1) 51st ESLAB Symposium, ‘Extreme Habitable Worlds’, Estec, 4-8th December 2017
This interdisciplinary Symposium will focus on key areas regarding extreme habitability on Earth, in the solar system and throughout the universe.

Major themes to be presented on and discussed may include:

- Venus, Earth, and Mars — the first 500 million years.
- Planetary processes and habitability: accretion, evolution, impacts and ingredients.
- Evolution of habitability and settings for origins of life on Earth.
- Extreme surface and subsurface habitats on Earth.
- Life support systems in extreme places and in orbit (human spaceflight).
- Making the Moon habitable.
- Mars past, current, and future habitability.
- Asteroids and small bodies.
- Outer solar system: Sub-surface habitability at the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
- Effects of space weather and astrophysical hazards.
- Planetary protection and measuring extreme biomarkers.
- Stellar, interstellar and interplanetary ingredients for extreme habitability.
- Engineering of travel to and exploration of Extreme Habitable Worlds.
- Finding and characterising habitable exoplanets: Proxima Centauri, Trappist-1 and beyond.
- Galactic and extragalactic habitability.
- Education, outreach, societal, philosophical & artistic views on ‘Extreme Habitable Worlds’.

Please find further details, including key dates and logistical information, on the website:

http://esaconferencebureau.com/2017-events/eslab2017

Registration and abstract submission are scheduled to open on 16th May. We look forward to your participation.

Scientific Organising Committee: B. Foing (chair) , M. Drinkwater, M.
Guainazzi, A. Heras, K. Isaak, A. Kolodziejczyk, O. Korablev (COSPAR), D.
Koschny, C. Lasseur, P. Lecomte, M. Paganini, E. Sefton-Nash, H. Svedhem, D.
Titov, J. Vago, O. Witasse, J. Zender

Local Organising Committee: E. Sefton-Nash (co-chair), B. Foing (co-chair),
M. Riemens, C. Avdellidou

2) Lunar resources ESA research fellowship
An exciting research fellowship opportunity with ESA working on the science and technology of lunar resources.

http://www.esa.int/content/download/376683/16919349/file/RF-ESTEC(2017)002.pdf


3)  PhD-student on tidal-induced dynamics of shallow oceans, ROYAL NIOZ YERSEKE (NL) AND TU DELFT (NL), Deadline 1 June
There is a vacancy for a PhD-student on tidal-induced dynamics of shallow ocean:

More at:

http://en.academicpositions.nl/ad/nioz-royal-netherlands-institute-for-sea-research/2017/phd-effects-of-tidal-induced-fluid-dynamics-for-the-moons-of-jupiter-and-saturn/99855

Deadline 1 June

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4) postdoc position in planet formation - Lund, Sweden

The successful applicant will work within the PLANETESYS project that was recently funded by the European Research Council (PI: Anders Johansen). The overarching goal of the project is the development and exploitation of an N-body code to simulate the formation of planets, including  growth by accretion of pebbles, planetesimals and gas. The project also  concerns the chemical composition of planets and the delivery of life-essential molecules to habitable planets.

Researchers with an experience background in any area of theoretical or computational astrophysics or astrochemistry are invited to apply.

The position is initially time-limited to two years, but can be extended to three or four years, based on work progress.

Part of the research can consist of own, independent projects. Please contact Anders Johansen (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) for details.

Applications should be submitted electronically - please follow this link:

http://www.astro.lu.se/vacancies/

The deadline is 9 June 2017.


5) Summer School SPEC-ATMOS -  "Spectroscopy and Atmosphere: Measurements and Models", Ile d'Oleron, 11-16 june 2017
We are pleased to announce the following the International Summer School SPEC-ATMOS -  "Spectroscopy and Atmosphere: Measurements and Models"


SPEC-ATMOS is a 1-week program dedicated to outstanding and enthousiastic Master-PhD students and young researchers who want to acquire an interdisciplinary scientific culture from leading scientists.

The SPEC-ATMOS school will take place from June 11th to June 16th 2017 at "La Vieille Perrotine", in Saint Pierre d'Oléron on the west coast of France.

The International Summer School has a clearly defined and unique profile that will provide you with interdisciplinary education (lectures, tutorials, conferences) in the following fields:

Spectroscopy: intensities, line frequencies, line profile, IR techniques
Atmospheric Physics: radiative transfer, inversion, thermodynamics, dynamics, space missions, simultaneous chemistry, cloud/aerosols retrievals
Chemistry: kinetics, laser techniques, simulation chambers
Chemical Atmospheric Models: dynamical models, chemical modeling
see the web site for registration :
http://lpc2e.cnrs-orleans.fr/~specatmos


6) workshop: The Transneptunian Solar System, 26-29 March 2018, Coimbra Portugal

Topics to be discussed in plenary sessions
- physical properties of the bodies in the Transneptunian Region,
- large members of the Kuiper Belt: Pluto & others,
- binaries & multiple systems,
- relationships with other populations (Centaurs, planetary Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects,
- Planet IX and related objects – dynamical effects indicators, properties,
- formation & evolution – origin, planetesimals, multiples, dynamical & collisional evolution, physical processing,
- extrasolar KBO populations – structure & properties,
- prospects for KBO research.
Scientific Organizing Committee: Antonella Barucci, Hermann Boehnhardt, Michael Brown, Julio Fernandez, Will Grundy, Olivier Hainaut, Wing Ip, David Jewitt, Alessandro Morbidelli, Thomas Müller, Keith Noll, Nuno Peixinho, Dina Prialnik, Junichi Watanabe, Leslie Young

Webpage: http://www2.mps.mpg.de/services/coimbra/


7) Gordon conference "Origin of Solar Systems", June 18-23, 2017 Mount Holyoke

places still available!

The Gordon Conference on Origins of Solar Systems brings together a diverse group of scientists to discuss research at the frontier of understanding how planets and planetary systems form. Particular topics of discussion include the following: how planetary building blocks are assembled and whether volatiles implanted during early phases survive inside their interior, exploring the fate of volatiles supplied to a young terrestrial planet during the epoch of impacts and core formation, and how the architecture of a solar system influences planetary assembly and volatile supply. Within this framework we will also discuss the growing knowledge of the exoplanet inventory with emphasis on what they might tell us about their formation and subsequent evolution

Chair: Edwin A. Bergin Vice Chair: Larry R. Nittler

Complete program and online application are available at:
http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12346


8) Hayabusa Sample Analysis Opportunity
Dear Colleagues,

It's my great pleasure to let you know that ISAS/JAXA has issued the new international announcement of opportunity for Hayabusa-returned sample analysis.

Everybody who intends to gain a new insight in planetary science via Hayabusa sample analysis is welcome to submit a proposal in response to the new AO.

Please find the details of the new AO, including the guidebook for proposers, the list of previously accepted proposals, and the sample catalog that describes the properties of the samples available at the following website:

http://hayabusaao.isas.jaxa.jp/5th/

Proposals are accepted any time. It will take around a month for the selection process.

We are looking forward to accepting exciting proposals from you!

Sincerely,

Toru Yada

Astromaterial Science Research Group (ASRG), ISAS, JAXA


9) reminder: Workshop on Jupiter Trojan Asteroid Exploration in Berlin on June 2nd 2017

A one-day workshop will be held to discuss the key science items and enabling
instruments for the missions to land on a primitive body beyond the snow line
of the solar system, with the special focus on the future Jupiter Trojan
asteroids
rendezvous and landing mission empowered by solar-sail technology.
The Solar Power Sail (SPS) mission is under PhaseA1 study by JAXA in
collaboration
with DLR and CNES. The outcome of the study is useful not only to enhance
the SPS
mission but also to trigger collaboration in any future rendezvous and
landing
missions to primitive bodies where dedicated cosmo-chemistry oriented
measurements
will be the key. Anyone who is interested in the promising topic is
welcome and
should attend this workshop.


