1) Voyage 2050 workshop --- Madrid --- 29-31 octobre 2019

Email sent on behalf of Fabio Favata, Head of the Strategy, Planning and Coordination Office, Directorate of Science
 
Dear Colleagues,

The Voyage 2050 workshop – Shaping the European Space Agency’s space science plan for 2035-2050 – will be held from 29 to 31 October 2019, at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

The first announcement and details of the Voyage 2050 process can be found at:

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/voyage-2050


2) SESSION « PLANETE MARS - V », Les Houches (Haute Savoie), 3-8 Mai 2020

La cinquième session « Planète Mars » s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une série qui a commencé en 2003, au moment du lancement de Mars Express et des Mars Exploration Rovers.  L’objectif est de rassembler des étudiants, post-docs, jeunes chercheurs et chercheurs confirmés dans le but d’optimiser l’analyse et l’interprétation des données spatiales existantes et de préparer la communauté pour une exploitation optimale des missions à venir. Tous les participants sont invités à présenter un poster.

La première circulaire et les informations relatives au Centre de Physique des Houches sont accessibles sur le lien suivant:
:https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/planet-mars-5/home

Le site des inscriptions et ouvert (date limite: 1 Novembre 2019). Comme le nombre de participants est limité à 70 pour des raisons de logistique, il est possible qu’une sélection des candidatures doive être faite par le comité scientifique. Les notifications seront connues le 15 janvier 2020.  

Transmis par Thérèse Encrenaz, Christophe Sotin et Olivier Witasse


3) Ice Giants  2020 -  Royal Society, London - January 20-22, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Registration and abstract submission for the Ice Giant Systems 2020 conference, hosted by London’s prestigious Royal Society, are now open.  The workshop spans Ice Giant formation, interiors, atmospheres, magnetospheres, rings and satellites, as well as mission/technology requirements and strategies for international collaboration in the coming decade.

The meeting will consist of plenary lectures (Jan 20th-21st), posters (Jan 20th), and three parallel splinter workshops (Jan 22nd).  The 2-day plenary meeting will be hosted at the Royal Society’s Carlton House Terrace, overlooking the Mall in central London.  The latter splinter meetings will be held in three of the Learned Societies of Burlington House, just off Piccadilly – the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Geological Society, and the Linnean Society.  Both the plenary lectures and splinter contributions will be summarised in a special edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.  

Registration for the limited spaces is via a three-step process, open until December 10th 2019.  Full details are available on our website https://ice-giants.github.io.

Plenaries: Register for the free, two-day plenary meeting on January 20th-21st at the Royal Society via:  https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/01/ice-giants/ - note that registration is mandatory for attendance.  Optional lunches can be purchased at the time of registration.
Splinter Meetings: Register for the one-day splinter meetings on January 22nd at Burlington House (a £55 fee will be charged to cover venue hire and catering) via: https://shop.le.ac.uk/product-catalogue/events-at-leicester/department-of-physics-and-astronomy/ice-giant-systems-2020-splinter-meeting-registration
Abstract Submission:  Submit a poster and/or splinter meeting abstract by following the instructions on this form (https://github.com/ice-giants/papers/raw/master/IG2020_abstractform.docx) and sending it to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. before 12:00 GMT on Tuesday December 10th 2019.  This is your opportunity to showcase new, cutting-edge Ice Giant science to the whole community.
Please spread the word, and we look forward to welcoming you to London!

Best Wishes,

The #IceGiants2020 Science Organising Committee

Royal Society, London - January 20-22, 2020 - Social Media:  #IceGiants2020 - Website: http://ice-giants.github.io -- Email:  Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


4) Appel à projets de l'association M.A.R.S de l'ISAE-SUPAERO

Je vous écris au nom de l’association M.A.R.S de l’ISAE-SUPAERO. Pour la sixième année consécutive, nous préparons une mission analogue de vie martienne qui se déroulera dans le désert de l'Utah au sein de la MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station). Nous serons 14 étudiants, répartis en 2 équipages, à partir en février et mars 2020.
 
Dans ce cadre, nous lançons un appel à projets afin de recueillir des expériences scientifiques à réaliser lors de ces missions.
 
Ce serait pour vous une opportunité unique de voir vos expériences réalisées en milieu hostile par des étudiants passionnés par l’exploration spatiale. De plus, la mise en place de ce contexte scientifique engendre des frais de mission que cet appel à projets permettra de couvrir en partie.
 
Durant les missions précédentes, nous avons eu l’occasion de travailler sur des projets comme Aquapad, réalisé en collaboration avec bioMérieux, expérience également menée dans l’ISS par l’astronaute français Thomas PESQUET, mais aussi le LOAC, une expérience du CNRS consistant à analyser la qualité de l’air.
 
Vous trouverez en pièce jointe un flyer présentant notre projet de façon globale.
 
