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XMM-Newton Workshop on exoplanets and their environments ?>

XMM-Newton Workshop on exoplanets and their environments

This week I am organizing the XMM-Newton 2021 virtual workshop on the topic of “A high-energy view of exoplanets and their environments” as the chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee. We have over 350 participants, which is fantastic! The program and workshop website is here: The conference proceedings will be peer-reviewed and published in Astronomische Nachrichten/Astronomical Notes.

Cool Stars 20.5 ?>

Cool Stars 20.5

Because Zenodo sometimes give a too-many-requests error during the conference, here’s a backup of my conference poster:

Conference: Exoplanets III ?>

Conference: Exoplanets III

This week the Exoplanets III is taking place – it has been moved from Heidelberg into a virtual format because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m really excited about this particular conference, because it looks like a really well thought-out way to do an online conference, with all talks being available as videos for non-synchronous viewing, interactive online posters, and active discussion on Slack. Several of our group members are presenting their work: PhD students: Laura Ketzer: Poster “Using PLATYPOS to…

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Cool Stars 20 conference in Boston ?>

Cool Stars 20 conference in Boston

This summer the Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun had its 20th anniversary, and took place in Boston. This is my favourite conference series, and this year I was really excited because I had the honour of being an invited speaker. I gave a talk on “How planets affect cool stars”, and had a lot of good interactions with people about the science of stars and exoplanets. This was the first time I’ve given an invited…

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XMM-Newton Conference in Madrid ?>

XMM-Newton Conference in Madrid

I was invited to give a talk on “How Stars and Planets Interact: a Look Through the High-Energy Window” at the XMM-Newton 2018 Science Workshop with a focus on X-ray time-domain astronomy. As always, had some very nice interactions with the colleagues at ESAC in Madrid. It’s interesting to hear what’s new in all the other subfields being probed by soft X-rays.

Conference: “Ages^2 – Taking stellar ages to the next power” ?>

Conference: “Ages^2 – Taking stellar ages to the next power”

I spent some time at a fantastic conference, “Ages^2 – Taking stellar ages to the next power” on Elba, Italy. It was a great meeting, with people from very different areas of astronomy coming together to share progress on measuring how old different kinds of stars are, which is a very fundamental and very difficult to solve question. I gave an invited talk on the topic of “Precise stellar ages as the key to exoplanet evolution”, and my PhD student…

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Conference “Atmospheres of disks and planets” at castle Ringberg ?>

Conference “Atmospheres of disks and planets” at castle Ringberg

I just spent a really exciting week at castle Ringberg in south Germany, where the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy held a conference on exoplanet formation and atmospheric composition. Lots of interesting discussions and new results. I was invited to give a talk on the topic of “Stellar activity and planet characterisation” – one of my favourite topics to talk about. My personal highlight of the conference was Yamila Miguel’s presentation about the latest results from the Juno mission: we finally…

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Exoplanets conference in Bonn ?>

Exoplanets conference in Bonn

This week I am in Bonn, Germany, to give an invited talk entitled “Interactions between exoplanets and their host stars” at the conference Exoplanets – Bridging the gap between theory and observations. The conference takes place at the beautiful historical Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef. Lots of interesting talks and posters, from planet definitions (and how we should change them) to upcoming observational missions and planet formation theory. Plenty of time for discussion with all participants!

TEDx talk about exoplanets in habitable zones ?>

TEDx talk about exoplanets in habitable zones

Last Saturday I was honored to be an invited speaker at the TEDx conference in Klagenfurt, Austria. I spoke about exoplanets in habitable zones, and how those may compare to what we know from our own solar system. It was an extremely interesting conference – other speakers included Mateja Jamnik from the University of Cambridge who talked about her work in artificial intelligence, Guy Standing from the University of London who discussed unconditional basic income and how it can change…

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Cool Stars 19 conference review ?>

Cool Stars 19 conference review

One of my favourite conferences, the Cool Stars Workshop, took place in Uppsala last week. My PhD student Rachel Booth presented her work in a talk at the splinter session on Stellar Magnetic Activity – her first talk at a conference! And she did great! A lot of interesting stuff is going on at the moment with the spin-down and decrease in magnetic activity of old cool stars, and it seems like there may be different trends of rotation with…

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