1) Caltech Space Challenge

Dear friend of the Caltech Space Challenge,

 My name is Fabien Royer, and I am a graduate student at Caltech and co-chair of the Caltech Space Challenge 2019. It is a prestigious 5-day event held March 24-29, 2019 in which undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world compete in designing a space-related mission. The 2019 edition of the Caltech Space Challenge, called Encelanders, is inspired by the recently ended Cassini mission: searching for traces of life on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The participants will be asked to develop a mission concept based on a network of small landers to explore the sources of Enceladus' geysers.

 Students from a broad range of backgrounds are sought out to apply: from engineering and science, to graphic design and business/project management. More information can be found at our website: http://www.spacechallenge.caltech.edu/as-participant/and we encourage all interested students to apply!
  All expenses while at Caltech for the event are paid, and a partial to full (depending on the cost) travel reimbursement will be issued.
  We are hoping to get some applicants from your institution, and would appreciate it if you could forward this email along to any interested students.
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We look forward to hearing from your students!
Thank you!
Best regards,


August 22, 2018

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: March 31 - April 5, 2019

This is the fourth of the "New Quests in Stellar Astrophysics” meeting
series aimed at stressing the importance of stellar physics to
understand the properties of stars, their progeny and stellar systems at
different scales. In the first meeting, in 2001, we reviewed the impact
of stellar physics on global properties of stellar aggregates up to
cosmological scales. In the second meeting, held in 2007, we focused on
the UV interval to review our current knowledge on the properties of
nearby and distant evolved stellar populations. The conference in 2012
was devoted to the multiwavelength perspective of solar-like (H fueled)
stars and addressed some of the important findings related to exoplanet
searches. The event for 2019 intends to convene researchers and young
scholars from several fields (Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.) to
show the latest results on a number of interdisciplinary topics and
enable cross-fertilization between scientists in the various
disciplines. It will also be a good opportunity to gain insight into the
future instrumentation from the ground and space that will substantially
contribute to the exploration of the solar system and beyond in search
of clues for understanding how life emerged from cosmic and planetary

Among the main topics to be discussed are:

Chemical networks in star formation to form complex (prebiotic) molecules, deuterium enrichment.
Astrochemistry of young and mature star+disk systems.
Prospects for exoplanet characterization: detection methods, observational probes, multi-wavelength observations and the search for biomarkers.
Exoplanetary theoretical models: interiors, magnetic fields, atmospheres, geochemistry.
Habitability of exo-worlds: space weather, time domain, dynamics and chemistry.
Scenarios on the emergence of life on Earth.
Space exploration and observations from the ground of solar system objects of astrobiological interest (Rosetta, Cassini, IRAM, ALMA, GTM, JWST, WSO, etc.).
Historical, societal aspects and education in astrobiology.
Scientific Organizing Committee

Puerto Vallarta is a well-known beach resort of Mexico, on the Pacific
coast. It enjoys a very pleasant weather in April.

If you are interested to receive further information please fill-out the
pre-registration web-form at
Check the conference web site http://www.inaoep.mx/puerto19/ for
important updates and for details on the venue.

For any question or more information, please feel free to contact the
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3) Feuille de route martienne du CNES

Dans le cadre de sa prospective 2019, le CNES publie une feuille de route pour l'exploration de la planète Mars et encourage la communauté à s'en inspirer pour répondre à l'appel à contribution.


4) Deuxième Journée SKA-France - Paris, 23 Novembre 2018

Après le succès de la première Journée SKA-France du 16 Octobre 2017, la Maison SKA-France organise une deuxième journée pour présenter à la communauté les résultats et avancements réalisés au cours de la dernière année, l'état du projet SKA, ainsi que les prochaines étapes du travail de préparation à SKA au niveau national et international.

La deuxième Journée SKA-France se tiendra à Paris le 23 Novembre prochain. Les détails (lieu, horaires, programme et site pour s'inscrire) vous seront communiqués très prochainement.

Nous souhaitons que la communauté française (académique et industrielle) puisse présenter ses idées et avancements, avec non seulement des contributions invitées, mais aussi des créneaux pour des présentations et des discussions proposées.

Nous vous invitons donc à envoyer dès à présent un titre et un abstract (15 lignes max) de votre contribution à Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. avant le 15 Octobre prochain avec comme Objet du message: "Présentation Journée SKA-France 2018"

Chiara Ferrari pour la Maison SKA-France


Workshop on "Laboratory Studies of Atmospheres and Plumes" organized by the Laboratory Astrophysics Division of AAS.  

The object of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) is to advance our understanding of the Universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive the cosmos. This LAD workshop will consist of five 15-minute-long invited talks showcasing the laboratory astrophysics work being conducted to support planetary missions for the exploration of our solar system and beyond. The invited talks will demonstrate how missions like Cassini, New Horizons, Rosetta, and future missions focused on Europa or exoplanets can benefit from these experimental and theoretical studies. They will be followed by a 10-minute panel discussion to encourage participants to explore the laboratory astrophysics needs for planetary science studies and initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations and new` research investigations.  

The workshop program will be as follows:

12:00-12:05: Stefanie Milam and Ella Sciamma-O’Brien — General introduction and welcome
12:05-12:20: Morgan Cable — "Laboratory Investigations to Support Exploration of Titan"  
12:20-12:35: Karl Hibbitts — “Understanding Europa and its potential plumes through laboratory measurements”
12:35-12:50: Will Grundy — "Laboratory Studies of Condensed Volatiles Under Outer Solar System Conditions”
12:50-13:05: Perry Gerakines — “Laboratory Experiments in Support of Comet Exploration”  
13:05-13:20: Sarah Horst —“Laboratory astrophysics investigations supporting exoplanet exploration”
13:20-13:30: Panel discussion  

The workshop will be Thursday October 25th from 12:00-1:30 PM in room 301D-E.  
Lunch boxes will be provided on a first come first serve basis to the first 30 participants.  


Please contact Dr. Ella Sciamma-O’Brien (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
or Dr. Stefanie Milam (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with any questions.
Acknowledgments: We greatly appreciate support for this workshop from the
VORTICES team from SSERVI, and from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

6) Postdoc position @ IAPS: "Spectral measurements of analogues of solar system surface materials"

Subject: Selection procedure by qualifications and possible interview for the assignment of one research grant entitled: “Spectral measurements of analogues of solar system surface materials” based on project Dawn, ExoMars. Deadline for applications: 04/11/2018

Details at:

7) Master Planétologie / Appel à sujets de stage de niveau M2

Cher(e)s collègues,

Nous sollicitons les chercheurs des équipes de planétologie pour proposer des sujets de stage de M2 à nos étudiants du Master Planétologie et Exploration Spatiale - Ile de France et vous remercions par avance de diffuser cette annonce dans votre entourage. Nos étudiants ont un parcours initial en physique, chimie et/ou géosciences.

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

La date limite de dépôt des sujet est fixée au vendredi 19 octobre.

Bien cordialement,

Frédéric Schmidt pour le Master Planétologie Ile de France.

8) Assistant Professor Position at the University of Florida - Timescales and Rates of Earth (and Planetary) Processes

Dear colleagues,

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida is hiring two Assistant Professors. One of the positions is in Timescales and Rates of Earth (and Planetary) Processes. It is very broadly defined and thus would include things like geochronology of planetary materials and systems, among other areas. Although not a planetary position, we're also hiring in the area of Plate Margin Dynamics and Environments. Please spread the word to anyone that would be interested.

Timescales position: https://apply.interfolio.com/55844

Plate margins position: https://apply.interfolio.com/55931


Steve Elardo