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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

 

July 15-17, 2019

Steering Committee Meeting One

Washington, DC

 

August 21-23, 2019

Astro2020: Panel on Cosmology

Washington, DC

 

August 21-23, 2019

Astro2020 Panel on Stars, the Sun, and Stellar Populations

Washington, DC

 

September 4-6, 2019

Astro2020 Panel on Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena

Washington, DC

NEWS

 

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 for August 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, University of Michigan, Chair
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. Sweibel, 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
Todd A. Thompson, The Ohio State University
Ramesh Narayan, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Raffaella Margutti, Northwestern University
Julie McEnery, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Peter I. Mészáros, The Pennsylvania State University
Eliot Quataert, University of California, Berkeley
Scott M. Ransom, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

 

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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