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Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary habitability, is pleased to announce a five-day workshop on "Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop" from Nov 13-17, 2017 in Laramie, WY. The field of exoplanets is currently at the cusp of a watershed moment in finding life on other worlds, propelled by the discoveries of habitable zone terrestrial planets in both ground and space-based surveys, and the potential for future telescopes to characterize the atmospheres of some of these rocky planets. Preparing for such a singular moment needs a diverse community, including Earth scientists, heliophysicists, planetary scientists, and astrophysicists.

Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding bio-signature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

  1. What are the properties of habitable planets?
  2. What would they look like?
  3. How do you find them?
  4. How do they form and what are their histories?

The workshop will span five days, with plenary talks in the mornings, breakout groups for in-depth discussions in the evenings, and ample space and time for posters. Breakout groups will provide a brief summary of their discussions on the last day of the meeting. We welcome suggestions from the community the topics to be discussed in the breakout discussions.

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Hannah Jang-Condell, Chair

Rebekah Dawson Shawn Domagal-Goldman
Tony Del Genio Dawn Gelino
Eric Ford Dave Brain
Stephen Kane Meredith Elrod
Jeremy Kasdin Daniel Jontof-Hutter
Kaitlin Kratter Serena Kim
Victoria Meadows Ravi Kopparapu
Didier Queloz Maggie Turnbull
Aki Roberge  
Leslie Rogers  
Evgenya Shkolnik  
Alycia Weinberger  
Robin Wordsworth  
Karl Stapelfeldt  
Ilaria Pascucci  
Fred Ciesla  


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