1) demandes de financement au PNP: ouverture du site de soumission

Les appels d'offres INSU pour 2018 sont désormais ouverts.

A partir de cette année, tous les appels d’offres se trouvent sur SIGAP (https://sigap.cnrs.fr/).

Ouvrez un compte sur cette nouvelle plateforme. Rentrez et cliquez sur "Appel `a projet - consulter, candidater".

Pour le PNP, il y a un onglet

AO INSU PNP 2018 (Programme National de Planétologie)

en bas de page. Si vous rentrez, vous y trouverez l'AO du PNP et le dossier `a remplir, commun aux thèmes AA et ST du programme.

ATTENTION: si vous déposez une demande commune avec un autre PN, il faut dupliquer la demande! En effet, pour les PNs issus de INSU-AA (PCMI, PNST, PNPS....) il faut aller dans AO INSU AA 2018 et ensuite choisir le dossier commun  DossierscientifiquePN2018.doc (fichier 10)
Même s'il y a des différences entre les docs de soumission pour le PNP et les autres PNs de AA, vous pouvez faire du copier-coller. Les CSs seront indulgents!

Voici quelques precisions de l'INSU:
·         Porteurs de projet : les personnes non-permanentes ne sont pas éligibles à déposer un projet. Une exception est faite pour les post-docs/ATER et doctorants. Ils peuvent s’associer en tant que co-porteurs.

·         Signature DU : le dossier scientifique doit obligatoirement être signé par le Directeur d’Unité du porteur et joint en ligne.

·         Colloques : Toutes les demandes de financement des Colloques TS doivent être soumises à la fois à l’AO TelluS et dans DIALOG. Sans cela, elles seront pas prises en compte.

·         Demandes à la DT INSU : les demandes de soutien à la DT INSU doivent être adressées au Directeur de la DT. Il convient de remplir le formulaire sur leur site (http://www.dt.insu.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article7)
- Demandes `a la CSAA: utiliser le Fichier 9 disponible dans AO INSU AA 2018

Dates de clôture :

TelluS, AA :21 septembre 2016, 12h00

DIALOG : 12 septembre, 17h00

2) session AGU :« NG007: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics - Session ID#: 22936

Session Description: This session brings together researchers interested in all aspects of fluid mechanics of the Earth and planets, including oceans, atmospheres and interiors. Fluid motion in the different planetary layers involves many of the same basic mechanisms such as waves, vortices, instabilities and turbulence. An exchange of knowledge from the different communities will be mutually beneficial to all. In this view, observational, experimental, theoretical and numerical studies of rotating, stratified, convecting and/or conductive fluids of general interest to geophysicists are welcome.

Conveners:  Michael Le Bars, Claudia Cenedese, and Michael A Calkins »


Organic matter is critical for habitability of an extraterrestrial
environment and the development of life. It is believed that life on
Earth arose from a chemical complexification of simple organic
molecules, yet many questions remain about the nature and origin of
these building blocks for life. Understanding the chemical processes
that occur in the varied environments of the solar system (e.g. Ocean
Worlds, Mars, comets, meteorites), and investigating the nature,
abundance and distribution of those molecules, give insights on the
processes that occurred on primitive Earth. It also provides valuable
information on the habitability and potential for life throughout the
solar system.

We invite contributions that include (1) remote or in situ observations
of organic matter on planetary bodies, (2) field work, experimental and
modeling studies that could predict organics distribution in planetary
environments, and (3) promising locations, instrument concepts and
strategies for investigating organic astrochemistry.


Abstract deadline: August 2, 2017

Caroline Freissinet, Cyril Szopa, Richard C. Quinn, Melissa Trainer

4) session AGU: Ceres and Vesta

Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to submit an abstract to the session on
" Ceres and Vesta: Understanding the “Planets” of the Asteroid Belt "
at this year's AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA on December 11-15, 2017.