Main Topics:
-Science of Jupiter Trojan asteroids and the key subjects for the SPS mission
-Status of the Solar Power Sail mission and its current strawman payloads
-Proposals for lander instruments
-Proposals for mothership instruments

Venue and dates:
-Venue: Institute for Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) in
Berlin
-Dates: 02 June 2017

 

1) NBIA Summer School on Astrophysical Plasmas – from Planets to Galaxies

We are pleased to announce this year's NBIA Summer School on “Astrophysical Plasmas – from Planets to Galaxies”.

The event will be hosted by the Niels Bohr International Academy at The Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen from August 28 to September 1st 2017.

The school website can be found at nbia.nbi.ku.dk/nbia-school-2017 Registration is now open and it will be closed on May 15th 2017.

The school will cover basic theoretical and computational aspects of astrophysical fluids and plasmas. The three application areas covered, (i) protoplanetary disks, (ii) interstellar medium, and (iii) galaxy evolution and feedback, are all interconnected and part of the same multi-scale star/gas life cycle. This makes the school relevant for students working on any of these three fields, and at the same time, creates a broader context for their individual research.
With kind regards,
T. Haugbølle, M. Pessah & O. Gressel


2) 51st ESLAB symposium at ESTEC 4-8 Dec 2017  " Extreme Habitable worlds"

Please find herewith the first announcement for ESLAB Symposium 2017 "Extreme
Habitable worlds" to take place at ESTEC on 4-8 Dec 2017.

The ESLAB Symposium 2017 will convene researchers from all over the world who
work on interdisciplinary aspects in the fields of extreme habitability on
Earth, the solar system and throughout the universe. They will report on
research findings and plan future endeavours. Contributions are planned as
keynote (invited) talks, oral and poster presentations, interactive
presentations and debates. The theme for ESLAB  2017 is "Extreme Habitable
Worlds". The symposium will address topics such as:

Venus, Earth, and Mars —the first 500 million years
Planetary habitability processes: accretion, evolution, impacts, ingredients
Evolution of habitability and settings for origins of  life at Earth
Earth extreme habitats: natural (surface and subsurface), artificial and
sustainable
Life support systems in Earth extreme places and in orbit, human spaceflight
Making the Moon habitable
Mars past, current , and future habitability
Asteroids and small bodies habitats
Outer solar system: Sub-surface Habitability at icy moons of Jupiter and
Saturn
Effects of space weather and Astrophysical hazards
Planetary protection and measuring extreme biomarkers
Stellar, interstellar and interplanetary ingredients for extreme habitability
Engineering of travel to and exploration of Extreme Habitable Worlds
Finding and Characterising Habitable Exoplanets: Proxima Centauri, Trappist1
and beyond
Galactic and Extragalactic Habitability
Education, outreach, societal, philosophical & artistic views on "Extreme
Habitable Worlds"

http://esaconferencebureau.com/2017-events/eslab2017/

Key Dates & Deadlines
March 31          1st Announcement. Themes and committees published.
May 16            2nd Announcement. Abstract submission and early
registration open.
July 13           Abstract deadline.
September 26      3rd Announcement. Communication of SOC decisions to
presenters.
October 24  Program published. Early registration closes. Late registration
begins.
November    Final logistics and arrangements.
December 4-8      51st ESLAB Symposium: ‘Extreme Habitable Worlds’

Scientific Organising Committee: B. Foing (chair) , M. Drinkwater, M.
Guainazzi, A. Heras, K. Isaak, A. Kolodziejczyk, O. Korablev (COSPAR), D.
Koschny, C. Lasseur, P. Lecomte, M. Paganini, E. Sefton-Nash, H. Svedhem, D.
Titov, J. Vago, O. Witasse, J. Zender

Local Organising Committee: E. Sefton-Nash (co-chair), B. Foing (co-chair),
M. Riemens, C. Avdellidou , R. Rudawska

Institutional support: ESA, ESTEC, ESA Science Support Office, COSPAR, ILEWG

3) OPTICON Instrumentation School, Copenhagen 3-12 July 2017

The first OPTICON Instrumentation school will take place in Copenhagen July 3-12, 2017. This school has a theme 'Observing the Transient Sky', and during it the students will carry out a 'Phase A' study of an instrument under supervision of an experienced tutor. The instrument can be either for finding new transient sources, or characterising them.

This school is meant for both astronomers and engineers at almost any level (from MSc students to young postdocs). The first half of the school comprises morning lectures and afternoon group sessions with hands-on instrument planning. The lectures include, among other topics, transient sky science, systems engineering, optical design, optomechanics, and detectors. The second half of the school is dedicated to group work, with students presenting  their instrument ideas at the end of the school.

The local costs (accommodation and lunches) are covered by OPTICON, and some travel support is also available (and needs to be applied for on the application form).

More information on the school:
http://opticon-schools.nbi.ku.dk/other-schools/instrumentation-school/
Application form:
http://opticon-schools.nbi.ku.dk/how-to-apply/

The deadline for applications is Friday 21st April, and applicants will be notified about the selection in early May.


4) Livre Blanc SKA français

Suite à l'annonce du mois de Janvier 2017, le travail d'organisation du Livre Blanc SKA français a bien avancé. Le plan de sa structure est disponible à la page web:

https://ska-france.oca.eu/fr/evenements/livre-blanc-ska-fr/129-instructions-pour-la-redaction-du-livre-blanc-ska

suivi par les instructions pour les auteurs résumées à la fin de ce message. Les collègues qui n'ont pas encore signalé leur éventuel intérêt à participer au livre blanc pourront contacter la coordination SKA-France (https://ska-france.oca.eu/fr/contact) avant le 15 Avril 2017 pour demander de participer à des sections déjà identifiées ou pour en proposer des autres.

Bien cordialement,

Chiara Ferrari – Coordinatrice SKA-France

Instructions pour les auteurs:

Le nombre maximum de pages par contribution est indiqué à côté de chaque contribution (typiquement 2 pages maximum), ainsi que la liste des auteurs
Il est conseillé de mettre une figure par article
Les articles devront décrire, le cas échéant, les travaux en cours avec les instruments précurseurs et pathfinders de SKA
Les spécifications de SKA sont disponibles aux pages web suivantes :
Baseline Design Document (http://skatelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/SKA-TEL-SKO-0000308_SKA1_System_Baseline_v2_DescriptionRev01-part-1-signed.pdf)
SKA1 Science Requirements (http://skatelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/SKA-TEL-SKO-0000007_SKA1_Level_0_Science_RequirementsRev02-part-1-signed.pdf)
Il est recommandé que les articles précisent ce qu’on pourra atteindre avec SKA1, avec une ouverture sur SKA2 si souhaité
Un courte description (<=3 lignes) est demandée pour chaque auteur, qui inclut, le cas échéant, l’implication dans des projets précurseurs de SKA, les SKA Science Working Groups, les consortia techniques, …
La date limite pour l’envoi des contributions aux responsables des chapitres est fixée au 15 mai 2017
Nous demandons aux auteurs d’utiliser la macro latex fournie
La liste des contributeurs sera présentée par ordre alphabétique au dessous du titre de chaque thématique
Une page wiki dédiée est mise en place pour l'organisation du travail. Les détails seront envoyés aux auteurs

5) annonce Atelier Expérimentation et Instrumentation, 17 au 19 octobre 201, Brest

Le prochain Atelier Expérimentation et Instrumentation (AEI), regroupant techniciens, ingénieurs et chercheurs, impliqués au niveau national dans la recherche expérimentale et instrumentale dans les domaines de l’océan, de l’atmosphère, de la cryosphère, des surfaces et interfaces continentales, des domaines de l’écologie et de l’environnement se tiendra du 17 au 19 octobre 2017 sur le Campus IFREMER à Brest.
Le site pour déposer un résumé et s'inscrire est ouvert ici : https://aei-2017.sciencesconf.org/  

Nous encourageons l'ensemble des personnels concernés à venir prendre part à cet événement favorisant les échanges d'expertise et d'expérience entre chercheurs, ingénieurs et techniciens développant des manipulations expérimentales et de l'instrumentation dans les domaines de l’océan, de l’atmosphère, de la cryosphère et des surfaces et interfaces continentales, des domaines de l’écologie et de l’environnement.

