1) EWASS2019: Programme du symposium The future of exoplanets: synergy between small-scale and large-scale telescopes

Le programme du symposium The future of exoplanets: synergy between small-scale and large-scale telescopes (S9), co-organisé par le PNP est en ligne!


July 22-24, Zhuhai, China
Abstract deadline: June 7, 2019
The International Conference on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (LDSE)  is a bi-annual event jointly organized by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and Chinese Academy of Sciences. With the rapid development of lunar and deep space exploration in China in the recent decades, this conference is becoming a major forum in China to discuss ideas and scientific results in planetary exploration. The topics cover all areas in planetary research and road maps, with the focus on exploration missions and related data analysis, ground observations, laboratory experiments, and theoretical work.
The Mars Science and Exploration Sessions include the following themes:
-Geology and Geophysics.
-Martian Meteorites.
-Mars Analog Studies.
-Mars Exploration: Past, Present and Future.
Updates on the status of China’s Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter, Lander and Rover to be launched in 2020, together carrying 12 scientific instruments, will be presented.

Convenor: Prof. Long Xiao
Co-convenors: Prof. James Head, Prof. Kaichang Di, Dr. Chow Kim Chiu, Dr. Yang Liu, Dr. Jessica Flahaut

3) Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission

This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits the participation of the scientific community as Interdisciplinary Scientists or Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission, to augment the scientific return of the mission as a whole.

BepiColombo is an interdisciplinary mission to the planet Mercury, carried out as a joint project between ESA and JAXA. It consists of two orbiters, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), which are dedicated to the detailed study of the planet and its magnetosphere.

The BepiColombo mission was launched on 20 October 2018. Arrival at Mercury and start of the science exploitation phase are expected in December 2025 and April 2026, respectively. The duration of the nominal science operations is 1 year.

The aim of this AO is to appoint up to six Interdisciplinary Scientists (IDS) and up to 11 Guest Investigators (GI) for the BepiColombo mission. The IDSs and the GIs will be appointed for a first period of three years, renewable. An IDS or GI appointment is ad personam. ESA will not fund the activities of the IDSs or the GIs (travel costs to attend meetings, etc.) and each proposer is responsible for securing his/her own funding.

This call is open to scientists based in ESA Member States, Japan and USA. Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of the BepiColombo instrument teams are excluded from this call, while Co-Investigators are eligible for IDS positions, but not for GI positions.

Full details, including the tasks of an IDS or GI, requirements for the proposals, and evaluation criteria, can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission document.

Submission forms


Letter of Intent Submission Form

Deadline for receipt of mandatory Letter of Intent is:

13 June 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST


Proposal Submission Form

Deadline for receipt of proposals is:

15 July 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST



The schedule for this AO is given in the table below:


Date of AO release    13 May 2019
Due date for mandatory Letter of Intent    13 June 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST
Due date for proposals    15 July 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST
Appointment of Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators    October 2019


Further queries should be addressed to:

Luigi Colangeli
Head of the Science Coordination Office
Directorate of Science
ESA/ESTEC - Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Masaki Fujimoto
Deputy Director General
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4) Atelier Design of small satellite missions for planetary studies -- Tartu, Estonia   ---  23 July - 2 August 2019

The aim of the workshop Design of small satellite missions for planetary studies (Tartu, Estonia, 21 July to 3 August 2019) will be to enable students and early career scientists to design micro-and nanosatellite missions tackling scientific themes and target objects they have chosen themselves previously. The workshop, which will be a sequel of the training school/workshop on Microsatellites in Planetary and Atmospheric Research held last year (although newcomers are warmly welcome. The workshop will consist of three parts:

a lectured part consisting of in-depth talks on the scientific background of the chosen mission themes and on important issues in satellite technology
a mission designing part where attendees plan these endeavours in detail with the help of satellite technologists
a final presemtation of all the projects
In order to plan missions involving such small satellites successfully, intensive interaction and cooperation between scientists and space technologists are necessary, which is still lacking in some potential key applications.The workshop school aims to

Highlight the possible potential of microsatellites in exploring diffeent targets like the Moon, small bodies and outer satellites
Foster the interaction between space researchers and technologists
Allow participants to start the design and planning of new space missions
Contribute to the training of a new generation of space researchers
The work on the mission designs will continue after the workshop, thus ensuring a long-term impact.
The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the workshop.

The workshop will consist of lectures by leading scientists, planning of for different micro- or nanosatellite projects in small groups as well as open discusssions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a one-day excursion to Viljandi (visit of the charming old town and the Estonian Folk Festival) and a walk around Tartu is included as a social programme.

The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Nevertheless, recommendation letters for visa applications are only issued for participants participating in last year's event and those additionally selected by the orgsanisers.


5) Ecole d'été : Exploring the physics of planetary environments  --- August 13-22  --- Stockholm, Sweden

 A novel and unique course addressing the physics of atmospheres, ionospheres and magneto- spheres of various Solar System bodies: from small comets to the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Guest lecturers from Sweden, Europe and the US provide a tour through the Solar System with lectures and workshops on different ways of measuring, observing and modelling planetary environments. The course targets primarily MSc and PhD students.