We encourage abstract submissions related to geologic, spectroscopic, compositional and geophysical analyses of Ceres and Vesta. Possible topics include analyses of Dawn data, telescopic observations, analytical interior modeling, and numerical modeling of impact events and/or tectonic activity. Comparative analyses with other small bodies are welcome.

Please submit your abstract here:


The submission deadline is August 2, 2017.


Debra Buczkowski (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Ernesto Palomba (IAPS-INAF)

5) session AGU: Volatiles in terrestrial planets

Dear colleagues,

The AGU conference will take place in New Orleans this year (11-15 December 2017).

We would like to encourage you to submit abstracts to our session entitled: V035 « Volatiles in terrestrial planets: their role and signatures in differentiation, volcanic, magmatic, and atmospheric processes » in the section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology
The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 2 August 23:59 EDT.

Here is the description of the session's main topics and objectives:

«Volatile components play a critical role in magma generation, ascent, and eruption. Their origin and behavior during planetary differentiation and evolution are also key when addressing physical and chemical processes occurring in planetary interiors (e.g. oxidation state, core formation, mantle dynamics…), atmosphere formation, and the habitability of planets. This session offers an opportunity to gather experts studying diverse aspects of volatile behavior, including solubility, speciation, degassing, partitioning, structural incorporation, diffusion, phase equilibrium, their terrestrial and planetary elemental and isotopic abundances. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) major and trace volatile elements (C, H, F, Cl, S, N…) geochemistry, 2) noble gases; 3) experimental studies on phase equilibrium and physical properties, such as solubility, diffusivity, and elemental partitioning of volatiles 4) role of volatile degassing on the chemistry of atmospheres, and 5) computational studies such as molecular dynamics simulations, ab initio calculations or thermodynamic modeling of volatile-bearing systems».

We would be pleased to consider submissions about results on innovative experimental and/or theoretical studies, modelling works as well as results from synthetic or natural samples.

Thank you for your attention.
Hope to see you at the AGU.

Julien Amalberti, Kei Shimizu, Asmaa Boujibar and Ana Cernok.

6) colloque Géodésie-Géophysique: Nice du 13 au 15 Novembre

Le colloque G2 se déroulera cette année à Nice du 13 au 15 Novembre sur la thématique Géodésie - Rhéologie, ou, comment se déforment la terre et les planètes. Plus d'informations sont disponibles sur


Le colloque soutiendra financièrement plusieurs étudiants (doctorants, masters) et jeunes chercheurs (soutenance de thèse remontant au plus à 5 ans) pour venir présenter leurs travaux.
La date limite de soumission des résumés pour bénéficier de ce soutien est repoussée au 10 Juillet 2017. Inscription possible sur


7) SELENE symposium registration site is open.

The registration site of SELENE symposium 2017 is open.
 Visit http://planetb.sci.isas.ac.jp/selenesymp2017/selenesymp2017.html
 at first.

 We are looking forward to seeing you in Japan!

J. Haruyama.


1) Conference “The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets”, 7-11 August, University of Tartu, Estonia
The meeting targets all related aspects of the subject. A broad range of contributions on formation and early development of planetary systems and particularly the habitable planets is expected, with links to other fields covered by astrobiology.
Scientific sessions:

Formation of protoplanetary disks and planetary systems
Impacts and their role in the evolution of planets
Early history of Earth and other planets
Formation and evolution of planet and satellite atmospheres
Co-evolution of Earth's geosphere and biosphere and the evolution of life
Habitability and factors influencing it
Life in extreme environments and its possible role in the evolution of life on Earth
The quest for habitable extra-solar planets: detection and characterization
New aspects of planetary evolution and habitability


The fee (early registration) for participating in the conference is EUR 120. It covers the following items:
º Welcome barbecue on August 7th
º Lunches and dinners on August 8th and 9th
º Conference dinner on August 10th
º Conference materials

A large number of bursaries are available for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their
Ph.D) covering meals and accommodation during the entire meeting (evening August 7th, to morning
August 11th). Recipients for the bursaries will be selected by the Scientific Organisation Committee and
informed via email. More information are available on conference web page: www.sisu.ut.ee/eac

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 29th of June 2017

2) association nationale “les p’tits cueilleurs d’étoiles”
Nous vous contactons pour vous demander votre aide pour soutenir le projet de l’association nationale “les p’tits cueilleurs d’étoiles” (http://lesptitscueilleursdetoiles.fr/) créée en 2016.
L’objectif de cette association est de faire briller les yeux des enfants hospitalisés grâce au monde de l’espace et des étoiles. Depuis un an, Les p’tits cueilleurs d’étoiles sont intervenus dans plusieurs hôpitaux en France. Durant les animations réalisées, les enfants ont pu toucher des météorites, découvrir les différentes planètes du système solaire, se balader sur Mars ou encore découvrir les cratères d’impact à la surface de la Terre et des autres planètes. Pour l'instant, nous proposons surtout des animations en groupes, adaptées aux enfants à partir de 7-8 ans. Mais nous aimerions proposer des animations en chambre pour les plus petits et en habit d'astronaute. Cette expérience a été réalisée dans les hôpitaux partenaires à Paris et dans le Sud-Ouest et a été un véritable moment d’évasion pour les enfants.
Pour mettre en place cette nouvelle animation en particulier à Nantes et à Lille nous avons besoin de vous ! Nous avons donc mis en place une collecte via un financement participatif pour l'achat du matériel nécessaire. L'idée est de vous faire participer à cette aventure en vous demandant une petite aide avec des contributions à partir de 5 euros. Selon le niveau de l'apport, de beaux cadeaux vous attendent avec notamment des météorites, des animations autour de l’astronomie ou des agrandissements de photos de planètes.
Vous pouvez dès à présent participer à notre projet intitulé “Des étoiles dans les hôpitaux” sur ce site qui vous montrera également le détail de ce que nous souhaitons financer :
92 personnes ont déjà participé et il nous reste aujourd'hui 1320 euros à collecter sur 4500 euros. Nous devons atteindre ce seuil avant le 22 Juin. Si ce n'est pas le cas, le projet ne pourra pas se faire et les dons seront entièrement remboursés. Tous les dons même les plus petits sont les bienvenus ! La diffusion de ce projet au plus grand nombre de personnes pourra également beaucoup nous aider.
Par avance merci beaucoup pour votre aide à tous !
Marion Masse & Benoit Langlais

3) Microlensing 22: Auckland, New Zealand, 25 -- 28 January 2018

The next annual microlensing conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on January 25th to 28th, 2018. This announcement is so that you can save the dates in your calendar. The first full announcement will follow shortly.
This meeting is the 22nd in the series of international conferences on microlensing and will include topics such as:
Planet detection by microlensing from both ground and space,
Latest theoretical and observational advances,
Predictions and proposed answers to current challenges,
Tensions in exoplanetary science and how microlensing can address these.
The SOC for Microlensing 22 is
Rachel Akeson (Caltech/IPAC)
Valerio Bozza (University of Salerno)
Scott Gaudi (The Ohio State University)
Calen Henderson (Caltech/IPAC)
Jessica Lu (University of California Berkeley)
David Nataf (Johns Hopkins University)
Nick Rattenbury (University of Auckland)
Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory)
Takahiro Sumi (Osaka University)
Andrzej Udalski (Warsaw University)

4)  SELENE symposium 2017, 13th and 14th September, Tokyo
As we informed, we are planning to hold the SELENE symposium 2017,
 13th and 14th September, in Tokyo, Japan.
 Now the tentative HP site of the symposium is open.
 (Attention: We changed the URL address. If you were informed
  another address, please change it in your address book.)
 The information of the registration and abstract submission will be on
the site by the end of this month, June.
 (We are planning that the registration and submission fee is free.)
 We are looking forward to meeting with you in September, a good season,
 in Japan!

