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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SOC committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to welcoming you in Toulouse!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We look forward to seeing you in Moscow.

Best regards,

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


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


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

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

6) Postdoc research position at IRAM
Dear colleagues,

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

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

Thank you for posting the announcement and informing your colleagues.

Best regards,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ludovic Biennier et Sébastien Le Picard

8) Postdoctoral Position at Macau University of Science and Technology

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

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

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

Regards Feng"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



B. Noyelles.


1) EWASS2019: Programme du symposium The future of exoplanets: synergy between small-scale and large-scale telescopes

Le programme du symposium The future of exoplanets: synergy between small-scale and large-scale telescopes (S9), co-organisé par le PNP est en ligne!


July 22-24, Zhuhai, China
Abstract deadline: June 7, 2019
The International Conference on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (LDSE)  is a bi-annual event jointly organized by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and Chinese Academy of Sciences. With the rapid development of lunar and deep space exploration in China in the recent decades, this conference is becoming a major forum in China to discuss ideas and scientific results in planetary exploration. The topics cover all areas in planetary research and road maps, with the focus on exploration missions and related data analysis, ground observations, laboratory experiments, and theoretical work.
The Mars Science and Exploration Sessions include the following themes:
-Geology and Geophysics.
-Martian Meteorites.
-Mars Analog Studies.
-Mars Exploration: Past, Present and Future.
Updates on the status of China’s Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter, Lander and Rover to be launched in 2020, together carrying 12 scientific instruments, will be presented.

Convenor: Prof. Long Xiao
Co-convenors: Prof. James Head, Prof. Kaichang Di, Dr. Chow Kim Chiu, Dr. Yang Liu, Dr. Jessica Flahaut

3) Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission

This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits the participation of the scientific community as Interdisciplinary Scientists or Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission, to augment the scientific return of the mission as a whole.

BepiColombo is an interdisciplinary mission to the planet Mercury, carried out as a joint project between ESA and JAXA. It consists of two orbiters, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), which are dedicated to the detailed study of the planet and its magnetosphere.

The BepiColombo mission was launched on 20 October 2018. Arrival at Mercury and start of the science exploitation phase are expected in December 2025 and April 2026, respectively. The duration of the nominal science operations is 1 year.

The aim of this AO is to appoint up to six Interdisciplinary Scientists (IDS) and up to 11 Guest Investigators (GI) for the BepiColombo mission. The IDSs and the GIs will be appointed for a first period of three years, renewable. An IDS or GI appointment is ad personam. ESA will not fund the activities of the IDSs or the GIs (travel costs to attend meetings, etc.) and each proposer is responsible for securing his/her own funding.

This call is open to scientists based in ESA Member States, Japan and USA. Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of the BepiColombo instrument teams are excluded from this call, while Co-Investigators are eligible for IDS positions, but not for GI positions.

Full details, including the tasks of an IDS or GI, requirements for the proposals, and evaluation criteria, can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission document.

Submission forms


Letter of Intent Submission Form

Deadline for receipt of mandatory Letter of Intent is:

13 June 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST


Proposal Submission Form

Deadline for receipt of proposals is:

15 July 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST



The schedule for this AO is given in the table below:


Date of AO release    13 May 2019
Due date for mandatory Letter of Intent    13 June 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST
Due date for proposals    15 July 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST
Appointment of Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators    October 2019


Further queries should be addressed to:

Luigi Colangeli
Head of the Science Coordination Office
Directorate of Science
ESA/ESTEC - Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Masaki Fujimoto
Deputy Director General
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4) Atelier Design of small satellite missions for planetary studies -- Tartu, Estonia   ---  23 July - 2 August 2019

The aim of the workshop Design of small satellite missions for planetary studies (Tartu, Estonia, 21 July to 3 August 2019) will be to enable students and early career scientists to design micro-and nanosatellite missions tackling scientific themes and target objects they have chosen themselves previously. The workshop, which will be a sequel of the training school/workshop on Microsatellites in Planetary and Atmospheric Research held last year (although newcomers are warmly welcome. The workshop will consist of three parts:

a lectured part consisting of in-depth talks on the scientific background of the chosen mission themes and on important issues in satellite technology
a mission designing part where attendees plan these endeavours in detail with the help of satellite technologists
a final presemtation of all the projects
In order to plan missions involving such small satellites successfully, intensive interaction and cooperation between scientists and space technologists are necessary, which is still lacking in some potential key applications.The workshop school aims to

Highlight the possible potential of microsatellites in exploring diffeent targets like the Moon, small bodies and outer satellites
Foster the interaction between space researchers and technologists
Allow participants to start the design and planning of new space missions
Contribute to the training of a new generation of space researchers
The work on the mission designs will continue after the workshop, thus ensuring a long-term impact.
The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the workshop.

