Kepler & K2 Science Conference V

Welcome to the home page of the fifth Kepler & K2 Science Conference! The conference will be take place from March 4-8, 2019 in Glendale, California. The meeting will be a celebration of Kepler's 10 years in space. Stay tuned for further information!

Check back here for updates or follow the conversation on Twitter (#KeplerSciCon).

Important Dates

August 31, 2018 registration and abstract submission open
November 15, 2018 regular deadline to submit abstracts for talks, breakout sessions, and poster; deadline to apply for travel support
December 20, 2018 conference schedule published
January 3, 2019 conference forecast deadline (NASA participants only)
January 15, 2019 late deadline to submit abstracts for posters
February 10, 2019 registration and hotel reservation deadline
March 4-8, 2019 Kepler & K2 Science Conference V


There is no registration fee for this conference, however we ask that all attendees register to assist with planning. Register here by the Feb. 10, 2019 deadline.

Upon registering, participants can volunteer to judge a poster competition for students and post docs during the conference. Winners of the competition have the opportunity to give short talks about their results during the second half of the conference. Judges will rank posters of conference participants who agreed to enter the competition.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for posters only can be submitted here here by the Nov. 15 deadline until the late poster only deadline of Jan. 15, 2019.. Abstracts for oral presentations and breakout sessions were due by the Nov. 15 deadline.

Note that Wednesday afternoon (March 6) is set aside for breakout sessions to enable the community to discuss and work on Kepler/K2 related projects. We envision these sessions will be more hands on, unconference sessions of broad interest to the community. Examples of break out sessions include panel discussions, hack activities, work meetings of large collaborations, or tutorials to use data/software products related to Kepler/K2.

Lodging, Parking, and Venue Information

NOTE: Some conference registrants have reported receiving phone calls from the hotel asking for dates and other information. This is a scam and you should not respond! All registrants wishing to stay at the Glendale Hilton must make their reservations themselves; you will not receive a phone call asking for this information!

The conference location and hotel is the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Ctr located at 100 West Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, California, 91202. A block of rooms has been reserved for March 2, 2019 - March 9, 2019. The special sleeping room rate includes free wifi and will be available until February 10, 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Rooms in the block can be reserved by following this link.

If you are interested in shared housing, please contact us so we can connect you with others interested as well.

For Attendees Staying at the Hotel: Self parking is free for this conference and includes in/out privileges.
For Attendees Not Staying at the Hotel (Day Guests): Self parking is still free. Just inform the attendant that you are attending the Kepler meeting. Everyone: If you wish to use valet parking, the rate is $19/day.

Travel Support

We have limited funding to support local costs (hotel and per diem) for a limited number of participants who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting. Applications for travel support were due on Nov. 15 and are no longer being accepted. Applicants will receive a decision by Dec. 20.

Code of Conduct

We expect all attendees to agree with and abide by our code of conduct. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to click a box to confirm that they agree with this code. If you have concerns, suggestions, or would like to report a violation, please contact Jessie Dotson at 650-701-7040.

Participants List

A list of registered participants can be found here.

Invited Speakers

  • Ruth Angus, American Museum of Natural History / Flatiron Institute / Columbia University
  • Sarah Ballard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bill Borucki, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Jessie Christiansen, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
  • Sébastien Deheuvels, Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP Toulouse)
  • Courtney Dressing, University of California, Berkeley
  • Peter Garnavich, University of Notre Dame
  • Patrick Gaulme, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
  • Chris Lintott, Oxford University
  • Mia Lundkvist, Aarhus University
  • Andrew Mann, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Katelynn McCalmont, Ball Aerospace
  • Marc Pinsonneault, The Ohio State University
  • Krista Lynne Smith, Stanford University
  • Andrew Vanderburg, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lauren Weiss, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Knicole Colón, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (co-Chair)
  • JJ Hermes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (co-Chair)
  • Suzanne Aigrain, University of Oxford
  • Geert Barentsen, NASA Ames Research Center
  • David Ciardi, Caltech/IPAC-NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
  • Jessie Dotson, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Dawn Gelino, Caltech/IPAC-NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
  • Matt Holman, Harvard University
  • Andrew Howard, Caltech
  • Steve Howell, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Katrien Kolenberg, KU Leuven
  • Savita Mathur, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
  • Armin Rest, Space Telescope Science Institute

Local Organizing Committee

  • Geert Barentsen, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Knicole Colón, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jessie Dotson, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Dawn Gelino, Caltech/IPAC-NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
  • Ellen O'Leary, Caltech/IPAC-NASA Exoplanet Science Institute


If you have questions regarding the conference, please send an email to