- Organized by
Keith Hawkins, Ph.D.University of Texas at Austin
Chervin Laporte, Ph.D.University of Victoria
Friday September 6, 2019
Participation is by invitation only. All participants must register.
The second annual Simons Society of Fellows Alumni Symposium will feature a broad exploration of astrophysics through the common umbrella theme of Origins. The symposium will cover “hot topics” in astronomy, including cosmology, the formation of galaxies including our Milky Way, and the hunt for planets and life around other stars.
The conference participants will be able to learn about the hottest topics in astronomy, including the methods that modern astrophysicists use to deal with big datasets. These data science methods will be transferable across disciplines. Additionally, young scientists will also have the opportunity to present their work alongside established investigators through posters as well as talks from a wide variety of astronomers from various stages in their career. Finally, we hope to have a short session at the end of meeting where Society of Fellows alumni will be able to reflect on their experience and the impact of the Society of Fellows on their careers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
4:15 PM TEA 4:30 PM Simons Foundation Lecture | Justin Read 6:00 PM DINNER
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
8:30 AM CHECK-IN & BREAKFAST 9:30 AM Cosmology | Jo Dunkley 9:40 AM Cosmology | Yacin Ali-Haimoud 10:30 AM BREAK 11:00 AM Milky Way Science | Gurtina Besla 11:30 AM Milky Way Science | Jennifer Johnson 12:00 PM LUNCH 1:00 PM Exoplanets | David Charbonneau 1:30 PM Exoplanets | Aomawa Shields 2:00 PM BREAK 2:30 PM Exoplanets | Erik Petigura 3:00 PM Exoplanets | Tabetha Boyajian 3:30 PM BREAK 3:45 PM Alumni Talks 5:00 PM MEETING CONCLUDES
Air and Train
Group AThe foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the conference for those in Group A. Please provide your travel specifications by clicking the registration link above. If you are unsure of your group, please refer to your invitation sent via email.
Group BIndividuals in Group B are considered local and will not receive travel or hotel support. Please register at the link above so that we can capture your dietary requirements. If you are unsure of your group, please refer to your invitation sent via email.
Personal CarFor participants driving to Manhattan, The Roger Hotel offers valet parking. Please note there are no in-and-out privileges when using the hotel’s garage; therefore, it is encouraged that participants walk or take public transportation to the Simons Foundation.
Participants in Group A who require accommodations are hosted by the foundation for a maximum of two nights at The Roger hotel. Any additional nights are at the attendee’s own expense.
The Roger New York
131 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(between 30th and 31st Streets)
To arrange accommodations, please register at the link above.
For driving directions to The Roger, please click here.
Reimbursement and Travel Policy
Any expenses not directly paid for by the Simons Foundation are subject to reimbursement based on the foundation’s travel policy. An email will be sent within a week following the conclusion of the meeting with further instructions on submitting your expenses via the foundation’s web-based expense reimbursement platform.
Receipts are required for any expenses over $50 USD and are due within 30 days of the conclusion of the meeting. Should you have any questions, please contact Emily Klein.