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Workshop Announcement: Moving FORWARD in Space

February 1, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Moving FORWARD in Space Workshop, to be held in Philadelphia on June 4-6, 2012.

The primary goals of the workshop are to provide young female scientists with information and skills development necessary for a successful bid for a tenured professorship in the planetary sciences. Workshop activities will focus on developing mentoring and networking connections, techniques for more successful writing, acquiring grant funding, sharing of classroom ideas and materials, maintaining work-life balance, and challenges for dual career couples.

Invited participants include finishing doctoral students, postdocs, scientists in a career break after a PhD or postdoc, in the early stages of a tenure-track position or employed outside academia. Though this conference is aimed specifically at maintaining female scientists in the tenure-track pipeline, we encourage all underrepresented minorities in the planetary sciences to apply. Dual career couples are encouraged to apply as well.

The motivation for this workshop came out of a collaboration developed at another workshop for early career scientists. The planetary scientists attending the workshop realized that we all shared some common difficulties: in particular, most of us were the only planetary scientist at our respective universities. We would like to give others the same opportunity to develop collaborations and connections by providing a way to network with others in similar situations.

Applications to attend the workshop will be available on March 7, 2012. Please send an e-mail to planetary<at> if you would like to receive an application when it is available or if you would like additional information about the meeting. We expect to invite 30-35 attendees to the workshop – and will have some funds available to help cover hotel costs for those who request them (via a separate application).

This conference is sponsored by the National Science Foundation via the FORWARD to Professorship Program.

More information will be posted on the workshop webpage .

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Hana Amilia Kessler permalink
    March 19, 2012 11:46 am

    I too have battled with Breast removal, after 7 years, it still hurts. I have been interested in the cosmos since 1960 when I was a Technical Illustrator at GE in Syracuse NY. I seem to
    have lost my Nasa Photo of the Day. Return, return …Thank you for helping me at 76 years old.


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