Le CNRS-INSU, l’IFREMER, Météo-France et le SHOM apportant leur aide financière, il n'y aura pas de frais d'inscription.

La date limite de dépôt des résumés est fixée au 31 juillet 2017.


Christian Tamburini & Jérôme Chappellaz (boîte "instrumentation" de la CSOA), Pierre Kern (DAT CNRS-INSU), pour le comité d'organisation et le comité scientifique de l'AEI 2017)


6) LUVOIR/POLLUX instrument. Solar system science working group.

In the frame of the LUVOIR telescope (https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/luvoir/), next generation of UV telescope, the POLLUX instrument will be a very high resolution spectropolarimeter in the UV from 90 to 400 nm (R ~120 000). Coralie Neiner (LESIA) and Jean Claude Bouret (LAM) are PI of this instrument.

The science case of this telescope and of the POLLUX instrument is large with several WG (8). Coralie and Jean Claude asked me to lead the WG solar system.

If you are interested in participating to the definition of the science case for this instrument or if you have question on the instrument, please contact me.

We will organise a teleconference at the beginning of May to organise the work. The objective is to built a quasi complete science case for October.

With best regards

Mathieu Barthélemy


7) Open Recruitment: 2017 JAXA/ISAS International Top Young Fellow

JAXA is seeking talented, energetic and highly motivated employees to join the ITYF team.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF) was established as a new fellowship program in 2009 with the purpose of inviting world’s top-level young researchers to work at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS)/JAXA. ITYF fellows are expected to contribute to the following activities in ISAS/JAXA in addition to producing outstanding academic achievements in their areas of specialization.

 * Active interaction with researchers inside and/or outside ISAS to
   create new academic trends.
 * Active participation or initiative in planning new space science
   mission projects.
 * Active participation in developing research networks of ISAS and the
   related foreign institutes.
 * We also expect positive impact of ITYF fellow's activities on ISAS
   researchers and students

Eligibility: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering or equivalent or higher ability, and must have degrees earned within less than 8 years from the hire date (those expected to earn their degrees by the hire date are eligible to apply).

Application Web Page: http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/researchers/ityf/
Application Deadline: No later than 17:00 PM (Japan time) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

General inquiries:
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Secretariat
JAXA International Top Young Fellowship Steering Committee
ISAS/JAXA


8) The 2nd Rencontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science, February 25 - March 2, 2018, Quy Nhon (Vietnam)

http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2018/exoplanetary_science

Exoplanetology has experienced extraordinary developments, and is now a mature and particularly dynamic research field of astrophysics. The various detection technics such as radial velocities, transit, microlensing, direct imaging, timing or astrometry, provided thousands of planet detections. The characterization of these systems also enhances, and now reaches the details of the orbital parameters or the physics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres.

The 2nd Rencontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science will offer over five days a fruitful meeting of observers involved in various ground- and space-based programs with modelers and theoreticians, in order to raise news observations and new models to improve our comprehension and knowledges of exoplanets, their formation, their evolution. It will expand exchanges, interactions, and collaborations between scientists from different parts of the world. The conference will consist of plenary sessions for oral presentations, including review talks and contributions on more specialized topics, as well as posters. The conference will be preceded by a two-day international school for students involved in those topics, with instructors and teachers chosen among the conference participants.

Important dates:
- April 7th, 2017: first announcement of the conference
- June 30th, 2017: announcement of invited speakers
- December 1st, 2017: deadline for abstract submissions and financial support applications
- February 1st, 2018: deadline for registrations

Scientific Organisation Committee:
- Eiji Akiyama (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)
- Michael Albrow (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
- Isabelle Baraffe (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
- Andrew Collier-Cameron (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
- Rodrigo Díaz (Buenos Aires University, Argentina)
- René Doyon (Université de Montréal, Canada)
- Diana Dragomir (MIT Kavli Institute, USA)
- Roger Ferlet (Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, France)
- Guillaume Hébrard (Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, France), chair
- Tobias C. Hinse (Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute, Korea)
- Jacques Laskar (Observatoire de Paris, France)
- Alain Lecavelier des Étangs (Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, France)
- Doug Lin (University of California, USA)
- Jack Lissauer (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
- Michel Mayor (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Rosemary Mardling (Monash University, Australia)
- Claire Moutou (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, USA)
- Norio Narita (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)
- Heike Rauer (Institute for Planetary Research, Germany)
- Sujan Sengupta (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India)
- Feng Tian (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
- Jean Tran Thanh Van (ICISE, Vietnam)

9) First Announcement: Enabling Transiting ExoPlanet Observations with JWST, July 10-12, 2017

The Space Telescope Science Institute will be hosting a workshop titled “Enabling Transiting Exoplanet Observations with JWST” on July 10-12, 2017.

This workshop will provide a forum for the exoplanet community to learn about and discuss planning JWST observations to characterize transiting exoplanets.  Talks will inform potential users about science opportunities and tools for observation planning.  Data challenges will introduce the community to planned data products and identify key tools and resources for further data reduction and interpretation.  With a Cycle 1 proposal deadline in early 2018, this workshop will serve as an important opportunity for the transiting exoplanet community to begin building high-quality JWST observing programs.

Poster abstracts should be submitted to https://goo.gl/forms/o6PTuWjjzHwshsqE2.  The submission period begins April 1, 2017 and closes May 17, 2017.  You will be notified by May 31st if your abstract has been accepted for presentation.

Registration is now open.  The registration fee is $165.00 to attend the workshop.  For more information regarding this workshop, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/n5q7nc.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

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Scientific Organizing Committee
Nikole Lewis (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Kevin Stevenson (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Sarah Kendrew (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Jonathan Fraine (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Joanna Barstow (University College London)
Drake Deming (University of Maryland)
Michael Gillon (Université de Liège)
Eliza Kempton (Grinnell College)
Mercedes Lopez-Morales (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Stanimir Metchev (University of Western Ontario)


10) Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar on: Prebiotic Molecules in Space and Origins of Life on Earth, Bad Honnef, March 19-23, 2018

Motivation
How life originates is one of the outstanding questions of humankind. Different scientific communities, from astrophysicists to planetary scientists, from geochemists to biophysicists, all share the common aim of understanding how life on Earth originated and if life exists elsewhere in the Universe. Despite these common goals, it has been difficult to join forces and focus on the ‘big picture’, as different background and terminology often hinder fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations. In this conference, we plan to bring together astrochemists working on the production of prebiotic molecules in space and their delivery to planet forming regions, Solar System scientists working on the chemical composition of the most pristine material such as comets and primitive meteorites, the exoplanetary atmosphere community, geochemists working on the primitive Earth and its conditions to host life, biophysicists working on the very first steps that assembled prebiotic molecules into the macromolecules used by terrestrial life. We believe that fostering communication and interaction among the various groups is a pre-requisite to succeed in our quest on the origins of life.

