The BTC Institute, UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium served as co-coordinators of this annual event, held on August 11, 2023 at the Biopharmaceutical Technology Center on the Promega Corporation Campus in Madison, WI. MAP

This Campus is also the home of the Bell Burnell Observatory and an opportunity to visit this historic site, also an active observatory (see link above), was included in the conference schedule.

keynote speakers

Dr. Kenneth Sembach is a tenured astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), where he served as director from 2015 to 2022. STScI is the operations center for NASA’s flagship astronomical observatories, including the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes, which play key roles in exoplanet research. Dr. Sembach holds a PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago.  TALK TITLE: Exploring exoplanets, star formation, and the universe with the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Melinda Soares-Furtado is a NASA Hubble Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and member of the Wisconsin Center for Origins Research (WiCOR). She studies open cluster variable stars and the formation and evolution of star-planet systems. She is also studying how space-based infrared surveys of young star-forming regions can bring new insights to star-planet systems. TALK TITLE: Stellar Epitaphs: The Final Testimonies of Devoured Worlds

Exoplanets and the origins of life:
final program

This annual event showcases research and projects funded by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, based at Carthage College and funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Check it out – there may be an opportunity for you!