1) ARIEL-FRANCE School ---- Biarritz --- Sept 27, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019

We are very happy to announce the first ARIEL-FRANCE School to be held in Biarritz, : Friday Sept 27, 2019 at
18 :00 until Sunday October 6 at 10:00 AM.

ARIEL, is a space telescope project that will measure the composition and structure of the atmospheres of
1000 extrasolar planets, from gas giants to hot and temperate rocky planets, around stars of different types.
It will constrain the nature of the planets, detect the presence of clouds and study the interactions of
these other worlds with their host stars. ARIEL is supported by a consortium of more than 60 institutes in 15
European countries, under British coordination, and two major partners, France (IAP, CEA, LESIA and IAS) and
Italy. The project was selected in 2018 by the European Space Agency (ESA) as the fourth Mid-class mission
which will launch ARIEL in 2028 from Kourou, Guyana. In preparation of the science preparation and
exploitation for the French community, we have decided to organize every year, an ARIEL school. This is the
first edition. This school is a hands-on session, first extracting extrasolar planet spectra from  Hubble Space Telescope
archival data of transiting planets and then performing retrieval with Tau-REX to extract
temperature-pressure profiles and molecular abundances.

Dates : Friday Sept 27, 2019 at 18 :00 until Sunday October 6 at 10:00 AM.
It will take place in Biarritz, at the Village de vacances VTF "Le domaine de Françon", 81 Rue de Salon,
64200 Biarritz, France. It is financed by CNES for 20 students/postdoc/staff + tutors/teachers.

Organisers : Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (IAP), Ingo Waldmann, Angelos Tsiaras (UCL), Lectures by Benjamin Charnay (LESIA) and Jeremy Leconte (LAB Bordeaux).
Requirement :
- Enrolled in PhD program in astrophysics or early postdoctoral position.
- Strong motivation because this will be a demanding school in terms of work.
- Some experience with python, make sure to do python Tutorial before the school.
- Ideally a Linux laptop or (less favored) windows machine.

All local expenses will be covered by the school, students have only to cover their travel from their local
institution and back.

How to apply : send an email to JP Beaulieu  (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) by June 5, 23:59 with a CV describing early
career, a 2 pages long motivation letter and a support letter from adviser and/or senior scientist. It is
mostly for scientists at French institutions, but we should be able to also have few young scientists from
other institutions. Since there are only 20 places, it will be a competitive process. We will announce the
list of selected participants and those who are on the complementary list end of June. ---------

Students will work by teams of two (not from the same laboratory). Each team will have its planet with HST
data to analyse.  They will do all the process from downloading the data from HST archive to processing the
images, and obtaining the exoplanet spectra. Then, the new challenge will be to perform the retrieval,
meaning extracting the temperature pressure profile and the molecular abundances. 14 days after the school,
the team of students should provide a small report (4 pages, A&A format for instance), discussing their
analysis, compare with results from the literature. The reports will kept in the archives of the school.

Preliminary program : September 27-Sunday 6
Friday 27  Arrival at 18:00, diner
Saturday 28    Exoplanet atmospheres  & chemistry
        (Benjamin Charnay)
Sunday 29        Exoplanet  atmospheres  & chemistry (morning)
                            (Benjamin Charnay)
      / Afternoon free Monday 30 HST data-processing (Angelos Tsiaras)
Tuesday 1    Data processing (Angelos Tsiaras)
Wednesday 2  Introduction, data retrieval (morning)
                      TauREX handson (afternoon)
       (Ingo Waldmann)
Thursday 3 TauREX day
(Ingo Waldmann)
Friday 4 Data Processing/ Tau Rex / literature
             (Angelos Tsiaras, Ingo Waldmann)
Saturday 5 Presentation of results (afternoon) and discussion
        about earlier results.
Sunday   6   Breakfast, departure at 10:00

On each evenings, we will have additionnal talks on specific topics.
We have already 2 scheduled sessions.
Benjamin Charnay : brown dwarfs/young giant planets Jeremy Leconte : 1D-3D modelling

2) Mercury 2020 Conference in Orléans (France), June 2-3-4, 2020

Second announcement of Mercury 2020 Conference in Orléans (France), June 2-3-4, 2020

Following the meeting held in Columbia (USA) in May 2018 (https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/mercury2018/), the forthcoming conference « Mercury 2020 : Current and future science of the innermost planet » will focus on all scientific aspects of planet Mercury, including both the current state of knowledge and the prospects for future endeavors. The conference welcomes and encourages participation from the diverse groups of the world-wide Mercury science community, covering topics such as Mercury’s:
1.    deep interior geophysics and planetary evolution,
2.    surface geology and composition,
3.    exosphere and magnetosphere dynamics,
4.    fundamental physics with Bepi-Colombo.
In addition, the latest plans and developments from Bepi-Colombo’s unprecedented two-spacecraft exploration of Mercury will be shared and discussed.