The workshop will consist of lectures by leading scientists, planning of for different micro- or nanosatellite projects in small groups as well as open discusssions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a one-day excursion to Viljandi (visit of the charming old town and the Estonian Folk Festival) and a walk around Tartu is included as a social programme.

The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Nevertheless, recommendation letters for visa applications are only issued for participants participating in last year's event and those additionally selected by the orgsanisers.


5) Ecole d'été : Exploring the physics of planetary environments  --- August 13-22  --- Stockholm, Sweden

 A novel and unique course addressing the physics of atmospheres, ionospheres and magneto- spheres of various Solar System bodies: from small comets to the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Guest lecturers from Sweden, Europe and the US provide a tour through the Solar System with lectures and workshops on different ways of measuring, observing and modelling planetary environments. The course targets primarily MSc and PhD students.

For more information, visit www.kth.se/planetcourse

International guest lecturers
Kurt Retherford, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA
Katherine de Kleer, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA • Bertrand Bonfond, University of Liège, Belgium
Christina Plainaki, ASI - Italian Space Agency, Rome, Italy
Jan-Erik Wahlund, Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
Yoshifumi Futaana, Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden
Aljona Blöcker, KTH, Stockholm
Nickolay Ivchenko, KTH, Stockholm
Tomas Karlsson, KTH, Stockholm
Elias Odelstad, KTH, Stockholm
Content and topics

During eight days, international students get the chance to learn about different ways to explore planetary environments from different perspectives. Observational experts give insights into how state-of-the-art telescopes are used to spectrally and spatially map planets and moons. Principal Investigators of scientific instruments onboard planetary missions present the unique measurements near a planet by their instruments. And modelling experts introduce their numerical simulations of atmospheric and plasma dynamics. Lectures will be followed by workshops with group tasks on the specific planetary object and exploration technique such as simple numerical simulations and analysis of telescope and spacecraft data.
Topics include:
Ground-based observatories and space telescopes for planetary explorations
Milestone NASA and ESA planetary missions like Rosetta, Cassini, Galileo and Juno • In-situ measurements and remote sensing of the atmospheres of terrestrial planets
Dynamics of the gas and plasma environment of a comet
Auroral emissions in the upper atmospheres and ionospheres of the giant gas planets • Remote observations of the tenuous neutral gas clouds of the moons of Jupiter
Simulations of their effects on Jupiter’s magnetosphere and upper atmosphere

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6) Ecole Evry Schatzman du PNPS - Interactions étoile - planètes --- Aussois --- 23-27 Septembre 2019



La révolution des exoplanètes entamée depuis deux décennies a bouleversé notre compréhension de la formation des systèmes extra-solaires. Nous faisons face aujourd’hui à une extrême diversité et complexité de ces systèmes qui ne peuvent se comprendre qu’à travers le lien intime qui existe entre les planètes et leur étoile hôte. La connaissance et la détection des exoplanètes doivent se faire de plus en plus en étroite collaboration entre physiciens stellaires et planétaires. L’école a pour but  d’apporter aux participants désireux d’aborder le domaine de l’exoplanétologie, un tour d’horizon des dernières connaissances en physique stellaire et offrira aux physiciens stellaires une perspective pour appliquer leurs travaux à un domaine en plein essor. Une place importance sera réservée pour favoriser les échanges avec les intervenants. Le PNP est associé à l’Ecole par ses intervenants et son soutien financier.

Le SOC est composé de : L. Bigot (chair, OCA), J. Bouvier (co-chair, IPAG),  A. Chiavassa (OCA), Y. Lebreton (LESIA), A. Lèbre (LUPM).

L'école est limitée à 45 participants.

Programme (cours et TP sont donnés en anglais)

Cours. Star-planets Interactions

    Magnetic games in star-planet systems  (A. Strugarek, CEA)
    Stellar and planetary tides   (S. Mathis, CEA)
    Stellar winds and planetary atmospheres  (C. Johnstone, Univ. of Vienna)
    Impact of stellar activity on the detectability and characterization of exoplanets (M. Deleuil, LAM & N. Meunier, IPAG)
    High resolution spectroscopy for planetary atmosphere characterization (M. Brogi, Univ. Warwick)

Travaux pratiques

TP1. SOAP : A tool to estimate the photometric and radial velocity variations induced by stellar spots and plages.   (I. Boisse , LAM)

TP2. Gaussian Process regression for astronomical data  (S. Aigrain, Oxford, UK)


     How to define exoplanet habitability? (F. Selsis, Obs Bordeaux)

7) Workshop Titan after Cassini-Huygens  --- Madrid, 23-25 September 2019.

