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May Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 06:30

Welcome to the May 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:

  • 5 May: Tentative InSight Launch Date. The Mars InSight Mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than 4:05 am PT/7:05 am ET on 5 May on an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. InSight's launch will be the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast of the US. The Mars CubeOne, a cubesat technology demonstration will ride along with InSight and deliver the first cubesats to deep space.

May 2018 Events

All times Eastern (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Space Studies Board
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

1 − 3 May (Tuesday − Thursday)
Keck Center Building, Room 100
500 Fifth Street NW

Details and agenda


National Science Board

2 − 3 May (Wednesday − Thursday)
NSF Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Details and agenda


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

3 May (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
Elephant and Castlel
900 19th Street NW
Washington, DC

Details and future ESEP events


Gallery Opening: Curated Cosmos
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

4 May (Friday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
AAAS Headquarters Art Gallery
1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Details and registration


Congressional Markup: FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water

7 May (Monday)
5:30 pm
2362-B Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast


Congressional Hearing: FY19 Budget of the Department of Energy
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

9 May (Wednesday)
9:00 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast


Congressional Markup: FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science

9 May (Wednesday)
5:30 pm
2362-B Rayburn House Office Building

Details and webcast


Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception

9 May (Wednesday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building

Details and registration


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

14 − 15 (Monday − Tuesday)
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg

620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Details and agenda


Space on the Hill: From the Earth to the Sun: New Advancements in the Science Of Space Weather
AAS and SAO

16 May (Wednesday)
9:30 am
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing details


Congressional Markup: FY 2019 Energy and Water Bill
House Appropriations Committee

16 May (Wednesday)
10:00 am
2118 Rayburn House Office Building

The full House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation that passed out of subcommittee on May 7. Details and webcast


Congressional Markup: FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Bill
House Appropriations Committee

17 May (Thursday)
10:00 am
2118 Rayburn House Office Building

The full House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations legislation that passed out of subcommittee on May 9. Details and webcast


Natural and Social Science in the Executive Branch: What Happened Under Obama? What's Happening Under Trump?
2018 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy
The American Academy of Political and Social Science

17 May (Thursday)
4:00 pm − 5:30 pm
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Dr. John Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, formerly Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to President Obama, was responsible for advancing the use of both the natural and social sciences to inform federal policymaking. In his talk, Dr. Holdren will reflect on his experience in these roles, including an assessment of the ways in which science-based approaches support national goals, how science can improve government, and the gulf between the Obama and Trump administrations in their use of science to inform policymaking and governance.
Details and registration


The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for JWST
Exploring Space Lectures, National Air and Space Museum

23 May (Wednesday)
8:00 pm
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC

Free, but tickets are required.
Details and tickets


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