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) School in High-Angular Resolution Observations from the ground | Observatoire de Haute-Provence | 5 - 9 October 2020


With the deployment of adaptive telescopes and the upcoming ELTs high-angular resolution is the new standard for ground-based observations. The objective of the school is to prepare the new generation of astronomers to make the best use of their High-Angular Resolution data.

3) IAU Symposium Multi-scale (time and mass) dynamics of space objects | University Al. I. Cuza of Iasi, Romania | 6-10 July 2020

We are pleased to inform you that with the support of IAU, Division A
Fundamental Astronomy and the Commission A4 Celestial Mechanics
and Dynamical Astronomy, we are organizing the Symposium "Multi-scale
(time and mass) dynamics of space objects".
The Symposium will take place at the University Al. I. Cuza of Iasi (Romania)
during the period 6-10 July 2020.

Information are available at https://www.math.uaic.ro/IAU_S364/

The Symposium will cover the recent advances in the multi-scale dynamics of natural
and artificial space objects from various perspectives: modelling, development of new
methods and tools to analyze the dynamics, stability analysis, exploration and
exploitation of minor bodies. The Symposium will serve a wide international community
working in various fields: physics, celestial mechanics, astrodynamics, planetary
sciences, space engineering, applied mathematics, dynamical systems. The Symposium
will provide an ideal venue for interdisciplinary discussions, exchanging ideas, making
future plans and developing new collaborations.

Key topics:
The IAU Symposium will cover the following topics:
1. Large-scale body dynamics: planets and exoplanets;
2. Medium-scale body dynamics: asteroids, comets, NEOs, natural satellites;
3. Small-scale body dynamics: dust particles, rings and space debris;
4. Perturbation methods and long-term evolution of space objects;
5. Numerical and analytical methods for resonances and chaos;
6. Exploration and exploitation of space objects.

Alessandra Celletti and Catalin Gales
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4) PCMI biennial conference | Le Havre | July 06-10, 2020

PCMI organizes its biennial conference in Le Havre on July 06-10 2020. The deadline for abstract submission is Feb. 21st, 2020.

We encourage the teams funded by PCMI to present their work, as well as any scientist working on the following themes:
1) Formation of large scale structures and their link with the formation of stars and planets;
2) Understanding the role of the interstellar medium in the evolution of the Milky Way and near and far galaxies;
3) The way the cycle of matter between the different phases of the ISM lead to an increase of the molecular complexity and its link with astro-biology.

More information on the science themes at the heart of the program may be found on the following document:


In addition to these topics addressed in common sessions, there will be 4 half-day discussion workshops dedicated to the following themes:
  - PCMI and exo-biology
  - The ionization fraction of the interstellar medium
  - Understanding kinematic signatures from cloud collapse to planet
    formation: what are the current chemo-dynamical modeling challenges?
  - High-redshift galaxies chemistry

Important dates, pratical information and preliminary program may be found on the conference website:


Transmis par  Jerome Pety, Karine Demyk, Ludovic Biennier, Francois Lique pour le CS de PCMI.

The Hera mission (ESA), which will perform the first rendezvous with a binary
asteroid and measure precisely the outcome of the NASA DART impact on the
binary's moon, has been approved by ESA Member States in November 2019 in
the new Space Safety Program for launch in 2024.

The first Hera workshop after approval will take place in Nice (France) on April 20-22, 2020.
The main objective is to present and discuss current status of the ongoing activities in
support and preparation to the Hera mission. It also offers the small body community
the possibility to discuss possible contributions to the different working groups that
have been defined to support the mission development and data interpretation.

The venue is the Hôtel Saint-Paul in Nice and a block of bedrooms has been kept for
participants. A form can be downloaded on the workshop website to book a bedroom
at preferential rate (deadline on Feb. 16, 2020).

 Registration will open in mid-February, and the deadlines for registration and other
information will be provided in a second announcement.
The Hera meeting is followed
by another workshop devoted to the asteroid Apophis on April 23-24, 2020 at the same
Patrick Michel and Michael Kueppers

6) 10th Very Large Telescope Interferometer school | Sophia Antipolis technopole | September 6 to 12, 2020

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce the forthcoming 10th Very Large Telescope Interferometer school, that will take place at the Sophia Antipolis technopole, located in the beautiful Côte d’Azur area, from September 6 to 12, 2020.

