1) Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology. University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth is a research oriented university with internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile fields in research and teaching. At the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (Bayerisches Geoinstitut) of the University of Bayreuth applications are invited for a

Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology.

The position will be initially filled at the associate professor level (W2) but can be converted to a full professorship (W3) upon successful demonstration of excellence in research and teaching.

The Bayerisches Geoinstitut is seeking an outstanding scientist with broad experience in the use of experimental methods to investigate aspects of planetary formation, evolution and tectonic processes. Internationally-renowned candidates are sought from the fields of experimental petrology, geochemistry and geophysics whose research interests embrace the study of the origin, composition, structure and dynamics of planets and, in particular, planetary interiors. This could include the use of observational and analytical approaches in the investigation of planets or planetary materials or the use of experimental approaches to facilitate the analysis of meteorite/planetary samples.

The successful candidate will exploit national and international funding opportunities and establish an internationally visible dynamic research group that includes early career scientists. He/she will also participate in teaching, particularly at the Master’s and Ph.D. level.

Requirements for this position (in accordance with Article 7 and Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG) are a university degree, a doctoral degree, proven excellence in teaching and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example, as a junior professor or in a non-university environment will also be considered. The ability to teach in English is expected. Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants (Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG).

The University of Bayreuth seeks to increase the proportion of women involved in research and teaching (in accordance with Article 4 para 1 sentence 1 BayHSchG) and therefore particularly welcomes female applicants. All qualifications being equal, severely disabled applicants will be given priority. The University of Bayreuth strives to further increase the diversity of its academic staff. For this reason, scholars who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply, as are applicants with children. The University of Bayreuth has been certified as a “family-friendly university” and offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization.

Please send your cover letter and supporting documents (CV outlining your education and academic career, a list of publications, a list of courses taught, your certificates, and a description of your research) to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences by 26.10.2016. Application documents cannot be returned to the applicant, and if unsuccessful, the files will be permanently disposed of in accordance with Data Protection Law. Please also submit an identical copy of your application as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

2) Journées SFE et Atelier Terre Primitive, Lyon, 22-24 Novembre


Je vous informe de la tenue des journées SFE (Societé Française d'Exobiologie) qui auront lieu à Lyon du 22 au 24 Novembre à Lyon
Les inscriptions sont ouvertes et toutes les informations se trouvent sur le site de la SFE

A la suite de ces journées se tiendront un atelier Terre Primitive à Saint Etienne les 24 et 25 novembre organisé conjointement par le Laboratoire Magma et Volcans, le Labex ClerVolc, le Labex MER et la SFE.
Vous pourrez trouver les informations concernant cet atelier sur le site de la SFE

Je vous joins la présentation de cet atelier ci dessous

Les conditions chimiques et physiques de la formation et de l’évolution précoce de la Terre restent assez mal connues à l’heure actuelle. Les archives géologiques du Précambrien sont rares, géographiquement dispersées et souvent peu préservées. De par les progrès en précision et résolution des techniques analytiques, nous sommes aujourd’hui en mesure de reconstruire l’environnement de la Terre primitive et de comprendre à la fois le partage des éléments en fonction de leurs affinités géochimiques entre les différents réservoirs lors de la différenciation planétaire, l’évolution des continents et de l’océan, le changement majeur de l’oxygénation de l’atmosphère via l’accumulation d’oxygène libre à la surface de la Terre, et l’émergence des métabolismes principaux de la vie.

Cet atelier permettra de rassembler des étudiants en thèse, des post-docs et des chercheurs de domaines de recherche variés, en géologie, géochimie, géomicrobiologie, géochronologie, géophysique et sciences planétaires afin de présenter et de faire le point sur des thèmes de recherches émergents dans l’étude de l’évolution et la formation de la Terre Primitive.

Le programme de cet atelier est centré autour de 3 axes :

Accrétion, différenciation, évolution du manteau, et géodynamique de la Terre Primitive
Composition et évolution redox de l’atmosphère et de l’océan
Traces de vie anciennes et fossilisation.
Merci beaucoup
Bien cordialement
Johanna Marin-Carbonne

3) Post-doctoral Researcher at APL on thermal and physical properties of the lunar regolith

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national
leader in scientific research and development, located midway between
Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Post-doctoral Researcher to
undertake interdisciplinary planetary science research as part of the
Space Exploration Sector's Planetary Exploration Group.

Job Summary: The successful candidate will engage in research on the
thermal and physical properties of the lunar regolith and polar regions.
Working with scientists on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the
candidate will analyze data from the Diviner and Mini-RF instruments.
These data will be compared to other relevant data sets. A model will be
developed to interpret the results with respect to the distribution and
stability of volatiles in the lunar polar regions. A candidate who has
experience in both remote sensing data anlysis and computational modeling
is especially desired.