This is a reminder of the ‘Titan after Cassini-Huygens’ 3-day workshop to be held at the European Space Agency (ESA –European Space Astronomy Centre) in Madrid on 23-25 September 2019.

The registration (free) and the abstract submission are open until May 31st. The registration tool and abstract submission page in addition to further information regarding the workshop can be found here:


The workshop will include past and new science focusing on the fields and studies of magnetospheric & atmospheric science, geology, geophysics, astrobiology, Earth-based observations, future missions and more.


We are aware that the APL Cassini meeting has been canceled due to the Cassini funds being cut. For that reason the organizing committee has decided to welcome papers that were intended to be presented at the APL meeting for which (pending participation) we will dedicate an afternoon session focused on other aspects of the Saturnian system.

We look forward to see you all in Madrid!

8) Postdoctoral Research Position in mm astronomy at the 30-meter telescope

Posting date: May 9, 2019 – Closing date: June 30, 2019

IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope (Spain) and the mm/submm interferometer NOEMA (France). The scientific capabilities of the 30-meter telescope are continuously enhanced with state-of-the-art technology such as for EMIR, the multi-wavelength heterodyne frontend, and, with the recent commissioning of the new large field-of-view continuum 1mm/2mm camera NIKA2.

IRAM invites applications for one postdoctoral research position at IRAM/Granada. The successful candidates are expected to invest 50% of the time on personal astronomical research and 50% to support science operation of the 30-meter telescope. IRAM is seeking scientists with a PhD in physics/astronomy, with experience in millimeter/submillimeter/far-infrared astronomy and continuum cameras and/or heterodyne frontends. The candidates will join the Science Operations Group to provide assistance to visiting astronomers, to help in calibrating and reducing the incoming data, and to support the commissioning of new instrumentation. Knowledge of a programming language like python is a strong asset. He/she will typically spend about one week per month at the observatory.

Candidates must have completed the PhD prior to beginning the position. Review of applications will begin in July 2019. The search will continue until the positions are filled. The appointment is initially for one year with the possibility of extension to a second year. Applications should be sent as one pdf file to the IRAM personnel department, and should include a cover letter indicating motivation and qualifications, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a short research statement. Applicants should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the personnel department. Inquiries should be addressed to the station manager Miguel Sánchez-Portal.

9) Postdoctoral Position at CRPG Nancy

The Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG) Nancy is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and Planetary remote sensing. The 2-year position is supported by a CNRS Momentum grant entitled 'Spectral imagery unravels the nature of planetary crusts”.  

Read the full advertisement here:
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1) Last Call : Semaine de l'Astrophysique Française - SF2A - Nice - 14 au 17 mai 2019

La date limite de soumission des abstracts est le 28 avril 2019: http://2019.sf2a.eu/
Les ateliers pour la communauté PNP:

Exploration de Ryugu et Bennu par Hayabusa2 (JAXA) et OSIRIS-REx (NASA)
Demain l’ELT ! Quelle science avec ses 1ers instruments ?
Gaia: astrométrie, photométrie et alertes pour l'étude du système solaire
Le nouvel outil d'observation MATISSE
Physique des plasmas au sein de l'héliosphère
Spécificité et généricité de notre Système Solaire dans un contexte astrobiologique (SFE)
Collaborations Amateurs Professionnels

2) ESA CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme

Dear Colleagues,

The first announcement of opportunity (AO-1) for participation in the ESA CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme has been published.

CHEOPS  (Characterising Exoplanet Satellite)  is an s-(small) class ESA mission implemented in partnership with Switzerland, with important contributions from 10 other ESA member states.  It is the first mission dedicated to the search for exoplanetary transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. The mission will be launched from Kourou in the timeframe of 15 October to 14 November 2019.  

The announcement solicits proposals for observations to be carried out in the CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme in the period of February 2020 to January 2021.

Full details, including the letter of invitation from the ESA Director of Science Prof. Günther Hasinger, can be found at the link below:


The deadline for submission is 14:00 hrs (CEST) on 16 May 2019

For informations,  please contact  Kate Isaak,  CHEOPS project scientist, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


3) Ecole supérieure franco-mexicaine sur l'origine et l'évolution de la vie --- Paris --- 1er au 6 juillet 2019

Le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) et l’Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), en partenariat avec Sorbonne Université, ouvrent une Ecole supérieure franco-mexicaine sur l'origine et l'évolution de la vie (French-Mexican Advanced School on the Origin and Evolution of Life, FMASOEL). Ce projet s’inscrit dans la continuité d’une longue collaboration entre chercheurs français et mexicains sur ce thème.

