Peripheral Meetings and Events

Since this year’s LPSC is virtual, USRA/LPI will not schedule the traditional peripheral meetings and other community-organized activities during the week of the conference. However, if members of the community would like to self-organize their own team meetings, professional development training, AG group discussions, etc., via Zoom, RingCentral, or some other virtual meeting tool, we will advertise their availability to the community by listing them on this page.

To be eligible for posting, peripheral meetings must not be held during the regularly scheduled LPSC technical sessions, must be of benefit to the planetary community, and must be held between March 14–19.

To request a listing, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the subject line “LPSC 2021 Peripheral Meeting Listing” and include the following information:

  • Name of requestor
  • E-mail address of requestor
  • Date and start/end time of scheduled meeting, including time zone
  • Name of meeting (e.g., Ice Giants Workshop, Planetary Scientists of Color Networking, Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop, etc.)
  • Description of meeting (what the meeting is about, who can attend, what the logistical arrangements are, e.g., Zoom meeting ID, registration form, e-mail instructions, etc.)

Requests for listing may be submitted up to and including the week of the conference. USRA/LPI reserves the right to determine whether meetings are appropriate for listing. Questions should be directed to [email protected].


Sunday, March 14

LGBTQA Networking Space —

Sunday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, (LGBTQA Space)
Members of QUIPS (Queers in Planetary Science) have initiated a virtual networking space for the LGBTQA community that will be available throughout the LPSC. We invite participants to pop in and out to meet colleagues and network with individuals throughout the meeting. The space is equipped with four private meeting rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. The LPSC code of conduct and expected behaviors extends to this space. Please either e-mail Kathleen Vander Kaaden ([email protected]) for a link to join this networking space, or access the link via the LPSC virtual environment for attendees (look for the Bulletin Board in the lobby) or the QUIPS Facebrook Group. Times listed are in CDT.

LPSC Welcome Event —

Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM,
Join us for an LPSC welcome event in the app! Visit the Networking Lounge in the LPSC virtual environment and click on the button labeled “Gather.Town.” Meet up with friends and colleagues old and new as you prepare for an exciting week of presentations of the most current planetary science research and results during LPSC 2021! Note that all times listed are in CDT unless stated otherwise.

International Planetary Science Researchers in the U.S. Networking Event —

Sunday, 5:00 to 6:30 PM, Virtual B
This virtual event is intended to build and strengthen a support network for international planetary scientists living and/or working in the United States. We will have time for introductions and a roundtable discussion on the international aspect of planetary science, unique challenges, and resources for professional development. Please register at to receive further details. Note that the LPSC code of conduct and expected behaviors extend to this virtual peripheral event. If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected].