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November Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:10

Welcome to a new feature of the AAS Policy Blog, in which we share a list of events that fall under the realm of astronomical science policy. Such events might be Congressional hearings, advisory committee meetings, Capitol Hill briefings, workshops, or any other related happening in astrophysics, planetary science, and/or solar physics policy. Most events here occur in Washington, DC, are open to the public, and/or will be live streamed. Some may require advanced registration for in-person attendance (either for security or capacity reasons), and we will try to note that in the listing. If an event is on this calendar, someone from AAS Public Policy will likely be in attendance, so come say hello!

Other policy event calendars to note:

Some events will be announced on timescales shorter than one month; we will update this post whenever we have something new to add. Please reach out to us (at if you have a correction or an event that you think should be included in this round-up.

NASA Administrator Nomination Hearing
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

1 November 2017 (Wednesday)
10:00 am
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253
Washington, DC

Witnesses and live stream

Space Studies Board (SSB) Fall Meeting
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

1-3 November 2017 (Wednesday-Friday)
Irvine, CA


"To Explore Strange New Worlds...:" NASA's Small Steps and Giant Leaps in Understanding Worlds Beyond
Dr. Padi Boyd, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2 November 2017 (Thursday)
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Library of Congress
Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Washington, DC

Hosted by the Library of Congress Science, Technology, and Business Division

Science Policy Happy Hour
Engaging Scientist and Engineers in Policy (ESEP)

2 November 2017 (Thursday)
5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Policy Lounge
1904 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and future ESEP events

Reshaping Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century: Open Session (Panel)
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Policy and Global Affairs
National Academy of the Sciences

7 November 2017 (Tuesday)
9:00 am–10:15 am
The Keck Center
500 Fifth Street
Washington, DC

Agenda and more information

National Science Board (NSB) Fall Meeting
National Science Foundation

8-9 November 2017 (Wednesday-Thursday)
National Science Foundation Headquarters
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

Details and webcast information

A Workshop on Women of Color in STEM
Committee on the Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

10 November 2017 (Friday)
8:15 am–1:30 pm
The Keck Center
500 Fifth Street
Washington, DC

Agenda and webcast information (this event has already reached its in-person registration capacity)

Venus Exploration Analysis Group Meeting #15
NASA Planetary Science Division

14-16 November 2017 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD

Agenda and webcast information

Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science
Space Studies Board, National Academies

14 - 16 November 2017 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Washington, DC

Details and Agenda

University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase
Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

14 November 2017 (Tuesday)
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Rayburn Foyer
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

Flyer (with RSVP information)

Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee (MPSAC)
National Science Foundation

16-17 November 2017 (Thursday-Friday)
National Science Foundation Headquarters
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

Visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Please email with your name and organizational affiliation to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.
Details and agenda

Visions and Voyages Midterm Assessment (Open Session)
Space Studies Board, National Academies

29 November 2017 (Wednesday)
Irvine, CA

Details and agenda

High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP)
Department of Energy Office of Science

30 November–1 December (Thursday-Friday)
Gaithersburg, MD

Details and virtual access information

Ashlee N. Wilkins
John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
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