Meetings and Workshops

This web page contains information about upcoming workshops and links to presentations from past workshops. Please note that some of the information contained in these presentations may have since been updated.

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Upcoming Meetings and Workshops


March 30: Southern Sources with EXES/SOFIA: A Community Chat
(4.5 – 28.3 μm, R=5000-100000)

March 23-26: SOFIA Science Series Workshop 1: Rock, Dust and Ice: interpreting planetary data

This 4-day virtual workshop will bring together observers, modelers and laboratory astronomers to discuss the interpretation of observations of rocks, ices and dust on and around Solar System objects. More information here


Past Meetings and Workshops


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2021 Workshops


January 11-14, 2021: SOFIA at the 237th AAS meeting

SOFIA science was all over the 237th AAS Virtual Meeting (January 11-15, 2021). SOFIA events included a Town Hall, special session on stellar feedback, three webinars, chat times with SOFIA leadership at the booth, and more. More information here.

January 12, 2021: AAS Webinar "Exploring the Mid-IR Galactic Center with SOFIA Legacy Maps"

AAS meeting attendees may participate in this webinar led by James Radomski and Nicole Karnath The Galactic Center legacy maps obtained with FORCAST at 25- and 37-μm provide a large-scale view of bright infrared emission in the region, with an unprecedented spatial resolution. The detected emission allows one to constrain the dust spatial distribution and temperature, and to identify compact sources, including candidate young stellar objects, hence providing unique contextual information for the study of the closest galactic nucleus. We will present this publicly available dataset and different techniques to derive information and exploit its scientific value.

More information here.

January 13, 2021: AAS Webinar "SOFIA Archive Opportunities: Science-Ready Data and Funding"

AAS meeting attendees may participate in this webinar led by Ed Chambers, Luisa Rebull and B-G Andersson. The SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP) is now open for proposals to fund research projects primarily using SOFIA data. The purpose of this program is to encourage the use of available SOFIA archival data and to realize the full potential of the SOFIA archive. In this webinar we will present the search and visualization functionalities for SOFIA data in the IRSA archive, highlight and describe select high-potential public datasets, and discuss the mechanics of the open funding call.

More information here.


2020 Workshops 


December 14, 2020: AGU session: SOFIA, An Asset for Planetary Science 
Online

AGU attendees will be able to access the AGU poster session: SOFIA, An Asset for Planetary Science at the AGU Fall meeting. The iPosters will be during the whole meeting here, and the live Poster Walk session will be held at 1pm-2pm Pacific time at Poster Pod 2. More information and abstracts here.

October 26, 2020: DPS webinar - Lunar Observations from SOFIA: Recent Results and Next Plans
Online

DPS attendees will be able to attend this event. Speakers: Casey Honniball (NASA Goddard) and Bill Reach (SOFIA/USRA). More information.

August 18: Cycle 9 proposal preparation webinar
Online

This is an interactive event on the proposal tools available for Cycle 9. The objective is to help proposers in avoiding the typical pitfalls in observing time estimates and enhancing the Technical Feasibility section of their proposals. More information here.

August 3: Introducing Dual-Anonymous Review for SOFIA proposals
Online

This objective of this webinar is to present the motivations and guidelines for the implementation of dual-anonymous reviews for SOFIA proposals. With presentations from Lou Strolger (STSCI) and B-G Andersson (SOFIA/USRA). View the webinar recording here.

July 20: 2020 German SOFIA Workshop 2020
Online

July 27-29: Building the SOFIA Instrument Roadmap Workshop II
Online
More information

June 30: Building Legacy Proposals Workshop
Online
More information

June 22-24: Building the SOFIA 2020-2025 Instrument Roadmap I
Online
More information

June 1-3, AAS 236th Meeting
Virtual
More information

January 5-8, AAS 235th Meeting
Honolulu, HI
More information


2019 Workshops


August 9, Proposal Tools Webinar
More information and presentations

May–August SOFIA Science on Tour
More information

January 6–​10, AAS 233rd Meeting
Seattle, WA
Workshop: FORCAST and HAWC+ Data Analysis
Presentations


