1) Postdoctoral position: Interior modeling of rocky planets and solid exoplanets, DLR Berlin
Please find here a postdoctoral position on "interior modeling of rocky planets and solid exoplanets":


This vacancy at DLR Berlin is focusing on the development of improved structural and thermal models of
rocky planets and solid exoplanets in close collaboration with experimental and theoretical research
groups studying matter under extreme conditions.

2) Conference announcement: Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, Uppsala, Sweden, 12 - 16 June, 2017 - Deadline 31 March 2017

Abstract submission and registration for the 2017 MOP meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, is now open at https://goo.gl/forms/2J38pNwpZyF3Qshy2.

The meeting will take place in the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala, and is hosted by the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF), the Royal College of Technology (KTH), and Uppsala University.

Presentations are solicited for original research on any aspects of the magnetospheres, ionospheres, and thermospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and the interactions of their moons with these systems. We expect that particular focus will be given to recent results from Juno, and anticipation of the Cassini "Grand Finale".  Comparative studies will be welcome, provided the focus is within the scope of the conference. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2017.

The conference fee will be 4500 SEK (including tax). Current PhD students registering before the deadline are offered a reduced registration fee of 3000 SEK. This fee includes lunches (Monday-Friday), coffee breaks, refreshments at poster sessions, Sunday evening icebreaker, a short excursion, and the conference banquet.

For more details on the meeting, including hotel bookings, please visit our website: http://www.irfu.se/mop2017/

We look forward to welcoming you in Uppsala for another excellent MOP meeting.

Dave Andrews and Lorenz Roth, on behalf of the Organizing Committees

3) 2017 NASA Planetary Science Summer Seminar* Applications Open

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students, as well as engineering students within 6-9 months of completion of their masters degree (but not planning to pursue a PhD degree), for its 29th Annual Planetary Science Summer Seminar*, which will be held July 24-28, 2017 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

Applications are due April 3, 2017.  Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://psss.jpl.nasa.gov

4) 18 months postdoc @ MNHN - numerical simulations of ISM mixing

This project associates a cosmochemist (Matthieu Gounelle - MNHN) and an astrophysicist performing numerical simulations (Patrick Hennebelle - CEA). Its goal is
to understand the context of our solar system formation and beyond that of low mass stars. It will consist in performing numerical simulations to clarify how short-lived radionuclides such as 60Fe and 26Al present in hot ISM phases such as massive stars wind and supernovae material, is mixed with dense molecular cloud material. Numerical simulations will be performed with the RAMSES code. Beyond the present project, the detailed study of ISM mixing timescales is key in understanding the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. Work will be carried at the MNHN Paris.
Anyone interested can contact Matthieu Gounelle (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) or Patrick Hennebelle (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

5) Ecole d'été d'Alpbach « poussières de l’univers », 18 au 27 juillet 2017

le CNES lance chaque année son appel à candidatures auprès des étudiants des universités et grandes écoles françaises pour participer à l’école d’été d’Alpbach.
Cette année, elle se déroulera du 18 au 27 juillet 2017 sur le thème des « poussières de l’univers ». Les inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu’au 31 mars 2017. Vous trouverez les modalités de candidature sur https://cnes.fr/fr/web/CNES-fr/7657-st-ecole-d-ete-d-alpbach-2015.php

6) Astrobiology 2017 in Coyhaique, Chile, November 26th-December 1st
We announce that registration is open for Astrobiology 2017. This conference will take place in beautiful Chilean Patagonia at Coyhaique (November 26th-December 1st, 2017).


The astrobiology community in the IAU has the tradition to hold a series of scientific meetings every three years.  For a truly multidisciplinary discussion, we welcome researchers at the frontier of science from the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, chemistry, biology, geology, philosophy, sociology and ethical issues, among others.


Early Registration deadline: May 19th
Oral contribution submission deadline: July 28th
Regular registration deadline: Oct 13th
Poster contribution deadline: Oct 13th
Late registration deadline: Nov 17th
Conference starts: Nov 26th

Star and planet formation
Extrasolar planets / Habitable zones and habitable planets
Planets in the solar system / Comets and meteorites
Prebiotic molecules in the ISM and protoplanetary disks
Early Earth environments and the emergence of life
Life in extreme conditions and early life
Search for life in the Universe
Societal and ethical issues linked to astrobiology
Education in Astrobiology

Over 20 superb invited speakers have already confirmed. The updated list can be found at:  http://astrobiology2017.org/speakers/


We are also preparing a two day training school with lectures on basics of Astrobiology open to all participants.  This school will precede the conference and take place on Santiago during Friday 24th and Saturday 25th. There is no extra cost for participants of the conference but space is limited.  Interested participants of the TS should reserve a seat during registration.


We expect to be able to provide a reduced number of travel funds for students. Instructions to apply for it will be provided on the webpage during coming March.

7) Ph.D. position on the Chicxulub crater, VUB, Brussels

In April 2016, IODP-ICDP drilled a core down to 1335 m in the 200 km in size Chicxulub
crater, offshore Yucatan (see http://www.eso.ecord.org/expeditions/364/364.php). In the Fall
2016, the recovered material was described and sampled at the IODP Bremen core repository.
Samples from the KT boundary interval, impactites, and uplifted granitic basement are available
at the VUB. Building on more than 25 years at the forefront of KT research, the proposed
doctoral theses are financed by different projects focusing on the study of the material
recovered by the IODP-ICDP drilling. The goals are to i) document the cratering process, peakring
formation and melt production, ii) understand ejecta production and deposition, iii)
constrain the products injected into the atmosphere, and their effect on the mass extinction, iv)
test the proposed connection between Chixculub and Deccan trap volcanism (see Renne et al.
2015), v) learn from Chicxulub to understand the evolution of terrestrial planets… All new
ideas are welcome, so are interaction with other AMGC members working on similar topics.

