TESS Science Conference I

July 29 - Aug 2 2019, MIT / Cambridge, USA

  • February 1st: Open abstract submission.
  • March 1st: Splinter session abstract deadline.
  • March 20th: Open registration and requests for financial support.
  • May 1st: Talks and posters abstract deadline, financial support requests deadline.
  • May 31st: Announcement of the program and decisions on financial support requests.
  • June 14th: Regular registration deadline.
  • July 29th: The first day of the Conference.

The TESS Science Conference I will be the first conference dedicated to TESS mission science, including exoplanets, asteroseismology, stellar binaries, variable stars, Solar System science (e.g., asteroids and comets), extragalactic astronomy (e.g., active galactic nuclei and supernovae), and any other science that can be done with TESS data. The conference will cover all aspects of the mission, from TESS data analysis, through follow-up observations, to the impact of discoveries made with TESS data on theoretical understanding. The conference will take place at the beginning of TESS’s second year of operations when the satellite is scheduled to transition from surveying the Southern ecliptic hemisphere to the Northern ecliptic hemisphere. This will be an auspicious time to bring together experts on all aspects of the mission to discuss the achievements made during the first year, as well as identifying potential improvements and lessons learned to be implemented in the second year. Note that this conference immediately follows the TASC5/KASC12 Workshop, which is hosted at MIT between July 22-26.

The last day of the conference, Friday August 2nd, will be devoted to the Future of Exoplanet Research symposium, sponsored by the Kavli Foundation. It will include short talks and panel discussions focused on far-future-looking aspects of exoplanet research.

The TESS Science Conference organizers are dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for all participants. Our code of conduct can be found here.

The conference poster is available here. The poster was prepared by Pam Jeffries, STScI.


To contact the SOC or LOC write to: tsc1@mit.edu

  • Suzanne Aigrain - University of Oxford
  • Jayne Birkby - University of Amsterdam
  • Padi Boyd - NASA Goddard
  • Nat Butler - Arizona State University
  • Dave Charbonneau - Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Jessie Christiansen (co-chair) - NExScI
  • Bekki Dawson - Pennsylvania State University
  • Courtney Dressing - UC Berkeley
  • Eric Gaidos - University of Hawaii
  • Andrew Howard - Caltech
  • Hans Kjeldsen - Aarhus University
  • George Ricker - MIT
  • Sara Seager - MIT
  • Ben Shappee - University of Hawaii
  • Avi Shporer (co-chair) - MIT
  • Jennifer van Saders - University of Hawaii
  • Josh Winn - Princeton University


To contact the SOC or LOC write to: tsc1@mit.edu

  • Elisabeth Adams - Planetary Science Institute
  • Tansu Daylan - MIT
  • Diana Dragomir - MIT
  • Aylin Garcia Soto - MIT
  • Maximilian Guenther - MIT
  • Moritz Guenther - MIT
  • Natalia Guerrero - MIT
  • Elisabeth Matthews - MIT
  • Avi Shporer (chair) - MIT