Meeting Location and Dates

We are happy to announce a three-day symposium, facilitated by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) entitled The Space Astrophysics Landscape for the 2020s and Beyond. The symposium is scheduled for April 1–3, 2019 at the William F. Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, Maryland, 20854.

Registration fees include attendance at the symposium, a program booklet, a Sunday evening welcome reception, morning and afternoon breaks, a buffet lunch Monday through Wednesday, and evening receptions on Monday and Tuesday with light hors d’oeuvres followed by presentations with invited speakers. Take advantage of special accommodation rates at the William F. Bolger Center by reserving your room by March 6, 2019.  See logistics for more information.

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this symposium is to provide the astrophysics community with a forum to hear and discuss science priorities, mission concepts, and enabling capabilities expected to be assessed by the upcoming Astro2020 Decadal Survey by the National Academies.


  • Science priorities and themes for the next decade and beyond (with a 20-year horizon)
  • Results from the four NASA-funded large mission concept studies (HabEx, LUVOIR, Lynx, and Origins Space Telescope), as well as other possible large (>$1B) mission concepts
  • Concepts for medium-sized, Probe-class missions (larger than Explorers and <$1B)
  • Relevant ground-based facilities and science goals (e.g., Multi-Messenger activities)
  • Major international missions currently planned for the same time frame
  • Updates on current missions expected to be operational in the next decade
  • Relevant major enabling capabilities including in-space assembly, satellite servicing, new NASA heavy lift and commercial launch vehicles, and exploration planning for lunar return and Mars
  • Possible commercial partnerships
  • Program balance considerations

To become a sponsor of this symposium, see opportunities here.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).