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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

POSTPONED 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

POSTPONED (Original details at link)

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)

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

Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

26 September (Wednesday)
2:15 pm
253 Russell Senate Office Building

The third in a series of hearings leading up to a potential National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) authorization, this hearing will examine the challenges NASA faces in undertaking human and robotic exploratory missions, its research in aeronautics and space technology, and how the agency’s current and planned initiatives will affect its future mission goals.

Details and webcast

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
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