The PhD funding is for a duration of max. 4 years. Starting dates are flexible, preferentially
Spring - Summer 2017. Applications will remain open until all positions are filled. Enthusiastic
and motivated scientists are encouraged to apply. The PhD salary makes it possible to live
comfortably in Brussels and includes benefits (transport, medical etc.).
For questions contact: Philippe Claeys (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) by e-mail or skype; more
info : http://we.vub.ac.be/en/analytical-environmental-and-geo-chemistry

Candidates with a master degree in Geology,
Earth Sciences or related field with a
combination of the following:
- Scientific curiosity,
- Smart, motivated & hard working
- Quick learner with creative and pragmatic
problem-solving approach
- Skill in petrography, geochemistry,
sedimentology, analytical techniques,…
- Capability to work in English, team player
We propose a great working environment,
access to a large variety of analytical
techniques, SEM/EDX/WDX, μXRF, FTIR,

Send your CV with a cover letter and the
names of three references (all in PDF) to
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8) EPSC2017 call-for-abstracts. Riga, 17–22 September 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
17–22 September 2017, Riga, Latvia


Abstract deadline: 3 May 2017, 13:00 CEST.

Dear colleagues,

We invite the world-wide community of planetary scientists to submit an abstract for presentation of their recent work at the EPSC 2017 Meeting, which will
take place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia, 17–22 September 2017.

The previous meeting joint meeting with DPS in Pasadena, CA, United States, was hugely successful and enjoyable.

The EPSC2017 will revert to the traditional EPSC structure, with sessions for industry and amateurs and this year’s outreach theme will be enlarging our community.
We expect a very well attended meeting, with many high quality presentations.

The meeting will consist of oral and poster sessions, as well as workshop-style sessions.
The current list of sessions is organized around the following topics:

TP Terrestrial Planets
LSE Lunar Science and Exploration
OPS Outer Planet Systems
MG Magnetospheres and Space Physics
MT Missions, Techniques and Industry
EX Exoplanets and Origins
AB Astrobiology
SB Small Bodies
LF Laboratory and Field Investigations
OEP Outreach, Education, and Policy
AM Amateur Astronomy

The scientific programme and abstract submission are accessible at:


Please browse the list of sessions and identify the session that most closely matches your area of interest; your abstract can be submitted directly to that session.  

Information on registration and social events will become available soon on the meeting web site.

9) International Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology, Utrecht, NL, July 3-7th, 2017

This 3rd circular is to update the information about the International
Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology,
supported by the IAU, the European Astrobiology Campus, the Instituto
de Tecnologías en Detección y Astropartúculas,the Universiteit Utrecht,
and the KNAW, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.

The web site http://ise2a.uu.nl/ contains the new information about different topics, but
the most important are:

1. Dates and deadlines
The conference will take place from July 3-7, 2017
We invite all the interested people to formalize the registration and
prepare the abstract according to the deadlines:
Date Description
March 15, 2017 UPDATED! Abstract deadline
April 1, 2017 UPDATED! Abstract notification
May 1, 2017 Early bird registration deadline
June 15, 2017 Online registration deadline

2. Travel Grants
There are nine travel grants available for early career scientist, i.e.
scientists less than 8 years after PhD. PhD is mandatory to qualify
for the travel grant.
If you want to apply for a travel grant, please send an email before
April 1st to the conference organization (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with:
· proof of your PhD
· motivation for attending the conference (half a page)
· short CV showing how this conference will benefit and is related to your career.
EAC (European Astrobiology Campus: http://astrobiology-campus.eu/)
will cover the stay and travel expenses of 20 EAC members.
The symposium has two registration fees:
Professionals: 300 EUR.
Students: 200 EUR.

3. Proceedings
The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by EDPSciences
(http://publications.edpsciences.org/ ) with EPJ Web of Conferences
(www.epj-conferences.org), part of The European Physical Journal
The Editorial Board is integrated by Kathy Eastwood, Magda Stavinschi
and Inge Loes ten Kate

4. Hotel and Venue
Utrecht has a wide range of accommodations available for a wide
range of prices. Reduced fees are available in the following hotels:
Apollo Hotel
NH Hotel Utrecht Jaarbeursplein
A new hostel, StayOkay, in the city center also offers single rooms.
The conference will be held at Cosmos Lecture Hall of the
Victor J. Koningsbergergebouw at the Uithof / Utrecht Science Park
Campus of Utrecht University.
This location is outside the City Centre but very well reachable with
public transportation (bus) from the City Centre.

For Information on public transport, including the possibility to rent a
bike, see the web site of ISE2A.

10) Brown University: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Planetary Geological Processes.

