Peripheral Meetings and Events

New for this year: Peripherals will be available on the personal schedule tool.

Sunday, March 17

Microsymposium 60, Forward to the Moon to Stay: Undertaking Transformative Lunar Science with Commercial Partners —
Sunday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Montgomery A-C
Key scientists will define and discuss the major outstanding transformative lunar science (TLS) questions, and focus on identifying the most important immediate steps that can be taken to address them. In order to familiarize the community with Commercial Lunar Payloads Services (CLPS) opportunities, representatives of the designated CLPS providers have been invited to give brief summaries of the nature of their plans and capabilities of their delivery platforms. Individual scientists can present “lightning talks” with ideas and concepts for experiments, payloads and missions. The goal of Micro 60 is to provide a framework of mutual communication and understanding that will form a basis for Transformative Lunar Science to be undertaken in the immediate future and beyond, with the help of our CLPS partners. For more information or to register, visit

Introduction to Planetary Image Analysis with ArcGIS —
Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Waterway 1
This workshop provides instructor-led training in image analysis using ArcGIS software, specifically aimed at planetary science uses. Most of the workshop is hands-on exercises, with some demonstrations. It is accessible to those with no prior GIS experience, with optional advanced exercises for experienced users. Participants are eligible for a one-year ArcGIS license. Registration for this workshop is required, with a deadline of March 8. Please contact Zoe Learner Ponterio at for information.

Genesis Solar Wind Sample Analysis and Techniques Workshop —
Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Waterway 6
Genesis solar wind samples for laboratory analysis – join the discussion about sample handling and analytical approaches, and the broad scientific context. Genesis samples captured not only bulk solar wind, but also, on separate collectors, the high speed, interstream low speed and coronal mass ejection wind regimes. The samples also come with challenging environmental and handling histories. The meeting agenda covers these topics, providing expertise and discussion time.

Lunar Palooza —
Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Montgomery A
Scientists and public engagement specialists are welcome to participate in this year’s public event. All members of the public, including students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and their families, are invited to the LPSC Lunar Palooza! Explore hands-on activities and hear about the Apollo missions, ongoing lunar exploration, and future plans from experts attending LPSC!

Proposal Writing Workshop —
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM, Panther Creek
The success of scientists depends upon their ability to obtain funding. One of the largest challenges is to create strong proposals. Using Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) from NASA as a template, this workshop will focus on teaching the audience key points to writing a successful proposal. Workshop Goals: The goal of this workshop is to enable participants to understand the proposal writing, reviewing, and selection process for federally funded proposals, as well as help those who have previously submitted proposals improve their performance. Workshop Teaching and Learning Practices: Proposal writing workshops help early career scientists, as well as those looking to improve their previous proposal performance. However, workshops have been limited due to time constraints and the location of those willing to organize and run these critical workshops. Dr. Richey (the organizer/speaker), while a contractor at NASA Headquarters, was able to do some workshops during ROSES Roll-Outs, which occurred primarily at NASA Centers. That presentation will be modified to be attractive to a more diverse audience, and will include information on review techniques for programs beyond just ROSES. The workshop will be a mixture of PowerPoint presentations and Q&A, and will include time for hands-on activities. An anonymized survey will be included at the end to allow for general feedback in improving the workshop.

VEXAG Pre-Decadal Community Review —
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM, Shenandoah
This forum is for Venus science and engineering community members to strategize the contents for White Papers for the Planetary Science Decadal Survey

Early Career Presenters Review (I) —
Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Spring
All early career scientists (students, postdocs, and others early in their planetary science careers) preparing to present research at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present their LPSC 2019 oral presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists. This session is for oral presenters only. Other opportunities are available later in the week for poster presenters. The Early Career Presenters Review allows presenters the chance to practice with senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. Registration is available at For more information, or to volunteer to provide feedback to presenters, please contact Andy Shaner at

50th LPSC Registration and Welcome Event —
Sunday, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Waterway 4-5
Welcome to the 50th LPSC and welcome to The Woodlands! Check-in for the conference, then head to Waterway Ballrooms 4 and 5 to greet and network with colleagues and friends. Registration will open at 4:00 p.m., and the Welcome Event will begin at 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The speaker-ready room (Alden Bridge, open from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.) will be open, as will the Town Hall Exhibit Area, so you can check-in your oral presentation or install your Tuesday night poster.

How to Do Science on a Commercial Lunar Lander —
Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Waterway 1
What do you the scientist need to know about carrying out science on a lunar lander? What do you wish the lander company knew about the key constraints and delicacies of your science experiments? Which is the best lander for your work? During the first hour of this meeting, all these questions and more will be addressed during an informative panel and extensive question and answer session with structured and unstructured discussion topics. Following the panel, attendees and panelists will be encouraged to meet each other and talk further during the LPSC welcome reception or in our reserved room. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about near-term opportunities to carry out YOUR research on the Moon!

Dwornik Award Judges Meeting —
Sunday, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Shenandoah
This is a training and information meeting for the Dwornik Award judges. This is your opportunity to review the judging procedure, ask questions, meet other judges, and discuss schedules or concerns. We will aim to keep it as brief as possible.