In the Spirit of Lyot 2022

27 June – 01 July 2022

Leiden, the Netherlands

Save the date: 27th June to 1st July, 2022

The conference will take place at the Scheltema conference centre, in the centre of Leiden, the Netherlands, both in person and with online participation. Leiden is the European City of Science 2022.

Conference purpose and scope

In the last 25 years, the field of exoplanet studies has rapidly evolved to become one of the most active in astronomy. The search for and study of these objects occupy a sizable fraction of observing time on large facilities worldwide, and major advances can be credited to novel instrument designs, new hardware, and innovative data processing techniques. Many ambitious new ground- and space-based projects are currently being developed to push the limits even further.

Exoplanet research relies on several complementary observational techniques (e.g. radial velocity, transit, astrometry). After years of developments and the start of operation of a new generation of high contrast “planet finders”, direct imaging is emerging as another major contributor to this exciting enterprise. This method will help to develop a more complete picture of the full diversity of exoplanet systems and circumstellar disks and provides a unique means to obtain information about the atmospheric properties of young gas giants. 


This conference will be focused on the direct detection and characterization of exoplanets and circumstellar disks, and new technological methods for their detection:

  • Development of New Techniques and Instrumentation
    • High-contrast observation and image processing techniques
    • New concepts and advances for high-contrast imaging instrumentation
    • Synergy of direct imaging with other techniques (RV, astrometry, transits, etc.)
    • Near- and long-term future projects, space missions, and ELTs
    • Upgrades of ground based instruments
  • Science Results
    • Current surveys, results & population statistics
    • Characterization of known imaged planets and brown dwarfs
    • Planet formation, accreting protoplanets, evolution and atmosphere models
    • Debris, protoplanetary and circumplanetary disks
    • The impact of ALMA, Gaia, and JWST observations
    • Planetary system architecture & dynamics, planet-disk interactions
    • Host star properties (ages, metallicity, rotation, etc.)

We strongly encourage students to come and will provide some limited grants for student participants.