Please visit our web page at: https://events.mpe.mpg.de/origins2018 and register (note that the number of participants is limited).

Looking forward to seeing you at Bad Honnef in March 2018.

Best wishes,

Paola Caselli
on behalf of the Organizing team: Dieter Braun, Cecilia Ceccarelli and Pascale Ehrenfreund

1) Décès de Toby Owen - un hommage

Tobias Owen – “Toby” pour ses collègues et amis – s’est éteint le 5 mars à Sacramento, à l’âge de 80 ans. Avec lui disparaît un scientifique exceptionnel, pionnier de l’exploration du système solaire, et un homme d’un charisme exemplaire.

Les relations de Toby avec l’Observatoire de Paris remontent au tout début des années 1970. Alors professeur à l’Université de Stony Brook (NY), il a participé activement au développement du jeune groupe de planétologie qui s’est créé à l’Observatoire. Avec Daniel Gautier, Catherine de Bergh, Michel Combes et Thérèse Encrenaz, il a initié de nombreux projets de recherche autour de la composition et la structure des atmosphères planétaires, tant dans le domaine de l’exploration spatiale que dans celui des observations depuis le sol. Il a joué un rôle déterminant dans l’analyse des missions Viking sur Mars et Voyager vers les quatre planètes géantes. Avec Jean-Pierre Maillard et les planétologues français, il s’est fortement investi dans l’exploitation des données du spectromètre à Transformée de Fourier du télescope Canada-France-Hawaii, et a ainsi fait une série de découvertes de premier plan, notamment sur l’abondance du deutérium dans le système solaire. Dans une approche visionnaire et multidisciplinaire de la planétologie, Toby a développé de multiples recherches sur toutes les familles d’objets du système solaire, planètes, satellites et comètes, en utilisant tous les domaines de longueur d’onde, depuis le sol et l’espace.

Au début des années 1980, Toby Owen, avec Daniel Gautier et Wing Ip, a travaillé au développement d’une mission internationale, portée à la fois par les Etats-Unis et l’Europe, dédiée à l’exploration de Saturne et Titan. Ce projet allait devenir la mission Cassini-Huygens, lancée en 1997 et toujours en opération autour de Saturne. Riche de découvertes multiples sur la planète Saturne, ses satellites et ses anneaux, cette mission constitue une réussite exceptionnelle en terme de coopération scientifique entre différentes agences spatiales.

Au-delà de l’exploration des objets du système solaire, Toby a aussi très tôt manifesté son intérêt pour les problèmes liés à l’origine de la vie et la recherche de la vie extraterrestre, des domaines de recherche qui allaient exploser dans les décennies suivantes. Avec Donald Goldsmith et David Morrison respectivement, il a notamment écrit deux ouvrages, réédités deux fois depuis leur première publication. Il a reçu de multiples distinctions et en particulier, en 2009, le prestigieux Prix Gerard P. Kuiper de la Division des Sciences Planétaires de l’American Astronomical Society.

Avec ses collègues et amis français, à l’Observatoire de Paris et au-delà, Toby a noué des liens très forts de coopération scientifique et aussi d’amitié. Au début des années 2000, Toby a été membre du Haut Comité Scientifique de l’Observatoire de Paris. En 2006, avec Daniel Gautier et Jean-Pierre Lebreton, il a reçu le Grand Prix Marcel Dassault de l’Académie des Sciences. En 2007, il a été nommé Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Observatoire de Paris. Fervent partisan du rapprochement des communautés scientifiques au-delà des frontières, il a fait de multiples séjours en France où il comptait des amis très proches, en particulier Antonella Barucci et Marcello Fulchignoni. Son départ laisse un énorme vide auprès de ses amis qui n’oublieront pas sa générosité, sa disponibilité et sa gentillesse, son sens de l’humour, sa simplicité et sa modestie. Tous les collègues et amis de Toby, au LESIA et à l’Observatoire de Paris, souhaitent exprimer leurs plus profondes condoléances à son épouse Natasha et sa famille.

Th. Encrenaz, C. de Bergh, A. Barucci, M. Fulchignoni, J.-P. Lebreton


2) International Meeting of Sedimentology 2017, session "Planetary sedimentology: Mars, Titan, and elsewhere", 10-12/10 2017 - Toulouse

Description. Knowledge of the sedimentary record on extraterrestrial bodies strongly evolved in the last decade. Data from numerous exploration missions, both early and recent, demonstrate that not only Mars and Titan but also Pluto, comets, and asteroids have complex sedimentary formations that provide evidence of sediment cycling.
This session invites contributions on extraterrestrial sedimentology based on orbital or in situ observations of Mars, Titan, or any other extraterrestrial body. We also solicit any work on laboratory data, modeling and terrestrial analogues that are keys for understanding sedimentary processes on planetary bodies.

web site : http://ims2017.sciencesconf.org
Deadline to submit an abstract: 15th june 2017.


3) atelier"Interaction etoile-planete(s) internes-disque d'accretion": Monpellier le 13 Juillet

tout est `a la page https://atelierspidi.wixsite.com/spidi


4) Gordon conference "Origins of Solar Systems", South Hadley, USA, June 18-23

voir http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12346


5) Appel à propositions de recherche du CNES (APR 2018)

L'Appel annuel à Propositions de Recherche (APR) du CNES pour 2018 est en ligne : https://sciences-techniques.cnes.fr/fr/appel-propositions-de-recherche. Depuis l'an dernier, l'appel à propositions Ballons est inclus au sein de l'APR. Les propositions sont acceptées jusqu'au vendredi 21 avril au plus tard selon les modalités décrites dans la documentation accessible sur le site.
 

6) SELENE symposium on September 13 14, 2017, Tokyo

We are pleased to announce the SELENE Symposium 2017, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of its launch, held in Japan.
The symposium will take place at the University of Waseda (Nishi-Waseda Campus), Tokyo, Japan, on Wed. 13th September and Thu. 14th September, 2017. The Japanese lunar orbiter SELENE (Kaguya) was launched 10 years ago on the 14th of September, 2007.
Please save the dates of the 13th and 14th September this year to participate in the SELENE Symposium.

We will appreciate your presentation of recent scientific results and future exploration plans in this symposium.
Japan has confirmed the launches of two small lunar landers by 2020, the Tokyo Olympic year:

1) SLIM by Epsilon Launch Vehicle
2) Omotenashi by SLS

A detailed description of these small landers will be presented and discussed in the symposium, as well as a wide range of lunar science topics. The long-term vision of Japan’s larger-class lunar exploration projects will also be presented and discussed.

After the SELENE Symposium, the COSPAR annual meeting will be held on September 18-22, 2017, in Jeju Island, Korea, and the 3rd Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (LDSE) will be held on Spetember 19-22, 2017, in Beijing, China. Both are Japan’s neighboring countries, so you could easily fly to attend these meetings after the SELENE Symposium.

We will announce more details (registration, abstract submission, etc.) in April or May.
We are looking forward to meeting with you in September in Japan!

LOC Chair : Takahiro IWATA
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
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7) Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impacts, impactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life.
 
