Fira extreme solar systems

This International Conference will be held on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the discovery of the first extrasolar earth-mass planets, around PSR 1257+12. This also happens to coincide approximately with the 60th birthday of their discoverer, Alex Wolszczan. The main scientific themes of the meeting include the detection and characterization of earth-like planets (using all presently available and future techniques), planets in extreme environments (dense star clusters, binaries), planets around evolved stars (giants, white dwarfs, pulsars), and the habitability of extreme planets.

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Scientific Organizing Committee:
Debra Fischer
Brad Hansen
Michael Kramer
Marc Kuchner
Shri Kulkarni
Dave Latham
Mario Livio
Michel Mayor
Stan Peale
Fred Rasio (co-chair)
Steinn Sigurdsson
Ingrid Stairs
Steve Thorsett
Andrzej Udalski
Alycia Weinberger
Alex Wolszczan (co-chair)
Yanqin Wu

Local Organizing Committee:
Vicky Kalogera
Kostas Kokkotas
John Seiradakis (chair)
Nik Stergioulas

Conference Sponsors:
NASA Astrobiology Institute
National Science Foundation
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Northwestern University
Penn State University

Physics and Astronomy Department
Northwestern University
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Penn State University