How does ERES differ from a typical conference?

The ERES meeting is explicitly designed for and by “emerging” researchers, including graduate students, postdocs, and advanced undergraduates. The vast majority of the scientific talks will be given by postdocs and PhD students. The scientific discussion will also be driven by junior scientists. Although most of the time will be devoted to scientific talks, the organizing committee is also planning a few panel discussions on professional development topics. A poster session will also be held, within a virtual conference hall.

Will it be just postdocs and PhD students?

Senior researchers and undergraduates are also encouraged to register and attend. We do envision though that the majority of the scientific talks will be given by PhD students and postdocs, and that the scientific discussion will be driven by junior scientists.

How long will the talks be?

Final decisions will be made once the organizing committee reviews the abstracts submitted. Based on the number of prospective participants expressing interest in giving a talk, we anticipate that most talks (Q+A) will be 15 minutes (to mimic AAS dissertation talks).

Are there preferred topics for talks?

The session topics will be chosen to reflect the abstracts submitted. We’re interpreting exoplanetary science broadly. Possible topics include:

How will talk slots be assigned from the pool of applicants?

Talk slots will preferentially be given to emerging researchers, prioritizing more junior graduate students (years 1-2) before senior graduate students (years 3+) and postdocs. If the talk slots are heavily oversubscribed, some preference will be given to applicants from schools in the northeast area to preserve the regional focus of the ERES conference series. Students and researchers from all career stages and geographic locations are encouraged to register for ERES and join in on conference activities and scientific discussions.

How many people are you expecting?

Previous ERES meetings have hosted 80-150 people. This one is online, which makes accommodating more people easier. We’ll see what happens!

Any recommendations for presenters?

Before preparing your talk, we recommend skimming Winn’s guidelines.

What are other local talk opportunities?

Those interested in giving a talk at any of the ERES host institutions–Cornell, Penn State, Princeton, Yale–are invited to coordinate with the organizers of institution-specific talk opportunities.

Cornell hosts a weekly Planetary Lunch Seminary Series (PLunch), an informal seminar series presented to faculty members, research associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students from various academic departments. For further information, please email Ngoc Truong (

The Penn State Center for Exoplanets & Habitable Worlds (CEHW) hosts a weekly lunch seminar that invites outside speakers to present. Please contact Dan Stevens ( for more information.

Princeton hosts an exoplanet meeting every Monday at noon that invites outside speakers to present. Please contact Josh Winn ( for more information. A separate speaking opportunity at Princeton is “Thunch”. Please contact Roberto Tejada Arevalo ( for further information.

Yale hosts a weekly Exoplanets and Stars Seminar that invites outside speakers to present to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty; please contact Malena Rice ( for more information.

I have an accessibility concern, will it be addressed?

Please contact us at, or through the anonymous feedback form, and we will see what we can do!

My question is not here, what do I do?

Please email your question to; we will get back to you promptly.