Duties: Supporting the Diviner and Mini-RF science investigations,
including participating in team meetings, conducting research, publishing
results, and presenting the results at one or more professional conference
yearly. Developing a thermal model of volatile stability in lunar
regolith, including conducting research, publishing the results, and
presenting the results at least one professional conference yearly. Note:
This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing
the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change
over time.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a doctorate in geology, planetary
science, or applicable science or engineering field, a strong record of
successful publication of research results, and a demonstrated ability to
manage time effectively on two or more projects. Familiarity with Diviner
or Mini-RF data sets and computational modeling is desired.


Benefits:APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal
vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational
assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and
competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more
information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that
complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well
as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or
protected Veteran status.

Please apply to position number 12841 at
More information can be found at

4) Ateliers JWST France les 8, 9 et 10 Novembre à l’IAP.

Dans quelques mois (début 2017), l’appel à observer avec le JWST dans le cadre ‘Early Science Release’ sera lancé ; puis  ce sera au tour du premier appel ‘temps ouvert’ (Nov. 2017). Pour faire suite à l’atelier JWST France qui a eu lieu le 27 mai au CNES et pour continuer à préparer la communauté à répondre aux appels à observer avec le JWST, nous organisons 3 ateliers thématiques et un atelier « outils ».

Ces ateliers se dérouleront à l’IAP

                les 8 et 9 novembre pour l’atelier consacré aux observations des disques et exoplanètes avec le JWST (point de contact : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

                le 9 novembre pour l’atelier sur la physique de H2 dans l’espace avec JWST (Point de contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. ; voir le site :

                le 9 novembre aussi pour l’atelier sur les grands relevés extragalactiques avec le JWST dans le cadre du Service d’observation SO4 (point de contact :  Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

le 10 novembre pour l’atelier sur « la familiarisation avec les outils du JWST » (point de contact : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

Si vous êtes intéressés par ces ateliers, réservez dès à présent les dates. Des informations complémentaires sur le programme des journées seront diffusées d’ici peu.

5) PhD studentship @ UCL - The formation mechanism of long run-out landslides on planetary bodies

Fully funded STFC studentship @ University College London

Supervisor: Tom Mitchell, University College London,  (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Co-Supervisors: Peter Grindrod (Birkbeck, University of London), Harrison Schmitt (NASA), Liran Goren, Ben-Gurion (University‫ of the Negev) and Gerald Roberts (Birkbeck, University of London)
Application deadline: Friday 14th October 2016:
Project Title: The formation mechanism of long run-out landslides on planetary bodies
Project Summary:
Landslides are not only an important landscape-forming process on solid bodies throughout the Solar System, but on Earth also represent a natural hazard to life and infrastructure. The mechanisms responsible for the onset and flow of long run-out (typically tens of km) landslides are particularly poorly understood. Numerous methods have been proposed to explain long run-out landslide formation (Legros, 2002; Pudasaini and Miller, 2013) , including, but not limited to: basal fine powders, interstitial fluids, pore fluid pressure, air pockets, steam generation and thermal pressurisation, frictional melts, lubrication, fluidization and dynamic fragmentation.
On Earth, fieldwork allows the in situ investigation of long run-out landslide deposits, which can reveal important insights into the formation mechanism. The slipping zone, or basal plane, of large landslides that accommodates much of the slip displacement is, in many cases, saturated with fluid. The amount of pore fluid pressure can lower the apparent friction of the sliding mass by carrying some of the overburden and reducing the effective stress.  Frictional heating and chemical reactions of materials in the landslide slip zone can also lead to pressurization of the pore fluid along the shear zone and reduce the frictional resistance to sliding, by decomposing or dehydrating slip zone material and produce overpressured fluids. This chemical-thermal-poro-mechanical process can lead to extremely high sliding velocity (10-100 m/sec) and can explain the anomalously large runouts.  For example, recent studies (Goren et al., 2010; Mitchell et al., 2015) showed that at the Heart Mountain landslide, the largest sub-aerial landslide on Earth, shear heating at high slip velocities could have caused thermal decomposition and the release of CO2, which allowed catastrophic slip even on a low angle detachment surface. However, investigating these deposits in the rock record on Earth can be hampered by active geological processes driven by plate tectonics. Therefore it is useful to use other planetary bodies, where deposits have been better preserved due to lower rates of  geological activity.
On Mars, there are a large number of long run-out landslides (Quantin et al., 2004; Soukhovitskaya and Manga, 2006) that suffer from a similar uncertainty in formation mechanism , but which are also important in dating key geological processes (Grindrod and Warner, 2014).  Some studies have proposed dehydration controls on the initiation and mechanics of enormous Martian landslides (Montgomery and Gillespie, 2005).  The scale of such landslides can be seen in Valles Marineris, Mars in the following NASA movie- . On the Moon, a long run-out landslide, thought to be triggered by ejecta from the distant Tycho impact event, has been used as a key calibration point in age dating planetary surfaces through crater size-frequency analysis. Understanding these landslides on other planetary bodies not only expands the number of features for study, but also provides environmental constraints not necessarily known for Earth.