Cette Ecole a déjà fait l’objet d’une communication lors d’un colloque international sur les origines de la vie qui s’est tenu à l’Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution du MNHN le 3 décembre 2018.

Déroulement de l’Ecole FMASOEL

L’Ecole d’été se tiendra chaque année alternativement en France au Muséum, et au Mexique à l’UNAM. Elle proposera une semaine d’enseignements en anglais dispensés par des spécialistes internationaux de cette thématique.
La première édition se déroulera du 1er au 6 Juillet 2019 à Paris.
Quatre thématiques seront abordées au cours des enseignements dispensés en Juillet 2019 :
Chimie organique extraterrestre : astrophysiciens, planétologues et géologues présenteront les résultats les plus récents dans leur domaine.
Chimie prébiotique : chimistes et biochimistes présenteront leurs travaux expérimentaux et théoriques.
Monde ARN : biochimistes et biologistes moléculaires exposeront le fascinant monde des ARN ancien et moderne, de la simple molécule aux plus petites particules subvirales, « fossiles moléculaires » possibles, et jusqu’aux petits virus à ARN.
L’évolution biologique primitive : cette thématique sera abordée par des géo-biologistes et des biologistes sur des aspects rarement présentés dans les cursus académiques classiques.

Cette Ecole d’été est dirigée par un Comité Scientifique franco mexicain constitué de :
Pour la France : Marie-Christine Maurel, UMR ISYEB-MNHN (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) et Marco Saitta UMR IMPMC-Sorbonne Université (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.),
Pour le Mexique : Antonio Lazcano et Arturo Beccera, Facultad de Ciencias/UNAM

Les étudiants inscrits à l’Ecole d’été de Juillet 2019 participeront aussi à 3 demi-journées d’un workshop international CECAM (Centre Européen du Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) qui se tiendra sur le Campus Pierre et Marie Curie à Sorbonne Université.
L’Ecole d’été est ouverte aux doctorants et étudiants en Master français et mexicains, mais aussi d’autres pays et aux chercheurs. Le recrutement se fera sur dossier après appel à candidature (lancement prévu au printemps 2019). En termes de validation des enseignements, il a été demandé que cette école soit intégrée comme module dans l’ED 227 afin que les doctorants qui y participent puissent acquérir des crédits. D’autres ED pourront faire de même.

Cette Ecole constituera non seulement un forum pour la présentation des recherches en cours dans cette discipline, mais encouragera aussi la mise en place de cotutelles de thèses. .

4) EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 ---  Genève --- 15-20 septembre 2019

    Date limite pour la soumission des abstracts, le 8 mai: https://administrator.copernicus.org/authentication.php


Abstracts are welcome to the EPSC-DPS 2019 session MIT4 on
the foresight exercise Horizon 2061 for planetary exploration.
The principal motivations are to inspire international collaborations
to better meet technology and mission challenges and increase
the overall science return of planetary exploration.

This EPSC session devoted to "Planetary Exploration,
Horizon 2061" will present the conclusions reached during the
previous workshops to the participants to the EPSC-DPS conference,
invite additional contributions, and stimulate future long-term
forward-looking activities related to the sciences and technologies
of Planetary Exploration.

We invite abstracts for oral and poster contributions from all areas
of planetary exploration.

For more information:



Abstract submission deadline : May 8, 2019, 13:00 CEST

Early registration deadline : July 31, 2019

Conveners: J. Lasue, Maria Teresa Capria, Doris Daou, Louise Prockter

5) IVOA Interop "Northern Spring" 2019 -- Observatoire de Paris --  13 au 17 mai 2019.

Bonjour à tous,

Pour ceux qui seraient passés à côté de l'annonce, nous vous informons que la conférence IVOA Interop "Northern Spring" 2019 aura lieu à Paris (Observatoire de Paris, site de Paris), du 13 au 17 mai 2019.

Les conférences "IVOA Interop" rassemblent deux fois par an les acteurs de l'Observatoire Virtuel du monde entier, avec des sessions organisées autour des groupes de travail (working groups) et groupes d'intérêt (interest groups) de l'IVOA. Pour la liste complète, voir ici: https://wiki.ivoa.net/twiki/bin/view/IVOA

Le programme préliminaire sera bientôt disponible. Si vous voulez contribuer avec une présentation de vos projets n'hésitez pas nous contacter  à l'adresse: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.  

Si vous voulez participer, inscrivez-vous ici: https://indico.obspm.fr/e/ivoa2019

Pour le LOC
Baptiste Cecconi


6) The 4th International Conference on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (LDSE) --- 22-24 July, 2019 --- Zhuhai, China

Conference website: http://ldse2019.csp.escience.cn

In order to promote the extensive exchanges amongst the institutions, scientists and technical experts in the field of lunar and deep space exploration, show the latest research results, develop new ideas for scientific research, and establish network amongst the worldwide planetary sciences community, the 4th International Conference on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (LDSE) sponsored by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will be held from July 22-24, 2019 in Zhuhai, China. 1.