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (http://www.geo.brown.edu/ <http://www.geo.brown.edu/>), Brown University, will soon be formally inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Geological Processes.  Candidates should complement our current planetary science strengths (http://www.planetary.brown.edu/) in crustal evolution, volcanism, impact cratering, and remote sensing and departmental focus areas of Climate and Environment, Geophysics, and Geochemistry. Recent and ongoing missions to Mars, the Moon, Mercury, asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, NEOs, etc.) outer planet satellites and Pluto have produced unprecedented high spatial and spectral resolution data on the nature of planetary bodies and the geological, chemical and mineralogical processes that modify them. From these emerge important new avenues of research in planetary science. Candidates with interests in the following areas will be encouraged to apply: the chemistry and mineralogy of early planetary processes, weathering and alteration processes of different environments, evolution of the Earth-Moon system, processes associated with the interaction of water and solar system materials, quantitative geomorphology of planetary processes, the geologic record of climate changes on planets, chronology and early history of the planets, astrobiological implications of planetary evolution processes, and interactions of the crust of planets with the atmosphere and space environments. The successful candidate will maintain an active, externally-funded research program and enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level. This search will be finalized in the coming academic year.  The formal announcement with instructions on how to apply will appear in the near future.  In the meantime, please contact Professor James Head (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with expressions of interest and any questions. Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status. 

1) "PLANET FORMATION AND EVOLUTION 2017", Jena, Germany, 25 - 27 September 2017


The German community of researchers working in the fields of planet
formation, exoplanets and planetary systems, protoplanetary and
debris disks, astrobiology, and planetary research in general
organizes the workshops "Planet Formation and Evolution" since 2001.
The meetings in the series are typically held every 1,5 years at
different German universities that host research groups actively
working on these topics.  This workshop is the 11th in the series.
PFE meetings are usually attended by scientists from all parts of
Germany with a broad international participation.  Following the
spirit of the previous very stimulating meetings, the goal of this
workshop is to provide a common platform for scientists working in
the fields listed above.  Most importantly, this workshop is aimed at
stimulating and intensifying the dialogue between researchers using
various approaches - observations, theory, and laboratory studies.
In particular, students and postdocs are encouraged to present their
results and to use the opportunity to learn more about the main
questions and most recent results in adjacent fields.


Dust, Pebbles, Planetesimals
Protoplanetary and Transitional Disks
Exoplanet Observations
Exoplanet Interiors, Atmospheres, and Habitability
Planetary System Dynamics
Debris Disks
Solar System


Anthony Boccaletti (Paris)
Carsten Guettler (Goettingen)
Grant Kennedy (Cambridge)
Zoe Leinhardt (Bristol)
Nadine Nettelmann (Rostock)
Ilaria Pascucci (Arizona)
Sean Raymond (Bordeaux)
Ignas Snellen (Leiden)


Juergen Blum (Braunschweig)
Stefan Dreizler (Goettingen)
Cornelis Dullemond (Heidelberg)
Barbara Ercolano (Muenchen)
Artie Hatzes (Tautenburg)
Hubert Klahr (Heidelberg)
Willy Kley (Tuebingen)
Alexander Krivov (Jena, chair)
Ralph Neuhaeuser (Jena)
Susanne Pfalzner (Bonn)
Heike Rauer (Berlin)
Mario Trieloff (Heidelberg)
Sebastian Wolf (Kiel)
Gerhard Wurm (Duisburg)


Mark Booth
Alexander Krivov
Torsten Loehne
Markus Mugrauer
Harald Mutschke
Annett Weise


Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
Lecture Hall 1
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena


Registration and abstract submission through the workshop website are
now open.  Make sure to register early, as the number of participants
is limited to 150.


Registration deadline:        June 1, 2017
Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2017
Talk/poster selection:        August, 2017
Hotel booking:                see website
Final announcement:           early September, 2017
Workshop:                   September 25-27, 2017


See website for detailed travel information and hotel booking


The workshops in the series are traditionally neutral in terms of
funding.  This implies that no registration fee is charged and that
no financial support is offered to the participants.  In exceptional
cases, the organisers will try to arrange some support from the funds
provided to us by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the
meeting organization.




If you have any questions or requests, please contact us at
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2) CNES - Appel à candidatures allocations de recherche (thèses et post-doctorats)

Chaque année, le CNES accorde une centaine d’allocations de recherche (thèses et post-doctorats) à des étudiants français et étrangers, dans les domaines des sciences pour l’ingénieur (systèmes orbitaux, systèmes de transport spatial), des sciences utilisatrices des moyens spatiaux (sciences de l’Univers, sciences de la Terre, sciences en micropesanteur). Il contribue ainsi, de façon très significative, à l’effort de formation par la recherche, des ingénieurs et des chercheurs qui inventeront les techniques spatiales du futur.
Je vous informe que l'appel à candidatures CNES pour les thèses et post-doctorats est actuellement disponible sur notre site internet.
Vous y trouverez la liste des sujets de thèses susceptibles d’être cofinancés, les conditions et modalités de candidature ainsi que les coordonnées de vos interlocuteurs CNES. La date de limite de réception des candidatures est fixée au 31 mars 2017.

3) Astrosim: Ecole numérique pour l'astrophysique, du 26 juin au 7 juillet 2017, ENS Lyon

L'objectif de l'école est la présentation de plusieurs codes communautaires qui jouent un rôle important en astrophysique aussi bien pour ce qui est des aspects théoriques, à savoir les méthodes mises en oeuvre, que d'un point de vue pratique. A cette fin, des sessions pratiques seront organisées, en plus des cours théoriques et des séminaires.