2018 Workshops


August 3, Community Day, NOAO
Tucson, AZ
Presentations

May 23, Community Day, IPAC
Pasadena, CA
Presentations

May 17, Next Generation Science Instrument Pre-proposal Workshop
More information

May 9, Community Day, NRAO/UVa
Charlottesville, VA
Presentations

May 5, German SOFIA Workshop, Stuttgart, Germany
Conference website

May 2, Community Day, UT Austin
​Austin, TX
Presentations

April 16, Next Generation Science Instrument Pre-proposal Workshop
More information

April 3, Next Generation Science Instrument Pre-proposal Workshop
More information


2017 Workshops


May 15–​16, Community Day, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

May 24, Community Day, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
in conjunction with the Midwest Magnetic Field Workshop

May 31, Community Day, University of Maryland
College Park, MD

June 6, Community Day, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, MA


2016 Workshops


October, FIFI-LS Workshop, SOFIA Science Center, NASA Ames
Moffett Field, CA
Presentations

May 10, Community Day, Steward Observatory
Tuscon, AZ
Presentations


2015 Workshops


August, XXIX IAU General Assembly
Honolulu, HI
Splinter session: SOFIA Mission Status and Science Update
Presentations

May 20–​21, Observers' Workshop, Historic Adobe Building 
Mountain View, CA

2015 SOFIA Observers' Workshop
Workshop page
Agenda and presentations

March 16, Ringberg Workshop
Ringberg, Germany
Selected presentations

January 1–​5, AAS 225th Meeting
Seattle, WA
Splinter session: SOFIA Mission Status and Science Update
Presentations


2014 Workshops


June 1–​5, AAS 224th Meeting
Boston, MA
SOFIA Splinter Session
Presentations

January 5–​9, AAS 223rd Meeting
Washington, DC
SOFIA Splinter Session
Presentations


2013 Workshops


January 6–​10, AAS 221st Meeting
Long Beach, CA
SOFIA Town Hall Session
Presentations


2012 Workshops


June 10–​14, AAS 220th Meeting
Anchorage, AK
Presentations

January 8–​12, AAS 219th Meeting
Austin, TX
Early Science Results from the SOFIA Observatory
Presentations


2011 Workshops


November 7-8, SOFIA Workshop, NASA Ames
Moffett Field, CA

May 22–​26, AAS 218th Meeting
Boston, MA
SOFIA: Opportunities for Scientists & Educators
Presentations

January, AAS 217th Meeting, Seattle, WA
Early Results from the SOFIA Observatory
Presentations


2010 Workshops


October 4–​8, DPS Meeting
Pasadena, CA
Presentations

June 6–​8, Asilomar Scientific Opportunities for New Instrumentation
Pacific Grove, CA
Scientific Opportunities For new Instrumentation, Asilomar 2010
Electronic Proceedings

January 3–​7, AAS 215th Meeting
Washington, D.C.
Early Science Opportunities with SOFIA V
Presentations


2009 Workshops


June 7–​11, AAS 214th Meeting
Pasadena, CA
Early Science Opportunities with SOFIA IV
Presentations

January 4–​8, AAS 213th Meeting
Long Beach, CA
Early Science Opportunities with SOFIA III
Special Session: Proposing for SOFIA Basic Science Observations
Presentations


2008 Workshops


June, AAS 212th Meeting
St. Louis, MO
Announcement
SOFIA Early Science Opportunities White Paper [pdf]

January 7–​11, AAS 211 Meeting
Austin, TX
Announcement
Workshop Flyer
Presentations:
SOFIA Early Science: Program Overview (E. Becklin)
(Movie file #1 and Movie file #2 accompanying above presentation.)
SOFIA Early Science: Imaging (S. Casey)
SOFIA Education & Public Outreach program (D. Backman)


2007 Workshops


December, SOFIA's 2020 Vision
Caltech, CA
Scientific and Technological Opportunities Workshop
Announcement
White Paper (final version, September 2008)

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