1) Atelier sur la science du système solaire avec l’ELT --- 14 mai 2020 --- LAM, Mareille


L'ELT est actuellement en phase de construction et devrait être opérationnel en 2025. Trois instruments de première génération sont en cours de réalisation : MICADO, HARMONI, et METIS. Un quatrième instrument de première génération est en cours de définition : MAORY. La France est impliquée dans tous ces instruments, que ce soit sur le plan technique ou scientifique.

L’intérêt de la communauté française de planétologie pour l’ELT est grand, mais nous devons nous organiser pour maximiser le retour scientifique. L’objectif de cet atelier est donc d’échanger autour de la thématique de la science du système solaire avec l'ELT, afin d'informer, de coordonner, et de préparer au mieux notre communauté de planétologues à l’arrivée de l'ELT.

L’atelier aura lieu sur une journée, le jeudi 14 mai 2020 au Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), de 10h à 17h pour permettre au plus grand nombre de faire l’aller-retour dans la journée. L’atelier est limité à 80 places, la capacité de l’amphithéâtre du LAM. Les présentations et les discussions se feront de préférence en français.

Olivier Groussin, au nom du comité d’organisation

2) James Webb Space Telescope | Cycle 1 Call for Proposals | Proposal Deadline: May 01, 2020

We are pleased to announce the release of the Cycle 1 Call for Proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs.

Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through May 01, 2020 8:00pm EDT. The current release of the Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT), required for Proposal Submission, can be used to prepare proposals. We encourage prospective investigators to start preparing their proposals as soon as possible. The final version for Cycle 1 use will be released in early March. Results of the selection will be announced in late August.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI Announcement Web Page: https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/jwst-opportunities-and-policies/jwst-call-for-proposals-for-cycle-1 also see http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science-planning.

 Proposals must be submitted for review using the dual anonymous format.

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (web: jwsthelp.stsci.edu).

To stay tuned to JWST News go to:  http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/news-events/news.

3) Atelier "New Developments in High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy and outreach to modern applications"  --- Les Houches --- May 31st - June 5th

L'inscription au workshop:  "New Developments in High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy and outreach to modern applications"  à l'école de physique des Houches est maintenant ouverte !

Organized around lectures, exercises and practical work on modern developments in high resolution molecular spectroscopy and its applications in various fields, this international workshop aims to build and sustain strong bridges between PhD/Postdocs currently in academia and the socio-economic world. It will focus on existing and future connections between fundamental and applied spectroscopy in the context of current developments and scientific challenges. The workshop is especially dedicated to the young researchers in the field.



4) Atelier scientifique BlueMuse --- Lyon --- 30 Mars - 1er Avril

We welcome the participation of the astronomical community to the BlueMUSE science workshop, which will happen between March 30th and April 1st in Lyon, France

BlueMUSE is one of the instrument concepts presented at the VLT2030 workshop, for which ESO is requesting white papers in its long-term implementation plan. It is an optical seeing-limited, blue-optimised, medium spectral resolution, panoramic integral-field-spectrograph, to be installed on one of the telescopes of the VLT on Cerro Paranal (Chile).

This workshop aims at bringing together the scientific community and discuss the key science cases in relation with the top level requirements and capabilities of BlueMUSE. It is an opportunity to engage the community and push forward the BlueMUSE project. We are specifically seeking input from the community on specific science cases where BlueMUSE will have a strong impact due to its uniqueness.

The workshop program will include a few overview and invited talks but the large majority will be dedicated to individual contributions and scientific discussions.

The topics we aim to cover are the following:

    Solar system

    Galactic (including stars and ISM)

    Nearby galaxies

    Distant galaxies and cosmology

    Discussions on synergies with current and future facilities

    We are looking forward to see you in Lyon!

