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Extrasolar Planets: September 2012


NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) will hold its sixth meeting on Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012, just prior to the 44th AAS Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Reno, NV. ExoPAG meetings are open to the entire scientific community, and offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and to provide input into NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the astronomical and planetary science communities are invited to attend and participate.

ExoPAG-6 will focus on ways to expand the inclusiveness of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) to the wider exoplanet community, beyond the past focus on future flagship missions in space. Topics of discussion will include challenges and opportunities in exoplanetary science in the coming decade, and the status of NASA's plans to sponsor the development of mission concepts for reduced-scale (<$1B) exoplanet exploration missions. The ExoPAG would also like to broaden the discussion to include other ways in which NASA might facilitate exoplanet research over the next few years, so suggestions for topics and/or speakers at the meeting are always welcome.

Suggestions can be sent to Prof. Scott Gaudi, ExoPAG Chair gaudi@astronomy.ohio-state.edu, and/or Dr. Douglas Hudgins, ExoPAG Executive Secretary Douglas.M.Hudgins@nasa.gov. The meeting will run for two full days, so there should be plenty of time for both presentations and discussion. News and information about NASA's ExoPAG and the ExoPAG-6 meeting can be found on the ExoPAG web site at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag. [Source: NAI]

Protostars & Planets VI

July 15-20, 2013 at the Convention Center Heidelberg, Germany

The Protostars and Planets series has served the community for more than three decades with state of the art compilations of the current knowledge in the fields of star and planet formation. The previous volume PPV was published in 2007. Since then, the field of protostars and planets has advanced tremendously, from a theoretical as well as observational point of view.

The primary outcome of the conference will be the Protostars and Planets VI book of review articles. Although the meeting is still more than one year away, the logistics of preparing excellent overview articles and getting them into print in due time requires timely organization. Therefore, we ask you to submit proposals for review chapters and associated talks by September 15th 2012.

For more information visit: http://www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/homes/ppvi/index.php [Source: NAI]