TASC5/KASC12 workshop

22-26 July 2019, MIT / Cambridge, USA

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Asteroseismology has brought about a revolution in our understanding of stars and their interiors, yielding profound new insights into stellar evolution, Galactic archeology, and exoplanet-host stars. The greatest advances have been enabled by near-continuous photometry from space-based missions, such as CoRoT, Kepler, and now the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TASC5/KASC12 will be the first meeting where participants have the opportunity to present analysis and results from asteroseismology and precision stellar astrophysics of objects in the southern ecliptic observed by TESS. The workshop will emphasize the most recent results from TESS, but will also highlight new results from existing data from the Kepler and K2 missions; the joint meeting is the 5th workshop of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium and the 12th workshop of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium. TESS is an MIT-led NASA mission, and the workshop will be held from 22-26 July 2019 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, USA. It is unique in that it will immediately precede the first TESS Science Conference, also held at MIT starting 29 July 2019.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Registration deadline: 11 July 2019

  • Welcome reception and badge pick-up: 21 July 2019
  • TASC5/KASC12 Workshop dates: 22-26 July 2019
  • TESS Science Conference, also at MIT the following week starting 29 July 2019

Invited speakers

  • Tim Bedding (University of Sydney)
  • Earl Bellinger (Aarhus University)
  • Clara Brasseur (STScI)
  • Stéphane Charpinet (IRAP, Toulouse)
  • Cristina Chiappini (AIP, Potsdam)
  • Jessie Dotson (NASA Kepler/K2)
  • Adina Feinstein (University of Chicago)
  • Dan Foreman-Mackey (Flatiron Institute)
  • Oliver Hall (University of Birmingham)
  • Dan Huber (University of Hawaii)
  • Katrien Kolenberg (KU Leuven)
  • Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)
  • András Pál (Konkoly Observatory)
  • May Gade Pedersen (KU Leuven)
  • George Ricker (MIT)
  • Rachael Roettenbacher (Yale University)
  • Sara Seager (MIT)
  • Jamie Tayar (University of Hawaii)
  • Andrew Tkachenko (KU Leuven)
  • Vincent Van Eylen (Princeton University)


To contact the SOC or LOC write to: tasc5@mit.edu

  • Fabienne Bastien (USA)
  • Margarida Cunha (Portugal)
  • Gerald Handler (Poland)
  • Christina Hedges (USA)
  • JJ Hermes (chair, USA)
  • David Latham (USA)
  • Mia Lundkvist (Denmark)
  • László Molnár (Hungary)
  • Simon Murphy (Australia)
  • Rhita-Maria Ouazzani (France)
  • Jennifer van Saders (USA)
  • Nevin N. Weinberg (USA)


To contact the SOC or LOC write to: tasc5@mit.edu

  • JJ Hermes, Boston University
  • H. M. Günther, MIT
  • Rasmus Handberg, Aarhus
  • Nevin N. Weinberg, MIT (chair)

Organizing Institutions

Code of Conduct

TASC5/KASC12 organizers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience of people from many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any charge. The full TASC5/KASC12 Code of Conduct is available as pdf.

Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy can do so anonymously via google web form or can contact LOC representatives (see TASC5/KASC12 Code of Conduct for contact information).

This code of conduct was originally designed for an astronomy conference in London, adapted by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism.


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Privacy Policy

The organizers of this conference limit the collection of information about you unless you explicitly provide it to us in a form, e.g. when submitting an abstract. Our server logs the IP addresses of all visitors; these logs are frequently overwritten. However, we link to forms and websites operated by other entities and cannot control how they collect and process information; so please check their privacy policies.

Abstract submission is handled through Google forms; we collect only the data necessary to evaluate abstracts, and inform you about the conference (such as announcing when abstracts are selected, or contact authors not yet registered close to the deadline), and prepare the conference program. The conference program, including author names, institutions and abstracts for all accepted contributions, will be made public. Your data is stored on Google's servers and on personal computers of the LOC in the USA. Your submitted information will be shared with the SOC to allow them to select talks and posters for this conference. Google may store additional information (like your IP address) when you access Google forms, but we do not have control of or access to that data. Google's policies are at http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS. Similarly, conference registration and payment is handled through MIT conference services; check their privacy policy before you enter data. They will provide personal information that you entered in the registration form (but not the payment form) to the LOC. We will use this to contact you about the conference, print badges, and make a list of registered participants (name and affiliation) public and perform other tasks required to organize the conference.

We want to make you aware for your rights:

  • The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data.
  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that the LOC correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that the LOC completes the information you believe is incomplete. However, changes to your abstract submission after the deadline may disqualify your abstract from being accepted.
  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that the LOC erase your personal data, but if you do so, your work cannot be presented at the conference and you may not be able to attend as a registered participant. We may be required to keep some your data to process any refunds.
  • The right to restrict or object to processing – You have the right to request that the LOC restricts the processing of your personal data. However, this may disqualify your abstract from being accepted or prevent you from attending the conference as a registered participant.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request that the LOC transfers the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at our email: tasc5@mit.edu, call us at +16172538008 and write to Hans Moritz Guenther, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, NE83-557, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

The LOC keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 18 March 2019.