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April Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 06:30

Welcome to the April 2018 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:

April 2018 Events

All times Eastern (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG)
Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

3 − 5 April (Tuesday − Thursday)
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
Crystal City, VA

Details and agenda


The Quest to Colonize the Cosmos: How Billionaires Are Changing the Space Industry
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

4 April (Wednesday)
5:30 pm − 6:30 pm
CSIS Headquarters
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Details, webcast, and registration


The economic, political, and security implications of technology transfer
Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

5 April (Thursday)
10:00 am − 12:00 pm
Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution will host a discussion on technology transfer. The two-panel program will focus on growth opportunities for technology transfer as well as national security risks and the challenges that accompany innovation.
Details and registration


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

5 April (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
Penn Social
801 E Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and future ESEP events


Heliophysics Advisory Committee
Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

5 − 6 April (Thursday − Friday)
NASA HQ

Details and agenda


Congressional Hearing: "Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development"
Oversight Subcommittee and Research and Technology Subcommittee
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

11 April (Wednesday)
10:00 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast


Evidence in Congress: Charting a New Direction for Using Evidence to Inform Legislative Decision-Making
Bipartisan Policy Center

11 April (Wednesday)
2:00 pm − 4:00 pm
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 208-209
Washington, DC

More details, registration for in-person attendance, and webcast


Congressional Hearing: FY19 DOE and NNSA Budgets
Energy and Water Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee

11 April (Wednesday)
2:30 pm
138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Details and webcast


Astrophysics Advisory Committee
Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

11 − 12 April (Wednesday − Thursday)
NASA HQ

Details and agenda


POLITICO Space: The Launch Event

12 April (Thursday)
9:30 am
The St. Regis Hotel
923 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and registration


Congressional Hearing: FY19 NASA Budget
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee

12 April (Thursday)
10:00 am
US Capitol, Room H-309

Details and webcast


Webinar: Opening Doors in Glass Walls for Women in STEM
Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program

13 April (Friday)
10:00 am − 11:00 am

Details and registration


Congressional Committee Markup
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

17 April (Tuesday)
10:00 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

The Committee will mark up (debate, consider amendments to, and vote on) two bills:

Details and webcast


Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC)
Office of Science, DOE/b>

17 − 18 April (Tuesday − Wednesday)
Sheraton Hotel Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

The ASCAC advises the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) on issues related to its Advanced Scientific Computing Research program (ASCR).
Details and agenda


Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?
Exploring Space Lectures, National Air and Space Museum

18 April (Wednesday)
8:00 pm
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC

Free, but tickets are required.
Details and tickets


Advisory Committee for Polar Programs
NSF

18 − 19 March (Wednesday − Thursday)
NSF Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Details and meeting agenda


Exoplanet Science Strategy
Space Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences

19 − 20 April (Thursday − Friday)
Irvine, CA

Details and meeting agenda


Eyes on the Universe: Carnegie’s Leadership in Astronomy Today
Carnegie Institute of Washington

19 April (Thursday)
6:30 pm − 7:30 pm
5241 Broad Branch Road NW
Washington, DC

Doors open at 6:00 pm.. Lecture Hall seating is first come, first serve. Registration is encouraged to skip the sign-in process at the door.

Details and registration


Space on the Hill: Toolkit for Hunting Exoplanets
AAS and SAO

25 April (Wednesday)
9:30 am
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing details


Advisory Committee for Geosciences
NSF

25 − 26 April (Wednesday − Thursday)
NSF Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Details and meeting agenda


Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe
National Academy of Sciences

25 − 27 April (Wednesday − Friday)
Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and meeting agenda


Congressional Hearing: Surveying the Space Weather Landscape
Subcommittees on Space and Environment
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

26 April (Thursday)
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast

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