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Blue Dots is a community-based prospective forum on exoplanets. Some of the Blue Dots items :

  • The Pathways Towards Habitable Planets conference held in Barcelona in September 2009 ;
  • A 2010 report on a roadmap towards the detection and characterization of habitable exoplanets (download from here) ;
  • In progress : Response to the ESA call for themes for its L2/L3 large space missions. The submitted White Paper can be downloaded here. It is currently backed by more than 660 scientists world-wide, and you can join them by signing in here to support this paper. A list is maintained and updated online : here is an alphabetical list of supporting scientists , and there is a spreadsheet version containing more detailed information and individual comments. Remarks, comments and contributions about this process can be sent to exoplanet.whitepaper [at] .

This section's articles

ESA L2/L3 white paper (News)

Wednesday 20 March 2013 by Fabien Malbet
ESA has recently issued a call for white papers on the science themes of the L2 and L3 missions of its Cosmic Vision programme. All information related to this call is in the section Agency calls>ESA L2/L3 white paper.

Download Blue Dots report (News)

Wednesday 30 June 2010 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The latest version (currently 2.02) of the Blue Dots report is available here for download. This version has been approved by the Working Group coordinators.

Summary of the Pathways conference (News)

Monday 21 December 2009 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
At the initiative of Blue Dots and other sponsors, exoplanet scientists from around the world gathered in Barcelona on September 14th-18th, 2009, to debate and reach a consensus on defining guidelines for a new roadmap with the ultimate objective of finding habitable, and potentially inhabited, (...)

Sagan Program and 2010 Sagan Fellowships (News)

Sunday 6 September 2009 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
2010 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2010 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2010. The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research (...)

Draft Blue Dots report (Goodies)

Friday 4 September 2009 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Here’s the latest draft (version 1.3, July 26th, 2009) of the Blue Dots report. Do not hesitate to send your feedback to team.bluedots§ . The report will be finalized before the end of 2009, taking into account elements from the Pathways (...)

Blue Dots meeting #6 (News)

Sunday 8 March 2009 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The next Blue Dots meeting will be hosted at ISSI in Bern on March 25th and 26th, in conjunction with the meeting of the ISSI team led by Helmut Lammer. Participants: Roy Alonso Vincent Coudé du Foresto Stefan Dieters (for Jean-Philippe Beaulieu) Malcolm Fridlund Lisa (...)

ESA coordinator position open (News)

Tuesday 3 February 2009 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
A position at ESA has just opened for a Coordinator for Astronomy and Fundamental Physics Missions, who will play a major role in the implementation of the Cosmic Vision program. See here for details. Deadline for applications is Feb. 16th, (...)

BD meeting #4 (News)

Friday 14 November 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The next Blue Dots meeting was held at Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (Council Room) on November 17-18th, 2008: Participants: Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (on-and-off, preparing the Molecules workshop) Anthony Boccaletti James Cho (Planetary atmospheres, Monday only) Vincent Coudé du (...)

EP-RAT white papers (Goodies)

Thursday 13 November 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
This article compiles the EP-RAT white papers for which we have received the authorization to put on line: "Detection of Extrasolar Planets in Circumstellar Disks" by S. Wolf "Atmospheric modeling: Setting Biomarkers in context" by L. Kaltenegger and F. Selsis "An optimized nulling ground (...)

Other white papers (Goodies)

Wednesday 12 November 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Here’s a list a white papers spontaneously submitted to Blue Dots: "The case for optical interferometric polarimetry" by N. Elias et al. (arXiv link)