Best regards,
Junichi Haruyama

P.S. I am privately planning a field trip to some lava tubes (and a hot
spring, perhaps) around Mt. Fuji.
 It may cost 5000 - 10000 JPY/ person for a bus charter. If you have
 interests, I appreciate your advanced contact to me.

5) Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences - Call for endorsement

Dear colleagues,
This week EOS has published a call to endorse the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences by myself and a group of 26 co-authors, and I would like to personally invite you to support the current efforts of groups of planetary and space scientists in Africa.

We are looking for collaborators who are willing to be involved in the next stages of this initiative. Therefore, please consider the call if :

- you are an African student who is interested in gaining a research experience (MSc or PhD) in Planetary or Space Sciences (PSS).

- you are a young or senior researcher with expertise in PSS and you are interested in giving lectures in Africa, in outreach activities or in co-supervising African students in PSS topics.

- you are an Africa-based researcher who is willing to start, develop or strengthen a PSS activity in your laboratory

- you are interested in participating in a large pan-African network of PSS scientists

- you are willing to be a sponsor or partner of this project, either personally or as an institution.

Once you have signed the call here, you will receive regular information about the development of the initiative and related opportunities for collaborative research with African partners, education and capacity building.

David Baratoux

6) Proposition de thèse en planétologie sur Titan - Univ. de Reims

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Résumé du sujet:
Titan, la plus grosse lune de la planète géante Saturne, possède une atmosphère dense
d'azote et de méthane. Irradiée par le soleil, l’atmosphère produit une chimie organique
complexe et des aérosols. A basse altitude un cycle du méthane, comparable à celui de
l'eau sur terre, est à l’oeuvre. Cependant, les détails de ce cycle sont très mal connus.
Des mers d’hydrocarbures sculptent les paysages des régions polaires et produisent une
surface complexe. La mission Cassini-Huygens a exploré le système de Saturne, et donc
Titan, depuis 13 ans et l’interprétation peut prendre encore des années ou même des
décennies. Ce projet vise à poursuivre le travail d’analyse des données issues de Cassini-
Huygens qui seront toutes publiques, et donc disponibles, pendant la thèse. Dans
l’équipe, une forte expertise, internationalement reconnue (collaboration avec le Jet
Propulsion Laboratory de Pasadena, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, récentes
publications dans Nature Astronomy) est présente concernant l'analyse des observations
de Titan et les processus physiques en jeu. L’objectif de ce projet est de continuer la
caractérisation des propriétés physiques de Titan (brume, nuages, surface,...) en utilisant
et améliorant les modèles existant, et, ce faisant, déterminer la nature de la surface qui
est masquée par l’atmosphère. Ensuite, nous utiliserons des modèles de thermochimie et
d’écoulement de cryolave de la surface de Titan (modèles disponibles au laboratoire)
pour comprendre et expliquer ces résultats. Titan a un important potentiel pré-biotique et
pourrait être le prototype d’objets similaires qu’on découvrira peut être dans le futur
parmi les exoplanètes.

Profil de l'étudiant(e)
L'étudiant(e) retenu(e) devra avoir une solide formation en physique générale (validée par exemple par
un diplôme d'ingénieur ou une Agrégation), les Masters plus spécialisés (astrophysique, planétologie,
télédetection, climat/météorologie) seront très appréciés. Sur le plan technique l'étudiant(e) devra
connaître un langage de programmation compilé et avoir des bonnes compétences concernant un
langage interprété. Une bonne maîtride l'anglais est requise.

Cette thèse sera financé complètement, sous réserve de sélection (réponse le 13 juillet 2017), par la
région Grand-Est et de l'URCA.

7) AGU, la Nouvelle Orléans du 11 au 15 Décembre 2017.