Main themes of the conference:
the frontiers of lunar science and planetary sciences
the technology of lunar and deep space exploration, and the new technology of payloads;
the scientific vision of lunar and deep space exploration in future.
Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center, China National Space Administration
General Office of Lunar and Deep Space Exploration, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Conference Time
July 21, 2019 (10:00AM-08:00PM): Registration
July 22-24, 2019: Conference
 The conference venue will be at Zhuhai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Zhuhai, China.
Address: 1663 Yinwan Road, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai, China
Tel.: +86-(0)756-8333888, +86-(0)756-6886666

7) Atelier " Impacts sociétaux des recherches de vie extraterrestre et des travaux sur l'origine de la vie"  --- 5-6 Juin 2019 --- Grenoble

Un atelier de deux jours est organisé à Grenoble (dans le cadre de la Science Week organisée par l'IDEX grenoblois) sur les impacts sociétaux des recherches de vie extraterrestre et des travaux sur l'origine de la vie.

La compréhension de l’émergence de la vie sur Terre et la recherche de vie ailleurs sont parmi les principaux défis de la science moderne. Ce domaine qui pendant des siècles a été l'apanage des philosophes est maintenant devenu un champ de recherches scientifiques actif et et aura un impact sociétal et philosophique essentiel. Durant ce workshop nous voulons croiser les regards sur ces impacts en réunissant scientifique du domaine, sociologue, philosophes, spécialistes des médias, journalistes, responsables de centre de culture scientifiques, auteurs d'oeuvre de fictions, etc... . La question pouvant se résumer à "Comment la compréhension de nos origines les plus anciennes, comment l'éventuel découverte d'une vie extraterrestre influence nos pensées".

Le programme peut être trouvé ici (cette page web sera mise à jour régulièrement, avec les dernières informations sur les intervenants):


L'inscription est obligatoire et doit être effectuée sur la page ci-dessus avant le 22 mai.



1) Voyage 2050 ---- Long-term planning of the ESA Science Programme

The next planning cycle in ESA's Science Programme, Voyage 2050, is now underway. Ideas are solicited from the scientific community for the science themes that should be covered during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle, which covers the time period 2035-2050. Deadline for receipt of White Papers: 5 August 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST.

 a) Membership of Topical Teams

     Scientists working in ESA Member States and with an interest in any topic in space science and in the
     relevant technologies are welcome to apply for membership of the Topical Teams. Space
     science is defined here in a broad sense, including the observation of the Universe, planetary
     science, solar science, study of the space environment, and scientific experiments that can
     carried out from a spacecraft.

    The Topical Teams will be appointed by the Director of Science after the evaluation and recommendations
    of the Senior Committee. It is intended to have a mix of experience represented in each Topical Team
     and early career scientists are specifically encouraged to apply.

    Full details, including information about Voyage 2050, the tasks of the Topical Team members, and
     information needed by applicants, can be found in the Call for Membership of Topical Teams document.

  b) White Papers

     By means of the present Call for White Papers, the Agency is soliciting ideas from the scientific
     community for the science themes that should be covered during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle.

     White Papers are not proposals for specific missions; they should rather argue why a specific scientific
     theme should have priority in the Voyage 2050 planning cycle. At the same time, and to ensure realism
     in the resulting Programme, applicants should briefly illustrate possible mission profiles.

     Any scientist or science team can submit a White Paper, with no limitation in terms of residence or
     nationality. All White Papers must be submitted in English. White Paper lead scientists cannot be members
     of the Topical Teams.

     Full details, including information about Voyage 2050, the requirements for White Papers, and the role these
     will play in formulating the future Science Programme, can be found in the Call for White Papers document.


2) TRAPPIST-1 | 11-14 June 2019 | Liège, Belgium

Dear colleague,

I'm happy to announce you that on June 11-14 will take place at Liege, Belgium, a multidisciplinary conference totally dedicated to the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. It aims to cover all aspects of the study of TRAPPIST-1, notably:
* The host star TRAPPIST-1 (and other ultracool dwarf stars): structure, evolution, activity, etc.
* Formation, migration, and dynamics of the planets of TRAPPIST-1 (and around other ultracool dwarf stars)
* Exploring ultracool dwarfs (including brown dwarfs) for more TRAPPIST-1-like systems.
* The structure of TRAPPIST-1 planets: observations vs models, evolution, etc.
* The atmospheric properties of TRAPPIST-1 planets: models, evolution (erosion, outgassing, impacts, pre-main-sequence phase, etc.),
* Atmospheric characterization of the planets with JWST and other upcoming facilities, the prospects for liquid water, possible biosignatures and their detectability, etc.
* The possibility of life on TRAPPIST-1 planets: prebiotic chemistry and photosynthesis around ultracool dwarfs, the impact of high-energy radiation and cosmics, tidal locking, lessons from the solar system, etc.

