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September Events in Astronomical Science Policy

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 06:30

Welcome to the September 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, policy fora, think tank symposia, 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 happenings coming up this month:

September 2018 Events

All times Eastern (ET) unless otherwise noted.


Executive Session
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

5 September (Wednesday)
10:00 am
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

This committee markup (debate and votes on legislation and nominations) will include consideration of the nominations of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Mr. James Morhard to be Deputy Administrator of NASA.

Details, agenda, and webcast


Exoplanet Science Strategy: Public Briefing and Webcast
Space Studies Board
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

5 September (Wednesday)
1:00 pm − 2:00 pm
National Academy of Sciences Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue NW

Details, registration, and webcast


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

6 September (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 7:30 pm
City Tap House
901 9th Street NW

Details and information on other ESEP events


Over the Horizon: A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation?
Canada Institute, Wilson Center

7 September (Friday)
8:00 am − 3:45 pm
Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Details, registration, and webcast


Securing Space: A Discussion on the U.S. Space Force
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

10 September (Monday)
9:00 am − 10:30 pm
CSIS Headquarters
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Details and registration


Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG)
NASA Planetary Science Division

11 − 12 September (Tuesday − Wednesday)
Pasadena, CA

Details, agenda, and remote access


Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences (CAPS)
Space Studies Board
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

11 − 13 September (Tuesday − Thursday)
Irvine, CA

Details, agenda, and remote access


FY19 Oversight Hearing on the NASA JWST
House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee
Appropriations Committee

13 September (Thursday)
10:30 am
Capitol H-309

Details and webcast


2018 Golden Goose Award Ceremony and Reception

13 September (Thursday)
5:30 pm − 8:30 pm
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

AAS is once again a sponsor of the Golden Goose Award. RSVP by 10 September. Attendance is free, but tickets are required.

Details and registration


Planetary Protection Requirements for Sample-Return Missions from Martian Moons
Space Studies Board

18 − 20 September (Tuesday − Thursday)
London, England

Details, agenda, and remote access


Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)
DOE/NASA/NSF

20 − 21 September (Thursday − Friday)
NSF Headquarters
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA

Details, agenda, and remote access


Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC)
NASA Planetary Science Division

26 September (Wednesday)
1:00 pm − 5:00 pm
Virtual Only

Details, agenda, and remote access


Becoming Interplanetary
John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress

27 September (Thursday)
Kluge Center, Library of Congress

Public event following the June 2017 Decolonizing Mars unconference.

Details and agenda

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