SMD Community Town Hall Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Information about the next town hall will be posted here when available.

 

Past Meetings

 

April 21, 2022

Earth Science Division Community Forum 

As NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) moves into the implementation of the Decadal Survey recommendations with development of the Earth System Observatory, ESD leadership will regularly update the community on these activities, the current Program of Record, and other Earth science news in a series of ESD Community Forums.  This meeting was virtual-only via WebEx. For more information please visit https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/esd-community-forum.

 

April 19, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall 

The Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share current status of NASA activities.

Watch the April 19, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

March 21-25, 2022

Space Science Week at the National Academies

Though not SMD town hall meetings, we thought you might be interested in the meetings of Space Studies Board committees of the National Academies. All meetings were virtual. For more information, see https://www.nationalacademies.org/ssb/space-studies-board.

Table of start-end dates, committees, and notes for Space Science Week at the National Academies (March 21-25, 2022).

 

February 8, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and the leadership team to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and the current status of NASA activities.  

Watch the February 8, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)
 

 

Virtual NASA Astrophysics Events from AAS239

Many Astrophysics Division activities originally scheduled for the now cancelled AAS239 meeting will occur virtually. See https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/events-at-aas239.
 

 

January 19, 2022

Living with the Star Virtual Meeting

The annual briefing for the NASA Heliophysics Living With a Star (LWS) program that would normally be held during the Fall AGU meeting took place as a Webex session on January 19, 2022.

The agenda for the Town Hall is:

  • LWS Program Overview
  • LWS Science – Update and Focused Science Topics for ROSES-2022
  • Space Weather Update
  • LPAG Report on 2021 Activities
  • LWS Architecture Study
  • Mission Updates
  • Wrap-up/Questions
     

 

January 26, 2022

Scientific Information Policy Virtual Meeting 

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has released SPD-41: Scientific Information policy for the Science Mission Directorate along with a Request for Information (RFI) about changes and implementation of this policy. To help provide further information about the policy and answer questions from the community, NASA SMD hosted a townhall on January 26, 2022.


The Q&A portal is: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/n7tz/
 

 

October 21, 2021

Earth Science Division Community Forum

As NASA's Earth Science Division (ESD) moves into the implementation of the Decadal Survey recommendations with development of the Earth System Observatory, ESD leadership will regularly update the community on these activities, the current Program of Record, and other Earth science news in a series of ESD Community Forums. For more information see https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/esd-community-forum.
 

 

October 18, 2021

NASA Science Quarterly Town Hall Meeting 

NASA's Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team to discuss updates to NASA's science program and share the current status of NASA activities.

Watch the October 18, 2021 Quarterly Town Hall (YouTube)
 

 

July 22, 2021

SMD Town Hall Meeting

NASA's Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday, July 22, to discuss updates to NASA's science program and share the current status of NASA activities.

Watch the July 22, 2021 Community Town Hall (YouTube) *Please note that the recording of this meeting did not begin at the start of the meeting. It is missing the first 4 minutes of the town hall.
 

 

June 3 and June 15, 2021

Cryospheric Sciences Virtual DAPR Town Halls 

NASA's Cryospheric Sciences program held two virtual town hall meetings in June 2021 to discuss the implementation of Dual-Anonymous Peer Review for the A.15 Cryospheric Sciences program element of ROSES-2021. In dual-anonymous peer review, not only are proposers unaware of the identity of reviewers, but the reviewers do not have explicit knowledge of the proposing teams and institutions during the scientific evaluation of the proposal. The town halls (1) discussed the motivation for switching to dual-anonymous peer review, (2) explained how dual-anonymous peer reviews work, and (3) described how to write proposals that are compatible with dual-anonymous peer review. Attendees will had the opportunity to anonymously ask questions to the panelists.

Watch the Cryospheric Sciences Virtual DAPR Town Hall (YouTube)

 

 

May 24, 2021

2021 Astrophysics Theory Program Information Session

On May 24, 2021 representatives from the Astrophysics Division hosted an informational session regarding the 2021 Astrophysics Theory Program (ATP) Competition. The session opened with a description of ATP, highlighting four significant changes that have been made to ATP since the previous competition (below) and then transitioned to address community questions about these changes and the 2021 ATP competition in general.

  1. the consolidation of exoplanet science investigations into the Exoplanet Research Program (XRP) and out of ATP;
  2. the use of dual-anonymous peer review in the preparation and peer review of ATP proposals;
  3. the requirement for a data management plan or an explanation of why one is not necessary withing the 15-page Scientific/Technical/Management (S/T/M) section of the proposal; and
  4. the requirement that anonymized proposals must include an inclusion plan of up to two pages addressing plans for creating and sustaining a positive and inclusive working environment for those carrying out the proposed investigation, and contributions the proposed investigation will make to the training and development of a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce.
     

Questions regarding the Astrophysics Theory Program may be directed to evan.scannapieco@nasa.gov.


 

Previous Town Hall Meetings

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