Workshop on Planetary Science with CMB + Optical/IR Surveys

April 4-5, 2019 / University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

This wokshop is focused on emerging opportunities in planetary science with CMB and optical/IR surveys. Recent studies have shown that the detection of a hypothetical Planet 9 and outer solar system bodies, as well as debris disks and exo-Oort clouds around other stars, can be pursued with wide area CMB surveys. The discovery space is complementary to targeted observations and is opening up with upcoming surveys. We aim to bring together a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds to explore how best to exploit data from current and upcoming CMB experiments, in conjunction with ground-based time domain optical and IR surveys, to explore these planetary science topics. The workshop will be informal and interactive with the bulk of the time devoted to discussions.


The workshop will take place on April 4th and 5th, 2019 at David Rittenhouse Laboratories, University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, PA. We will be using room 4N12.


See schedule here.

Talk slides are now available here

Remote participation

Remote participation will be possible using Blue Jeans. Connect via this link .

Local information (hotels, etc.)

For information about hotel booking and other Philadelphia recommendations, see here.

Registration is Currently Open

The deadline for registration is March 1, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please submit your information here


Eric Baxter, Gary Bernstein, Pedro Bernardinelli, Cullen Blake, Tom Crawford, Mark Devlin, Bhuvnesh Jain, Mario Juric, Gil Holder, Bryan Holler, Matt Holman, Matt Lehner, Carey Lisse, Renu Malhotra, Amaya Moro-Martin, Sigurd Næss, Tyler Natoli, Jack Orlowski-Scherer, Jason Rhodes, Masao Sako, Scott Tremaine, Chad Trujilo, Zhilei Xu

Scientific Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Collaboration Policy

To ensure transparency and openness, we have adopted the collaboration policy developed for the Gaia Sprints. This policy requires that participants agree to the following:

All participants will be expected to openly share their ideas, expertise, code, and interim results. Project development will proceed out in the open, among participants and in the world.

Participants will be encouraged to start new collaborations and combine projects. Any participant who contributes significantly to a project can expect co-authorship on resulting scientific papers, and any participant who gets significant contributions to a project is expected to include those contributors as co-authors.

These rules make it inadvisable to bring proprietary data sets or proprietary code, unless the participant bringing such assets has the rights to open them or add collaborators.

Code of Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment, abusive behavior, or intimidation of conference participants in any form. As such, we follow the AAS Code of Ethics, and expect all participants to read and abide by the statements in the AAS Code of Ethics.