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1) Une nouvelle école des Houches: "LE SYSTÈME SOLAIRE EXTERNE ET SA RELATION AVEC LE MILIEU INTERSTELLAIRE", du 12 au 17 Février 2017


Le Programme National de Planétologie (PNP) et le Programme National de Physique et Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire (PCMI) organisent conjointement une nouvelle école de la série

“CHRONOLOGIE DE LA FORMATION DU SYSTEME SOLAIRE”

Cette fois sur le sujet

“LE SYSTÈME SOLAIRE EXTERNE ET SA RELATION AVEC LE MILIEU INTERSTELLAIRE”

L’école se déroulera aux Houches, du 12 au 17 Février 2017.

Cette école s'intéresse aux relations entre le système solaire externe et le milieu interstellaire et a pour objectifs de faire le point sur l’état des connaissances en planétologie en géo/cosmo-chimie, mais aussi dans le domaine de la formation des disques et des planètes et de leur évolution dynamique et physico-chimique, en insistant sur les avancées récentes, nombreuses et significatives. Le disque proto-solaire a été nourri par le milieu interstellaire encore après le début de la formation des planètes, phénomène important tant du point de vue de l'héritage préservé du MIS que des interactions entre le disque et l'environnement, que l'on commence à savoir modéliser.
 
Cette école est ouverte aux doctorants et aux chercheurs qui veulent élargir leur champ d'expertise. Les cours seront faits pour être compréhensibles par les non-spécialistes, afin de former les participants. Les cours peuvent être regroupés en trois sous-catégories, en accord avec la multidisciplinarité du sujet abordé : Chimie et minéralogie des grains dans le milieu interstellaire, évolution du nuage moléculaire en un disque, contraintes observationnelles (via observations des disques protoplanétaires ou des objets du système solaire).
 
La séance du matin se déroulera de 8h30 à 12h30, avec 3h30 de cours et un ½ heure de pause. L’après-midi nous prévoyons une pause jusque à 16h30 pour permettre les échanges informels entre participants et avec les enseignants. Elle sera suivie d’une séance de 2h30. Ainsi, en travaillant du lundi matin au vendredi midi, nous aurons 27,5 heures de cours au total.
 
Voici la liste des cours prévus:
 
-       Chimie du nuage préstellaire sombre au disque, par Pierre Hily-Blant
-       L'environnement stellaire du Soleil naissant, par Matthieu Gounelle
-       Dynamique de l'effondrement du nuage moléculaire et formation du disque proto-planétaire par Benoît Commerçon et Anaëlle Maury
-       Observation des disques, par  Anne Dutrey
-       Le point sur l'étude des grains présolaires, par Larry Litner
-       Nature des poussières interstellaires et évolution dans la nébuleuse présolaire, par Emmanuel Dartois et Hugues Leroux
-       Hétérogénéités isotopiques et chimiques dans le disque, intervenant(e) à déterminer
-       Mélange radial des grains et des précurseurs de planétésimaux, par Fred Ciesla
-       Micrométéorites super carbonnées et résultats de COSIMA, par Cécile Engrand
-       Les enseignements de Rosetta, par Dominique Bockelée-Morvan
-       Céres, par Maria Christina de Sanctis
 
Puisque l’école vise un public international, tous les cours seront en anglais.
 
Le nombre des participants est limité à 70 (y compris les intervenants).
Les frais d’inscription ne sont pas encore établis. Il n’excèderont pas 460 euros, en incluant la pension complète au centre des Houches. Si l’école a le support de la formation permanente du CNRS elle sera gratuite pour les agents CNRS. Nous cherchons actuellement des subventions pour réduire les frais d’inscription des étudiants. Le montant final des frais d’inscription seront communiqués dans une annonce ultérieure.
 
Si vous avez l’intention de participer à cette école, veuillez-vous vous préinscrire par email à Aurélien Crida (organisateur principal de l’école: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) avec titre “pré-inscription école des Houches 2017” avec une courte lettre de motivation. Pour les doctorants, il est demandé d’envoyer aussi une lettre du directeur de thèse qui atteste la pertinence de cette école par rapport à l’activité de recherche du candidat.  Une fois acquis les financements et arrêté le montant des frais d’inscription pour les différentes catégories du personnel, on demandera ensuite aux participants retenus de s’inscrire formellement en payant les frais.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

2) Atelier sur le traitement d’images astronomiques appliqué aux observations aurorales planétaires, Neuville sur Oise, 22 septembre 2016

Lieu : Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Maison internationale de la Recherche (MIR), Site de Neuville sur Oise (RER A Neuville Université), Grand Auditorium

