Institute of Astronomy

Kavli ExoFrontiers 2019 Symposium

15 July 2019 - 17 July 2019

Exoplanetary science is on the verge of an unprecedented revolution. With at least four space missions and numerous large ground-based facilities scheduled to become operational in the next decade, the new era promises unprecedented observations of exoplanets - both in their detection as well as in detailed characterization of their atmospheres, interiors, and formation conditions. Concomitant major developments are also expected in all aspects of exoplanetary theory and data interpretation. It is becoming increasingly clear already that new interdisciplinary approaches are required to make holistic advances in the field. Additionally, as new scientific questions and areas emerge at increasingly fast pace in the field there is a need for a focused forum where emerging questions in frontier areas of the field can be discussed in an interdisciplinary and stimulating environment. 

Thanks to support from The Kavli Foundation we started a new Exoplanet Symposium series in 2016 focused on addressing pressing questions in forefront areas of exoplanetary science. The symposia bring together experts from diverse areas of the field to deliberate and discuss in a focused setting on issues which are important to make rapid and fundamental advances in a chosen area each year. One emerging area/theme in exoplanetary science is chosen each year based on its critical importance to the advancement of the field, relevance to existing/upcoming observational facilities, need for an interdisciplinary approach, and/or scope for fundamental breakthroughs.

About 25-30 experts in the field globally are invited to Cambridge, UK, for a three-day symposium in the form of a round-table discussion on the chosen area each year. The expert group discusses outstanding questions, new pathways, interdisciplinary synergies, and strategic actions that could benefit the community in that area. 

The theme of the symposium this year is "Future Observational Landscape of Exoplanetary Science".  The symposium will be held on 15-17 July 2019 and will include roundtable discussions on all aspects of exoplanetary observations of the future. 

The symposium this year is co-sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

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