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Welcome to the site of the Blue Dots initiative !

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] obspm.fr .

This section's articles


Pathways conference announced (News)

Tuesday 30 September 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The "Pathways Towards Habitable Planets" conference is announced here. It will be held in Barcelona between Sep. 14-18th, 2009, and is sponsored in part by the Blue Dots initiative.


Upcoming scientific meetings (Goodies)

Tuesday 30 September 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Here’s a list of upcoming scientific meetings related to the Blue Dots theme: Missions to Exoplanets: 2010-2020, 21 - 23 April 2009, Pasadena, California The Search for Life in the Universe, 4 - 7 May 2009, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA Evolution of Planetary and (...)


BD meeting #3 (News)

Thursday 18 September 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The second Blue Dots meeting was held last September 16-17 at the University College London, with the participation of: Jean-Philippe Beaulieu Anthony Boccaletti Vincent Coudé du Foresto Marc Ollivier (by video link) Ignasi Ribas Misato Fukagawa (for H. Shibai) Alessandro (...)


Sagan Program and 2009 Sagan Fellowships (News)

Friday 12 September 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
1 2 3 The Sagan Program has been announced through the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech. See details in the following pages. 1 2 3


Venue for the Pathways conference (News)

Saturday 19 July 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Here are a few pictures of the venue chosen for the Pathways conference (Sep. 14-18th, 2009), within the CosmoCaixa science museum in Barcelona. A presentation of the museum can be found here. It is located within 15mn (by direct subway) from Plaza de Catalunya which is the heart of the city, (...)


Past scientific meetings (Goodies)

Tuesday 8 July 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Here’s a list of past scientific meetings related to the Blue Dots theme: Exoplanets and Disks: their Formation and Diversity, 9 - 12 March 2009, Keauhou, Hawaii Planet Formation and Evolution: The Solar System and Extrasolar Planets, 2 - 6 March 2009, University of Tübingen, Germany (...)


Blue Dots organization (Presentation)

Wednesday 11 June 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
Blue Dots is organized around a core team coordinating groups of experts in several planetary characterization themes: Targets and their environments Formation and evolution of planetary systems Habitability criteria Observations of planetary atmospheres as well as relevant detection (...)


BD meeting #2 (News)

Wednesday 11 June 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The second Blue Dots meeting was held last June 5-6 at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, with the participation of: Jean-Philippe Beaulieu Anthony Boccaletti David Ciardi Vincent Coudé du Foresto Malcolm Fridlund Claudio Melo (Thursday only) Marc (...)


Blue Dots charter (Presentation)

Friday 6 June 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
The goal of Blue Dots is to prepare a roadmap towards the detection and characterization of habitable exoplanets, recognizing that this ambitious goal will require several intermediate steps. The scope of the initiative is science oriented and not restricted to a particular detection technique, (...)


List of group coordinators (Contact)

Monday 31 March 2008 by Vincent Coudé du Foresto
List of expert groups and their coordinators (replace § by @ in the email addresses): Astrophysical themes: Targets and their environments: Ignasi Ribas (iribas§ieec.uab.es) Formation and evolution of planetary systems: Hans Zinnecker (hzinnecker§aip.de) and Sebastian Wolf (...)