1) CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2019

Dear Sir or Madam,
ESA’s Education Office has recently launched the call for applications for two ESA Academy training sessions: the CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2019 and the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications training course 2019, to be held at ESA Academy's Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium. Please find more information about these two opportunities below.

CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2019:
ESA’s Education Office is looking for 30 talented and motivated university students to participate in the second edition of ESA Academy’s Concurrent Engineering Workshop dedicated to CubeSats, to be held from 15 to 18 January 2019. This 4-day workshop will introduce student teams to the concurrent design of a CubeSat mission, for which they will be divided in small groups to cover the different subsystems. The workshop can help to better prepare those universities that are planning to embark on a CubeSat project or are at the early stages of one.
Open to:  3rd/4th year Bachelor, Master and PhD engineering or physics students from future or early phase CubeSat teams.
Application Deadline: 26 November 2018
For more information about the workshop and on how to apply: Call for applications

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications training course 2019:

ESA's Education Office is looking for 30 highly motivated and enthusiastic university students to participate in the fourth Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications training course, which will be held from 5 to 8 February 2019. The students will be introduced to the fascinating world of spacecraft communications. This training course will be constituted of formal lectures with a heavy emphasis on interactions with the students about the challenges of communicating with a spacecraft and the subsystems involved in communications (both on-board and on the ground): what can go wrong, troubleshooting, and traps to be avoided during operations and testing.
Open to: 3rd/4th year Bachelor, Master and PhD engineering students.
Application Deadline: 3 December 2018
For more information about the training course and on how to apply: Call for applications

Please do not hesitate to contact ESA Education Office for any further information and to share this information with your colleagues or on your website.

Best regards,

ESA Education Office

2) 14ème Colloque des Utilisateurs de SOLEIL

Chers Collègues,
Le 14ème Colloque des Utilisateurs de SOLEIL se tiendra les jeudi 17 et vendredi  18 janvier 2019, à CentraleSupélec - Bâtiment EIFFEL et à SOLEIL.

Ce rendez-vous incontournable pour la communauté des utilisateurs du rayonnement synchrotron sera cette année l'occasion d’échanges et de restitutions sur l’évolution de la machine et des lignes de lumière.

Il sera aussi le lieu pour échanger sur les aspects scientifiques, techniques et pratiques de l’utilisation du rayonnement synchrotron.

Les 2 conférences plénières couvrant différents thèmes de recherche de la communauté des utilisateurs de SOLEIL:
• Biologie et Santé
• Surfaces/Interfaces/Propriétés électroniques
Les sessions parallèles seront composées d’exposés scientifiques originaux, sélectionnés à partir des résumés soumis (avant le 19 novembre 2018).

Un temps de convivialité et de discussion sera organisé à CentraleSupélec - Bâtiment EIFFEL le jeudi 17 janvier après-midi avec la séance posters et les stands d’entreprises, qui seront suivis, à SOLEIL, par la visite des installations, l’organisation de deux forum/discussions (Data policy for users / Upgrade: “low energy” perspectives for users) et le buffet dînatoire.

Site web de la Conférence :
Nous vous invitons d'ores et déjà à vous inscrire

Pour le Comité d'Organisation

3) The Main Belt: A Gateway to the Formation and Early Evolution of the Solar System. Workshop, Sardinia, Italy | June 4-7, 2019

The Main Belt: A Gateway to the Formation and Early Evolution of the Solar System
Workshop, Sardinia, Italy | June 4-7, 2019
              The Main Asteroid Belt is at the boundary of the inner and outer Solar System. It marks a transition region from the rocky volatile-poor inner terrestrial planets to the outer gaseous and icy giant planets. Asteroids also give us access to the relatively unprocessed building blocks of planet formation, with many retaining a record of processes that took place during the formation and early evolution of the Solar System.
              This workshop brings together experts to establish the current understanding of Main Belt asteroid science, as well as to debate future directions for investigation. The workshop stimulates discussions about accretion, chemistry, collisions, dynamics, geophysics, and meteorites. The workshop is limited to approximately 100 attendees.
Main topics:
                                  1. Planetesimal Formation
                                   2. Collisional Evolution
                                   3. Depletion & Implantation
          4. Composition & Chemistry
          5. Meteorites & Samples
          6. Space Missions

