Parker One

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

NASA 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. On December 26, 2019, the spacecraft flew by Venus for the second time since launch. This maneuver reduced 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 have been released to the public on November 12, 2019, and from the third orbit in February 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 discoveries from the first three orbits and new ones from orbit 4 with closer perihelion of 27.8 Rsun. The conference is 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.

This is not a NASA-sponsored conference and registration in NCTS is not required.

Abstract Deadline: Extended to January 29, 2020

Important Dates

Registration Opens: November 12, 2019

Abstract Deadline: January 29, 2020

Early Registration Ends: January 31, 2020
 * Non-US Citizens must register by March 6, 2020

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

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Science Organizing Committee

  • Marco Velli (Univ. California, Los Angeles, Co-Chair)
  • Nicholeen Viall (Goddard Space flight Center, Co-Chair)
  • Stuart Bale (Univ. California, Berkeley)
  • Benjamin Chandran (Univ. New Hampshire)
  • Christina Cohen (California Institute of Technology)
  • Rob Decker (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.)
  • Aleida Higginson (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.)
  • Russell Howard (Naval Research Lab.)
  • Colin Joyce (Univ. New Hampshire)
  • Justin Kasper (Univ. Michigan)
  • David Lario (Goddard Space flight Center)
  • David J. McComas (Princeton Univ.)
  • Nour E. Raouafi (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.)
  • Adam Szabo (Goddard Space flight Center)
  • Anna Tenerani (Univ. Texas, Austin)
  • Angelos Vourlidas (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.)

Invited Speakers

  • Angelos Vourlidas (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.)
  • Paola Testa (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Anna Tenerani (Univ. Texas, Austin)
  • Jamey Szalay (Princeton Univ.)
  • Mike Stevens (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Victor Reville (CRNS/IRAP)
  • Lorenzo Matteini (Imperial College, London)
  • Jasper Halekas (Univ. Iowa)
  • Lindsay Glesener (Univ. Minnesota)
  • Shannon Curry (Univ. California, Berkeley)
  • Theresa Nieves-Chinchilla (NASA/GSFC)
  • Christina Cohen (California Institute of Technology)
  • Sam Badman (Univ. California, Berkeley)

Venue and Directions

Applied Physics Laboratory
Kossiakoff Center

11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099

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

(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.


Draft Agenda

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