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The Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) is a partnership between the National Academies and the astronomical community to identify key priorities in astronomy and astrophysics and develop a comprehensive strategy for agency investments in the upcoming decade.

 

The survey, sponsored by NASA, NSF, and DOE, will be driven by input from the scientific community and serve as a guide for scientists, policy makers, and federal agencies. The final report will present a broad vision for transformative science at the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EVENTS

 

October 8-10, 2019

Astro2020 Panel on Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations

Washington, DC

 

October 22-24, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Enabling Foundation for Research

Washington, DC


October 28, 2019 1:30-2:30pm ET

Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics Town Hall Webinar
 

October 29-31, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Optical and Infrared Observations from the Ground

Washington, DC

 

November 4-6, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Radio, Millimeter and Submillimeter Observations from the Ground

Washington, DC

 

November 5-7, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 (EOS2)

Washington, DC

 

November 19-21, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 1

Irvine, CA

 

November 20-22, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on State of the Profession and Societal Impacts

Washington, DC

 

December 9-11, 2019

Steering Committee Meeting Two

Irvine, CA (TBD)

NEWS

 

Panel Membership


We are pleased to announce the members for the Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 (EOS2). The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a prioritized program of federal investment in research activities that involve observations of astrophysical phenomena primarily by means of radio, far-infrared, and high-energy electromagnetic observations from space. The EOS2 panel will also consider technology development needs to support the prioritized program. The first meeting is scheduled for November 5-7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Posted 10/21/19
 

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 (EOS2) Page
 

Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2 (EOS2)

 

Steven M. Kahn, Chair, Stanford University
Lisa Barsotti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Allison A. Barto, Ball Aerospace
Michael Bay, Bay Engineering Innovations
Martin Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Charles J. Hailey, Columbia University
Chryssa Kouveliotou, NAS, The George Washington University
Charles R. Lawrence, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Samuel H. Moseley, Jr., Quantum Circuits, Inc
Reshmi Mukherjee, Barnard College
Lyman A. Page, Jr., NAS, Princeton University
Gordon J. Stacey, Cornell University
 

Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics

Town Hall Webinar on Monday, October 28, 2019 from 1:30-2:30pm ET

 
How should we determine the key priorities for the field of astronomy and astrophysics for the coming decade? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine invite you to attend a town hall webinar on Monday, October 28, 2019 from 1:30-2:30pm ET as part of the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics. During the webinar, co-chairs Fiona Harrison and Rob Kennicutt will discuss the progress and current plans for the study and ways you can share your thoughts with the committee. Their talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.Register here.
 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Panel on Optical and Infrared Observations from the Ground (OIR). The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a prioritized program of federal investment in research activities that involve observations of astrophysical phenomena primarily by means of optical and infrared measurements from the ground. The OIR panel will also consider technology development needs to support the prioritized program. The first meeting is scheduled for October 29-31, 2019 in Washington, DC.


Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Astro2020: Panel on Optical and Infrared Observations from the Ground (OIR) Page

Posted 10/11/19  

 
Astro2020: Panel on Optical and Infrared Observations from the Ground
 

Timothy Heckman, Chair, NAS, Johns Hopkins University
David Charbonneau, NAS, Harvard University
Natascha M. Forster Schreiber, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik
Suvi Gezari, University of Maryland
Andrea M. Ghez, NAS, University of California, Los Angeles
Jenny E. Greene, Princeton University
J. Todd Hoeksema, Stanford University
Jacobus M. Oschmann, SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics
Richard W. Pogge, The Ohio State University
Massimo Robberto, Space Telescope Science Institute
David R. Silva, The University of Texas at San Antonio
 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020: Panel on Radio, Millimeter and Submillimeter Observations from the Ground. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a prioritized program of federal investment in ground-based research activities that primarily operate in the radio, millimeter, and submillimeter portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The RMS panel will also consider technology development needs to support the prioritized program.  The first meeting is scheduled for November 4-6, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Astro2020: Panel on Radio, Millimeter and Submillimeter Observations from the Ground Page Posted 10/10/19  

 

Astro2020: Panel on Radio, Millimeter and Submillimeter Observations from the Ground