    -session 22639: Accretion, Differentiation and Early Planetary Evolution

The early planetary evolution is punctuated by major events such as accretion and core formation. These involve a variety of physical and chemical processes interacting over a very large range of scales in space and time. Understanding these earliest stages is fundamental in order to constrain the subsequent billions of years of thermo-chemical evolution of terrestrial bodies. Due to vigorous internal dynamics and to their size, the largest terrestrial objects have undergone one or several episodes of global melting, which complicates the reconstruction of their early histories. However, smaller objects may have retained frozen traces of their early evolution, thus providing a unique opportunity to test model predictions against observations. We welcome contributions from fluid dynamics, geochemistry, astrophysics, mineral physics, geology and petrology that address the early formation and evolution of planetary objects ranging from meteorites to Earth-sized planets.
     -session V035 « Volatiles in terrestrial planets: their role and signatures in differentiation, volcanic, magmatic, and atmospheric processes »
«Volatile components play a critical role in magma generation, ascent, and eruption. Their origin and behavior during planetary differentiation and evolution are also key when addressing physical and chemical processes occurring in planetary interiors (e.g. oxidation state, core formation, mantle dynamics…), atmosphere formation, and the habitability of planets. This session offers an opportunity to gather experts studying diverse aspects of volatile behavior, including solubility, speciation, degassing, partitioning, structural incorporation, diffusion, phase equilibrium, their terrestrial and planetary elemental and isotopic abundances. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) major and trace volatile elements (C, H, F, Cl, S, N…) geochemistry, 2) noble gases; 3) experimental studies on phase equilibrium and physical properties, such as solubility, diffusivity, and elemental partitioning of volatiles 4) role of volatile degassing on the chemistry of atmospheres, and 5) computational studies such as molecular dynamics simulations, ab initio calculations or thermodynamic modeling of volatile-bearing systems».

    -session 29233: The Dynamic Moon: Insights From Apollo Through the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Session Description:

The Moon has been a witness plate for planetary processes at 1 AU since its formation. Recent analyses using samples from Apollo missions, as well as data from a host of lunar orbital missions, both new and old, provides a fresh view into the processes that shape the Moon over timescales ranging from millions of years to contemporary changes we observe today. This session will highlight the diversity of current research that is revealing the dynamic history of Earth’s partner in space: topics including the importance of lunar volatiles, the Moon’s complicated geologic history shaped by volcanism and impact bombardment, and the ways in which the Moon’s uppermost surface is still evolving, all with profound implications for our understanding of other planetary bodies.
The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 2 August 23:59 EDT.

8) Young Astronomer School on the Scientific Exploitation of the Gaia Data - Paris (FIAP, Paris 14ème), 26 February - 2 March 2018
The Doctoral School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Paris and the Observatoire de Paris are organizing an international school for PhD and post-doctoral students on the scientific exploitation of the Gaia data and the study of the stellar populations of our Galaxy. The school will propose lectures given by internationally recognized experts in the study of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and will be accompanied by hands-on sessions. The school will allow the participants to master the knowledge and tools allowing them to manipulate and to explore the Gaia catalog and to derive properties necessary for the analysis of stellar populations, such as the age of stars, their orbits in the Galaxy, etc.

The application deadline is November 30, 2017, but the attendance is limited to 40-50 students and candidates are therefore  strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

More information available at:  https://gaiaschool.wixsite.com/gaia-school2018

9) James Webb Space Telescope:  Upcoming Events

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming JWST events for the Planetary Science Community:
   a) JWST proposal workshops

    Sept 17-22: EPSC (Riga, Latvia) – proposed

   b) ESAC 2017 JWST WORKSHOP: Mastering the Science Instruments and the Observing Modes of JWST

    European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), 4 - 6 October, 2017. http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-2017-esac

    c) JWST proposal workshop and JWST Townhall

    Oct 15-20: DPS (Provo, UT) – proposed

    d) Solar System Workshop (Baltimore, MD)

    Nov 13-15: JWST


    e) JWST Solar System Workshop (ESTEC: Noordwijk, Netherlands)

    Dec 13-15:     https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-ssws-2017/home

1) Obituary: Mike A'Hearn
Mike A’Hearn passed away on May 29, at the age of 76. Astronomy professor at the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, he was a world-class expert of the physics of comets. He was also the principal investigator for NASA's EPOXI mission. In 2008, he received the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize of DPS.
His competence and his kindness will be missed by the small body community, including in  PNP.