Pour répondre à cet appel à projets ou pour en savoir plus sur nos missions et sur ce que nous pouvons vous apporter, nous vous invitons à vous rendre sur notre site internet en cliquant ici avant le 12 juillet 2019.
 
Si des personnes de votre réseau sont potentiellement intéressées, n’hésitez pas à leur transmettre cet appel.
 
Je reste à votre entière disposition en cas de questions,
 
L’équipage et moi-même avons hâte de pouvoir travailler avec vous,


5) AIDA International workshop --- Rome ---  11-13 septembre 2019

Dear Colleagues,

This year's Asteroid Impact & Deflection assessment (AIDA) International workshop will take place in the "Aula Ottagona" of the Terme di Diocleziano in Rome. AIDA is an international collaboration between ESA and NASA (along with European and US scientists) aimed at validating the kinetic impactor deflection techniques. It is composed of the NASA DART and ESA Hera spacecraft. The status and Phase B1 study of the ESA component Hera, which will be proposed at the ESA Council at Ministerial Level Space19+ in November 2019 for approval in the framework of the new Space Safety Program will also be presented. Hera is planned to visit for the first time a binary asteroid, the near-Earth asteroid Didymos, and in particular its small moon (165 diameter in size, the smaller rock ever visited), and for the first time measure an asteroid interior using radar with a cubesat, as well as measure the deflection and properties of the crater left by the NASA DART impact planed in October 2022.

The workshop will start in the morning of 11th September and end in the early afternoon of the 13th. We will also discuss the status and future plans of the AIDA collaboration based on presentations by the AIDA working groups. The community is invited to contribute further presentations about all aspects of AIDA.

See: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/aida-international-workshop
for further information and workshop registration. There will be no registration fee, but registration is mandatory to allow for adequate planning for the event. On the registration form, it is also possible to provide a title for a suggested contributed presentation.

  Best regards,

            Patrick Michel (UCA, OCA, CNRS) and Michael Kueppers  (ESA/ESAC)           



6) Offre de thèse au MPE Garching et Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Subject: The nitrogen enigma in pre-stellar cores.
Supervisors : Prof P. Caselli (MPE, Garching, Germany) and prof F. Dulieu (LERMA, University of Cergy-Pontoise & Paris Observatory, France)
Thesis project
In the star formation cycle, the dark cloud phase precedes the birth of stars. Due to the high density and very low temperature conditions all species should a priori be trapped on the surface of the grains. This is not the case, and in particular the N2 molecule (detected through N2H+) seems to be more resistant to freeze out. Molecules such as CN, CH3CN or HNCO are detected, and NH3 maintains large abundances toward the center of dense cores, in disagreement with chemical models. Similarly, molecules containing an amine group (NH2CHO, NH2OH) are not detected, while their methylated counterparts (CH3CHO, CH3OH) are. The synthesis on dust grains of N- bearing molecules, particularly amines, is poorly understood and so models cannot explain if different N-bearing molecules have different chemical origins.
The purpose of the PhD is to experimentally study the formation of N-molecules on cold surfaces and to model the chemistry of nitrogen in dense cores. The experimental part will be carried out in Neuville under the responsibility of F. Dulieu, while the modelling and comparison with observations will be carried out at the MPI in Garching under the supervision of P. Caselli.
Scientific objectives
The objectives of this project are as follows:
1 - study the formation of ammonia (and other nitrogen-bearing molecules) on cold dust grains, with particular attention to the issue of chemical desorption and deuteration;
2 - revisit nitrogen chemistry in the context of dark molecular clouds taking into account the new measurement of binding energies and new chemical pathway efficiencies measured in the laboratory;
3 - merge the first two points and find out if the problem of anomalous nitrogen depletion and the discrepancy between observed and modeled abundances of N-bearing molecules originate in the gas-grain chemistry, and/or if the cloud dynamical evolution is the real limit of our understanding.
Practical details
The student will be recruited internationally, within the framework of the Paris Seine doctoral school http://www.collegedoctoral.u-cergy.fr/. The student will share his time between the two institutions and will be paid for the first 18 months on the basis of French doctoral contracts, and the last 18 months by the MPI, on the basis of German doctoral contracts. The PhD student will be affiliated to ACO ITN network, and will participate to the training schools.
Application
Applicant must have a master degree in Science, especially in Astrophysics, Physics or
Chemistry at the beginning of the contract. An experience (Internship, master diploma...) in radioastronomy or experimental physics would be an effective positive aspect of the application. Applicant must have excellent communication skills in English (oral and written), which will be the working language, although the student will follow French language training (part of Doctoral School educational program), and may learn German, Italian and few others languages with the team crews if motivated.
Applications should be constituted of a detailed CV and a letter of motivation. The candidate should furthermore arrange for a recommendation letter from a professor familiar with the applicant to be sent to Prof. Dulieu. A remote interview will be organized for shortlisted applicants. Applications received before 5th of June 2019 will receive full consideration. The offer will close later, as soon as one eligible and selected candidate accepts the job.

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