The school is aimed at PhD students, post-doc and researchers who want to know more about the breakthrough technique of optical/IR long baseline interferometry. This year there will be a special focus on the new mid-infrared VLTI instrument MATISSE and its application to the field of planetology and the environment of young stars. There will be courses and practice sessions on fundamentals of long-baseline interferometry, the VLTI and other facilities, the theory and modeling of circumstellar disks, and more.

More information can be found at the school website https://vlti2020.sciencesconf.org

Registration will open soon.

The school is supported by the European Union (OPTICON), JMMC, the Lagrange astrophysics lab in Nice, the Nice observatory, and the CNRS through its action spécifique ASHRA.

With our best regards,

Alexis Matter and the school SOC and LOC

7) 16th international Summer School of Modern Astrophysics (SOMA-2020) on Exoplanets | Moscow, Russia | July 6-17, 2020

We are happy to announce the 16th international Summer School of Modern
Astrophysics (SOMA-2020) on Exoplanets to be held July 6-17, 2020 in
Moscow, Russia.

We are encouraging early career scientists to take part in the school
and invite their applications (with a deadline of March 1, 2020). We
would appreciate your help in disseminating this announcement among the
relevant members of your group, as well as your colleagues.

The School web site and the application form can be found at


In 2020 the School focus will be on Exoplanets, with a plan to cover
the following general topics:

- Exoplanet discovery and characterization
- Protoplanetary disks
- Planet formation
- Disk-planet coupling
- Planetary dynamics
- Exoplanetary atmospheres and interiors

The School lecturers will include

- Jean-Michel Desert - University of Amsterdam
- Catherine Espaillat - Boston University
- Dan Fabrycky - University of Chicago
- Scott Gaudi - Ohio State University
- Yoram LIthwick - Northwestern University
- Roman Rafikov - University of Cambridge
- Yanqin Wu - University of Toronto

They will provide an immersive review of the most exciting topics of
exoplanetary science with a focus on recent discoveries and will deliver
a series of hands-on practical sessions, in which the school
participants will acquire knowledge of the relevant tools and skills.

The SOMA Schools are held over a 2-week period at the Moscow Institute
of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in a town of Dolgoprudny just outside
Moscow. About 40 junior researchers - advanced undergraduates, graduate
students and postdocs - participate in a School each year (previous
topics included Cosmology and High-Energy Astrophysics). Details of the
application procedure and other logistical information (accommodation,
travel details, etc.) are available at the School website.

Kind regards,
Roman Rafikov, on behalf of the organizers (SOC)

Vasily Beskin (LPI)
Mikhail Medvedev (Kansas Univ.)
Sasha Philippov (CCA, Flatiron Institute)
Roman Rafikov (Cambridge)
Sasha Tchekhovskoy (Northwestern Univ.)

8) Celebrating Sydney Leach : from Molecular Photophysics to Astrobiology with Musical Interludes | ISMO, Orsay | 22 au 25 septembre 2020

Un colloque scientifique international  "Celebrating Sydney Leach : from Molecular Photophysics to Astrobiology with Musical Interludes" qui se déroulera du 22 au 25 septembre 2020 est organisé à la mémoire de Sydney Leach, qui nous a quittés le 24 décembre 2019 à l’âge de 95 ans.

Le site web est ouvert https://astromolecleach.sciencesconf.org/

La conférence aura lieu à l'Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay.

Le programme du colloque sera constitué par le biais d’un appel à contribution et d’une sélection par le comité scientifique autour des champs disciplinaires suivants :

(1) Photophysique Moléculaire
(2) Spectroscopie et dynamique de molécules, complexes et clusters
(3) Rayonnement Synchrotron derniers développements et utilisation de pointe
(4) Astrochimie, astrobiologie et l’origine de la vie

Quelques conférenciers de grande envergure seront invités pour introduire les thématiques.

Nous attendons plus d’une centaine de participants, avec une très forte participation des nombreux laboratoires Franciliens concernés par ces disciplines, mais également de par l’influence de Sydney Leach tout au long de sa carrière sur plusieurs générations de chercheurs dans la communauté internationale, et particulièrement autour de lui en région Parisienne. A l’image de Sydney qui a toujours su encourager les jeunes chercheurs, une attention particulière sera portée aux plus jeunes afin de leur donner l’occasion de présenter leurs travaux.