    The SOC and the LOC

5) FROM CLOUDS TO PLANETS II: THE ASTROCHEMICAL LINK  --- Harnack Haus, Berlin  --- 28.09-02.10, 2020


In 2015, we gathered at the Harnack Haus in Berlin to discuss about star and planet formation
and the crucial role played by Astrochemistry in our understanding of the various steps that
transform an interstellar cloud in stellar systems like our own. It is now time to meet again and
present the exciting results that have been achieved in recent years, thanks to ALMA, IRAM,
JVLA, GBT, APEX, SOFIA and other facilities, as well as thanks to coordinated efforts in the
laboratory and theory (in particular, quantum chemistry and chemical-dynamical models of
evolving clouds and disks). This will be important to cast a fresh look into the future, which we
already know is going to be bright, thanks to revolutionary telescopes coming up in the next
few years (such as JWST and ELT) and next decades (SKA and ngVLA).

During the conference, we will make a journey through space and time, starting from interstellar
clouds and then moving to cloud filaments and dense cores on the verge of star formation, to
protostars and their embedded disks, to planet-forming disks to exoplanet and finally landing in
our Solar System, while delving into laboratory facilities and theoretical calculations and
simulations. Each evening, before dinner, there will be a general talk on each topic of the
conference (the “aperitive talk”), to allow all communities to understand better the “big picture”
and to facilitate finding links across disciplines, which always provide fertile ground in our
journey towards understanding our astrochemical origins.

Students and young researchers are encouraged to attend and interact with all participants,
to present their work and broaden their horizons. Some financial help will be available for them
upon request.

The total number of participants is limited to less than or equal to 120.

If you are interested in attending and present an oral contribution or poster, please follow
instructions at https://events.mpe.mpg.de/event/12/abstracts/

We hope to see you at the Harnack Haus later this year!

Paola Caselli and Dima Semenov
(on behalf of the SOC)

6) Encore quelques places pour la session 2020 des Rencontres Exobiologiques pour Doctorants | 8 au 14 mars 2020 | Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (33)


La session 2020 des Rencontres Exobiologiques pour Doctorants (RED’20/Astrobiology Introductory Course) se déroulera du 8 au 14 mars 2020 à la Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (33).

Ces rencontres s’adressent :
– A tout étudiant préparant une thèse en Sciences de la Terre et de l’Univers, Sciences Chimiques, Sciences de la Vie, Bio-informatique ou Histoire/philosophie des Sciences en France ou dans tout autre pays.

- L'école est aussi ouverte aux jeunes chercheurs et chercheurs s'intéressant à l'exobiologie.

Les cours auront lieu en anglais.

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu'au 31 Janvier 2020. Il reste encore quelques places.

Découvrez le programme et les intervenants de cette session sur le site de l'école :


Muriel Gargaud & Hervé Cottin

7) LSST@Europe4 --- Shaping the European Contribution to LSST | Rome, Italy | 8 —12 June 2020

This conference follows the very successful LSST@Europe1 (Cambridge), 2 (Belgrade) and 3 (Lyon) workshops organized in 2013, 2016 and 2018 to foster the European participation in the LSST project, as well as the analogous LSST@ASIA organized in 2019 by and for the Asian, Australian and African communities.
The LSST project is moving forward in the construction phase, and activities in the LSST Science Collaborations are vibrant and involve a significant European participation.
The recent adoption of an “in-kind” contribution to regulate the access of International participants to the LSST data clearly represents a major paradigm shift for the participation of the European astronomical community, with  existing agreements that need to be re-negotiated by mid-2021.
The LSST@Europe4 conference,  right in the middle of this path, provides the community with a perfect opportunity to discuss proposals and plans.
In this framework, the main objectives of LSST@Europe4 are to:
- provide an update of the status of the LSST Project;
- foster and promote the participation of European scientists to the activities of the Science Collaborations;
- discuss  opportunities and proposals  to help European participants shape the “in-kind” contributions for the development of the LSST project;
- discuss potential common initiatives at the European level to support the participation of European scientists to LSST;
- provide an update description of the LSST data products of different levels;
- discuss the LSST science drivers: current perspectives and future developments;
- explore synergies with other facilities, with a special emphasis on the European ones.

