First Announcement: Kepler & K2 SciCon IV, June 19-23, 2017

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: Kepler & K2 Science Conference IV
June 19-23, 2017
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
https://keplerscience.arc.nasa.gov/scicon4/

Over the past 8 years, high-precision photometry from the Kepler/K2 mission has enabled breakthrough discoveries in exoplanet science, asteroseismology, eclipsing binary stars, solar-system objects, and extragalactic science. To celebrate the legacy and latest science results of Kepler/K2 we invite the community to the 4th Kepler & K2 Science Conference, hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. We welcome contributions from any area of science related to the Kepler/K2 mission, as well as related future missions such as TESS. We are looking forward to celebrating the Kepler/K2 science and legacy with the community!

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:
Angie Wolfgang, Penn State
Armin Rest, STScI
Calen Henderson, JPL
Conny Aerts, KU Leuven
Dave Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
Dennis Stello, UNSW Australia
Eric Mamajek, JPL
Jason Rowe, Université de Montréal
Jennifer Johnson, OSU
Jennifer van Saders, Carnegie
Luisa Rebull, Caltech
Ruth Murray Clay, UCSC
Susan Thompson, NASA Ames

Important Dates:
26 Jan 2017 Registration and abstract submission open
31 Mar 2017 Abstract submission deadline
31 Mar 2017 Registration deadline for Foreign Nationals
15 May 2017 Registration deadline for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Conference Venue, Registration and Logistics:
For more information, including registration details, please visit the conference website:
https://keplerscience.arc.nasa.gov/scicon4/

Note that Wednesday afternoon (June 21) has been reserved for breakout sessions to enable the community to discuss and work on Kepler/K2 related projects. We envision that these sessions will be more hands-on ("unconference" sessions) compared to traditional talks, ideally with broad interest to the community. Examples for breakout sessions could include panel discussions, hack activities, work meetings of larger collaborations, or tutorials to use data/software products related to Kepler/K2. To submit a proposal for a breakout session please select the appropriate abstract preference during registration.

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Eric Agol, University of Washington (co-Chair)
Daniel Huber, University of Hawaii (co-Chair)
Natalie Batalha, NASA Ames Research Center (Kepler Project Scientist)
Jessie Dotson, NASA Ames Research Center (K2 Project Scientist)
Thomas Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center (Kepler/K2 Guest Observer Office Director)
Jessie Christiansen, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
JJ Hermes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Marc Pinsonneault, The Ohio State University
Erin Ryan, SETI Institute
Karl Stapelfeldt, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rachel Street, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
Brad Tucker, Australian National University

Local Organizing Committee:
Mark Messersmith, NASA Ames Research Center (Chair)
Knicole Colón, NASA Ames Research Center
Ellen O'Leary, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
Wendy Stenzel, NASA Ames Research Center
Geert Barentsen, NASA Ames Research Center