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February Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 14:18

Welcome to the monthly event roundup of the AAS Policy Blog, in which we share a list of events that fall under the umbrella of astronomical science — i.e., astrophysics, planetary science, and/or heliophysics — policy. Events might be congressional hearings, advisory committee meetings, Capitol Hill briefings, networking opportunities, and/or public lectures. Most events occur here 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 try to note that in the listing. If an event is on this calendar, someone from the AAS Public Policy team will likely be in attendance, so come say hello!

Other relevant policy event calendars:

Sometimes events are announced on timescales shorter than one month; we will update this post whenever we have something new to add. Please email us if you have a correction or an event that you think should be included in this roundup.

Beyond the events highlighted below, there are some other notable deadlines/important milestones coming up this month:

February 2018 Events

All times Eastern (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Space in the Abe-Trump Era: New Threats, New Actors
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

1 February
9:00 am − 1:00 pm
George Washington University
Washington, DC

RSVP and agenda details

Congressional Briefing on the State of US Science
National Science Board

1 February
10:00 am (House) and 2:00 pm (Senate)
2325 Rayburn andd 253 Russell

Briefing on the just-released 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators Report. More details and event registration.

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

1 February (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
Elephant and Castle
1904 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and future ESEP events

Engineering Miracles for Scientific Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope (John Mather)

7 February
8:00 pm
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting

15 − 19 February
Austin, TX

Meeting details

Mars Exploration Program Assessment Group (MEPAG) Virtual Meeting
Planetary Science Division, NASA

20 February (Tuesday)
1:00 pm − 3:00 pm

Details and call-in information

National Science Board Full Committee Meeting
National Science Foundation
NASA Science Mission Directorate

21 − 22 February (Wednesday − Thursday)
Alexandria, VA

If you wish to attend the meeting in person, "Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge at least 24 hours in advance by emailing your name (as it appears on your photo ID) and organizational affiliation to Due to tightened security procedures at NSF’s new headquarters, please allow an extra 15 minutes for visitor processing to ensure you make your meeting on schedule."
Agenda and webcast information

Second Public Meeting of the National Space Council
"Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier"

21 February (Wednesday)
Kennedy Space Center

Live stream available on NASA TV

Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting
Planetary Science Division, NASA

21 − 23 February (Wednesday − Friday)
Hampton, VA

From OPAG: "The main OPAG meeting will be Feb 21-22, and February 23 will be technology forum to identify (and ultimately agree on) technologies that support near-, mid- and far-term outer planetary system missions."
Meeting Details and Agenda

Planetary Sciences Advisory Committee Meeting (PAC)
Planetary Science Division, NASA

21 − 23 February (Wednesday − Friday)
Washington, DC

Details and virtual access information

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

26 − 28 February (Monday − Wednesday)
Irvine, CA

Community white papers will be accepted for committee input through 31 January. Meeting details and agenda

Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages
Space Studies Board, National Academies

26 − 28 February (Monday − Wednesday
Keck Center
Washington, DC

Tuesday (27 February) is the only meeting day open to the public. Meeting details and agenda

Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)

27 February (Tuesday)
12:00 pm − 4:00 pm
Teleconference only

Agenda and call-in information

Deep Space Gateway Concept Science Workshop

27 February − 1 March
Denver, CO

Workshop information

Ashlee N. Wilkins
John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
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