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Exoplanets II

02 – 06 July 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Exoplanet Science as such is a young, interdisciplinary and fast growing scientific area. Researchers from, e.g., astronomy, astrophysics, atmospheric physics, geology and, in my case, geophysics work together to understand exoplanets and their environment.
Exoplanets II was one of the largest conferences about exoplanets in 2018. Over 300 participants from all over the world came together in Cambridge to present their research in many different areas including detection and observation of exoplanets, planet formation, planet dynamics, atmospheric characterisation, astrobiology and stellar physics. Five days of talks and more than 180 posters that were on display for the whole week gave an exciting view into the large variety of science around exoplanets.
I was able to present a poster of my work about temporal variability in electromagnetic star-planet interaction (SPI). SPI describes the coupling between a star and its planet via the stellar magnetic field. During the conference I was able to talk to a lot of scientists about SPI in general, my contribution to a better understanding of SPI and discussed my research. At the same time, I myself learned a lot about the work of these scientists as well. Therefore, I want to thank the GSGS for funding my successful attendance of the Exoplanets II conference.

Christian Fischer
PhD student
Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology
PhD project: Star-planet interaction
Poster title: Electromagnetic star-planet interaction – Modelling observability