When: June 4-7, 2019 (including a half-day field trip to the 64-m dish Sardinia Radio Telescope).
Where: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy |
Deadlines: January 31, 2019 (abstract submission); March 31, 2019 (early registration)
SOC Chairs: Maria Cristina De Sanctis, INAF, Italy / Simone Marchi, SwRI, USA
SOC Members:
                       Eleonora Ammannito, ASI, Italy
                        William F. Bottke, SwRI, USA
                        Fabrizio Capaccioni, INAF, Italy
                        Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, ASU, USA
                        Roger Fu, Harvard University, USA
        Thorsten Kleine, University of Münster, Germany     
        Javier Licandro, IAC, Spain
        Alessandro Morbidelli, OCA, France
        Carol A. Raymond, JPL/Caltech, USA
        Fumi Yoshida, PERC/Chitech, Japan

4) Life3E’2019: Quy Nonh, Vietnam, March 25-29th, 2nd CIRCULAR

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the International Conference «  Life3E’2019: Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets »  to be held in Quy Nonh, Vietnam, March 25th-29th:

The program of the conference will be mainly organised around the 10 following topics, but any contribution to another topic related to astrobiology is very welcome:

  1. Specificity of our Earth and Solar system in the exoplanetary context:
    2. Host stars and habitability of their planets:
    3. Hadean and Archean interactions between atmosphere, oceans and microbial world :
    4. What the early history of our solar system tells us about the emergence of life?
    5. New directions in prebiotic chemistry : the development of protobiological complexity
    6. Chance and Necessity in the Origins of Life
    7. Where did life emerge on Earth? Was it contingent or unavoidable ?
    8. Last Universal Common Ancestor: complex or simple ?
    9. What are the earliest traces of life on Earth ?
    10. Exoplanet detection: is it possible to have unambiguous biosignatures ?
    A 2-days Training School on the Basics of Astrobiology will be organized before the conference (March 22-23 th) in Hanoi.

    - Application for contributed talk: December 1st (notification by the SOC: December 20th)
    - Application for poster: January 10th  (notification by the SOC : January 20th)
    - Training school registration: January 20th
    - Early bird conference registration fee: January 31st (increase of fees after that date)
    - Registration and hotel booking: February 15th

Kind regards,

Muriel Gargaud (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) and Nikos Prantzos (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)  , co-chairs of the conference

5) PLANETARY DYNAMICS CONFERENCE, Heidelberg, Germany, 3-7 June 2019.
            (part of the summer conference series at the MPIA)
                  Heidelberg, Germany, 3-7 June 2019.

Meeting Overview and Goals

The meeting aims to bring together experts and students working in the
field of extrasolar planets and planetary dynamics. We hope to discuss
a variety of dynamical problems such as:

* Resonant and near-resonant pairs and chains
* Secular dynamics
* Chaos
* Three-dimensional structure and Lidov-Kozai mechanisms
* Formation and stability of S- and P- type planets in binaries
* Post-main-sequence evolution of multiple planet systems
* Solar system dynamics

The venue will be at the Haus der Astronomie
( at the Max Planck Institute for
Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany.

Conference website:

Please follow the website for updates or register for our mailing list at:

Registration Fee:
200 Euro (which includes conference dinner and daily transportation)

Important Dates:

April 15, 2019: Deadline for applying for contributed talk or poster
Early May 2019: Program with talk contributions should be released
  May 25, 2019: Deadline for general participation
June 3-7, 2019: Conference

Scientific Organizing Committee:

    Debra Fischer (Yale University)
    Thomas Henning (MPIA, Heidelberg)
    Hubert Klahr (MPIA, Heidelberg)
    Gregory Laughlin (Yale University)
    Man Hoi Lee (The University of Hong Kong)
    Rosemary Mardling (Monash University)
    Ruth Murray-Clay (University of California, Santa Cruz)
    Alice Quillen (University of Rochester)
    Trifon Trifonov (MPIA, Heidelberg)
    Yanqin Wu (University of Toronto)

We hope to see you next summer in Heidelberg!

All the best,
on behalf of the SOC


Please note updated information.

March 6-8, 2019
Florida Space Institute, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

NOI, Registration and Abstract Submission: Now Open
NOI Deadline: November 30, 2018
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019

This is a workshop addressing the scientific importance and space
exploration relevance of active centaurs, with a specific focus on
mapping knowledge gaps and paths forward.