For more information, visit www.kth.se/planetcourse

International guest lecturers
Kurt Retherford, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA
Katherine de Kleer, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA • Bertrand Bonfond, University of Liège, Belgium
Christina Plainaki, ASI - Italian Space Agency, Rome, Italy
Jan-Erik Wahlund, Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
Yoshifumi Futaana, Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden
Aljona Blöcker, KTH, Stockholm
Nickolay Ivchenko, KTH, Stockholm
Tomas Karlsson, KTH, Stockholm
Elias Odelstad, KTH, Stockholm
Content and topics

During eight days, international students get the chance to learn about different ways to explore planetary environments from different perspectives. Observational experts give insights into how state-of-the-art telescopes are used to spectrally and spatially map planets and moons. Principal Investigators of scientific instruments onboard planetary missions present the unique measurements near a planet by their instruments. And modelling experts introduce their numerical simulations of atmospheric and plasma dynamics. Lectures will be followed by workshops with group tasks on the specific planetary object and exploration technique such as simple numerical simulations and analysis of telescope and spacecraft data.
Topics include:
Ground-based observatories and space telescopes for planetary explorations
Milestone NASA and ESA planetary missions like Rosetta, Cassini, Galileo and Juno • In-situ measurements and remote sensing of the atmospheres of terrestrial planets
Dynamics of the gas and plasma environment of a comet
Auroral emissions in the upper atmospheres and ionospheres of the giant gas planets • Remote observations of the tenuous neutral gas clouds of the moons of Jupiter
Simulations of their effects on Jupiter’s magnetosphere and upper atmosphere

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6) Ecole Evry Schatzman du PNPS - Interactions étoile - planètes --- Aussois --- 23-27 Septembre 2019



La révolution des exoplanètes entamée depuis deux décennies a bouleversé notre compréhension de la formation des systèmes extra-solaires. Nous faisons face aujourd’hui à une extrême diversité et complexité de ces systèmes qui ne peuvent se comprendre qu’à travers le lien intime qui existe entre les planètes et leur étoile hôte. La connaissance et la détection des exoplanètes doivent se faire de plus en plus en étroite collaboration entre physiciens stellaires et planétaires. L’école a pour but  d’apporter aux participants désireux d’aborder le domaine de l’exoplanétologie, un tour d’horizon des dernières connaissances en physique stellaire et offrira aux physiciens stellaires une perspective pour appliquer leurs travaux à un domaine en plein essor. Une place importance sera réservée pour favoriser les échanges avec les intervenants. Le PNP est associé à l’Ecole par ses intervenants et son soutien financier.

Le SOC est composé de : L. Bigot (chair, OCA), J. Bouvier (co-chair, IPAG),  A. Chiavassa (OCA), Y. Lebreton (LESIA), A. Lèbre (LUPM).

L'école est limitée à 45 participants.

Programme (cours et TP sont donnés en anglais)

Cours. Star-planets Interactions

    Magnetic games in star-planet systems  (A. Strugarek, CEA)
    Stellar and planetary tides   (S. Mathis, CEA)
    Stellar winds and planetary atmospheres  (C. Johnstone, Univ. of Vienna)
    Impact of stellar activity on the detectability and characterization of exoplanets (M. Deleuil, LAM & N. Meunier, IPAG)
    High resolution spectroscopy for planetary atmosphere characterization (M. Brogi, Univ. Warwick)

Travaux pratiques

TP1. SOAP : A tool to estimate the photometric and radial velocity variations induced by stellar spots and plages.   (I. Boisse , LAM)

TP2. Gaussian Process regression for astronomical data  (S. Aigrain, Oxford, UK)


     How to define exoplanet habitability? (F. Selsis, Obs Bordeaux)

7) Workshop Titan after Cassini-Huygens  --- Madrid, 23-25 September 2019.

This is a reminder of the ‘Titan after Cassini-Huygens’ 3-day workshop to be held at the European Space Agency (ESA –European Space Astronomy Centre) in Madrid on 23-25 September 2019.

The registration (free) and the abstract submission are open until May 31st. The registration tool and abstract submission page in addition to further information regarding the workshop can be found here:


The workshop will include past and new science focusing on the fields and studies of magnetospheric & atmospheric science, geology, geophysics, astrobiology, Earth-based observations, future missions and more.


We are aware that the APL Cassini meeting has been canceled due to the Cassini funds being cut. For that reason the organizing committee has decided to welcome papers that were intended to be presented at the APL meeting for which (pending participation) we will dedicate an afternoon session focused on other aspects of the Saturnian system.

We look forward to see you all in Madrid!

8) Postdoctoral Research Position in mm astronomy at the 30-meter telescope

Posting date: May 9, 2019 – Closing date: June 30, 2019

IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope (Spain) and the mm/submm interferometer NOEMA (France). The scientific capabilities of the 30-meter telescope are continuously enhanced with state-of-the-art technology such as for EMIR, the multi-wavelength heterodyne frontend, and, with the recent commissioning of the new large field-of-view continuum 1mm/2mm camera NIKA2.

IRAM invites applications for one postdoctoral research position at IRAM/Granada. The successful candidates are expected to invest 50% of the time on personal astronomical research and 50% to support science operation of the 30-meter telescope. IRAM is seeking scientists with a PhD in physics/astronomy, with experience in millimeter/submillimeter/far-infrared astronomy and continuum cameras and/or heterodyne frontends. The candidates will join the Science Operations Group to provide assistance to visiting astronomers, to help in calibrating and reducing the incoming data, and to support the commissioning of new instrumentation. Knowledge of a programming language like python is a strong asset. He/she will typically spend about one week per month at the observatory.

Candidates must have completed the PhD prior to beginning the position. Review of applications will begin in July 2019. The search will continue until the positions are filled. The appointment is initially for one year with the possibility of extension to a second year. Applications should be sent as one pdf file to the IRAM personnel department, and should include a cover letter indicating motivation and qualifications, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a short research statement. Applicants should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the personnel department. Inquiries should be addressed to the station manager Miguel Sánchez-Portal.

9) Postdoctoral Position at CRPG Nancy

The Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG) Nancy is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and Planetary remote sensing. The 2-year position is supported by a CNRS Momentum grant entitled 'Spectral imagery unravels the nature of planetary crusts”.  

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