The number of participants being limited to 120, early registration and abstract submission are warmly suggested.

Detailed information about this meeting can be found at https://mercury2020.ias.u-psud.fr/
Registration deadline : 15 april 2020
Abstract submission deadline : 15 april 2020

The SOC committee

3) Planetary Exploration Horizon 2061 --- Toulouse --- September 11th to 13th, 2019

Third announcement / Call for abstracts (submission deadline June 30th).

Michel blanc and the Local Organising Committee invite you to attend the Planetary Exploration Horizon 2061 synthesis workshop to be held in Toulouse on September 11th to 13th, 2019

The initial dates of 5-7 June have been postponed due to unavaibility of many important organizing participants and of conflicts with other meetings of interest to the planetary science community at large.

The new dates in September, just before the EPSC-DPS meeting in Geneva, should be more favorable to a broad international attendance at our workshop.

On behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee, we are delighted to convene engineers, scientists, technology experts, industry and space agencies involved in planetary sciences and in the space exploration of the solar system to draw up to the 2061 Horizon a long-term picture of the four pillars of planetary exploration :
our major scientific questions on planetary systems;
the different types of space missions that we need to fly to address these questions;
the key technologies we need to master to make these missions flyable;
the ground-based and space-based infrastructures and services needed to support these missions and to enhance the overall scientific return of planetary exploration.

Please, find attached the third circular of this event and don't hesitate to circulate the information to your colleagues.

Submission of abstracts on all presentations related to either of the four pillars, and/or addressing several ones, is very welcome and strongly encouraged. Abstracts will be received until June 30th. All information on this meeting can be found at:

We look forward to welcoming you in Toulouse!

All information about this long-term foresight exercice is available at : http://horizon2061.cnrs.fr
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Best regards
on behalf of Michel Blanc and the Organizing Committee

4) 10th Moscow International Solar System Symposium (10M-S3) --- Moscow --- October 7-11, 2019.

The 10th Moscow International Solar System Symposium (10M-S3) will be held in Space Research Institute(IKI), Moscow on October 7-11, 2019.

We would like to invite you to register and submit your abstracts. Abstract submission can be accessed before JULY 10, 2019 at: https://ms2019.cosmos.ru/.  

In case of you need the Visa Support   from  Space Research Institute  please send before JULY 1, 2019

- a Personal Data Form(in attachment)
- a Copy of Passport

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We look forward to seeing you in Moscow.

Best regards,

10M-S3  Program Committee
10M-S3  Organizing Committee


5) Workshop Anthropology off Earth: How Terrestrial Exploration and Scientifc Imagination Shape Our Relation to Outer Space and Extraterrestrial Life" --- Paris, 4&5 juin.


Veuillez trouver ci-joint le programme du workshop "Anthropology off Earth: How Terrestrial Exploration and Scientifc Imagination Shape Our Relation to Outer Space and Extraterrestrial Life" qui se tiendra les 4 et 5 juin 2019 au Collège de France et à l'Observatoire de Paris.

Inscription sur https://forms.gle/JchYSNiCUeDaPvty7
Bien cordialement,

6) Postdoc research position at IRAM
Dear colleagues,

Please find in the link below to a second postdoc research position at the 30-meter telescope:

https://www.iram-institute.org/EN/job-offer.php?id=56 <https://www.iram-institute.org/EN/job-offer.php?id=56>

Thank you for posting the announcement and informing your colleagues.

Best regards,

7) Thèse astrophysique de laboratoire à l'Institut de Physique de Rennes
Un financement de thèse en physico-chimie est disponible dans l’équipe d’astrophysique de laboratoire de l’Institut de Physique de Rennes https://ipr.univ-rennes1.fr/astrolab.

Le sujet porte sur la formation de molécules dans les milieux astrophysiques froids : des disques pré-stellaires aux atmosphères planétaires.