Contributions from all horizons are welcome: stellar physics, exoplanetology, solar system planetology, observational and theoretical astrophysics, astrobiology, etc. The conference will be divided in different sessions, each composed of an invited review talk, several contributed talks, and short poster presentations.

The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 planets triggered the imagination of many artists that integrated them in their works (novels, music, poems, etc). This is why the conference will also include a special session on Thursday 13th called “TRAPPIST-1: between science and fiction”, during which some artists, writers, game developers, etc will present their works related to TRAPPIST-1 to the participating scientists, enabling the two communities to discuss their visions of a fascinating planetary system.

Registrations are opened up to May 15. The deadline for contributed talk propositions is Apr 1st (not a joke).

For more info, please visit the conference website: https://events.uliege.be/trappist-1

Don't hesitate to advertise the conference to any possibly interested colleague, and to display the conference poster on the walls of your institute!

Best wishes,

3) Call for 9th Paolo Farinella Prize
The call for the Farinella Prize 2019 has been announced. The ninth Paolo Farinella Prize will be awarded to a young scientist with outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science concerning “The Trans-Neptunian Population”. The prize is supported by the University of Pisa and by IAPS-INAF (Rome). The award ceremony will be hosted by the  European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) – Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Joint Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (15-20 September 2019).

For the 9th“Paolo Farinella” Prize the terms and rules are as follows:

A competition is announced to award the “Paolo Farinella” Prize for the year 2019. The prize consists of a plate, a certificate and the amount of 1500 €. The winner is expected to give a Prize lecture at the EPSC/DPS awards special session.
The winner will be selected on the basis of his/her overall research results in the field of “The Trans-Neptunian Population“.
Nominations must be sent by email not later than April 15 to the following addresses: 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. Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., using the downloadable form.
The nominations for the “Paolo Farinella” Prize can be made by any researcher that works in the field of planetary sciences following the indications in the attached form. Selfnominationsareacceptable. The candidates should have international and interdisciplinary collaborations and should be not older than 47 years, the age of Paolo when he passed away, at the date of April 15, 2019.
The winner of the prize will be selected before May 20 by the “Paolo Farinella” Prize Committee composed of outstanding scientists in planetary sciences, with specific experience in the field.
The Prize Committee will consider all the nominations, but will be entitled to autonomously consider other candidates.

4) EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 ---  Genève --- 15-20 septembre 2019

    Date limite pour la soumission des abstracts, le 8 mai: https://administrator.copernicus.org/authentication.php

     a) OPS1 - Ice Giant Systems
        Conveners: D. H. Atkinson
        This session welcomes abstracts addressing all aspects of ice-giants systems including the internal structure of the ice giants, the composition, structure, and processes of and within ice-giant atmospheres, ice-giant magnetospheres, satellites, and rings, and the relationship to exoplanetary systems. The session will comprise a combination of solicited and contributed oral and poster presentations on new and continuing studies of the ice-giant systems and the connection of the ice giants to our current understanding of exoplanetary system

We welcome papers that
Address the current understanding of ice-giant systems, including atmospheres, interiors, magnetospheres, rings, and satellites including Triton;
Advance our understanding of the ice-giant systems in preparation for future exploration, both remote sensing and in situ;
Discuss what the ice giants can tell us about solar system formation and evolution leading to a better understanding of the current structure of the solar system and its habitable zone
Address outstanding science questions requiring future investigations including from spacecraft, remote sensing, theoretical, and laboratory work necessary to improve our knowledge of the ice giants and their relationship to the gas giants and the solar system;
Present concepts for missions, instruments, and investigations to make appropriate and useful measurements.

b) OPS2 --- Saturn system and the Cassini-Huygens mission
Convener: Athena Coustenis
Results related to the Saturnian system from ground-based and Cassini-Huygens mission observations are welcome. All aspects of the system (planet, satellites and rings) will be presented with emphasis on recent results.

