASA GSFC), Elisa Quintana (NASA GSFC), Tad Komacek (U. Maryland)

SOC: Daniel Angerhausen (ETH Zurich, LIFE), Jessie Christiansen (IPAC), Matthew Penny (LSU), Sukrit Ranjan (Arizona), Leslie Rogers (UChicago), Rob Zellem (NASA-JPL)

LOC Chairs: Prabal Saxena (NASA GSFC), Erika Kohler (NASA GSFC), Allison Youngblood (NASA GSFC), Aaliyah Kerr (GSFC/SURA)

LOC: Caleb Cañas (NASA GSFC), Achref Dhahbi (NASA GSFC), Vincent Kofman (NASA GSFC), Natasha Latouf (NASA GSFC), Dana Louie (NASA GSFC), Noah Tuchow (NASA GSFC), Nicole Wallack (Carnegie Earth & Planets Laboratory), Robert Washington (Howard University)

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