Parker One

The Parker Solar Probe science teams are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Parker Conference Series.

Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, which launched on August 12, 2018, has completed the first three of its 24 scheduled orbits about the Sun (perihelia on November 5, 2018, April 4, 2019, and September 1, 2019). All three orbits had roughly the same perihelion distance of 35.7 Rsun from the Sun center. In December, 2019, the spacecraft will fly by Venus for the second time since launch. This maneuver will reduce perihelion to 27.8 Rsun. The main science objectives of the PSP mission are to: (1) Trace the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the solar corona and solar wind; (2) Determine the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind; and (3) Explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles.

Data from the first two orbits will be released to the public on November 12, 2019, and from the third orbit in January 2020. The data returned so far is a treasure trove that holds potential for breakthrough discoveries. PSP is crossing new boundaries of space exploration.

The first annual Parker Solar Probe conference will be held from March 23 to 27, 2020 in Laurel, Maryland at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The meeting will highlight the first results from the first four Parker Solar Probe solar encounters. The conference will be open to the entire heliophysics community. Abstracts involving relevant theory, simulations, data analysis, and coordinated observations are encouraged. There will be space for both oral and poster presentations, as well as splinter sessions.

Important Dates

Registration Opens: November 12, 2019

Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2020

Early Registration Ends: January 31, 2020


Cost: $375 (before 2/1/2020)   |   $425 (after 1/31/2020)

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Science Organizing Committee

  • Stuart Bale
  • Ben Chandran
  • Russ Howard
  • Colin Joyce
  • Justin Kasper
  • David McComas
  • Adam Szabo
  • Anna Tenerani
  • Marco Velli
  • Angelos Vourlidas
  • Parker Project Science Team

Venue and Directions

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Kossiakoff Center

APL is located on Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel Maryland, approximately 1/2 mile west of U.S. Route 29.

Applied Physics Laboratory
Kossiakoff Center

11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099

(Google map)

Directions to the Laboratory

From Baltimore and I-95 (southbound)

Take exit 38 (Maryland Route 32-sign will read "Toward Columbia") west to US 29 south. (Exit 38 is approximately 10 miles from the Baltimore Beltway, I-695.) Proceed about 1.5 miles on US 29 to Johns Hopkins Road. Turn right. APL is a quarter mile west. Turn right on Pond Road, just past the service station. Follow the signs to the Kossiakoff Center parking on the lower lot.

From Washington and I-95 (northbound)

Take exit 38 (Maryland Route 32-sign will read "Toward Columbia") west to US 29 south. (Exit 38 is approximately 10 miles from the Washington Beltway, I-495.) Proceed about 1.5 miles on US 29 to Johns Hopkins Road. Turn right. APL is a quarter mile west. Turn right on Pond Road, just past the service station. Follow the signs to the Kossiakoff Center parking on the lower lot.

From US 29

Proceed on US 29 to and exit onto Johns Hopkins Road. APL is a quarter mile west. Turn right on Pond Road, just past the bank and credit union. Follow the signs to the Kossiakoff Center parking on the lower lot.