In support of its projects and the research community, IPAC sponsors and organizes talks, meetings, workshops, and conferences to facilitate community planning for future facilities; the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge; and the development of new ideas.
Explore IPAC supported events below.
Workshop • December 4th - 7th, 2018 • Pasadena, CA
Please register by midnight (PDT) on Wednesday October 31st 2018. Aimed at facilitating community preparation for the 2020 astronomy and astrophysics Decadal Survey, this meeting will provide a forum for reviewing the major science drivers for the coming decade, discussing the anticipated datasets from proposed missions and facilities, and considering the computing, networking, and data archiving tools and...
Symposium • November 8th - 9th, 2018 • Caltech - Keith Spalding
Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to current and past NASA Hubble Sagan Fellows and Sagan/Michelson graduate student and postdoctoral fellows present their current or past research results and highlight many of their cutting-edge efforts.
Workshop • October 19th - 20th, 2018 • Caltech
A community workshop hosted by the ATLAS Probe Team (October 19-20, 2018, Caltech). This workshop will gather scientists and engineers to discuss the science drivers and design optimizations for the next generation spectroscopic missions.
Workshop • September 13th - 14th, 2018 • Caltech's Cahill Hameetman Auditorium
The Greater IPAC Technology Symposium (GRITS) will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in the Cahill Hameetman Auditorium. GRITS is a one-day Technology Symposium giving IPACers the chance to share information about what we are currently doing to support our missions. If you are a developer, an engineer, a technologist, a user -- an IPACer -- this symposium is for you.
Public Event • August 10th, 2018 • Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium
The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years. Spitzer has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, now routinely observing transiting exoplanets and other interesting astronomical phenomena in its 15th year of operations. Dr. Sean Carey, Manager of the Spitzer Science Center,...
Public Event • July 14th - 22nd, 2018
Join lovers of astronomy from across the city for a week of free and family friendly space-themed events. AstroFest 2018 runs the week of July 14-22, 2018.
Conference • July 14th - 22nd, 2018 • Pasadena Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, Pasadena
The 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, COSPAR 2018, will be held in Pasadena, California and will mark the 60th anniversary of the formation of COSPAR itself. It will also mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of Explorer-1, built at the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is a division of the official host for COSPAR 2018, the California Institute of Technology.
Conference • June 20th - 21st, 2018 • Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building, Caltech
The 18th annual Greater IPAC Science Symposium will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21, 2018. The Science Symposium is a forum for presenting, discussing and learning more about the diverse research that is being carried out across the Greater IPAC. The GISS is open to all interested people from the science community - within IPAC, JPL, Caltech, and beyond - who would like to learn more about...
Science Talk • 12:00 PM, February 21st, 2018 • MR large conference room
Abstract: The chemo-structural evolution of galaxies at the peak epoch of cosmic star formation is a key issue in galaxy evolution physics that we do not yet fully understand. To address this, we investigate the spatial distribution of gas-phase metallicity in emission-line galaxies in the redshift range of z~1-3. For the first time, we bring forward a novel method of obtaining sub-kpc resolution metallicity...
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, October 25th, 2017 • Morrisroe LCR
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, October 11th, 2017 • IPAC Morrisroe large conference room
Strong gravitational lensing offers an unique view on the small scale clustering of matter at cosmological distances without relying on luminous structure. This is a regime where different dark matter scenarios can have diverting predictions based on the particle nature (self-interacting, thermal relic, etc) and where tensions in the local group have been reported. Recently, strong lensing has became...
Conference • October 9th - 12th, 2017
This NExScI meeting will gather experts in the field to understand community needs for follow-up ground-based high resolution imaging and spectroscopic observations in the era of K2 and TESS and leading into JWST, PLATO, and WFIRST. Register by Aug 18, 2017.
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, September 20th, 2017
I will present my phenomenological model for AGN at z ~ 0 which is based on the Eddington ratio distribution function. My results show that black hole growth at z ~ 0 can be described by two Eddington ratio distribution functions: one for X-ray and one for radio AGN. The distributions vary in shape, however they are both mass independent. This implies that more massive galaxies are neither more likely to host...
Conference • September 18th - 19th, 2017 • Beckman Institute Auditorium
Exoplanet science continues to be a rapidly increasing field in Southern California. To capitalise on this, we are organising the third annual Exoplanet Orbital Interaction, to allow members of the exoplanet community to get to know one another and to learn about the many opportunities for collaborations.
Workshop • August 7th - 11th, 2017 • Pasadena, CA
The Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop organized by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech/IPAC begins Aug 7 at Caltech. More than 80 participants expected to convene in Pasadena to learn about planet searches and microlensing, with application to WFIRST, Gaia, and Euclid.
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, August 2nd, 2017 • Morrisroe LCR
ALMA Observations of Protostellar Disks and Jets in the Early Stages of Star Formation // Protostellar disks and jets are seen around protostars in the early phase of star formation. However, when and how they are formed are still uncertain. With Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), we have observed and spatially resolved them in a few very young protostellar systems at unprecedented...
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, May 24th, 2017 • Morrisroe LCR
The Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, Automated // The GPI Exoplanet Survey (GPIES) is a multi-year 600 star survey to discover and characterize young Jovian exoplanets and their planet forming environments. I will describe the GPI Data Cruncher, an automated and real-time data processing framework that combines multiple data reduction pipelines to process all spectroscopic, polarimetric, and calibration...
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, May 18th, 2017
The JPL MIRI Project Scientist (not me individually) was awarded 60 (wall clock) hours of Guaranteed Time Observing on JWST. In this talk, I will give an overview of our science plans, how they follow from WISE and Spitzer studies, the observing strategies we chose in light of the significant overheads associated with JWST, and some lessons learned in using the ETC and APT planning tools that will be of value...
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, May 17th, 2017 • MR LCR
The Herschel-SPIRE instrument mapped about 8% of the sky in Submillimeter broad-band filters centered at 250, 350, and 500 microns (1199, 857, 600 GHz) with spatial resolutions of 17.9”, 24.2”, 35.4” respectively. In total, we used the 6878 standard configuration scan maps that are available, including calibration observations. The SPIRE Point Source Catalog contains the result of a systematic and homogeneous...
Conference • May 4th - 5th, 2017
Join us for the 17th annual Greater IPAC Science Symposium! The symposium will be held May 4-5, 2017 in the Cahill Hameetman Auditorium, and is open to all research astronomers to attend.
Science Talk • 12:15 PM, May 3rd, 2017 • Morrisroe LCR
Title: "The Design, Early Direct Imaging Science, and Future Developments with SCExAO" Abstract: SCExAO is an extreme adaptive optics system recently commissioned and available for open use on the 8.2m Subaru Telescope on Maunakea. In this brief talk, I summarize the architecture of SCExAO (wavefront control, coronagraphy) and science instruments currently in use and planned for use in the near future. ...