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Habitable Worlds 2017: Breakout Sessions

Each afternoon will feature multiple breakout sessions devoted to interdisciplinary discussion. Breakout sessions can include a limited number of talks but will typically emphasize discussion over lectures. We expect to allot 3 hours for each break-out session. Organizers should also plan to present a short (~10 min) summary of their session on Friday morning of the meeting.

Submit an abstract for a break out session as you would for a talk or a poster. The submitter is responsible for organizing the breakout session. We encourage submissions from groups of interdisciplinary collaborators.

The format for a breakout session is flexible, but we present the following example as inspiration:

Terrestrial planet formation

1:00p Panel 1: an Earth geologist, Solar System planetary scientist, and exoplanet astronomer each briefly describe the pressing questions in their subfield.
1:20p Questions for the panelists and audience discussion; some discussion-sparking questions have been developed in advance by the session organizer
1:40p Panel 2: three graduate students doing research in this area each give a short presentation on their results
2:00p Questions for the panelists and audience discussion
2:20p Audience breaks into discipline-homogeneous groups to brainstorm wish lists of what sort of measurements or theoretical developments they want from other disciplines.
2:40p Discussion of wish lists
3:00p Audience breaks into discipline-heterogeneous groups to brainstorm interdisciplinary research directions
3:30p Discussion of interdisciplinary research directions
4:00p Adjourn

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics for breakout sessions:

  • Terrestrial planet formation
  • How does disk composition affect planet composition?
  • Atmospheric biosignatures
  • Habitability throughout a star’s evolution
  • Habitable moons

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