Registration will open in early 2020

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8) Journée LSST "INSU-IN2P3 | LPNHE, Paris | 23 Mars

Les directions de l’INSU et de l’IN2P3 se sont mises d’accord pour l’organisation d’un journée conjointe INSU-IN2P3 autour du LSST. L’ordre du jour exacte est en cours d'élaboration, mais il devrait se développer selon les trois axes suivants :

Présentation de certains projets scientifiques intéressant la communauté INSU-IN2P3 (autour des Science Collaborations)
Point sur les collaborations IN2P3-INSU à l’intérieur de LSST France
Point sur les projets de contribution INSU à LSST

9) AOGS2020 - Extension de la date limite
While we are receiving a great number of abstracts at this last minute,
we've decided to extend the abstract submission period for two more weeks till 4th February by considering the impacts from the Lunar New Year holidays. Therefore, the door is still open for all members' abstract submission.
Conveners have last chance to encourage your colleagues to make exciting sessions! We look forward to seeing you at AOGS2020.

10) EPSC2020 --- Granada, Spain --- 27 September to 2 October 2020

The Europlanet Science Congress 2020 (EPSC2020) will take place at the Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Granada, Spain, from 27 September to 2 October 2020.

The Europlanet Science Congress (formerly the European Planetary Science Congress) is the annual meeting place of the Europlanet Society. With a track record of 14 years and regularly attracting around 1,000 participants, the Europlanet Science Congress is the largest planetary science meeting in Europe. It covers the entire range of planetary sciences with an extensive mix of talks, workshops and poster sessions while providing a unique space for networking and exchange of experiences.

The success of this meeting is founded on the excellence of its sessions and conveners. So, we encourage you to make session proposals on the conference website by 12 February 2020:


The meeting will cover the whole scope of planetary science and you can propose sessions for the following programme groups:

TP – Terrestrial Planets
OPS – Outer Planet Systems
MITM – Missions, Instrumentation, Techniques, Modelling
SB – Small Bodies (comets, KBOs, rings, asteroids, meteorites, dust)
EXO – Exoplanets and Origins of Planetary Systems
ODAA – Outreach, Diversity, Amateur Astronomy

We look forward to many good proposals for exciting sessions.

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Best regards,

Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Scientific organizing committee chair

11)  MOOC sur la spectroscopie

Chères, Chers, Collègues,

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous une annonce d'école thématique sur la spectroscopie émanant de la Subdivision Spectroscopies Optique et Neutronique.

Cette école est en français et s'adresse principalement à des M1-M2 généralistes.


Stéphane Coussan

Président de la Division de Chimie-Physique

12) Post-Doc "Contribution à la réalisation d’une détection hétérodyne spécifiquement dédiée à la ligne AILES du synchrotron SOLEIL"
Le sujet propose d’accompagner certains développements techniques, encore inédit, du programme HEROES1 retenu par l’Agence Nationale pour la Recherche. L’objectif est de développer une détection hétérodyne spécifique à l’analyse spectrale haute résolution du rayonnement synchrotron dans l’InfraRouge Lointain (1 à 5 THz dans ce projet) dans son mode de stockage dit « classique ». Pour atteindre ce but, nous disposons d’un oscillateur local de nouvelle génération. Il s’agit d’un laser moléculaire breveté par l’un de nos partenaires et qui a bénéficié d’un programme de maturation de la SATT Nord2. Une première démonstration expérimentale a été réalisée autour de 1 THz3 et le défi consiste à adapter ce premier prototype pour atteindre des fréquences de travail beaucoup plus importante. L’un des verrous technologiques réside dans la métrologie de fréquences qui se doit d’être compatible avec les applications de spectroscopie à résolution sub-MHz. La stabilité en fréquence (sur plusieurs échelles de temps), la pureté spectrale, la précision absolue en fréquence de chaque nouvelles raies d’émissions laser seront étudiées en bénéficiant d’un instrument unique développé au LPCA: il s’agit d’un synthétiseur THz basé sur la technique de photomélange et verrouillé sur un peigne de fréquences (« frequency comb »). Une tâche particulière sera d’étendre le nombre de transitions laser accessibles afin de couvrir le plus efficacement possible la bande spectrale comprise entre1 et 4 THz. Une dernière difficulté est d’adapter cet ensemble (mélangeur et oscillateurs locaux) à l’environnement du centre de rayonnement synchrotron dans un souci de « convivialité » compatible avec une exploitation en routine par de futurs utilisateurs.

