Exoplanets III

Plan for the online version of Exo3

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Exoplanets 3 will be completely converted into an online event. It will no longer take place in Heidelberg. This also means that the program is going to be drastically different from what was originally envisioned. This does not only have disadvantages. There are also several new opportunities and advantages:

  • We no longer have an upper limit of the number of participants. No waiting list.
  • The conference will be free (no conference fee).
  • Your travel and accommodation costs vanish, you will have no jet lag, and you will produce virtually no CO2.
  • We will have parallel sessions, so we have now accepted a far larger number of abstracts as talks.
  • Posters no longer have to be static pieces of paper: the can be made dynamic and interactive (see this example).
  • Each poster can optionally be accompanied by a short youtube video where you introduce your poster.
  • There will be novel ways to get to know other participants.
  • There will be novel ways to find posters and talks that may be of interest to you.
  • The talks will be live, but records of them will be put online quickly afterward.

The two main tools we will be using are Zoom (for the live events and video chats), and Slack (for announcements, as well as chats among the participants). To make use of this, you will be asked to sign up on the Exo3 Slack workspace.

To make it as easy as possible for you to know what is going on when, and how to find your way to these online events and online posters, your starting point will be the Exo3 Virtual Conference Center web page, which will be opened in due time well before the start of the conference. From there you will be able to go to the live talks, find the recorded talks, browse the posters, get to know people in the various online lounges, start a Slack chat with someone, etc. It will also give you access to your own contribution upload and testing page.

To make sure everthing will go as smoothly as possible, and technical glitches will be fixed rapidly, we will need a large number of volunteers to act as moderators and technical assistants to the speakers. Anyone can volunteer (preferentially from among you, the conference participants). If you have experience with tools such as Zoom, Slack, with video editing, with web design, with databases, and any other issues related to creating a successful online event, that would be a plus. This is going to be a large team effort. If you are interested to join the team of moderators, you can indicate so in your registration form (which contains now a set of new options, replacing the old ones that are now outdated).

We will provide further updates as we go. We intend to make Exo3 Online a memorable event!

Invited Review Speakers

The following invited review speakers have confirmed their attendence:

  • Andrew Vanderburg
  • Francesco Pepe
  • Scott Gaudi
  • Hilke Schlichting
  • Rebekah Dawson
  • Daniel Huber
  • Caroline Dorn
  • Jayne Birkby
  • Mark Marley
  • Sara Walker
  • Karl Stapelfeldt


The conference will start with an opening talk by:

  • Didier Queloz
The overall program of talks will consist of the following sessions:
  • Detection: Transits
  • Detection: Radial Velocity
  • Detection: Imaging, Microlensing, Gaia, ...
  • Formation
  • System Architectures & Dynamics
  • Host stars
  • Planetary Interiors
  • Atmospheres
  • Habitability and Biosignatures
  • Future Missions and Observatories

Update on 2020-04-16: Program is now online:

Program of talks (times may change)

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