L’objectif principal du projet est d’identifier pour la première fois les produits de réactions chimiques et leurs rapports de branchement aux très basses températures (entre 20 et 200 K). L’approche sélectionnée repose sur la combinaison d’écoulements supersoniques uniformes générés à l’aide de la méthode CRESU et de la spectrométrie de masse avec photo-ionisation au seuil pour la détection des produits. Les données obtenues sur l’identification des produits et leurs rapports de branchement seront directement utilisables dans les modèles photochimiques des environnements astrophysiques. La description complète du contexte, des objectifs, de la méthodologie, des collaborations, est disponible ici https://tinyurl.com/labastro-these-fr

Le candidat ou la candidate devra être en possession d’un Master (ou diplôme équivalent) en physique, en chimie-physique ou en astrophysique. Il/elle devra posséder des fortes aptitudes au travail expérimental et une appétence pour le travail en équipe. Une expérience dans le domaine de la cinétique chimique, la physique moléculaire expérimentale ou la spectrométrie de masse serait un avantage. Des compétences en analyse de données à l’aide de Matlab, Igor ou tout autre logiciel seraient aussi appréciées.

Pour candidater, merci de suivre la procédure détaillée sur le site de l’école doctorale  https://theses.u-bretagneloire.fr/3m/theses-2019/formation-de-molecules-dans-les-milieux/++add++Candidate

Merci de diffuser cette annonce auprès des jeunes chercheurs et chercheuses qui pourraient être intéressés.

Ludovic Biennier et Sébastien Le Picard

8) Postdoctoral Position at Macau University of Science and Technology

From: 田丰 <Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.>

"I moved to Macau University of Science and Technology in January 2019 and am settling down gradually. Currently I can hire a postdoc with annual salary of ~400,000 rmb . It’s for 2 years.   However I need to
provide a candidate for this postdoc position within a few days. Otherwise the position will be gone.

I hope to work with the postdoc on exoplanetary atmospheres or early Martian atmospheres.  The target young
scientists are postdocs who graduated within the last 2 years or any graduate student who might graduate
within the next year.

Do you know anyone who might be interested? Feel free to spread the news. Thank you

Regards Feng"

9) Post-Doctoral position at CSUG – Grenoble on imaging spectrometry instrumentation for space weather and planetology

The “Grenoble University Space Center” (CSUG / Univ. Grenoble Alpes-Grenoble INP) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of imaging spectrometry instrumentation for auroral monitoring. This position is open within the framework of the ESA contract dedicated to the development of the Wide Field Auroral Imager (WFAI) proposed to be a payload of the D3S mission. This instrument will be a wide field (60°) spectro-imager dedicated to the monitoring of the aurora for Space Weather purpose. Hyperspectral instruments are really important developments for both Space weather and Earth observation giving to the applicant a key position in these kind of developments. The applicant will be encouraged to participate to international meetings in the optical and space weather domains and to publish the results of his developments.

The applicant will work on the preparation of the WFAI instrument specifications and documents related to the instrument design and in the engineering model definition, manufacturing, verification and test, the goal being to validate to concept regarding ESA requirements. He/She will be also strongly involved in the development of data reduction and calibration methods of such innovative instruments, in the development of a preliminary engineering model as well as in their testing in the laboratory and in the field.

He/She will work at the CSUG in close collaboration with the IPAG (Institut for Planetolgy and Astrophysics in Grenoble) under the responsibility of Dr Etienne le Coarer, Mme. Juana Rodrigo and Dr Mathieu Barthélemy at the University of Grenoble Alpes, in close collaboration with the Pyxalis society in its staff. The applicant will be localized in IPAG building.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in optics with an experience in Astronomy/Planetology, Earth remote sensing, space instrumentation or a related field. An experience in a large Space/Ground project will be strongly appreciated. A good experience in spectroscopy and/or image processing is also required.

Applications should include:
a cover letter
a curriculum vitae with list of publications
a statement of current and future research interests (up to 3 pages)

The application, merged into a single pdf file, should be sent by email to Raluca Loctin (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). The applicant should also provide the names and contact details of three professional references who could be contacted.

The contract will be for 18 month. The starting date of the appointment is as soon as possible from May 1st.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to the email address below.

Contact: Mathieu Barthélemy, director of the CSUG (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

10) Offre de thèse à UTINAM, OSU THETA, Besançon


ceci est un appel à candidats pour la thèse "L’origine du diazote dans les comètes", co-dirigée par Benoît Noyelles et Philippe Rousselot (Institut UTINAM, OSU THETA, Besançon), qui commence à la rentrée 2019. Cette thèse sera financée par la Région Bourgogne Franche-Comté. Nous cherchons des candidats issus de M2 d’astrophysique, ou avec une forte composante d’astrophysique, avec des compétences en programmation.



B. Noyelles.