Apart from lectures, poster presentations, student-led discussions and excursions to geologically interesting sites several practical exercises including
 
Search for meteorite fragments
Microscopy of pollen in order to assess the ecological consequences of impacts
Petrographic microscopy of impactites
Electrometric and georadar mapping of impact sites
Excavation into the boundary layer between the ejecta blanket and the glacial till
 
as well as excursions to other geologically interesting sites are planned.The website for the summer school can be found under:
 
http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Impacts2017
 
Deadline for applications in the 30th April 2017. Please forward this announcement possibly interested students and early career scientists.
 
Bursaries are available for students and scientists from the Universities of Tartu, Turku, Tallinn, Vilnius, Porto, Utrecht, Bordeaux, Iceland, Stockholm and the Open University.
 

8) More Goldschmidt sessions:

    Session 01b: Volatiles across the Inner Solar System
Keynote: Lydia Hallis (University of Glasgow)

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.

    02c: Heterogeneous Moon - Endogenous and exogenous processes in Lunar evolution
Keynote: Matthieu Laneuville (ELSI, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

The aim of this session is to combine lunar geochemistry, geophysics, and impact cratering on the Moon. Linking chemical and physical models for the lunar evolution to temporal constraints allows defining times and rates for its evolution. The Moon probably formed due to a giant impact onto the proto-Earth. It is a differentiated body composed of geochemically distinct crust, mantle, and core. Mantle dynamic processes affected the global and regional chemical evolution of the crust and mantle structures mostly preserved to the present day. The Moon´s mineralogical and chemical surface maps are the proto-type records for global magma ocean concepts showing that it crystallized and differentiated probably over millions to hundreds of millions of years. The thermal evolution and cooling were modified/delayed due to the exposure to the early Solar System bombardment. We invite studies on the chemical and thermal evolution of the Moon from geochemical and geophysical models and sample analyses in an effort to converge efforts for an interdisciplinary approach to the research. Processes such as impact cratering not only caused chemical heterogeneities but also modified the surface morphology. The lunar cratering record is used as a scaled template for other planetary bodies in the Solar System, however there are several interpretations; hence contributions to challenge the current calibration of the lunar cratering rate are welcome.


9)  9th Workshop on Catastrophic Disruption in the Solar System - Kobe May 14-17, 2018

This is a preliminary announcement to inform the community about the organization of the 9th
 topical workshop on the process of catastrophic disruption and to get an indication of interest.
 The 8th CD workshop was held in Hawaii  in 2013. The 9th edition will be organized in Kobe (Japan).
 The tentative dates are May 14th (Mon) to May 17th (Thu),  2018. The date and exact venue in
 Kobe will be officially fixed in the beginning of April of this year.
 
 Please let us know your interest in participating in this workshop by returning the attached
 questionnaire to the e-mail address: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
 and feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested.
 
 We are planning to send out the first circular as soon as ready, in May or June.
 
 SOC:
        Neyda Abreu (Pen State University, USA) and
        Patrick Michel (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France), co-Chairs
        Erik Asphaug (Arizona State University, USA)
        Bobby Bus (University of Hawaii, USA)
        Adriano Campo Bagatin (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
        Dan Durda (Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO, USA)
        Kevin Housen (Univ of Washington, USA)
        Akiko Nakamura (Kobe University, Japan)

 LOC :
        Akiko Nakamura (Kobe University), Chair
        Masahiko Arakawa (Kobe University)
        Keiji Ohtsuki (Kobe University)
        Fumihiko Usui (Kobe University)

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 1- Last Name:
 
 2- First Name:
 
 3- Address:
 
 4- Email:
 
 5- Do you plan to attend? (will attend, may attend, will not attend)
 
 6- Are you interested in presenting a paper? (Yes/No)
 
 7. If yes, what is the tentative title/topic of your presentation?
 
 8. What topics might you like to see discussed during open discussion periods?
 
 9. Are you interested in submitting a paper if we have Proceedings of this workshop published in one of Journals on Planetary Sciences.
 
 10.  Anything else?
 

10) Meeting: “Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond” : 25 t- 29 September 2017, Azores.

We are pleased to announce the opening of the website and registration site for our Azores meeting “Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond” from 25 to 29 September 2017: http://www.egu-galileo.eu/gc2-habitability/home.html

The conference is limited to 120 attendees, so early registration is advisable: https://register-as.oma.be/GeoPlanet/. There is no registration fee charged for participation in the conference. However, participants that are neither invited speakers nor recipients of bursaries nor members of the Core Group of COST Action TD1308 have to find their own funding for their accommodation, travels, and meals.

Also, note that participants have to book the accommodation on their own. Please consult the “Where to stay?” webpage for further details: http://www.egu-galileo.eu/gc2-habitability/practical_information/where_to_stay.html.

Kind regards,

Veronique Dehant and Wolf Geppert


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

The International Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology (http://ise2a.uu.nl) will be held on July 3-7, 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC, http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 15.

 Please forward this message to everyone in your organization.

 Best regards,
Muriel Gargaud (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee


12) SUMMER CAMP: “Deep History of Universe, the Earth and the Biosphere” 20 - 26 August, 2017, Finland

We are pleased to announce the opening of the website and registration site for the “Deep History
of Universe, the Earth and the Biosphere” summer camp from 20 to 26 th August, 2017, a the Tuorla
observatory, Kaarina, Finland :

http://timetrek2017.utu.fi/


The summer camp is primarily aimed for students interested in astrobiology and deep history of the
world. The attendance is limited to 30 attendees, so early application/registration is advisable: There
is no registration fee charged for participation in the lectures, but a small fee is required to cover the
coffee breaks and the evening programmes. Fairly priced accommodation with full board is available
at the cozy and comfortable Tuorla hostel (http://www.tuorlanmajatalo.fi/en). For registration and
accommodation please see the registration page: http://timetrek2017.utu.fi/application.html.

The course is organized jointly by the Turku University (www.utu.fi), the TimeTrek association
(www.timetrek.fi), and the European Astrobiology Campus (http://astrobiology-campus.eu/).
Students coming from the European Astrobiology Campus institutions (Universities of Turku,
Stockholm, Tartu, Tallinn, Porto, Bordeaux, Vilnius, Utrecht, Iceland and the Open university, UK)
may be entitled to waiver of the participation fees. Eligible and selected participants from EAC
institutions may be entitled to a travel refund up to 360 €.

With best regards, in behalf of the organizers,

Kirsi Lehto

Anni Kauko


13) XXIX IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics 2017, Paris, July 9th-13th 2017.
Abstract submission is open at:
https://ccp2017.sciencesconf.org/

Deadline: March 31st, 2017

See you in Paris!

A. Marco Saitta, Riccardo Spezia, Rodolphe Vuilleumier

http://psi-k.net/events/iupap-xxix-conference-on-computational-physics-ju-3


14) Post Doc position at the Open University on the volatile inventory of the Moon

We are looking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate to work in our research team on a project investigating the history and evolution of volatiles in the Moon, funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. The research will involve carrying out a novel study that will explore the volatile inventory of the Moon through in situ measurements of the abundance and isotopic composition of volatiles (e.g., H, C, Cl) in a select set of lunar samples (primarily focusing on igneous melt inclusions (MIs)). To be effective in this role, you will have a demonstrable prior experience in lunar petrology/geochemistry using standard petrological tools (e.g., SEM, EPMA), good competence levels with SIMS/NanoSIMS, and a proven track-record of handling large and complex geochemical datasets for understanding geochemical processes as evidenced by relevant published work.

More details can be found at:
http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/post-doctoral-research-associate-13392

If you are attending LPSC and would like to have an informal chat about this opportunity, please send me an e-mail to arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time.