Sydney Leach a effectué toute sa carrière en France au CNRS (depuis 1946). Il a été l’un des piliers de la physique moléculaire en France, jouant un rôle majeur dans la création et le développement d’une nouvelle discipline, la photophysique moléculaire, dont il donna le nom au laboratoire qu’il a fondé et dirigé pendant de nombreuses années : le Laboratoire de Photophysique Moléculaire d’Orsay (laboratoire propre du CNRS, dont est issu l’actuel ISMO). Sydney Leach s’est toujours intéressé aux disciplines voisines et son intérêt pour l’astrophysique l’a conduit  à poursuivre la dernière partie de sa carrière à l'observatoire de Paris (Site de Meudon), au département Damap devenu le LERMA.

Il s’agit d’une conférence internationale d’une durée de 3 jours permettant de faire le point sur les dernières avancées scientifiques autour de plusieurs domaines dans lesquels Sydney Leach a joué un rôle pionnier et moteur. Ce colloque sera l’occasion d’aborder les aspects les plus fondamentaux de la photophysique moléculaire, de la spectroscopie et de la dynamique des molécules, en portant un éclairage particulier sur des assemblages moléculaires complexes et les agrégats. Il abordera également les aspects techniques les plus récents et les utilisations de pointe, avec une session dédiée au rayonnement synchrotron, pour lequel Sydney a été un grand promoteur et utilisateur. Enfin, une large place sera faite aux applications en astrophysique, à travers les études en astrochimie, en astrobiologie et la question de l’origine de la vie.

Ce colloque réunira des communautés diverses, permettant aux chercheurs de se retrouver sur des champs disciplinaires connexes mais ayant un des aspects communs en sciences moléculaires au sens large. Ce sera une occasion pour les plus jeunes d’élargir leur champ de vision au voisinage de leur domaine de recherche propres, et de rencontrer des chercheurs de tout premier plan sur des questions d’actualités.

9) VESPA  --- Call for data services 2020

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the VESPA call for data services 2020.
VESPA is an activity in the new Europlanet-2024 programme, an EC-funded project aimed at making Planetary Science data available to the scientific community in the framework of the Virtual Observatory.
Between 4 and 5 projects are selected through yearly calls to enlarge the data content accessible via the VESPA portal (http://vespa.obspm.fr/).
A common workshop is then organized with the selected participants to help them design and set up their project, and to open it to the users community. This kind of access would give a greater visibility to your work.
We invite you to submit an application to the call which text is copied below. Selected teams receive an invitation for 2 persons for the 4-days workshop (this year in Toulouse, France).
For more information please follow the links listed below, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

With our best regards
Stéphane Erard, for Europlanet / VESPA

VESPA / Call for data services 2020
Scope of call:

The aim of the VESPA activity in the Europlanet2024-RI programme is to make Planetary Science and Solar System data accessible and searchable through a system derived from the Astronomical Virtual Observatory. Currently 54 databases are available from the VESPA portal  and 30 to 50 more are expected to be made available on-line during the 4-year Europlanet2024-RI programme.

Key dates:

Call opens: 17 January 2020
Call closes: 28 February 2020
Selection telecon: March 4th, 2020
Selection of teams by March 6th, 2020
Telecons with selected teams from March 9 to 20, 2020
Workshop: 30 March 2020 to 03 April 2020 at IRAP, Toulouse, France
Post-workshop telecon, May 2020
Finalization review performed with the proposers, June 2020
Service delivery date: June 2020

For further information, requirements, etc, visit: http://www.europlanet-vespa.eu/call2020.shtml

10) 5 postdocs and 3 PhD on InSight Science

With support of the French Science Agency (ANR) and CNES, the French InSight community is opening 5 postdocs and 3 PhD on InSight Science.

2 positions are open in Toulouse (IRAP and ISAE), 2 in Paris (IPGP and LMD) and one in Nice (LAGRANGE). Research fields for the postdocs are related to Mars high pressure & mineralogy, Atmospheric/seismic coupling, Seismic analysis, Meteorological analysis, crustal gravity and seismic characterization. See more at:

The three PhDs are in IPGP, ISAE/LAGRANGE and ENS Lyon and are on Mars seismic noise, signals analysis and Gravimetry and stresses of Mars and its Moons and Martian crust structure and Mars Thermal evolution. See more at

11) New Faculty position in Exoplanets at UCL

Dear all,

In case you are interested, we have 3 new faculty positions in Astrophysics opening at UCL.
If you are interested in applying, please see below (deadline February 29th)

Best wishes


Lectureship in Exoplanetary Science and Protoplanetary Disks