2) 2 Post-Doc opportunities in Exoplanets with SKA, University of Aveiro, Portugal

The Physics Department of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, invites applications for two 3-year Post-Doc positions under the portuguese participation in the SKA. Please forward these job opportunities to someone who might be interested:

Protoplanetary disks and planet formation with SKA


Star-planet interactions with SKA


3) Post-Doc (2+1 years) on Proplyds at U.Tokyo

The astrophysics group at School of Arts & Science, University of Tokyo invites
applications for a postdoctoral position, to work with Prof. Takeru SUZUKI
on theoretical studies of protoplanetary disks (PPDs).
The position is funded by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the MEXT
of Japan, 17H01105 (PI: Takeru SUZUKI), and is initially 2 years, with the
possibility of extension of 1 year.

The project aims to develop a theoretical framework of the evolution of gas
and solid (from dust to protoplanets) during a long-time evolution of PPDs
with taking into account magnetically driven disk winds.
Researchers with an experience background in any area of theoretical or
computational astrophysics are invited to apply,
but we are particularly interested in applicants with a strong background
in one (or more than one) of the following areas.
(i) theoretical and/or computational (magneto)hydrodynamics
(ii) particle-based (N-body) simulations
(iii) radiative processes

Please contact Takeru Suzuki (stakeru_at_ea.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp) for details.

Applicants must possess (or be near completion of) a relevant PhD.
Applications should include CV (including the list of publications and talks)
and a brief research statement (2 pages max) describing past work and future
Please create a single pdf file with the name ``YourName.pdf'' that includes
all the above documents, and upload the file via
In addition, please have 2 letters of recommendation sent to
stakeru_at_ea.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp, with applicant's name in the subject,
before the July 10th deadline.

4) SKA project: sign up for interest
Des manifestations d’intérêts continuent aujourd’hui à parvenir du monde académique et industriel à la Coordination SKA-France. Le projet SKA est, de manière croissante, reconnu pour son très fort impact potentiel au plan scientifique, technologique et industriel.
Comme annoncé dans la dernière parution du bulletin SKA-France, nous invitons ainsi les membres de la communauté française à manifester leur intérêt pour le projet SKA et pour le développement de sa préparation en France en remplissant le formulaire à la page web:

La liste des signataires sera intégrée en annexe du Livre Blanc SKA français, dont la publication est attendue à l’automne 2017.

Il est indispensable de montrer l'impact attendu du projet SKA pour la France en estimant le nombre des scientifiques et ingénieurs convaincus de son intérêt. Nous savons que c’est une part importante de la communauté et votre participation à cette manifestation d'intérêt le démontrera.
Bien cordialement,

Chiara Ferrari - Coordinatrice SKA-France.

5) Conference "Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond", Azores, 25–29 September 2017

I would like to announce the
European Geosciences Union Galileo conference

Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond

Furnas, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, 25–29 September 2017

This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the se  issues.

Bursaries are available, for students and early career scientists, preferably for those giving oral and poster presentations. Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 15 June 2017.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Terra Nostra Garden****. The hotel is a newly renovated Art Deco hotel with a very good restaurant and a large, famous botanical garden with a thermal pool.  The area is geothermally active with hot springs, solfatares and a very nice crater lake. The João Paulo Airport with frequent direct flights to the European mainland and America is located only 45 km from the venue.

Please consult the website http://www.egu-galileo.eu/gc2-habitability/ for further information.

Best regards,

Wolf Geppert

Prof. Dr. Wolf Dietrich Geppert
Director of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre

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:


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.


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:


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:


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 :

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:

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:


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!


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
rendezvous and landing mission empowered by solar-sail technology.
The Solar Power Sail (SPS) mission is under PhaseA1 study by JAXA in
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
missions to primitive bodies where dedicated cosmo-chemistry oriented
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
-Dates: 02 June 2017