Les travaux auront lieux au Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie de l’Atmosphère situé à Dunkerque à proximité immédiate de grandes villes Européennes (Bruxelles, Lille, Londres, Gand, Rotterdam et Paris). Des campagnes de mesures et de tests seront également programmées sur la ligne AILES du Synchrotron SOLEIL

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13) 15 new PhD positions in exoplanet and planet formation research in a new joint European network Chameleon

Dear microlensers,

We are opening 15 new PhD positions in exoplanet and planet formation research in a new joint European network Chameleon (http://chameleon.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/), with application deadline February 3 and starting date in September 2020. Please, find attached a detailed description of the 3 PhD positions that will open at the Niels Bohr Institute with me as supervisor, and information about the 12 other positions available under the network, too, and about how to apply.

Fellowship 1: “Irradiation and impact of stellar variability on exoplanet atmospheres”.
Aim: Development of self-consist models for stellar and irradiated exoplanet atmospheric systems and synthetic spectra. Using these models for studying the effect of stellar variability and activity on the exoplanet’s atmosphere and its potential habitability.   
Double degree with University of Leuven, Belgium.

Fellowship 2: “Low-temperature chemistry for DRIFT-MARCS”.
Aim: Combining the experience from cool star modelling by the MARCS code with surface interaction and low-temperature gas- and cloud chemistry from the DRIFT code. Comparing model computations with existing and coming observations of a wide range of exoplanets.
Double degree with University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Fellowship 3: “Connecting the atmosphere and the interior in extrasolar gas planets”.
Aim: Connecting the interior of exoplanets with observations of the atmosphere (i.e. spectra, colours etc), and compare results from 1D and 3D computations. Using these models to study inflated close-in planets (i.e. solving “the hot jupiter radius anomaly”).
Double degree with University of Leuven, Belgium.

Application material is to be uploaded via the Niels Bohr Institute home page. Follow the links under vacancies at https://www.nbi.ku.dk

Best wishes,   Uffe.
Uffe Gråe Jørgensen
Professor in astrophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Following call to tender SU-SPACE-22-SEC-2019: Space Weather, in the frame Horizon2020, EUHFORIA 2.0 project (PI: S. Poedts, KU Leuven, Belgium) has been recently selected. It aims at developing the world’s most advanced space weather forecasting tool and will address geoeffectiveness, impacts and mitigation, including extreme events, related to solar eruptions, solar wind streams and Solar Energetic Particles, with particular emphasis on its application to forecast Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) and radiation on geospace. In this context, IRAP-CNRS (Toulouse France) is involved in the development of the GICs forecasting work package by providing forecasts of geomagnetic variations at any point on the ground. The main points of this work package are first the coupling of IPIM ionosphere model and IMM electrodynamics model, already developed in the group at IRAP, and then the development of a Biot-Savart module, which will use the output for the coupled models to calculate the ionospheric horizontal currents responsible for the GICs. IRAP ionosphere group is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to lead the aforementioned developments.

More info: http://transplanet.cdpp.eu/job.html

Dr. Aurélie Marchaudon and Dr. Pierre-Louis Blelly
IRAP/CNRS, 9 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31400 Toulouse, France
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