Six sessions seront organisées :
codes Lagrangien de type SPH (smoothed particle hydrodynamics) illustré par le code ndspmhd ; Orateur : Guillaume Laibe (ENS Lyon)
codes à maillage adaptatif illustrés par le code RAMSES ; Orateurs : Benoît Commerçon (ENS Lyon) et Patrick Hennebelle (CEA)
codes basés sur des harmoniques sphériques illustrés par le code MAGIC ; Orateur : Thomas Gastine (IPGP)
codes "particle in cell" illustrés par le code ZELTRON ; Orateur : Benoît Cerutti (IPAG)
codes de transfert et codes PDR illustrés par RADMC-3D et Meudon-PDR ; Orateurs : Kees Dullemond (ITA, Heidelberg) et Benjamin Godard (LERMA)
architectures système et parallélisme (CPU, GPU) ; Orateur : Emmanuel Quemener (Centre Blaise Pascal)

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes sur le site https:/astrosim.sciencesconf.org (date limite le 26 avril). Le nombre de place est limité à 35.

L'école couvrira la grande majorité des frais de participation (hébergement et repas) pour l'ensemble des participants (frais couverts intégralement pour les personnels CNRS).  
A ce jour, l’école a reçu les soutiens de l'INSU-CNRS (école thématique CNRS), du Labex LIO, des programmes nationaux PNPS, PNHE, et PCMI, de l'Observatoire de Lyon et de l'Université de Lyon 1.

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4) "Seventh Meeting on Celestial Mechanics - CELMEC VII" ; San Martino al Cimino (Viterbo, Italy) 3-9 September 2017.
Updated information and the list of invited speakers at the
meeting site

The meeting will cover the following subjects:

 (dynamical systems, their stability and evolution);

 (dynamics of solar system bodies, dynamics of exoplanets and stellar interactions);

 (motion of spacecraft for near-Earth and interplanetary missions).

Contributed poster presentations are welcome.

A limited number of short oral presentations will be also accepted.

The registration procedure will also ask for the type, the title and
the abstract of the eventual contributions. This information will be
automatically sent to the organizing/scientific committee.


During CELMEC VII two kinds of prizes will be awarded:

a prize will be awarded to the best work published in the last two
years within the field of Celestial Mechanics. Eligible articles must
have a young first author, i.e. under 35 years old. More details will
be communicated by the next emails and/or at the meeting web site.

a prize will be awarded to the best poster (including e-posters) presented


The registration form can be filled starting from the meeting web site

Partecipants are kindly requested to register WITHIN 10 MARCH 2017.

Registrations will be accepted until all places are filled.

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Double rooms cost 88.00 Euros per person and single rooms cost 102.00 Euros per person; they include breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are valid also for accompanying persons.

No registration fee is requested.

5) School: "Satellite Dynamics and Space Missions: Theory and Applications of Celestial Mechanics", San Martino al Cimino, 28/8 -2/9, 2017

Updated information and the list of invited speakers at the
meeting site


The school will cover the following subjects:

- the theory and methods of Celestial Mechanics that underpin
  satellite dynamics and space mission design;

- the dynamics of space mission design;

- space exploration applications involving Astrodynamics.


The registration form can be filled starting from the meeting web site

Participants are kindly requested to register WITHIN 10 MARCH 2017.

Registrations will be accepted until all places are filled.

Hotel reservations (except for the invited spekares) must be done
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with subject SDSM2017.  Double rooms cost 75.00 Euros per person and
single rooms cost 89.00 Euros per person; they include breakfast,
lunch and dinner. The prices are valid also for accompanying persons.

No registration fee is requested.

A limited number of fellowships giving partial support will be available.

6) 2017 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop - Pasadena, August 7-11, 2017

Registration and financial assistance application now available on-line!
Registration and the application for financial aid for the 2017 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop on 'Microlensing in the Era of WFIRST' hosted by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) are now available.  The preliminary agenda and information on the hands on sessions are also posted.

The workshop will take place on the Caltech campus August 7-11, 2017. The workshop is intended for graduate students and postdocs, however all interested parties are welcome to attend.

Please visit the workshop website for more information:  http://nexsci.caltech.edu/workshop/2017/

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7) PhD student position in Jena on debris disks

The Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU) of the Friedrich Schiller University,
Jena, Germany, is seeking candidates for a PhD student position to join the “Disks and Planets”
group at the AIU. The main research interest of the group is to study debris disks in extrasolar planetary
systems, including their relation to exoplanets and planet formation. The group collaborates
closely with other groups in Germany and is involved in a number of projects at the international
level. The PhD student is expected to work on one of the numerous aspects of debris disks. These
include dynamical, collisional, and thermal emission modeling of debris disks, as well as their observations
with various facilities and data analysis. The successful applicant will also have a light
load of teaching duties (2 hours per week, for instance by leading exercise classes).

The position is available for three years starting from April 1, 2017 or later. Prolongation for one
more year is possible. The salary is standard for PhD positions in Germany (1/2 TV-L E-13 of the
German federal public service scale) and includes a number of social and family-related benefits.
The applicants should have a strong educational record and hold a Master’s degree or equivalent
in physics or astronomy. Previous experience with astronomical research, preferrably with disk
and/or exoplanet studies, would be an advantage.

An application as a single file in PDF format should include a CV, a brief statement of research
interests, and two names of reference. All applications received by March 15, 2017 will be given
full consideration.

The Friedrich Schiller University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and disabled persons
are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Professor Alexander V. Krivov
Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory
Friedrich Schiller University
Schillerg¨asschen 2-3, 07745 Jena
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Website: http://www.astro.uni-jena.de

8) Microsymposium 58: Surface Exploration and Sample Return. Houston, March 18-19, 2017

Dear Colleague: You are cordially invited to attend Microsymposium 58, Surface Exploration and Sample Return: A New Era in Planetary Sciences (March 18-19, 2017)

Featuring updates on the Chinese Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program

Micro 58, Co-Sponsored by Brown University, Vernadsky Institute, the Institute for Space Research (IKI) and the Brown-MIT NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI-SEEED), will be held March 18-19, 2017 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, just prior to the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
The highly successful flyby of Pluto has completed the reconnaissance exploration phase of our Solar System during the last half-century.  The emplacement of sophisticated international orbital spacecraft around seven Solar System planetary bodies has provided a first-order characterization of their surfaces and atmospheres.  On the basis of these findings, we are now poised to define more clearly the major scientific goals for the next half-century, and to accomplish these goals utilizing robotic surface exploration and sample return, and human exploration of the Moon, Mars and other destinations.