6) appel à proposition de stages M2 pour etudiants de u-psud

Chers collègues,

Nous sollicitons les chercheurs des équipes de planétologie pour proposer des sujets de stage de M2 à nos étudiants du Parcours, et vous remercions par avance de diffuser cette annonce dans votre entourage.

Les stages dureront 4 mois, de début mars à fin juin.

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La date limite de dépôt est fixée au vendredi 14 octobre.

Bien cordialement,

Frédéric Schmidt pour le Master Planétologie Ile de France.

7) workshop ‘Ices in the Solar System’, 23-27 January 2017 at  ESA/ESAC, Madrid

Dear colleagues,

This is the second announcement for the workshop ‘Ices in the Solar System’, organized on 21-24 January 2017 at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESA/ESAC), near Madrid, Spain. Even if you have done a pre-registration to this workshop, you need to proceed now with the official registration and abstract submission steps before the 15th of November through this web-site

This workshop will focus on experimental and mission data relevant for the past and future exploration of volatile rich bodies in the Solar System.The pre-registration has shown a strong interest in this topic with over hundred participants expected. The topics covered by this workshop will include:

Experimental research and associated modeling (preparation of ice analogs and experimental weathering in the lab, analysis and modeling techniques to infer optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, thermodynamical, structural and compositional properties.
Mission data revealing ices and their properties, composition, geological context and history in the Outer Solar System  (Rings, icy moons, KBOs and Kuiper Belt), Asteroid Belt, Mars (polar caps, ground ice) or well within the snow line (Mercury, Moon).
The astrobiological potential of ices and their role and transport during the Solar System evolution- including the connection to the interstellar medium, proto-solar nebulae, icy giants and planetesimals formation.
The abstract submission deadline is November 15th. The detailed session program will be published on November 29th.

Note that, if you wish to do so, there may be the possibility to include your contribution into a special workshop publication issue.

Sponsorship for students, in the form of lump sum payment, will be available, upon review of the submitted abstract
by the Science Organizing Committee (see details here

8) Call for JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship Applications (French system)

If you know any young French researchers who would be interested in working on the origins of planets and life at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo, this JSPS fellowship program is a good opportunity. The positions in this call are specifically targeted only to young French researchers, and tends to have a higher success rate than the more general calls for application. Thus far ELSI has hosted several JSPS fellows, and we are always interested in hosting more…please ask any interested candidates get in touch with me by e-mail.

See the following link for more details:

Best regards

John Hernlund

9) IAU Symposium 330 Astrometry and Astrophysics in the Gaia sky 24-28 April 2017 Nice

Second announcement
The first release of the Gaia data has been made publicly available on september 14, 2016.
Besides a catalogue of 1.1 billion source positions and broad-band G-magnitudes,
this DR1 also includes the positions, G-magnitudes, parallaxes,
proper motions for 2 million stars in common between the Tycho-2
Catalogue and Gaia (TGAS). Light curves for 3194 Cepheids and RR Lyrae are also part of the
release as well as a special astrometric solution for 2152 ICRF quasars.

The goal of this IAU symposium is to ensure the world-wide sharing of
the Gaia mission results that will cover the following topics:
astrometry and reference frames, Milky Way galaxy and stellar physics
and the Solar system bodies.

This is the second call for abstract submission and early registration
to the IAU symposium.

The next close deadlines are:
November 1st: IAU grant application
December 4: Abstract submission
Registration to the symposium are open since beginning of July.
We remind you that a limited number of participants will be accepted due
to the limited capacity of the conference room.

More details are available at the conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Nice next April.