   c)  MIT6 -- Interstellar Probe: science, mission designs, opportunities and challenges
        Convener: Michel Blanc
An Interstellar Probe mission would be the first dedicated mission to venture into the unknown space between our star and other potentially habitable planetary systems. The idea was first discussed dating back to 1960 and the concept has been studied by multiple groups since then. The lack of propulsion technologies and launch vehicles have often presented a stumbling block for NASA and other space agencies to move further with these concepts. In 2016, a congressional report recommended NASA to take the enabling steps for an Interstellar scientific probe. A new NASA-funded study is under way to design a pragmatic Interstellar Probe mission with a goal of reaching 1000 AU within 50 years using available or near-term technology. The study objectives are to identify compelling science targets, develop realistic mission concepts and evaluate critical technologies. The cross-disciplinary science targets include exploration of the Very Local Interstellar Medium and its interaction with the heliosphere, characterization of the circum-solar dust disk, exploration of previously unexplored Kuiper Belt Objects, and observation of the extragalactic background light beyond the zodiacal cloud. A vantage point far away from the solar system, naturally enables these observations to be put in the context of other exoplanetary systems and astrospheres. At the same time, Chinese scientists are studying with their space agency CNSA a scenario in which two “Heliospheric Boundary Explorers” would be launched 6 years apart, one towards the “nose” of the Heliosphere, one in the direction of its putative tail, to address scientific objectives partly similar to the ones described in the NASA study. Not only will the synergies between these two missions be particularly valuable, but also both of them will offer unique opportunities for broad international collaborations, including European contributions.
This session will welcome reports on the unique science discoveries enabled by missions to the Interstellar Medium beyond heliospheric boundaries and will discuss their design concepts, enabling technologies and programmatic challenges.

d) EXO5 -- Aerosols and clouds in planetary atmospheres
Convener: P. Lavvas

Atmospheric aerosols and cloud particles are found in every atmosphere of the solar system, as well as, in exoplanets. Depending on their size, shape, chemical composition, latent heat, and distribution, their effect on the radiation budget varies drastically and is difficult to predict. When organic, aerosols also carry a strong prebiotic interest reinforced by the presence of heavy atoms such as nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur.

The aim of the session is to gather presentations on these complex objects for both terrestrial and giant planet atmospheres, including the special cases of Titan’s and Pluto's hazy atmospheres. All research aspects from their production and evolution processes, their observation/detection, to their fate and atmospheric impact are welcomed, including laboratory investigations and modeling.

e) EXO7 --- Planetary Aeronomy – Near and Afar
Convener: Antonio García Muñoz

Space missions, ground-based observations and theory allow for detailed characterization of planetary upper atmospheres in the solar system that provides novel insights into the physical mechanisms at play. At the same time, the detection of short-period extrasolar planets has inspired numerous studies of chemistry, dynamics, and escape of the upper atmospheres of these planets, at more extreme conditions than those found in the solar system. More than ever, it is critical to foster the communication between the communities working on the theoretical and observational aspects of both solar system and exoplanet upper atmospheres. This communication will secure a solid progress in the interpretation of new atmospheric observables and in the implications for e.g. planet demographics.

This session brings together researchers from the solar system and exoplanet communities in an attempt to exchange knowledge and ideas. We welcome papers on all aspects of planetary aeronomy i.e., the science of the upper atmosphere, either in the solar system or exoplanet systems. Suitable papers include results on photochemistry and ionization, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, energy balance and circulation, atmospheric escape and evolution as well as new observations and novel observational techniques.

5) Ninth International Conference on Mars ---- Caltech, Pasadena, California  ---- July 22-25

The Ninth International Conference on Mars will be held at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in
Pasadena, California, beginning the morning of Monday, July 22, and ending after a full day on Thursday, July 25.

The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) meeting is tentatively scheduled at Caltech on Friday, July 26,
following the Ninth International Conference on Mars. (These will be treated as two separate meetings for NASA
conference forecasting purposes. More information on the MEPAG meeting will be posted to the MEPAG website as it
becomes available.)

The Ninth International Mars Conference will be an ideal time to step back and summarize our current understanding
of Mars and the progress we have made so far. The aim of the meeting is to (1) synthesize changed paradigms in Mars
evolution and pull together the breadth of current Mars knowledge; (2) look forward toward the next decades of Mars
exploration; and (3) aid both individual community members’ and larger groups’/institutions’ planning for that next

Abstract Deadline: 7 mai


6) S-SAIL: Solar System Atmospheres’ Investigation and exopLanets  --- Lisbon, Portugal   --- 27-28 June 2019.