But what are these goals? Where are the most appropriate destinations for surface exploration and sample return missions?  And how can different countries, agencies and commercial enterprises work together to optimize robotic exploration leading to human exploration?

Microsymposium 58 will address several of these questions as we chart exploration strategies for the coming decades.  What are the major outstanding scientific questions for the Moon, Mars, Venus, Phobos/Deimos and asteroids?  What are the optimum landing sites for robotic exploration, leading to sample return for these bodies?  Where can human exploration optimize the scientific return?

The workshop will be focused on 1) keynote presentations for identifying fundamental questions for each of these destinations, followed by 2) reports and discussion on current and future plans for landing and sample return sites on the Moon, Mars, Venus, Phobos/Deimos and asteroids.  Invitations are extended to, and participation is expected from, representatives from Russia, China, ESA, India, Japan, the United States, Korea, and other space-faring nations and commercial enterprises.  

The program will be a mix of invited and contributed papers and will convene on Saturday, March 18, 2017 (1 PM-6 PM) and Sunday, March 19, 2017 (8:30 AM-12 Noon).  The Microsymposium will emphasize an open discussion format and will be anchored by invited overviews, commentaries and posters. If you are interested in participating in Micro 58, please register http://www.planetary.brown.edu/html_pages/micro58_reg.htm online.  

Details and updates can be found at the Microsymposium 58 <http://www.planetary.brown.edu/html_pages/micro58.htm> site.

Those wishing to attend the conference can register at any time, including up to the time of the conference, but advance notice helps us to plan refreshments and seating. Please forward this announcement to interested colleagues and students.

Co-conveners: James Head, Carle Pieters, Maria Zuber, Lev Zelenyi, Alexander Basilevsky, Harald Hiesinger, Long Xiao.

Co-Sponsored by Brown University, Vernadsky Institute, Institute for Space Research (IKI), and the Brown-MIT NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI-SEEED).

9) Post doc position on "Gaia astrometry and physical properties of asteroids", IMCCE, Paris

We would like to announce the availability of a postdoc position at IMCCE/Paris Observatory " Gaia astrometry and physical properties of asteroids" related to the scientific exploitation and validation of Gaia data on asteroids. The fellowship — to be started before June 1st, 2017 — is intended for a period of 18months, with a possible extension subject to funding and performance.

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1) Goldschmidt conf. (Paris, Aug. 13-18).

- Session 01j: Organic Chemistry and Origin of Volatiles in the Solar System: The Asteroid and Comet Record
Convenors: Laurent Remusat, Zita Martins

Primitive solar system objects are rich in water, organic compounds and other volatiles. Some of these components, e.g. water and organic matter, are often considered as key ingredients for life; other volatiles may have rendered our planet suitable for hosting it. The volatile constituents present in primitive chondrites, micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particle (IDPs) reveal clues to understand the formation and evolution of the solar nebula, as they may have an inheritance from the parent molecular cloud. They may have recorded the processes that occurred during the early solar system epoch, including irradiation, and during the evolution of small planetary bodies (asteroids or comets). Furthermore, organic compounds may provide insights about the carbon chemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM), dense cores, asteroids and comets. Nevertheless, volatiles in comets, meteorites, micrometeorites and IDPs went through diverse environments, which resulted into the superimposition of their signatures; it makes it challenging to assess their origin and evolution in the solar system. This session will focus on: (1) the chemical, structural and isotopic study of organic materials in solar system objects, (2) the investigation of the connection between organic compounds in molecular clouds, protoplanetary disks and pristine solar system materials, (3) characterization of hydrated phases with the scope of studying water delivery in the solar system, and (4) research on the delivery of water, halogens and organic prebiotic molecules on the surface of terrestrial planets. Contributions from laboratory and space mission analyses as well as experimental studies are welcomed.

-Session 02d: Origin, evolution and budget of volatiles in the terrestrial planets
Volatile elements have a key influence on the evolution of planetary bodies as they control mantle dynamics and large-scale geochemical differentiation, magma evolution and eruptive dynamics, the development of planetary atmospheres, and the maintenance of equable climates and planetary habitability. However, the abundance and origin of volatile elements in the inner Solar System remains a subject of debate and controversy. Did the growing planets trap nebular gas during the earliest stages of accretion? To what extent did 'wet' bodies from increasing heliocentric distances contribute to the volatile budget of the terrestrial planets? What was the role of the 'late veneer', 'late accretion', or 'late heavy bombardment'? What was the nature (meteoritic vs. cometary) of the accreted volatile-rich impactors? How did magmatic degassing affect the volatile contents of erupted magmas, and, therefore, the estimated volatiles budget in the interior of the terrestrial planets? The purpose of this session is to bring together scientists from different fields to present new data and models that will improve our understanding of the origin, evolution and budget of highly and moderately volatile elements in the interior, as well as at the surfaces (regolith, cold traps, atmosphere), of the terrestrial planets. We welcome contributions from all areas of planetary sciences, including, but not limited to, analytical geochemistry, experimental petrology, numerical modeling, and remote observations. Submissions from early career scientists and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Convenors: Alberto Saal & Evelyn Füri

The Goldschmidt abstract submission site is now open (https://goldschmidt.info/2017/abstracts) and will remain so until the deadline of April 1st.  