Résumé :
The Earth’s ‘northern’ and ‘southern lights’ are examples of auroral emission, light which shines from the polar regions of all magnetised planets in our Solar System. Studying the brightness and shape of this emission at the Earth and other planets has provided us with enormous scientific insight into the physics of how the atmosphere of a planet interacts with its surrounding space environment. For example, the bright ‘oval’ of auroral light surrounding the Earth’s magnetic pole arises from the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind, a stream of charged particles continually emanating from our Sun. Jupiter’s analogous oval, on the other hand, is mainly due to the interaction between that planet’s magnetic field and the charged particles emanating not from the Sun, but from Jupiter’s volcanic moon, Io. With the advent of space missions about to re-visit the Jovian system (e.g. NASA’s JUNO, arriving in July 2016; and ESA’s JUICE, planned for launch in 2022), now is a critical time for experts in both auroral observation and image analysis and processing to congregate and plan the provision of useful data analysis tools and algorithms for the scientific communities involved in these projects. This workshop will bring together auroral experts, many of whom are involved with JUNO and / or JUICE, for this specific purpose. Invited talks will present some examples of weak auroral signatures to be searched together with software tools for processing auroral images (such as VOISE), but contributed talks on techniques and other types of observations are warmly welcome. The scientific challenge which we are aiming to meet is multifold: how to improve the current techniques in order to unambiguously detect weak auroral emissions and characterise the limit of auroral brightness detection, and explore data mining techniques available in the armoury of machine learning to classify and analyse auroral forms and features.

Inscription : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScztYFNG223zMEjcubPVCROGSpdrpTOhHP4RIN6S4LDMXBRtg/viewform?embedded=true

Organisateurs :
Aymeric Histace, ETIS, ENSEA/Univ. Cergy-Pontoise/CNRS, UMR 8051, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.,
Patrick Guio, UCL, Astrophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

3) Postdoctoral Position Reaction Dynamics & Planetary Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Reaction Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, invites applications for two postdoctoral positions. The appointment period is initially for one year, but can be renewed annually based on avail­a­b­ility of funds and satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants should have a strong background in experimental reaction dynamics, UHV tech­nology, REMPI, and pulsed laser systems. The goal of the experiments is to probe the formation of water and hydroxyl radicals on the Moon via interaction of ionizing radiation (Solar Wind) with lunar (analog) silicates.

Solid communication skills in English (written, oral), a publication record in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are man­da­to­ry. Only self-motivated and energetic candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and publication list to Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser, De­partment of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA [Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.]. Applicants must demonstrate their capability to prepare manuscripts for publications independently. The review of applications will start August 1, 2016, and continues until the position is filled. A description of our current research group can be found at http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/welcome.html.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

4) PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University on chemical evolution of PAHs in an aqueous environment and the photochemical evolution of ices

A PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University, under supervision of Prof. Tielens, in close collaboration with drs. ten Kate and King of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University.

Carbonaceous meteorites and comets show a varied organic composition thought to reflect, at least partly, a heritage that dates back to interstellar clouds. A variety of processes on parent asteroidal bodies and comets will have modified any inherited material. PAHs are one key component in the interstellar medium. The student will develop models for the chemical evolution of PAHs in an aqueous environment and the photochemical evolution of ices. S/he will identify chemical markers for these processes, make predictions for ALMA and JWST observations, and assess the astronomical implications by comparison to meteoritic and cometary composition. Secondments are foreseen to Heriot Watt University, Aarhus University, and Graphic Science.

The Ideal Candidate has the equivalent of a master's degree in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, astronomy, Earth sciences, or physics; experimental and computational experience preferably in: Raman and IR spectroscopy, density functional theory; a good working knowledge in English. Certain restrictions on nationality apply related to mobility requirements from the Marie Curie Program.

PhD information: http://europah.eu/Recruitment/esr%20position%204.html

Network: http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/586193-early-stage-researchers-in-the-europah-astrochemistry-eu-network

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

5) 2 years postdoctoral position in the Reactive Processes group at LOMC-UMR-6294 at University of
Le Havre

We are searching a motivated experienced candidate for a 2 years
postdoctoral position in the Reactive Processes group at Laboratoire
Ondes et Milieux Complexes (LOMC-UMR-6294) at University of
Le Havre (Normandie Université).

Please download the files with details on the research project, the official
announcement and the application form here:

1.EMoPlaF-project-abstract: project
2.EMoPlaF-International-Postdoc-AM: post-doc
3.EMoPlaF-LABEX EMC3_Application form: application

Do not hesitate to contact me in case of any problem of accessing these informations. Please forward this e-mail to anyone who may be interested in such a position.

Best regards, Ioan Schneider

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

6) meeting "Planet Formation and Evolution 2017"; Jena, Germany, 25 - 27 September 2017
 
In the tradition of the very successful workshops on "Planet Formation and Evolution", we are pleased to announce the 11th workshop in this series: "PLANET FORMATION AND EVOLUTION 2017". The workshop will take place at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena during 25 - 27 September 2017.

Following the spirit of the previous very stimulating meetings, the goal of this workshop is to provide a common platform for scientists working in the fields of star and planet formation, protoplanetary and  debris discs, exo-planets, the Solar System, astrobiology, and planetary research in general. Most importantly, this workshop is aimed at stimulating and intensifying the dialogue between researchers using various approaches - observations, theory, and laboratory studies. In particular, students and postdocs are encouraged to present their results and to use the opportunity to learn more about the main questions and most recent results in adjacent fields.