Best Wishes,
Mahesh Anand

Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration
School of Physical Sciences
The Open University
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
UK
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15)  Post-doctoral position on dust properties in protoplanetary disks at the CEA Saclay (SAp) and Paris-Sud University Orsay (IAS)

The Department of Astronomy at the CEA Saclay (SAp) and Paris-Sud University Orsay (IAS) are inviting applications for a 2 years postdoctoral position (sept. 2017- sept. 2019) in the protoplanetary (PP) disks area, supported by the LABEX P2IO. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics. They should be familiar with one of the following area: PP disks, dust models, radiative transfer, observations, simulations, and have some knowledge in at least 3 of these area.

The successful candidate, supervised by E. Pantin (SAp) and E. Habart (IAS), will be based at the SAp. He will benefit from the local expertise on disk simulations, micro-physical dust modelling, observations with an access to a large database of mid-infrared imaging and angularly resolved spectra (VLT/VISIR) and on the mid-infrared JWST/MIRI instrument simulations. New instruments (VLT, ALMA) reveal a complex distribution of dust and gas in PP disks, as well as, drastic changes in their properties, that must be clearly understood in order to constrain the initial conditions of planet formation and the disk evolution. Also, current dust models without evolution have reached the limit of their applicability. The chosen candidate will work on the evolution of the dust properties, such as composition, size, structure and ionization state, in response to local conditions in disks. He will implement a dust modelling  (including the multiple forms of carbonaceous dust and calculating realistic optical properties according to local physical conditions) into a radiative transfer code specific to the disks, to then use the outputs as inputs for the JWST data simulations. Modeling dust emission spectra and extinction will be also confronted with existing data of PP disks obtained with various instruments, including observations of the warm dust thermal emission, characteristic bands of nano-grains, as well as scattered light of dust, that will be widely observed with the JWST.

This framework will give the opportunity to the successful candidate to lead an international position for the scientific exploitation of the JWST and other modern facilities. The leverage will be very strong, since the 2nd year of the postdoc will coincide with the first year of operations of the JWST that will then continue at least until 2024 and probably beyond.

Applicants should submit by email a CV, a statement of the proposed research, list of publications, and the names and email addresses of three professional references, to: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

The deadline is currently fixed to April, 15, and shall be extended until a suitable candidate is found.

16) JWST Proposal Planning Workshop, May 15-18, 2017, Baltimore

In support of the first JWST call for proposals, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is pleased to announce a workshop to educate the general astronomical community about the JWST Proposal Planning process. This workshop will take place at STScI in Baltimore, MD on May 15-18, 2017. The main goal of this workshop is to provide hands-on teaching for the JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), the JWST Target Visibility Tools, and the JWST Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). Registration to the workshop is now open.

The Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) calculates the detailed performance of the observatory by modeling astronomical scenes consisting of single or multiple point and extended sources. It offers full support for all of the JWST observing modes. There are two Target Visibility Tools to help you assess target visibilities before you enter information in APT: the General Target Visibility Tool (GTVT) predicts visibility windows and position angles for all instruments, and the Coronagraphic Visibility Tool (CVT) provides target visibility information for the NIRCam and MIRI coronagraphic modes. The Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) is used to write, validate and submit proposals.

The JWST Guaranteed Time Observers (GTOs) will submit Cycle 1 observing descriptions on April 1, 2017. We plan to illustrate the proposal planning process and the tools mentioned above using a subset of the NIRCam, NIRSpec, NIRISS, MIRI and Telescope Scientist GTO programs. During the workshop, GTOs will describe the science and technical motivation for half a dozen programs. STScI staff will step participants through ETC calculations and Target Visibility and APT planning for each program. The science programs to be discussed illustrate planning for (1) Multi Object Spectroscopy of bright and faint sources, (2) NIRCam and MIRI Coordinated Parallel Imaging, (3) NIRISS Wide Field Slitless Spectroscopy, (4) NIRSpec and MIRI Integral Field Spectroscopy of compact, extended sources, and (5) NIRcam and MIRI Coronagraphy of bright targets. In addition, STScI staff will be available to provide help with ERS and GO cycle 1 proposal planning during unstructured open periods.

More information on JWST capabilities and observing opportunities can be found in the user documentation (JDox) pages. Registration to the workshop is now open.

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1) atelier "Analyse d’échantillons de la matière organique extraterrestre », CNES, Paris, le 18 mai

Vous trouverez toutes les informations relatives à cet atelier sur le site: http://exobiospatiale.univ-amu.fr/exobiospatiale/Accueil.html
L'inscription est gratuite mais obligatoire.

Bien cordialement.

Les organisateurs, Jean-Claude, Yann, Fabien et Grégoire.


2) Post-doc position at LATMOS on water cycles on Mars

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the LATMOS laboratory (Guyancourt, Paris Area, France) to work on remote sensing data and numerical simulations to understand the water (H2O) and heavy water (HDO) cycles on Mars. This study will be based on infrared solar occultation data collected by the Atmospheric Chemistry Suite (ACS, PI Dr. O. Korablev in IKI Moscow) onboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter to constrain the parallel development of a full 3D HDO/H2O model in association with LMD Mars Global Climate Model (GCM).

The position will be supervised by Dr. Franck Montmessin.
The postdoctoral associate will collaborate with a project group distributed among 3 laboratories in the Paris area (LATMOS, LMD, LESIA) and will frequently interact with the PI laboratory in Moscow. The research work will involve spectroscopic analysis and inverse methods as well as software programming to complete the representation of HDO in the GCM.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Earth and Space Sciences, or in an appropriately related field such as Astronomy, Planetary Sciences, or Geophysics.  The candidate should have an aptitude for numerical modeling and exhibit both enthusiasm and curiosity in his research work.

The position is offered for two consecutive years and will be supported by the ESEP LABEX (“laboratory  for excellence”).

For further details, please contact:
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3) Goldschmidt2017 Conference, Paris, August 13 – 18:

 Abstracts can be submitted online until April 1st, 2017 at https://goldschmidt.info/2017/abstracts.

--session 07c: Hydration and Dehydration of Materials on Earth and Other Bodies of the Solar System

Conveners: Agnès Elmaleh, Hongwu Xu
Keynote speaker: Toshimori Sekine (University of Hiroshima, Japan)
Fluxes of water within and between large and small bodies of the solar system are driven by small scale processes involving the interaction between aqueous fluids and minerals. Implications of such processes include the budget of volatiles and the geo(-bio)chemical cycles of water soluble and redox sensitive species. Basic properties such as the volatility of water and its affinity for the different compartments of a planet or a small body depend on the crystal-chemistry, stability and kinetics of formation of hydrated phases. Contributions from experimental, modelling and analytical studies, down to the nano-scale, of the processes of hydration and dehydration of solids on Earth and other bodies of the solar system, during alteration, metasomatism or high pressure processes, including shock dehydration, are welcome.

-- Session 2c: Heterogeneous Moon: Endogenous and Exogenous Processes in Lunar Evolution

The aim of this session is to combine lunar geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, and impact cratering on the Moon. Linking chemical and physical models for the lunar evolution to temporal constraints allows defining times and rates for its evolution. The Moon probably formed due to a giant impact onto the proto-Earth. It is a differentiated body composed of geochemically distinct crust, mantle, and core. Mantle dynamic processes affected the global and regional chemical evolution of the crust and mantle structures mostly preserved to the present day. The Moon´s mineralogical and chemical surface maps are the proto-type records for global magma ocean concepts showing that it crystallized and differentiated probably over millions to hundreds of millions of years. The thermal evolution and cooling were modified/delayed due to the exposure to the early Solar System bombardment. We invite studies on the chemical and thermal evolution of the Moon from geochemical and geophysical models and sample analyses in an effort to converge efforts for an interdisciplinary approach to the research. Processes such as impact cratering not only caused chemical heterogeneities but also modified the surface morphology. The lunar cratering record is used as a scaled template for other planetary bodies in the Solar System, however there are several interpretations; hence contributions to challenge the current calibration of the lunar cratering rate are welcome.


