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Meeting Location and Date

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, November 13–17, 2017 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center (UWCC) and Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (MHRGC) in Laramie, Wyoming.

Due to popular demand, the two Thursday afternoon breakout sessions have been merged into a single session that will run 2:00–5:00 p.m. 

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Purpose and Scope

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 biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

  • What does it mean to be habitable?
  • What conditions are needed for habitability and how do those conditions arise?
  • What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories?
  • How can we observe these indicators?


A welcome reception with early registration will be held Sunday, November 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at UWCC.  The workshop will span four and one-half days, with plenary talks in the mornings, afternoon panel sessions, and two evening poster sessions.  Breakout groups will provide a brief summary of their discussions on the last day of the workshop.

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