2) CHEOPS (Characterizing Exoplanet Satellites). Science and Open Time workshop. Schloss Seggau (Austria), July 24-26

CHEOPS - CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite -  is the first mission dedicated to the search for exoplanet transits using ultra-high-precision optical/near-infrared photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. It is the first S-(for small) class mission in the ESA science programme, and a partnership between ESA and Europe.

The 5th CHEOPS science workshop (24-26 July 2017) aims at bringing together the community interested in the mission, providing information about its current status and preparing its scientific exploitation. The workshop will come in the year preceding launch. High priority will be therefore given to describing the implementation of the Guaranteed Time Observations and in exploring the synergies with other exoplanet missions and observational facilities. Ample time will be devoted to discussions.

Registration website can be found here :
http://geco.oeaw.ac.at/cheops-workshop-05.html (Science Workshop)
http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/cheops-open-time-workshop-2017/home (Open Time Workshop)
Twenty percent of the observing time available in the nominal 3.5 year mission lifetime will be available to the Community through a Guest Observers' Programme managed by ESA. A workshop to prepare the Community to respond to the Announcements of Opportunity for this observing time will be held immediately following the 5th Science Workshop.

3) annual Europlanet/VESPA call for Planetary Science VO data services

The annual Europlanet/VESPA call for Planetary Science VO data services is now open (dead line for application: 19 February 2017).
Via this 2nd VESPA  Call of Data Services, between 4 and 5 projects will be selected to enlarge the data content accessible via the VESPA interface. A common workshop will be organized with the selected participants to help them design and set up their project, and to open it to the users community. The workshop will take place in Graz, Austria, from March 27 to 31, 2017, at IWF-OeAW.
Details and application form are available here:     http://www.europlanet-vespa.eu/call2017.shtml

4) EGU (Vienna, April 23-28) session PS1.4: Polarimetry as an invaluable tool to study the Solar System and beyond

Polarimetry is a powerful diagnostic tool providing a wealth of
information about objects from the Earth atmosphere to the far universe
that cannot be obtained by traditional photometric/spectroscopic
observations. In the solar system polarimetry has been widely used e.g.
to characterize the surface of atmosphereless bodies, dust and aerosols
in planetary atmospheres, in cometary environments and in the
interplanetary dust cloud, or to explore the magnetism of the solar
atmosphere. In the case of Earth's atmosphere, polarimetry has many
applications including aerosols and dust characterization, study of the
formation of auroral emission lines. This session is open to papers
about recent polarimetric observations of solar system bodies including
the Earth and the Sun, theoretical or experimental investigations and
instrumental developments for polarimeters to be included in
ground-based facilities or onboard future space missions. Contributions
about detection and/or characterization of exoplanets with polarimetry
are very welcome.

Convener: L. Rossi
Co-Conveners:M. Barthelemy, H. Lamy, A.C. Levasseur-Regourd, D. Stam

5) Colloque International « Magmatisme Métamorphisme & Minéralisations Associées, Meknes, Maroc, Du 11/05/17 Au 13/05/17

Le colloque «Magmatisme, Métamorphisme et Minéralisations Associées (3MA)», qui se tient régulièrementde manière bisannuelle, revient à Meknès, d’où il a démarréen 1999, pour y tenir sa 10ème édition en 2017. C’est donc un retour au domicile parental, qui suscite chez les organisateurs un immense plaisir de retrouvaille, mais aussi une grande responsabilité de réussir l’organisation de cette manifestation scientifique qui, en termes de contenu et de rayonnement, a bien grandi et muri.


Le colloque 3MA, est un espace qui permet à la communauté scientifique et aux professionnels industriels de :

prendre connaissance des nouveaux travaux de recherche dans les domaines de pétrologie, géochimie, métallogénie, exploration et développement miniers,
favoriser les échanges et partager les expériences entre les scientifiques marocains et leurs homologues étrangers,
renforcer les liens de coopération entre les chercheurs académiques et les industriels miniers.
faire émerger de nouveaux projets de coopération scientifique.

 Pétrologie des roches magmatiques et métamorphiques
Minéralogie et cristallographie
Géochimie et géochronologie
Altérations hydrothermales et gisements métalliques
Géomatériaux et substances utiles
Impact environnemental et réhabilitation des sites miniers
Techniques de prospection: géophysique, télédétection, …
Géoinformatique et modélisation minière
Météorites et planétologie

6) JWST Early Release Science Call for Proposals Version 1

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (DD ERS) program. JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The DD ERS Call for Proposals is available at: https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/display/JSP/JWST+Director%27s+Discretionary+Early+Release+Science+Call+for+Proposals

This document establishes the goals, requirements, and policies for the JWST DD ERS program. It is intended to enable researchers to gauge whether they have sufficient interest in the program to submit a Notice of Intent (NoI) to propose.  The first step of the proposal process is to submit an NoI by Mar 3, 2017 8:00pm EDT.  NoI submission is required; only teams who submit NoIs will be permitted to submit a proposal.  Proposals are due by Aug 18, 2017 8:00pm EDT, and results of the selection will be announced in Nov 2017.