Andrew J. Baker, Chair, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Héctor G. Arce, Yale University
Ravinder S. Bhatia, Thirty Meter Telescope
Tracy E. Clarke, Naval Research Laboratory
Matt A. Dobbs, McGill University
Jacqueline N. Hewitt, Vice Chair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David L. Kaplan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Daniel P. Marrone, University of Arizona
Lynn D. Matthews, MIT Haystack Observatory
Joan R. Najita, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Richard L. Plambeck, University of California, Berkeley
Jean L. Turner, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020: Panel on State of the Profession and Societal Impacts. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to gather information from existing and new sources on the health and demographics of the astronomy and astrophysics community and make actionable suggestions to the Astro 2020 committee on the topics of demographics, diversity and inclusion, workplace climate, workforce development, education, public outreach, and relevant areas of astronomy and public policy.  The first meeting is scheduled for November 20-22, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Astro2020: Panel on State of the Profession and Societal Impacts Page Posted 10/08/19  

 

Astro2020: Panel on State of the Profession and Societal Impacts

 

Margaret M. Hanson, Co-Chair, University of Cincinnati
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Co-Chair, University of California, Santa Cruz
Gurtina Besla, University of Arizona
Patricia T. Boyd, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Kathryne J. Daniel, Bryn Mawr College
Martha P. Haynes, NAS, Cornell University
Jedidah C. Isler, Dartmouth College
Rachel L. Ivie, American Institute of Physics
Kathryn V. Johnston, Columbia University
Casey W Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jesus Pando, DePaul University
Julie R. Posselt, University of Southern California
Keivan G. Stassun, Vanderbilt University
Jane R. Rigby, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Willie S. Rockward, Morgan State University

 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 1. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a prioritized program of federal investment in research activities that involve observations of astrophysical phenomena primarily by means of optical and near-infrared electromagnetic measurements from space. The EOS1 panel will also consider technology development needs to support the prioritized program. The first meeting is scheduled for November 19-21, 2019 in Irvine, CA.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 1 Page Posted 10/07/19

 

Astro2020: Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space 1

 

Marcia J. Rieke, Chair, NAS, University of Arizona
David A. Bearden, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ruslan Belikov, NASA Ames Research Center
Rebecca A. Bernstein, Carnegie Science Institute
Lester M. Cohen, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Holland Ford, Johns Hopkins University
Nikole K. Lewis, Cornell University
Bruce A. Macintosh, Stanford University
Amy Mainzer, University of Arizona
Evgenya L. Shkolnik, Arizona State University
Mark P. Saunders, Independent Consultant
C. Megan Urry, NAS, Yale University
 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020: Panel on Enabling Foundation for Research. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to summarize the current state of resources and support, identify major challenges, and make suggestions to the Astro2020 committee on the topics of computation, simulation, and data handling; facilities, funding, and programs; laboratory astrophysics; general technology development programs; international and private partnerships; and relevant areas of astronomy and public policy.The first meeting is scheduled for October 22-24, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Enabling Foundation for Research Page Posted 9/30/19

 

Astro2020: Panel on Enabling Foundation for Research
 

David N. Spergel, Chair, NAS, Flatiron Institute
Michael Blanton, New York University
Kelle Cruz, Hunter College
Mark Devlin, University of Pennsylvania
Megan Donahue, Michigan State University
Keith Hawkins, The University of Texas at Austin
Alina Kiessling, Jet Propulsion Lab
Karin Oberg, Harvard University
Angela Olinto, University of Chicago
Bernard Rauscher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Rachel Somerville, Flatiron Institute
James Stone, Institute for Advanced Study

 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in research of exoplanets, astrobiology, and the solar system in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled for September 11-13, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System Page. Posted 8/29/19


Astro2020: Panel on Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System

 

Victoria S. Meadows, University of Washington, Chair
David Brain, University of Colorado
Ian J. Crossfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Courtney Dressing, University of California, Berfkeley
Jonathan J. Fortney, University of California, Santa Cruz
Tiffany Kataria, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kathleen Mandt, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboaratory
Mark S. Marley, NASA Ames Research Center
Britney E. Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Christopher C. Stark, Space Telescope Science Institute

 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on Galaxies. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in galaxy research in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled for August 28-30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Galaxies Page. Posted 8/27/19


Astro2020: Panel on Galaxies

 

Daniela Calzetti, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Chair
Michael Boylan-Kolchin, The University of Texas at Austin
Hsiao-Wen Chen, The University of Chicago
Ann E. Hornschemeier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Susan A. Kassin, Space Telescope Science Institute
Amanda A. Kepley, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Charles C. Steidel, California Institute of Technology
Daniel Stern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tommaso Treu, University of California, Los Angeles
Pieter van Dokkum, Yale University
David H. Weinberg, Ohio State University
 

Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on the Interstellar Medium and Star and Planet Formation. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in research of the interstellar medium and the formation of stars and planets in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled forAugust 26-28, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on the Interstellar Medium and Star and Planet Formation Page. Posted 8/16/19
 
 

Astro2020: Panel on the Interstellar Medium and Star and Planet Formation

 

Lee W. Hartmann, Chair, University of Michigan
Sean M. Andrews, Harvard University
Philip J. Armitage, Stony Brook University
Bruce T. Draine, NAS, Princeton University
Kaitlin M. Kratter, University of Arizona
Karin M. Sandstrom, University of California, San Diego
Snezana Stanimirovic, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ellen G. Zweibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 

Panel Membership
 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in research of compact objects and energetic phenomena in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled for September 4-6, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena Page.