Registration and abstract submission will open in early 2017.

Please, feel free to forward this email to potentially interested colleagues.

If you have any questions please contact us at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

With best regards,
Alexander Krivov, on behalf of the SOC and LOC

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

7) Workshop on Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk, London, feb. 27-28, 2017

Chondrules, one of the major components of chondritic meteorites, provide important information about conditions and processes at different times and in different regions of the protoplanetary disk, including thermal processing and radial transport of solids in the disk, duration of its accretionary stage, and accretion, structure, and thermal evolution of chondrite parent bodies. Understanding the origin of chondrules is one of the fundamental but still unsolved problems in meteoritics and cosmochemistry.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss:

physical, chemical, and isotopic characteristics of chondrules,

possible mechanisms of chondrule formation,

relationships between chondrules and other chondritic components, and

the relationship between chondrule formation and accretion.

IMPORTANT:
Please submit an Indication of Interest by Thursday, September 29, 2016 to be added to the mailing list to receive reminders and other pertinent information about this workshop.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/chondrules2017/

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

8) Meeting "Astrobiology 2017",  November 26th - December 1st in Coyhaique, Chile

On behalf of its Scientific Organizing Committee, I would like to distribute the first annoucement of "Astrobiology 2017", held between November 26th and December 1st in Coyhaique, Chile.

http://www.astrobiology2017.org/

Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary subject at the frontier of science. Current research in astrobiology draws researchers from the fields of astronomy, space science, chemistry, biology, geology, humanities, sociology and ethical issues.

Many astronomers in the subfields of star formation, solar system studies, astrochemistry and others, tend to gather around Astrobiology. Science goals of new generation telescopes such as ALMA, SKA, TMT, GMT, E-ELT include search for prebiotic molecules, and detection of bio-signatures in the ever growing sample of extrasolar planets, many of which reside in the habitable zones. Even dedicated flagship space missions have been commissioned, such as the wildly successful Kepler mission, which alone has discovered about 2,000 extrasolar planets, or the soon to be launched TESS and CHEOPS missions.

The IAU Commission F.3 (Astrobiology) will meet again in the beautiful town, Coyhaique, Chile in November, 2017. This key meeting fosters interdisciplinary collaborations for the advancement of Astrobiology, welcoming researchers from disciplines as diverse as astrophysics, biology, geology, humanities, and sociology, among others.

Those who are interested in Astrobiology 2017 are kindly requested to keep your schedule !

With best regards,
Masatoshi Ohishi, vice president of Comm. F.3

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

9) Fifth International Planetary Dune Workshop, May 16-19, 2017, St. George, Utah
The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of new ideas and approaches to the investigation of aeolian processes that form and maintain dune fields on Earth and other planetary bodies within the solar system.
 
The first announcement for the workshop is now available.
 
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/dunes2017/
 
IMPORTANT:
To continue receiving e-mail updates about this workshop, including deadline reminders, abstract submission details, etc., you MUST subscribe to the Indication of Interest list.  Please complete the electronic Indication of Interest form by Tuesday, April 4, 2017. If you are not on this list, you will NOT receive these important updates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

10)  Post-doctoral position for the analysis of VIRTIS/Rosetta data, LESIA, Paris

A 2-year post-doctoral position in cometary science is opened at the Observatory of Paris (LESIA, CNRS, Meudon), beginning in fall 2016.

The successfull applicant will analyse infrared spectra of the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko obtained with the high-spectral resolution channel of the VIRTIS/Rosetta instrument (Visible Infrred Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) built at the Observatory of Paris. The project will focuss on the study of the distributions of H2O and CO2 gases, and their seasonal, diurnal, and regional variations to understand the processes which control cometary activity. Other topics of interest could be considered.

The applicant will benefit of a dynamic research environment, with the possibility to interact with scientists involved in several Rosetta instruments. Conference travel and equipment support will be provided.

A PhD in astrophysics is required. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants :
- working knowledge in planetary science, and comets
- expertise in the reduction of infrared spectroscopic observations
- knowledge in radiative transfer
- previous experience in space missions, in particular Rosetta, is an asset.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a short review of previous works and statement of research interest. They should arrange for two reference letters. Applications should be sent via email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. The closing date is 25 September 2016. Late applications can be considered, until the position is filled.

The project is funded by Paris Sciences Lettres University (program IRIS OCAV).

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

11) Workshop: " Dust in the atmosphere of Mars and its impact on the human exploration", June 13-15, 2017, Houston

The meeting will assess the impact of Mars atmospheric dust on human exploration, e.g., human health and human surface mechanical systems such as space suits, habitats, and mobility systems.
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/marsdust2017/
 
IMPORTANT:
Please submit an Indication of Interest by Thursday, February 9, 2017 to be added to the mailing list to receive reminders and other pertinent information about this meeting.