In-situ participation will be capped: Consider registering early and
submitting an abstract.

Online participation will be available: Will require registration and
notice of acceptance.

The workshop's impetus is two-fold: Advance our understanding of how
small bodies originate, evolve and become active beyond Jupiter's
orbit; Planning of Earth-based and space-based exploration strategies
aimed at representative objects of the Centaur population. We will
include forward-looking presentations and free discussions to allow
for streaming of ideas and encourage inclusive participation.

We strongly encourage the participation of early career researchers
(including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers). We aim
for the workshop to result in a white paper and a plan for a
multi-wavelength observing campaign.
Questions? Please contact the organizers:
Gal Sarid (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Maria Womack (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)


The Cassini Project will host a five-day Cassini Science Symposium
May 20-24, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Applied Physics
Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

Abstracts will be due 15 February 2019. Additional information,
including the meeting website, will be included in a future notice.
For now, please save these dates.

A combination of invited review talks, contributed oral and poster
papers are solicited covering the latest Cassini findings on the
Saturn system, including the interpretation and synthesis of results.
Sessions will include interdisciplinary talks and will cover the
following disciplines: Rings, Titan, Icy Satellites, Magnetospheres
and Saturn. Talks emphasizing Saturn-Jupiter synergies are encouraged.
Discipline-focused workshops will also be held during the late
afternoons. This Symposium can serve as a springboard for future
studies and space missions. Future mission posters will be accepted.

We hope to see you there.

Linda J. Spilker
Chair, Symposium Organizing Committee

8) Associate Professorship or Professorship in Theoretical Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at Oxford University

I would be grateful if you could bring to the attention of suitable candidates the opening of an Associate Professorship or Professorship in Theoretical Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at Oxford University.   The appointment is in the general area of astrophysical dynamics (broadly defined), with a preference for candidates interested in the theory of self-gravitating systems and its application to observational data.

Further details and a link to the online application system can be found at
-- Prof. Caroline Terquem Oxford University / University College Physics Dept The Denys Wilkinson Building Keble Road Oxford OX1 3RH - UK Tel: +44 (0)1865 283029

9) Positions at Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA)

We have several openings at the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA)
in the Niels Bohr Institute, including several Postdoctoral Fellowships
and 5-yr positions at the Assistant and Associate Professor Level.

We are seeking outstanding candidates in all branches of Theoretical and
Computational Astrophysics to be considered for

Louis-Hansen Foundation Assistant and Associate Professorships at NBIA

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships at NBIA

I will very much appreciate it if you could forward this information to
potential candidates.


10) Faculty Position in Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University

Dear Colleagues,

Please bring this to the attention of appropriate candidates. This is an opportunity for a possible joint hire between Astrophysics and Applied Math at Northwestern.

We may be especially interested in candidates with research expertise in numerical methods for astrophysical fluid dynamics, numerical relativity, and nonlinear dynamics connected to planetary systems.

Best regards,


Job Announcement Text:

Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Applied Mathematics to begin in September 2019 in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics ( Hiring will be focused on the assistant professor level, although exceptional applicants at all levels will be considered.

Candidates in all fields of applied mathematics, science, and engineering with a demonstrated ability to conduct high-impact interdisciplinary research in applied mathematics are encouraged to apply. Northwestern University offers a stimulating environment, encouraging collaborations across departments and schools. Collaborations of our current faculty span multiple departments in the McCormick School of Engineering, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Feinberg School of Medicine in areasincluding materials science, earth sciences, fluid dynamics, complex systems, microbiology, neuroscience, and social systems, to highlight a few. Our faculty actively participate in interdisciplinary centers such as the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, the Center for Synthetic Biology, the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design, the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, and the Center for Water Research, among others. The recently funded NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is a joint initiative primarily between the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics and the Department of Molecular Biosciences. We are seeking candidates whose research has strong connections to applications and who can strengthen and/or broaden the research activities of the department.

Astrophysicists with Applied Math expertise are invited to apply.

The application package should include a curriculum vita, a statement of research accomplishments and interests, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and 3-4 selected publications. In addition, the applicant should arrange for at least three, but no more than four letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters will be automatically solicited from the letter writers by email after their names are entered in the online application system.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.