Alejandra Recio-Blanco, Anthony Brown and Timo Prusti (for the SOC)
Patrick de Laverny (for the LOC)

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10) New Postodoctoral Position in Computational Planet Formation in Bern/Zurich

Dear Colleagues,

we are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research candidate with a strong in hydrodynamical simulations of astrophysical disks to fill a  new post in the framework of the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR)  "PlanetS". The position will be in collaboration  between my  group at the University of Zurich and that of Yann Alibert at the University of Bern (the formal host), and will be embedded in the NCCR which encompasses already more than 50 postdocs and PhD students working on planet formation and evolution as well as on exoplanet detection at the  Universities of Bern, Zurich and Geneva, and at ETH Zurich in both  the Astronony and Earth Science Institutes.

The description of the job can be found at:

We would value highly your opinion in suggesting candidates. The post
will be filled as soon as possible. We also kindly ask you to distribute
the add to potentially interested candidates or additional colleagues who may know some.

Best Regards,

Lucio Mayer

11) Research position at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at
the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) invites applications
for a temporary research position in Space Physics, related to the
ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Applications
are invited both for a 2-year post-doc position and for shorter
periods for senior guest scientists.

The advertised position is a research position for studies of the
cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind
primarily using ion data from the Ion Composition Analyzer on board
Rosetta but also using data from the other instruments that form the
Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC).

Previous experience of working with plasma and/or particle data from
space missions is required. The position, placed in Kiruna, is
funded by the Swedish Research Council. Post-doc candidates should
have completed a PhD during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to
obtain their PhD degree no later than January 2017 can also apply.
A post-doc candidate should not currently be an active researcher
at IRF.

Closing date is 7 October 2016.
Ref: 2.2.1-235/16

More information:

12)  "Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae" November 14-18, 2016, Toulouse

The international conference on cometary science entitled "Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae" will be held November 14-18, 2016, at the Abattoirs Museum in Toulouse, France. The 46th Rosetta Science Working Team technical session will be held on Friday.

The program is now available online on the conference website :
More technical details - poster size, talks format - will be soon sent to the authors.

The early registration deadline with the best rates (150 euros instead of 250 euros) is 14 October. The registration fee includes access to all sessions, coffee breaks and to a cocktail gala dinner scheduled on Tuesday (with an extra fee for accompanying persons). All needed information for venue and accomodation are provided on the above website.

If you have questions or need assistance during the registration process, please send an email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and reference Comets 2016 in the subject.

The Organising Committee

13) Post-doctoral position in Giant Planet Modelling at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Paris

A 15-month post-doctoral position in planetary atmospheric science is opened at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), starting in early 2017. The position is opened by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and hosted on the campus of Université Pierre et Marie Curie in the heart of Paris. The successful candidate will join the team led by Dr Aymeric Spiga funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) grant "HEAT" led by Pr Thomas Dubos.

The successful applicant will carry out research with the new Global Climate Model developed for giant planets at LMD. This model is based on DYNAMICO, an innovative dynamical core employing an icosahedral grid with excellent conservation and scalability properties. The model has been successfully applied on Saturn with high-resolution simulations that allowed a preliminary analysis of Saturn's atmospheric dynamics in the troposphere and the stratosphere. The successful applicant will explore through simulations with this model (and the addition of a moist convective scheme) the possibility to reproduce and understand phenomena like Saturn's equatorial oscillation, tropical super-rotating jet, hexagonal polar jet – which properties were revealed by the Cassini mission. The adaptation of this Global Climate Model to the jovian environment is also considered during the post-doctoral position, with the objective of offering perspectives to interpret measurements on board the ongoing mission Juno.

A PhD in astrophysics, planetary science, or geophysical fluid dynamics is required by the time of starting the position. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants :
- working knowledge in planetary science (especially giant planets' environments)
- expertise in climate modelling (including model development)
- experience with High Performance Computing environments and space missions is an asset.

The successful applicant will benefit of a dynamic and stimulating research environment, with the possibility to interact with scientists in the LMD team involved with atmospheric modeling and observations (Dr. Sandrine Guerlet, Pr. François Forget) as well as French collaborators from LESIA / Observatoire de Meudon and LAB / Université de Bordeaux.

Funding has been secured for travel to attend international conferences (at least 2 per year). Benefits include complete health insurance coverage and social security, as required by French law.

Applicants should submit in a single PDF document a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a short review of previous works, and statement of research interest and contribution to the project. Applicants should arrange for two reference letters to be sent independently.

Applications and information requests should be sent via email to Dr Aymeric SPIGA (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). The closing date is November 8th, 2016. Late applications might be considered, until the position is filled.

