Call for Concepts for Study Programs

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting concepts for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2019 calendar year. Concepts are solicited in the areas of space engineering, planetary science, remote sensing and earth system science, astrobiology, and astronomy and physics from space.


KISS Affiliates Program – 2019 Solicitation

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting nominations for KISS Affiliates who will begin their tenure during the 2019 calendar year. We intend to select one graduate student and one postdoctoral scholar from each of the EAS, GPS and PMA divisions, adding a total of 6 new KISS Affiliates to the ongoing program.


Short Course: Tidal Heating on Solar System Worlds

This short course will explore the process of tidal heating in rocky and icy worlds through the lenses of orbital dynamics, deformation, and evolution of interior properties. The course will cover how orbits and tides drive geological activities and alter the surface/subsurface environments of Solar System satellites, as well as how measurements of these processes, and of global properties, such as shape, gravity and orbit, inform our understanding of the tidal heating process.

15 - 19

Workshop: Tidal Heating – Lessons from Io and the Jovian System

This workshop will emphasize the Jovian system, and Io in particular, as the best laboratory for understanding the fundamental processes of tidal heating.


Short Course: Exploring Once-in-a-Lifetime Targets

This short course reviews science objectives for LPO exploration and the challenges of approaching these objects up-close, and introduces small satellites and possible architecture for addressing these challenges.

Oct. 29
- Nov. 2

Workshop: Large Constellations and Formations for Exploring Interstellar Objects and Long-Period Comets

This workshop will investigate the best strategies for exploring planetary objects with very long periods such as ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar visitor ever observed, and comets coming from the Oort cloud.