November 15-16, 2022 OPAG Meeting
Houston, TX/Virtual

The next OPAG meeting is scheduled for November 15-16, 2022, in Houston, Texas at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). The meeting will include opportunities for virtual participation.

OPAG is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide science input for planning and prioritizing outer planet exploration activities for the next several decades. The focus of this meeting will include updates from NASA HQ, updates on current missions, and aspects of the Decadal Survey that are relevant to OPAG.

We understand that, for many reasons, some people may not feel comfortable attending in person. Please consider participating in the meeting virtually and contributing to OPAG in that way.

Lightning Talk Session

OPAG will host a lightning talk session during the meeting. The talks can focus on research, mission concepts, technology developments, etc. While open to all, we especially welcome talks by students and early-career researchers. Lightning talk presenters will be offered an opportunity to make a poster viewable physically at the meeting venue and/or electronically on the meeting website. If you wish to present a lightning talk (virtually or in person), complete this form by October 24, 2022. If you have questions, contact Kate Craft ([email protected]) and Kunio Sayanagi ([email protected]).

Optional Abstract Archiving Opportunity

After the upcoming OPAG meeting, LPI will offer all presenters an opportunity to archive an abstract of their presentations. The main benefit of submitting an abstract is that your OPAG presentation will be searchable on databases such as NASA’s Astrophysics Data System. Submission of an abstract is optional; this option is provided in case you value such an opportunity.

You can submit an abstract using this form.

Optional abstract submission form available: November 21, 2022
Optional abstract submission deadline: December 16, 2022


You can find the presentations and recordings of this meeting on a copy of the OPAG November 2022 agenda here.

Final Report

You can find a final report of the findings and statements from this meeting here.


Registration fees are not being collected for this meeting, but registration is required. In-person registration will be available through November 9, 2022, or when the in-person limit of 160 is reached, whichever occurs first. Virtual registration will be available through November 16, 2022.

Before the conference, registered attendees will receive an email from Houston Meeting Info with virtual connection information.

OPAG Meeting Participation Support

The OPAG Steering Committee is pleased to announce the availability of a limited amount of support for in-person and virtual attendance at the OPAG November 2022 meeting. This support ensures active participation in the meeting by students and early-career researchers (less than ten years from Ph.D. serving in a non-tenured or equivalent position). The support may cover costs associated with travel and/or defraying child or elder care.

Application deadline extended: October 24, 2022

Meeting Participation Support Criteria

  • Eligible applicants: students and early-career researchers (less than ten years from Ph.D. serving in a non-tenured or equivalent position)
  • Explain how you plan to participate in the OPAG meeting.
  • Explain how attending this meeting will benefit your career.
  • Explain how important receiving this support enables your in-person or virtual attendance.
  • Be able to receive income in the United States (stipends are considered income).
  • Civil servants and members of the military are not eligible for this support.
  • Stipends will be paid after the conclusion of the meeting.

Submit your application using the online form.

COVID-19 Protocols

Hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks will be available at the meeting.

Please check this website regularly for updates.

Reporting Positive Cases
Attendees who receive a positive test result during the OPAG November meeting are not allowed to enter the meeting venue and must immediately quarantine. These attendees are encouraged to share positive test results with a USRA/LPI HR representative: [email protected]. For contact tracing purposes, a list of close contacts without masking will be requested. All information will be considered HR confidential.

Additional Resources


Meeting Location
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is located at 3600 Bay Area Blvd. in Houston, Texas.

Airport Information
The Houston area is serviced by two major airports: Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) (42 miles from the meeting venue) and Hobby Airport (HOU) (16 miles from the meeting venue).

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston NASA/Webster and the TownePlace Suites Houston NASA/Clear Lake for November 14–18, 2022, at a rate of $122 for single occupancy. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston NASA/Webster
    Reservation Link
    Deadline for reservations: October 14, 2022
  • TownePlace Suites Houston NASA/Clear Lake
    Reservation Link
    Deadline for reservations: November 1, 2022


For information regarding the meeting content:

Jeff Moore
Email: [email protected]

Linda Spilker
Email: [email protected]

For information regarding all other meeting details:

Carly Olliff
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
Email: [email protected]