The final version of the Call for Proposals will be released in May 2017, and will provide additional details on the proposal and budget submission process along with supporting documentation. Instructions for using the Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) to specify observations will be made available at that time.  Documentation of special considerations for successful early execution of observations, and about STScI pipeline data products, processing and analysis software, and their anticipated availability, will also be provided.  The latter should inform the design of science-enabling products to be developed and released by DD ERS core teams, and the formulation of workplans, preliminary budgets, and schedules, which are required elements of the proposal.  All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, will be available electronically from the JWST Documentation website:  https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu

Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

Questions can be submitted to the JWST helpdesk at http://jwsthelp.stsci.edu.

7) Post doc at INAF: Characterization of laboratory analogues of solar
system materials and space mission data analysis- Deadline: 03/02/2017

voir http://www.iaps.inaf.it/wp-content/uploads/det-116-16-bando-2016-16-AR.pdf

8) EWASS 2017. Prague, 26-30 June 2017. Session SS4: Star-planet interactions
When:  June 30th 2017
What:  talks (15 min) and posters
Proceedings:  yes (contribution optional up to each participant)

Abstracts submission (before March 8th): http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2017/abstract_submission.jsp

The goal of this session is to monitor the endeavors made by the community in the understanding of star-planet interactions, both on the theoretical and observational point of view.

The knowledge of star-planet interactions is crucial to understand the structure of the planetary systems we observe. This is especially true for close-in systems which are molded by tidal and magnetic interactions between the star and its planets. Tidal interactions can modify the spin of the star (i.e., when a planet falls onto the star, the star spins up), which in turn impacts its magnetism, which also impacts the planets. These phenomenons are tightly linked and the whole picture is needed.  

Three research topics will be addressed:
- Determining stellar characteristics, impact on planetary characteristics
- Stellar modeling
- Tidal and magnetic interactions

Details on the session: http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2017/session.jsp?id=SS4
Organizers: Emeline Bolmont (CEA, Saclay), Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma (Observatoire de Genève)

9) Europlanet Provides Access to leading research facilities

The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (EPN2020-RI) is a major programme funded under Horizon 2020 to foster transnational collaborations that will enable Europe to be at the forefront of planetary science.  A central part of the programme is to allow researchers (including Postgraduate students) to access to a comprehensive set of state of the art laboratory facilities and field sites tailored to the needs of planetary research community. Access for researchers based outside the EU is also possible but there are some limitations. Access is arranged three Trans- national Access (TA) programmes:

Europlanet Facilities:
- Planetary Field Analogue Sites (PFA)
- Distributed Planetary Simulation Facility (DPSF)
- Distributed Sample Analysis Facility (DSAF)

The next call will close on *30th March 2017 Noon CET*

Open call : http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/about-europlanet-2020-ri/europlanet-ta-facilities/how-apply-ta-visit

Transnational Access provides researchers with travel and subsistence
when visiting the Facility.  For Laboratory facilities a typical visit
is expected to last a week (but 2 weeks are possible). For field sites expeditions are expected to last between 2 and 4 weeks.

Applications are submitted to ESF at www.esf.org/europlanetcall.

10) TRR 170 Summer School "Impact Processes in the Solar System". Klösterle, Nördlingen, Germany, June 19-22

• Geology of Impact Structures and their Deposits
• Physics of Impact Processes: Shock Wavers, Crater Formation and Ejecta Dynamics
• Modeling and Experimental Studies of Impact Processes
• Petrology of Impact Rocks
• Meteorite Parent Body Fragmentation and Breccia Formation
• Isotopic Dating of Impact Rocks
• Geochemical Tracing of Impactor Material
• Dating of Planetary Surfaces by Crater Counting Techniques
• Microscopic Analysis of Shock Effects - Practical
• Field Trip to Outcrops in the Nördlinger Ries Impact Crater

Participation of a limited number of external M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will be possible. Funds to partially offset travel costs are available. Applications should include a motivation letter, CV and a reference letter from a scientist who knows you well. All documents must be combined into a single pdf file. Deadline for applications is March 1st, 2017. Successful applicants will be informed in April.
Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets (TRR 170) is a transregional Collaborative Research Center in Planetary Sciences located in Berlin and Münster and funded by the German Research Foundation.

Contact for applications and information:
Ms. Elfrun Lehmann at TRR170 office & coordination (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

11) ISSI Call for Proposals 2017 for the Johannes Geiss Fellowship

Dear Colleagues,

ISSI is releasing its third call for proposals for the Johannes Geiss
Fellowship (JGF). The JGF has been established to attract to ISSI - for
limited duration visits - international scientists of stature, who can
make demonstrable contributions to the ISSI mission and increase ISSI’s
stature by their presence and by doing so will honour Johannes Geiss for
his founding of ISSI and his contributions to ISSI, and for his many
contributions to a broad range of space science disciplines.

International Space Science Institute
Hallerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern
Tel. +41-31-631 48 96
Fax +41-31-631 48 97

1) call for abstracts for EGU 2017 Call for Abstracts: PS2.4 Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets. Deadline Jan. 11.

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the session PS2.4 on
Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets of the EGU General Assembly to be held
23–28 April 2017, in Vienna, Austria:


The abstract submission deadline is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET. Please
note that this year late abstracts can only be accepted after approval by
the Programme Committee; it also will entail a late abstract fee of 80

Our session focuses on the atmospheres of terrestrial planets from the
boundary layer up to the exosphere. With data coming from space missions
and Earth-based observations, the research on planetary atmospheres and
their evolution is blooming with new results and advances. We welcome you
to share your work with the community as contributions discussing any
aspect of the neutral atmospheres of terrestrial planets and Titan.
Contributions dealing with terrestrial-like extrasolar planets are also

Hope to see you in Vienna!