4) offre de thèse financée sur "développement d'outils algorithmiques pour l'exploitation de spectres de masse `a très haute résolution", IPAG, Grenoble

Contexte :
Les comètes et les astéroïdes contiennent de la matière organique qui s'est formée très tôt dans l'histoire du Système Solaire puis a évolué chimiquement par irradiation, et par altération aqueuse et thermique. Cette matière organique s'est déposée à la surface des planètes et pourrait constituer une source de précurseurs pour l'émergence de la vie sur la Terre primitive. Des résidus organiques sont synthétisés au laboratoire dans des conditions reproduisant les environnements astrophysiques puis sont analysés par différentes techniques analytiques. Ces analogues sont comparés à la matière organique des objets interplanétaires (comètes, astéroïdes, météorites) afin de contraindre l'évolution physique et chimique de ces objets et raffiner les scénarios de formation et d'évolution de la matière organique dans le Système Solaire.

Objectifs :
La thèse s'inscrit dans un projet ANR qui consiste à mettre en place un système de chromatographie liquide couplé à un spectromètre de masse de type Orbitrap. Les protocoles d'acquisition pour des analogues de résidus de matière organique seront développés en collaboration avec G. Danger (PIIM, Marseille) et C. Geffroy-Rodier (IC2MP, Poitiers). Nous rechercherons particulièrement des molécules telles que les acides aminés, aldéhydes et sucres. A terme, les même protocoles seront appliqués à de la matière organique extraite d'échantillons extraterrestres. Les spectres seront analysés à l'aide du programme Attributor développé à l'IPAG spécialement pour l'analyse et l'interprétation de données de spectrométrie de masse à très haute résolution. Le doctorant sera en charge de l'implémentation des outils nécessaires à la réduction des données et à l'exploitation scientifique des spectres de chromatographie liquide obtenus. Ces outils seront mis à la disposition de nos collaborateurs à Marseille et Poitiers. Le doctorant sera également appelé à développer des outils algorithmiques, notamment de traitement du signal, nécessaires à l'exploitation du prototype Cosmorbitrap en développement au LPC2E à Orléans.

Mots-clefs:
Exobiologie, matière organique, chromatographie en phase liquide, spectrométrie de masse, traitement du signal.

Contact:
Véronique Vuitton
Chargée de recherche au CNRS
Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble
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5) workshop "Chondrules as Astrophysical Objects", Vancouver, May 9-11

I am writing to personally encourage you to attend Chondrules as Astrophysical Objects or to distribute this email to colleagues of yours who might be interested in attending.  I know some of you already pre-registered -- thank you! -- so please excuse me if you have received multiple reminders this week.

WHEN: May 9-11, 2017

WHERE: The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: February 28

REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 17

The motivation for the conference is summarized on the Web site (chondrules.phas.ubc.ca).  Here is an abridged version: How can meteoritics and observations of planetary systems, including discs and debris, be used to inform general planet formation theory? This conference seeks to address this question by inviting meteoriticists, cosmochemists, and astronomers to explore how astrophysical observations can constrain chondrule formation models and how chondrules can help us put astrophysical observations in context. Examples of questions we aim to address are:

How might chondrules be related to “pebble accretion”?
What are the observational signatures of exochondrules?
What role do chondrules and exochondrules play in planet formation?
What cosmochemical and spectral signatures of chondrules could be common for exochondrules?

As part of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at UBC, we also aim to explore intersections between art and science, with attention to data transformation and science dissemination.  We encourage participants to submit posters and contributed talks on this subject as standalone contributions or in addition to science contributions.

The Web site is once again here: chondrule.phas.ubc.ca

Abstract submission (also linked via the Web site) is here: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/astrophysobjects2017/

Registration (also linked via the Web site) is here: https://www.eply.com/astrochon2017

And in case it matters, Vancouver is usually quite lovely in May -- some trees have already started to flower.

Hoping to see you in May, on behalf of the organizing committee,

Aaron Boley


6) two post-doc positions at IPGP (Paris) on extraterrestrial seismology

First position: seismo-tectonics/Mars Geology on SEIS/INSIGHT

NASA will launch in May 2018 InSight, the first Martian Geophysical Observatory
due to land on Mars by November, 2018. The Institut de Physique du Globe de
Paris (IPGP), PI Institution of SEIS, the primary instrument of the mission is
searching candidates for a two years postdoctoral position in the Institut de
Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP/Université Paris Diderot/CNRS), Paris, France.
The position is open to a young seismologist/geologist with seismo-tectonics
expertise and/or remote sensing data and seismic data analysis expertise. It will
be associated to IPGP contribution to the Mars Quake Service (MQS), aiming to
locate and characterize Mars seismic activity and to the IPGP-JPL lead Mars
Structure service activities (MSS). The post-doc fellow will prior the SEIS data
acquisition conduct a global mapping of the main characteristics of the crust,
including the topography, the gravity, faults that have surface signature and
geological evidences for crustal layering in the landing site area, and will develop a
research program on the Mars crustal structure and origin and characteristics of
Marsquakes, which will progressively integrate the analysis of the seismic data
gathered after November 2018.
Prior the mission landing, the main resulting product consists of a global GIS
(geographic information system) that integrates all tectonic and geologic
informations. The fellow will integrate data coming from different orbital missions
(namely MGS, Odyssey, MeX and MRO) that include imagery (visible and IR),
altimetry and gravity. Various informations will be derived (crust thickness). Many
seismic faults have potential surface signature. A global mapping of the fault
properties (orientation, offset…) will be perform and used in combination with
other data in order to compute the deviatoric stress at global scale. The fellow will
therefore need GIS expertise and/or a dedicated training as well as general
geophysics experience. Knowledge in planetary data reduction is also welcome,
although not requested. In parallel, the fellow will develop, in collaboration with
other InSight team seismologists, tools to perform source and structure inversions
of the crust with single seismic station techniques.
After November 2018, the fellow will be associated to the data analysis process
and might develop research on Martian quake dynamics, seismo-tectonics and
crustal structure inversions.
2/3 of the position working time will be associated to Scientific tasks associated to
the SEIS data analysis, while 1/3 of the working time will be devoted to project’s
activities.
The position is open and candidate proposal will be examined every 2 weeks until
postdoc recruitment, with first selection date on March 15. Due to ITAR
regulation, this position is open to individuals with single national or third
country/dual national of NATO and/or European Union countries, Australia, Japan,
New Zealand, or Switzerland. Other nationalities are on cases by cases basis.
Net Salary will range from 2100€/month for PhDs without postdoc experience up
to 2900€/month depending on postdocs experience plus other personal benefits.
Salary conditions can be found in more details at:
https://www.dgdr.cnrs.fr/DRH/remuneration/taux.htm (coûts salariaux des
contractuels, residence zone 1, Researcher level).
Proposal must be sent through E-mail to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. with email
subject: ‘SEIS INSIGHT Postdoc position’. Information might also be made directly
through email to the SEIS PI ( lCette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. )
Proposal must contain:
• Motivation letter with proposed position starting date,
• CV with indication of citizenship and full publication list
• A list up to 3 possible references with name, address, emails and
professional relations, if any.
• Up to 3 pages description of the proposed Research project, including the
constraints developed above.

