15-17 Mar 2017 St Andrews (United Kingdom)




New: The fifth incarnation of the UK Exoplanet Community Meeting will take place in Oxford from 21st to 23rd March 2018


The fourth UK Exoplanet Community Meeting is taking place at the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science at the University of St Andrews, on the East coast of Scotland, from Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th March 2017.

This event aims to gather and consolidate the UK community working in the field of exoplanets. This is the fourth of such events, with the first meeting held in Cambridge in 2014; the second in Warwick in 2015, and the third in Exeter in 2016.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to St Andrews in March 2017! 

Accommodation in St Andrews is limited, so be sure to book early. We have provided details of some of the available options here.


The meeting

The meeting will be held over 3 full days, and evening activities include a poster session complete with wine and cheese refreshments, as well as a conference dinner and ceilidh. 

We hope that this meeting will be an interesting and enjoyable experience for everyone, and at the same time we would like to highlight everyone’s right to enjoy the meeting in a courteous and considerate atmosphere. Please speak to the LOC if you have any questions about this, or any part of the conference organisation.


Scientific program: The program will be split into two parts: talks and discussion sessions. 

Discussion sessions: Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts to lead discussion sessions, each lasting for about 1.5 hours. The discussion format is free and part of the discussion proposal. Any ideas are welcome, ranging from a regular arrangement of short talks (splinter-meeting), open discussions, collaborative `hack' sessions, over guided or podium discussions, for example about general future directions, concerted grant applications or observational proposal, to hands-on experience for modelling software or data reduction. The SOC will select about 4-6 topics, and participants will split into 4-6 subgroups. Participants will also be given opportunities to pre-select their choice of attendance, and to interact with the discussion leaders before the meeting.

The call for discussion session topics is included in the registration form, which is open from 15th November 2016 - 15th January 2017.


Social events:

Wednesday 15th March - Wine & Cheese Poster session, funded by the RAS
Thursday 16th March - Conference dinner (19:00) & Ceilidh (21:00) limited to 150 attendees


Social Media:

The official hashtag for the meeting is #UKEXOM17 - please join in the discussion.



On Thursday 16th March 2017, there will be a public talk by Christiane Helling in Dundee as part of the winter series of the British Science Association during the Women in Science Festival: `Sparkling clouds and the crackling of lightning in extrasolar planets'




Registration opens on 15th November 2016, and closes 15th January 2017. The registration form includes abstract submission for talks, posters and discussion sessions.

Registration is confirmed on receipt of a completed registration form, as well as payment of the conference fee via the University of St Andrews online payment portal.

The conference fee is £45, which includes attendance, coffee breaks and lunches. An additional £50 is payable for the conference dinner and ceilidh.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the conference fee. Participants are encouraged to book early, as accommodation in St Andrews is limited.

If you have any questions about the conference or the registration, then please get in touch with Annelies Mortier: am352 [at] st-andrews.ac.uk 


Organising committee

The conference is locally organised (LOC) by:

  • Andrew Cameron
  • Duncan Forgan
  • Kirstin Hay
  • Christiane Helling
  • Graham Lee
  • Annelies Mortier (Chair)
  • Nicole Schanche
  • Peter Woitke

The scientific organising committee (SOC) is:

  • Christiane Helling (Chair)
  • Isabelle Baraffe
  • Beth Biller
  • Andrew Cameron
  • Don Pollaco
  • Didier Queloz
  • Peter Woitke


Website credits

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