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Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds (FLOW)


Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds (FLOW) is a multidisciplinary group of early career scientists and engineers (undergrads, grad students, postdocs, research scientists and others <10 years post terminal degree) interested in ocean worlds and actively engaged in research relating to planetary science, origins of life, astrobiology, cryospheres, and/or oceanography. We seek to foster collaboration, develop community, and advance the interests of early career ocean world researchers. The primary objectives of this organization are as follows:
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    • Provide opportunities for mentorship
    • Discuss research interests
    • Share research updates and receive feedback
    • Provide a place for meaningful discussion
    • Expand network of peers
    • Connect scientists and foster mentorship
    • Facilitate early career events for the ocean world community
    • Organize conference events/meet-ups
    • Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within ocean world community
    • Provide an open and inclusive community for early career researchers
    • Improve knowledge / understanding of ocean worlds
    • Advocate for early career interests and needs within the NOW network / ocean world community
    • Share opportunities and resources relevant to FLOW members (i.e. funding opportunities, conference info, job postings)


Collaboration, mutual respect, and the open exchange of information are vital to the success of FLOW. To facilitate complete and timely sharing among members, members agree to protect all intellectual property shared at all telecons, virtual and in-person meetings, via e-mail exchanges, etc. The intent is not to limit information exchange but to enable it. Information is to be taken in its broadest context; including data, results, figures, text, code, ideas, plans, goals, speculations, etc.
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In order to foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas, it is vital that all participants in FLOW should enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To that end, FLOW participants shall collaborate under the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Bullying or harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of FLOW collaborations. Similarly, FLOW members will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the Ethics Policy adopted by the American Astronomical Society (AAS):

Blatant violations of this code of conduct will be subject to discipline as follows:

Violation of the standards for professional behavior by a member, as outlined above, will result in dismissal from FLOW. Improper conduct also includes but is not limited to: attempting to publish, present results, or submit proposals independently of FLOW if they are based on information presented to FLOW by other team members, and sharing information with non-FLOW members without the consent of the original scientist(s).


FLOW Career Development Coffee Hour

October 20th, 3pm ET/ 12 pm PT

Career Paths: Industry Professionals


  • Dr. Elise Miner - Battery Engineer at Sila Nanotechnologies
  • Dr. Pablo Sobron - Founder / Sensing Wizard at Impossible Sensing
  • Peter Ilhardt - Data Scientist at Areté
  • Shivaprakash Muruganandham - phd candidate in Earth & Atmospheric Science, previously management consultant in the space/ satellite industry

Webex Meeting Link

Meeting number: 2762 808 8934
Meeting password: haA3hXvnX28



FLOW Career Development Coffee Hour

September 7th, 4pm ET/ 1 pm PT

Career Paths: Coffee with Co-Leads Series

Chris German (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Zoom link, Passcode:  556877


FLOW Kick-Off Social

September 3rd, 7:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT 

A social event following OPAG for ocean world early career researchers to talk, connect, and learn about FLOW. Hosted by Elizabeth Spiers

Zoom link, Passcode: FLOW21


FLOW Career Development Coffee Hour

July 26 11 am ET/ 8 am PT

Career Paths: Government Sector

Sharon Walker (Oceanographer, NOAA)
Dr. Laurie Barge (Research Scientist, NASA JPL)
Dr. Elliot Sefton-Nash (Planetary Scientist, ESA)
Dr. Bethany Theiling (Research Scientist, NASA Goddard)

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FLOW Career Development Coffee Hour

June 15 4pm ET/ 1pm PT

Career Paths: Non-profit, Research Institute Sector

Panelists: Julie Huber, Jeffrey Seewald, Jennifer Hanely and Alejandro Soto

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