Second position: Extra-terrestrial Computational seismology

NASA will launch in May 2018 InSight, the first Martian Geophysical Observatory
due to land on Mars in November, 2018. The Institut de Physique du Globe de
Paris (IPGP), PI Institution of SEIS, the primary instrument of the mission and the
helio-astero seismology team of AIM are searching candidates for a two years
postdoctoral position funded by the UnivEarth LABEX in computational planetary
and extra-terrestrial seismology likely extended by a third year following the
deployment of SEIS on Mars. Postdoc will be based in the Campus Spatial Facility,
at University Paris Diderot, Paris Rive Gauche campus.
Seismology is indeed not only expected to gather data on the interior of Mars with
InSight, but is also providing new constraints on the structure of giant planets
through the detection of Jupiter Normal modes (Gaulme et al., 2011), their
possible confirmation with Juno (Durante et al., 2016) or the detection on Saturn
Rings of the signature of Saturn normal modes (Hedman and Nicholson, 2013).
The recent detection of gravitational waves are also triggering renew of research
on the excitation of quadrupole planetary normal modes by gravitational waves
(Coughlin and Harms, 2014), including for new Lunar based seismometers.
The goal of the postdoc is to develop and validate in the 2017-2018 timeframe a
complete modeling software of normal modes and Long Period seismic waves,
valid for both terrestrial planets (with and without atmosphere with a strong focus
on Mars) and fluid bodies (both giant planets and stars with a focus on Jupiter)
which will gather the expertise of the two labs (IPGP, AIM) who work respectively
in Earth/terrestrial planets seismology and in helio and astero-seismology.
This first task will be the integration of the most recent evolutions in
computational seismology, including recent tools such as InstanSEIS, AxiSEM,
SPECFEM, DSM and Higher order perturbation theory for Normal modes and
surface waves. For Normal modes, this development will integrate the
computation of seismic, gravitational or strain signals generated by a variety of
sources, from quakes, impacts, global fluid turbulences to gravitational waves.
Practically, the software will have to be made available though github to all Labex
and selected Insight/SEIS partners. During the two first years of the postdoc, 40%
of the research time will therefore be allocated to Mars computational seismology
efforts while other 40% will be to giant planets and stars computational
seismology. The remaining 20% will be made available for the selected postdoc
personal research in other aspects of computational seismology including for
Earth and other bodies.
The extension of postdoc during the third year will allow the selected postdoc to
contribute to the seismic data analysis of the SEIS experiment with a focus on long
period seismic data, including modeling and inversion of long period seismic data
gathered during the first year of InSight operation, the later made through MCM
and/or deep learning inversions in the frame of the Mars Quake service (Panning
et al., 2016). During this extension, 100% of the effort will be reserved to InSight,
including for 35% associated to project activities related to SEIS operation.
The postdoc will be integrated in the InSight/SEIS team as collaborator, under the
sponsorship and supervision of the SEIS PI. He will benefit to the access to parallel
computing facilities, either available at IPGP or in the framework of InSight/SEIS at
French National level.
The position is open and candidate proposal will be examined every 2 weeks until
postdoc recruitment, with first selection date on March 15. Due to ITAR
regulation, this position is open to individuals with single national or third
country/dual national of NATO and/or European Union countries, Australia, Japan,
New Zealand, or Switzerland. Other nationalities are on case by case basis.
Proposal must be sent through E-mail to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. with email
subject: ‘SEIS INSIGHT Postdoc position’. Information request might also be made
directly through email to the SEIS PI ( Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. ).
Net Salary will range from 2100€/month for PhDs without postdoc experience up
to 2900€/month depending on postdocs experience plus other personal benefits.
Salary conditions can be found in more details at :
https://www.dgdr.cnrs.fr/DRH/remuneration/taux.htm (coûts salariaux des
contractuels, residence zone 1, Researcher level).
Proposal must contain:
• Motivation letter with proposed position starting date,
• CV with indication of citizenship and full publication list
• A list up to 3 possible references with name, address, emails and
professional relations, if any.
• Up to 3 pages description of the proposed Research project, including the
constraints developed above.


7) 1st IUGG Symposium on Planetary Science - Interdisciplinary observation and understanding of the Solar System - July 3-5, 2017, Berlin,


http://www.dlr.de/pf/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-11789/

List of topics:
Planetary Geodesy and Gravity field
Atmosphere & ionosphere of terrestrial planets
Atmosphere & ionosphere of giant planets
Atmosphere & ionosphere of icy moons
Surfaces and interiors of terrestrial planets
Surfaces and interiors of satellites and small bodies
Planetary systems, Rotation and Fluid dynamics
Planetary Life and Astrobiology
Comparative Planetology
Laboratory Planetary Sciences
Extrasolar Planets Sciences
Current and future planetary exploration missions and payloads
Forum: International cooperation and opportunities
Deadline for abstracts: 15 April


8) Compressible Convection Conference 2017, 18-22 septembre 2017, Lyon

Scope of the conference: Most studies of convection rely on approximate models of the governing equations: Boussinesq or other sound-proof models, anelastic, pseudo-incompressible... In the geophysical and astrophysical contexts, it is difficult to decide which model is most appropriate and the answer may depend on the particular scientific question under scrutiny. During this conference, we will discuss the limits and applicability of any model of convection in any of the diverse forms of convection: it may be driven by thermal, compositional, phase change or magnetic buoyancy effects. We will also consider compressibility effects in stably stratified cases and their impact on internal gravity, inertial or Alfven waves. In summary, all contributions about the limitations, failure or improvements of convection models are welcome, from an observational, experimental, numerical or theoretical point of view.

Thierry Alboussiere, pour le comite d'organisation de CCC2017


9) Journées LSST-France, 21-22 mars 2017, Paris

Bonjour,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue des journées LSST-France, ouvertes à tous les chercheurs intéressés les 21 et 22 mars prochains.

Ces journées ont la vocation de présenter le projet LSST aux chercheurs, de faire le tour des sujets concernés par une participation éventuelle, et de dégager des pistes de collaborations futures au sein de la communauté française au sens large.

Elles se  tiendront à l'amphi Charpak  au LPNHE. Programme (et plan d'accès):
URL : https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/14206/

Emmanuel Gangler, Jérémy Neveu et Cécile Renault


10) EPSC conference, Riga, September 17th-22nd, session on "comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) at Mars"


On October 19th 2014, Mars experienced a close encounter with Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), at a distance of only 141,000 km, or one third the Earth Moon distance. The gaseous coma washed over Mars and Mars passed directly through the cometary debris stream. This unique event enables the scientific community to investigate the response of the Martian atmosphere, as this may have implications for overall atmospheric evolution. The objective of the session is to bring together all the multiple efforts of the scientific community in this specific topic and to encourage people to continue studying the topic in more deepness, as there are plenty of available data currently not being used. All the aspects of the Mars-comet interaction are welcomed, such as delivery of pickup ions, impact of high energetic particles, induced magnetosphere, escape rates, dust deposition, ion-neutral chemistry, atmospheric dynamic effects, formation of metallic layers and meteoric smoke particles, ice cloud nucleation, etc.

Please find more details on the session here: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2017/session/26052
Deadline for abstract submission: May 3rd, 2017.
Feel free to re-send this email to whom may be interested.
With best wishes,

Beatriz Sanchez-Cano, Olivier Witasse, Matteo Crismani, and John Plane.

 

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