1) Document de bilan et prospective du PNP.

Il est disponible sur le site du programme:
Il s'agit d'une version préliminaire. La version définitive sera publiée seulement à la suite du colloque de Nice, après avoir récolté les éventuels commentaires de la communauté et des instances (lors de la table ronde du vendredi 7 ou, à défaut, par email à Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

2) demandes au PNP pour 2019, ne oubliez pas la deadline!

l'appel d'offre se trouve sur
Les deadlines sont le 13/9 pour DIALOG et 20/9 pour le dossier scientifique.

3) Lunar samples and future programme preparation: Research Fellowship with ESA


deadline: 7 septembre.
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4)  Job Announcement (Earth and Planetary Exploration Using Small Satellites), University of Hawaii

The Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu USA seeks to hire two tenure-track, full-time, permanent positions. One appointment will be made at the assistant level, the other at the associate level. 75% State funds provided. Duties include leading the development of small/micro/cube satellite missions (or the development of key subsystems, such as payloads) to support new Earth and planetary science missions. The successful candidates will seek and obtain extramural funding in support of this, take an active role in student advising and teaching, and publish research results in the refereed literature. For details see:

5) BetaPic workshop, Nice, September 18-20, 2018

In 2017 the circumplanetary region of the directly imaged planet beta Pic b transited in front of the star. This created a rare opportunity to detect the ring system of an extrasolar giant planet with semi-major axis 10 au. The search for evidence of ring was conducted over many months using a host of space-based facilities and ground-based telescopes located on four continents, including Antarctica. This 3-day workshop in Nice, France, endeavors to share the status of various data sets, devise common analysis techniques, and produce self-consistent models and interpretation for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Limited funds are available.

Online registration: August 1st  (we will consider late abstracts)


6)  IAU Symposium 350 on Laboratory Astrophysics, Cambridge, UK, from 14 - 19 April 2019

The First International Astronomical Union Symposium on Laboratory Astrophysics, IAUS 350: Laboratory Astrophysics: from Observations to Interpretation, will be held in Cambridge, UK, from 14 - 19 April 2019.

The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment and theoretical modeling has been reinforced at the 2015 IAU General Assembly by the creation of a new IAU Commission (CB5) on Laboratory Astrophysics (

In this meeting we hope to build on this momentum and bring together active researchers in observational astronomy, space missions, experimental and theoretical laboratory astrophysics and astrochemistry to discuss the major topics and challenges that face today’s Astronomy. We expect that interactions between researchers will result in a solid roadmap for future research that will lead to advances in our understanding of astronomical observations and guide the design of future observational instruments. You can read more on the objectives of the Symposium at

To register your interest in this meeting, please send an email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. You will then receive regular updates on the meeting.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee for IAUS 350,

Farid Salama
IAU Commission B5

Farid Salama (Chair), USA, Paul Barklem, Sweden, Helen Fraser, UK, Thomas Henning, Germany, Christine Joblin, France, Sun Kwok, China, Harold Linnartz, Netherlands, Lyudmila Mashonkina, Russia, Tom Millar, UK, Osama Shalabiea, Egypt, Gianfranco Vidali, USA, Feilu Wang, China, Giulio Del- Zanna, UK

7) GSA 2018: T114 Apatite, from Magma to Medicine; in honor of John M. Hughes. Indianapolis, Nov. 4-7

We would like to draw your attention to the following session at the 2018 GSA annual meeting from November 4-7th in Indianapolis (
T114. Apatite, from Magma to Medicine; in honor of John M. Hughes
Abstract: This session aims to present cutting edge research on apatite with regards to its utilization in understanding crustal and mantle processes, biological processes, practical applications in industry, as well as processes in extraterrestrial environments.

Rationale: Residing at the intersection of the biological, geological, and material science realms the topic of apatite is highly diverse and interdisciplinary. Apatite group minerals are the dominant phosphates in the geosphere and biosphere. They are found in virtually all rock types as the principal sink for P and F and in many cases the REE. They form the major mineral component in vertebrate bones and are the base of the global phosphorous cycle. U-Th-Pb isotopic chemistry in apatite has led to their broad application in geochronology. Lastly, the physical and chemical properties of apatite group minerals makes them ideal for many technological applications including phosphors, lasers, prosthetics, ceramics, metal sequestration agents, and potential solid nuclear waste forms. The proposed topical session aims to present cutting edge research on apatite with regards to its utilization in geochemical investigations involving crustal and mantle processes on the Earth, biological processes, practical applications in industry, as well as investigations of geochemical processes in extraterrestrial environments.

Abstract deadline: 14 August 2018.
Invited speakers:
Francis McCubbin (NASA Johnson Space Center): Apatite in Astromaterials: A Window into the Distribution and Behavior of Volatiles within the Solar System
Henry P. Schwarcz (McMaster University): Nanometer-scale polycrystalline apatite plates are the re-bars of bone.
Conveners: John Rakovan (Miami University) + Jessica Barnes (NASA JSC)

8) EWASS2019 - propositions de symposia

L'European Week of Astronomie and Space Sciences, EWASS, aura lieu en France en 2019  ... la première fois depuis 1999. En 2018 l'EWASS a rassemblé 1400 participants à Liverpool.

Cette réunion pourrait être une bonne opportunité pour exposer à une large audience des thèmes et des actions relevant des priorités du PNP. Un appel à proposition pour des symposias est ouvert à la communauté et il se clôt le 9 septembre.

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9) Announcement of Opportunity: PROSPECT Science Team

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the below Announcement of Opportunity (AO), open to scientists working in ESA member states, for membership of the PROSPECT Science Team:

PROSPECT is a lunar drilling and sample analysis package provided by ESA to Russia’s Luna 27 mission.

The Science Team will follow on and expand the activities of the PROSPECT User Group (appointed for Phase B) through PROSPECT's later development and flight phases. Please see the AO documentation for full details.

Best regards,
Elliot Sefton-Nash

10) PLATO theory meeting 2018. Cambridge (UK) 3-5 December 2018

we're just writing to announce the PLATO theory meeting 2018 that will be held at the IoA, University of Cambridge between 3-5 December 2018. The webpage for the meeting, where you may find more information, register and submit a title and abstract for your presentation, can be accessed here:

The meeting will be primarily focussed on the formation, composition and dynamical evolution of planetary systems, and hence will be organised around the following PLATO work packages:
WP116100 - Composition & Formation of Gas and Ice Giants
WP116 200 - Mass-radius Terrestrial Planets
WP116 300 - Planetary Formation and Orbital Evolution
WP116 310 - Protoplanetary Disc Models
WP116 320 - Disc-Planet Interactions
WP116 330 - The Assembly of Planetary Systems
WP116 340 - The Post-Formation Long-term Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems
WP116 350 - Planet Formation and Evolution in Binary Systems
WP116 360 - The Influence of Birth Environment on the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
WP116 370 - Post-Main Sequence Evolution of Planetary Systems
  WP116 380 - Statistical Comparison Between Theory and PLATO Data
WP116 600 - Dynamical Interactions in Multiplanet Systems
WP116 610 - Long-term Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems
WP116 620 - Stability and Resonances in Multi-Planet Systems
WP116 630 - Tidal Dissipation and Evolution in Multi-Planet Systems
WP116 640 - Rotational Evolution of Planets in Multiple Systems

For more information about the PLATO work packages please see the following link

The meeting is open to all-comers, not just existing members of the above work packages, so please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge in December 2018.

Best regards,
Richard (Nelson)
Mark (Wyatt)