With best regards,
The conveners
Emmanuel Marcq, Francisco González-Galindo, Arnaud Beth

2) AO pour du temps d'observation sur les télescopes aux Canaries
The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los
Muchachos (ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) observatories
invites applications for International Time Programmes (ITP) on
telescopes installed at these Observatories.

The ITP offers up to 5% of the observing time, evenly spread
throughout the year and the lunar cycle, at the telescopes listed on
the ITP web page: www.iac.es/eno.php?op1=5&op2=13&op3=26&lang=en

A proposal can request up to 15 nights/year (80 hours on GTC & STELLA)
of observing time. A proposal can cover a period of up to two
consecutive years, i.e. in this case, up to a maximum of 30 nights /
160 hours per telescope can be requested. Proposals must include a
justification of the time requested on each telescope.

Specific guidelines for the individual telescope facilities are
available on their webs.
The aim of the ITP is to encourage international scientific projects
of the highest quality, which cannot

easily be accommodated within
other time allocation schemes, and which foster collaboration between
the different user institutions at the observatories. Proposals should
be international in their range of participants and are expected to
involve astronomers from at least three of the European countries that
are signatories to the Agreements for Cooperation in Astrophysics
(Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Finland).

The deadline for the AO is February 28, 2017. See attached documents
for further details

3) Goldschmidt conference: Paris, August 13-18, 2017.

At least themes 1 to 4 are fully relevant for the PNP community:
01: Early Solar system
Frederic Moynier, Nicolas Dauphas
02: Making of planets (session for exoplanet exploration, impacts)
Maud Boyet, Thorsten Kleine
03: Early Earth
Janne Blichert-Toft, Timothy Lyons
04: Earth's Mantle and Core
Daniel Frost, Rebecca Fischer, Marc Hirschmann
Session advertisements with deadline April 1, 2017

    - Session 01b: Volatiles across the Inner Solar System

Volatiles, at least on Earth, play important roles in the processes controlling the thermal stabilities of minerals and melts, magmatic eruptions, the transportation of economically important metals, and in the case of water is important for life as we know it. The roles of volatiles in and on other planetary bodies, including Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars, are less well known. Therefore, studies aimed at investigating the abundances, distributions, roles, and isotopic characteristics of volatiles in planetary materials and systems are of high importance. Such studies will help us to understand the roles that volatiles have played in the major processes that have shaped the geochemical makeup of the terrestrial planets, processes such as planetary accretion and differentiation, degassing, diffusion, and catastrophic impact events. The aim of this session is to bring together expertise from the various avenues of volatile-centric research within the overarching field of planetary sciences in order to spark big picture inter-disciplinary discussions. Therefore, we encourage submissions from all areas of planetary science, including but not limited to experimental studies, meteorite and sample studies, numerical modeling, analytical geochemistry, and satellite observations of volatiles on the surfaces of planetary bodies. We particularly welcome contributions which showcase new results/hypotheses/models that help to address the (1) distribution of volatile elements in and on the surface of rocky planetary bodies and (2) roles and fates of volatiles during planetary accretion, differentiation, and magmatism.
    - Session 02b: Formation of the Terrestrial Planets and the Moon

The goal of this session is to review recent advances in modeling the formation of the terrestrial planets and the Moon. The emphasis will be on the comparison of model results and observational constraints concerning, among other aspects, orbit and mass distributions, bulk chemistry, isotopic differences and similarities among terrestrial bodies, chronology of accretion. Presentations about the dynamical aspects of the formation of the terrestrial planets and the Moon, the geophysical and geochemical evolution of the forming Earth, the possible equilibration mechanisms between the Earth and the Moon, and the presentation of new measurements providing constraints for the models will be particularly appreciated. Talks on the formation and the properties of extrasolar rocky planets (Earth-like and super-Earths) are also encouraged in this session.

4) Position for Research Scientist at ELSI

Dear All,

We have just started new recruitment of ELSI Research Scientists. The
deadline is the end of February this time. Another one might follow with
the deadline of early summer.
The details are found at:

Please recruit your best young colleagues! Thank you.

Best wishes,
Kei Hirose

5) CAPES/PNPD postdoctoral fellowship at Valongo Observatory - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Dear colleagues,

The Valongo Observatory Graduate Program invites applications for a CAPES/PNPD postdoctoral fellowship, starting March 2017 or later. Our program has five main lines of research, namely: Extragalactic Astrophysics, High Energy and Cosmology; Stellar Astrophysics; Galactic Astrophysics and Interstellar Medium; Fundamental and Positional Astronomy; Astrobiology and Astrochemistry.

The approved candidate will receive R$ 4100 monthly, in addition to a research stipend. The position will have an initial duration of 12 months, with two possible renovations for a total of 36 months. Doctors who defended their theses at Valongo Observatory March 1st, 2014 or later are not allowed to apply.

The selection will happen in February 2017. Interested parties should send the following documents by email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. by February 3rd:

a) Curriculum Vitae;
b) Letter of Intent;
c) Research Project, of up to 10 pages;
d) Two recommendation letters, to be sent directly to the above email by the referees.

On the week between February 6th and 10th, the candidates will be contacted for an interview, to be based on the curriculum vitae and research project.

Selection will be based on the presented project, curriculum vitae, recommendation letters and interview results. Projects aiming to collaborate with the Valongo faculty (http://www.ov.ufrj.br/ > Docentes) will be prioritized.

Further details about our program can be found in our webpage:


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