Workshop Format and Themes
The workshop program includes six half-day sessions with no parallel sessions. There will be two poster sessions, one each on Monday and Tuesday evening. The half-day sessions include a series of oral presentations and a panel discussion.
Oral sessions and panel discussions will be livestreamed so that community members unable to attend the workshop can participate. PDFs of poster presentations will be posted on the workshop website.
There are five basic themes of the workshop that form the basis of each of the half-day sessions. These take the current planetary science goals articulated below and develop a vision of where they might go in the coming three decades, and the technologies needed to achieve these goals:
- ORIGINS — understanding formation and evolution of solar systems (including exoplanetary systems)
- WORKINGS — understanding how the processes in our solar system operate, interact, and evolve
- LIFE — improve our understanding of the origin and evolution of life, including Earth analogs, to guide our search for life elsewhere
- DEFENSE AND RESOURCES — identify and characterize objects that pose threats to Earth or offer resources for human exploration
- POLICY, PATHWAYS, TECHNIQUES AND CAPABILITIES — other thoughts about where we might be in three decades that are not captured adequately in the other themes
In addition, there will be discussion, both within the individual themes and in a panel on FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES about the technologies that need to be developed and the timescales for development for the achievement of the Vision.