 

Astro2020: Panel on Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena

 

Deepto Chakrabarty, Chair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laura B. Chomiuk, Michigan State University
Daniel Holz, University of Chicago
Raffaella Margutti, Northwestern University
Julie McEnery, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Peter I. Mészáros, The Pennsylvania State University
Ramesh Narayan, NAS, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Eliot Quataert, University of California, Berkeley
Scott M. Ransom, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Todd A. Thompson, The Ohio State University


Panel Membership

 

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations . The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in research of stars, stellar populations, and the Sun in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled for August 21-23, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Panel on Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations Page

 

Astro2020 Panel on Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations

 

Sarbani Basu, Chair, Yale University
Nancy S. Brickhouse, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian
Adam Burgasser, University of California, San Diego
Julianne Dalcanton, University of Washington
Jennifer A. Johnson, Ohio State University
Robert Thomas McAteer, New Mexico State University
Elisa V. Quintana, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Louis-Gregory Strolger, Space Telescope Science Institute
 

Panel membership for the remaining panels of the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) may be announced as they are finalized. Posted 8/13/19
 

Panel Membership

We are pleased to announce the members for the Astro2020 Panel on Cosmology. The role of the panel members, in coordination with the steering committee, is to identify and articulate the scientific themes that will define the frontier in cosmology research in the 2022-2032 decade. The first meeting is scheduled for August 21-23, 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting is closed in its entirety. During the first meeting the Panel will review the Astro2020 Science White Paper submissions relevant to the Panel. All white paper submissions are available for public viewing on our community input page.

Further information about this panel may be found on the National Academies Projects and Activities Page: View Cosmology Panel Page

Astro2020: Panel on Cosmology

Daniel Eisenstein, NAS, Chair, Harvard University
Lindsey E. Bleem, Argonne National Laboratory
Marc P. Kamionkowski, NAS, Johns Hopkins University
Rachel Mandelbaum, Carnegie Mellon University
Miguel Morales, University of Washington
Daniel M. Scolnic, Duke University
Matias Zaldarriaga, NAS, Institute for Advanced Study
Kathryn M. Zurek, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Panel membership for the remaining panels of the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) may be announced as they are finalized. Posted 7/30/19
 

 

Astro2020 APC White Paper Update

 

The Astro2020 APC White Papers are due July 10 at 5pm EDT. Due to the timing of the white paper call, we recognize that some projects may still be in the process of verification and validation of cost estimates. We are therefore modifying the request for cost information to be included in the white papers.

White paper submitters should provide completed cost estimates if available. If costs are still being developed and validated, or the breakdown of funding is yet to be determined, the project should provide the cost category for the overall project, including science and operations. Posted 6/13/19

 

The categories are listed below.

Space-Based Projects

  • Small: <$500M
  • Medium: $500M - $1.5 B
  • Large: >$1.5B

Ground-Based Projects

  • Small: <$20M
  • Medium: $20M - $70M
  • Large: >$70M
Register to Watch the Astro2020 Committee Meeting on July 15-17

 

The first Astro2020 committee meeting will take place on July 15-17, 2019 at the Keck Center in Washington, D.C. You are invited to watch the open sessions of the meeting remotely. The meeting agenda is not available yet, but if you register you'll receive an email when the open session times are posted.Posted 6/13/19
 

  

Astro2020 Panel Structure Announced
 

We are pleased to announce the panel structure for the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020). There will be six science panels, six program panels, and one state of the profession panel.

Science Panels

  • Cosmology
  • Galaxies
  • Interstellar Medium and Star and Planet Formation
  • Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations
  • Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena
  • Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and the Solar System

Program Panels

  • Electromagnetic Observations from Space 1
  • Electromagnetic Observations from Space 2
  • Optical and Infrared Observations from the Ground
  • Radio, Millimeter, and Submillimeter Observations from the Ground
  • Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation
  • An Enabling Foundation for Research

State of the Profession Panel 

  • State of the Profession and Societal Impacts
     
Panels will work in conjunction with the newly appointed Astro2020 steering committee. Posted 6/13/19

 


 

 


 

 

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Astro2020@nas.edu