14) Atelier LUVOIR 11-12 janvier à Meudon

Le Large UV/Optical/near IR telescope - ou LUVOIR - est l’une des 4 missions de type Flagship étudée actuellement par la NASA. Le LUVOIR est un projet de nouvel observatoire spatial de grande taille (avec un miroir primaire de 8 à 12 m de diamètre) et multi-longueurs d'ondes avec des objectifs scientifiques polyvalents ambitieux. Cette mission permettra des avancées significatives dans de nombreux domaines de l'astrophysique, de l'époque de la ré-ionisation jusqu'à la formation et l'évolution des galaxies, en passant par la formation des étoiles et des planètes, et la caractérisation d'un grand domaine d’exoplanètes.

Le LUVOIR est l’une des 4 études de concept du Decadal Survey de la NASA identifiée en janvier 2016. Cette étude va durer 3 ans et sera menée par le Goddard Space Flight Center sous la houlette de la Science & Technology Definition Team (STDT). Un suite d'instruments est actuellement considérée pour le LUVOIR, y compris un imageur UV, un spectrographe ou spectropolarimètre haute-résolution UV / Visible / proche IR, un spectrographe multi-objets etc. A ce stade, la NASA invite les pays qui le souhaitent à s’associer au projet pour participer à la définition des objectifs scientifiques et proposer des contributions instrumentales. La France, notamment, a été invitée dans le STDT via un représentant du CNES.

Un atelier de prospective pour une contribution française au LUVOIR aura lieu les 11 et 12 janvier au centre international d’ateliers scientifiques de l'Observatoire de Meudon. L'objectif de cet atelier est d'informer la communauté française sur ce projet, d'initier une réflexion collective sur de possibles contributions scientifiques et/ou instrumentales, de fédérer les équipes intéressées, et d'organiser une contribution de notre communauté à l'étude de la NASA.

Inscriptions en ligne avant le 15 novembre à

Un soutien financier pour le voyage peut être accordé à quelques participants (priorité sera donnée aux participants lointains et aux étudiants). Si vous avez besoin d'un tel soutien, merci de nous contacter rapidement à : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Le comité d’organisation

15) Pré-évaluation demandes labellisation ANO5

Dans le cadre de la campagne de labellisation des Services Nationaux d’Observation qui sera officiellement lancée mi-novembre 2016, nous offrons la possibilité aux futurs  proposants dans le cadre de l’Action Nationale d’Observation ANO5 (Centres de traitement, d’archivage et de diffusion de données) d'envoyer en amont une lettre d'intention (1 feuille recto-verso maximum) au(x) Programme(s) National(aux) et/ou Action(s) Spécifique(s) concerné(s) ainsi qu'au Pôle Thématique National ANO5 pertinent s'il y a lieu avant le 31 octobre 2016. Cette lettre d'intention au format libre devra donner les éléments clefs permettant de juger de l'utilité du service proposé à la labellisation, en particulier la nature du service fourni, sa valeur ajoutée, son périmètre, le besoin communautaire couvert, et préciser son positionnement vis-à-vis d'outils ou de services équivalents. Le ou les instances sollicitées, après interaction éventuelle avec le proposant, évalueront ainsi en amont le projet au regard de leur politique scientifique, transmettront leur position sur son bien-fondé et pourront proposer, le cas échéant, des améliorations du dossier avant soumission officielle. Il est rappelé que les SNO proposés doivent être fonctionnels. Notez que cette pré-évaluation proposée ne revêt aucun caractère obligatoire et ne préjuge pas du résultat de l’évaluation finale par les comités d’évaluation SNO et la CSAA.

16) session “Geological Evolution of Africa and Planetary Sciences” at GSAf-GSA meeting, Adis Ababa, 13th to the 17th of March, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am convening the theme “Geological Evolution of Africa and Planetary Sciences” at the joint GSAf (Geological Society of African) – GSA (Geological Society of America) meeting, held in Adis Ababa, from the 13th to the 17th of March, 2017 and entitled “Geological Evolution of Africa: Making and Breaking of a Continent”. I am glad to invite you to contribute to this session, as well as to the promotion of planetary sciences in Africa.

Africa's geological record extend over more than 3 billions of years and offers enlightening geological contexts to understand the crustal and climatic evolution of other rocky planets, and the interactions between the planetary interior and surface environment. The impact cratering record of this continent is also largely under-explored and it exists a great potential for new discoveries. We welcome presentations on any studies of the geological evolution of Africa that may contribute to the understanding of our neighboring planets. This includes for instance studies of planetary analogues, or analyses of potential or confirmed impact structures in Africa.

Deadline for abstract submission: 1st of December (to be confirmed)

The meeting will be the occasion of great field excursions in the East-African rift or in the Precambrian geological and associated mineralizations of Western Ethiopia.

Best regards

David Baratoux