The Organizing Committee is pleased to inform that a Workshop on Planetary
Atmosphere Science entitled “S-SAIL: Solar System Atmospheres’ Investigation
and exopLanets“ will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, in the days 27-28 June
2019.  This workshop is supported by Europlanet 2020 RI NA1 –Innovation
through Science Networking, and Fundação para a Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT),

+++ AIMS and TOPICS +++
The main goal of this 2-days workshop is to gather  researchers, post-docs and
students from all Europe, working on Planetary Science studies to discuss
about several topics related with Planetary Atmospheres (including
exoplanets), and promote collaborations on the basis of a interdisciplinary

Main topics:
- Atmosphere characterization I: chemical composition (Solar System planets)
- Clouds and Dynamics
- Atmospheric Waves
- Atmosphere Modeling
- Atmosphere characterization II: exoplanets
- Current and Future mission

Keynote speakers:
Alejandro Cardesin Moinelo (ESAC, Madrid, Spain)
Olivier Demangeon         (IA, Portugal)
Therese Encrenaz             (Obs. Paris, France)
Gabriella Gilli                  (IA, Portugal)
Pedro Machado                (IA, Portugal)
Jorge Martins                   (IA, Portugal)
Emmanuel Marcq            (LATMOS, Paris, France)
João Mendonça                (DTU Space, Denmark)
Pedro Miranda                  (IDL/FCUL, Univ. Lisboa, Portugal)
Santiago Perez Hoyos        (UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain)
Arianna Piccialli                (BIRA-IASP, Belgium)
Peter Read                        (Atm. Physics Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford,
Agustin Sanchez Lavega   (UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain)
Nuno Santos                     (IA, Portugal)
Aymeric Spiga                    (LMD/Sorbonne Univ., Paris, France)
Thomas Widemann              (Obs. Paris, France)

============ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ============

The regular registration fees will be 100 euros for students and 130 euros for
Late registration fees will be 140 euros for students and 170 euros for

*Abstracts* (one page included figures and references, in pdf format) of
contributions should be sent by email to the organizing committee
Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.  until 15 May, 2019, indicating preferences (talk or poster).
The final decision will be taken by the SOC.

A limited amount of funding is available for PhD students and postdoc who
cannot fund their own travel. The grant is up to 400 euros and it includes
registration fees. To apply, please fill the form and send it by email to the
organizing commettee Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. stating: an estimate of the amount of
funding required; status (student, postdoc etc.); and approx. 2 sentences on
how your research will benefit from attending this workshop.

Please find here attached the poster of the workshop
The details about registration, travel support and logistics may be found on
the workshop's website:


Looking forward to see you in Lisbon,

Pedro Machado and Gabriella Gilli on behalf of the SOC

7) Two exoplanets postdoctoral research positions in Grenoble and Paris (France)

As part of a research project funded by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), the SPIRou Legacy Survey team invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in the field of exoplanets detections and characterization. The positions will be hosted respectively at the Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) and at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), France, with a preferred starting date between July and October 2019. Both postdocs will be expected to carry out original research in using SPIRou data of the Radial Velocity (RV) survey dedicated to search and characterize exoplanets. The postdoc at IPAG will have to play an important role in the organization and the exploitation of the systematic RV monitoring of nearby M-dwarfs (under the supervision of X. Delfosse); the postdoc at IAP will have to play an important role to exploit the SPIRou RV monitoring of transiting planet candidates (under the supervision of G. Hébrard).

Interested candidates should contact Xavier Delfosse (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) at IPAG and/or Guillaume Hébrard (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) at IAP, and send (in a singe pdf file) a CV, a publication list, a motivation letter, a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects, and arrange for up to two letters of recommendation to be sent before 15 th May 2019.


8) POSTDOCTORAL position at ISTerre : X-ray analyses of Mars Returned Samples under quarantine


Université Grenoble Alpes invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position in Earth and Planetary Sciences, devoted to search of life on Earth at the Archean, as well as preparing X-ray analyses protocols under quarantine for Mars Returned Samples. The position can start as early as September 2019, and will be hosted at the Institut de Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre)

The cross-disciplinary project « Origin of Life » (funded by Univ. Grenoble Alpes IDEX, https://origin-life.univ- grenoble-alpes.fr) brings together the expertise of astrophysicists, astrochemists, planetary scientists, prebiotic chemists, biologists, geologists and paleontologists. It aims to understand the chemical processes that have led to life on Earth, to define habitability conditions for both Solar System planets and exoplanets, and to detect the most favorable exoplanets where to search for a putative existence of life in a near future.

The search for traces of life, in situ on planetary bodies, in samples brought back to Earth, or in Archean rocks has become a scientific goal displayed by space missions in progress (ExoMars - ESA, Osiris Rex, Mars 2020 and MSR - NASA, Hayabusa II - Jaxa), or by Origin of Life projects. The scientific issues involve:

- reducing the risk of false positives in the analyses
- controlling the possible degradation of the biological traces during the first diagnostics.
- establishing the absolute elemental composition and chemical environment of the biological traces during the first diagnostics.

Imaging primordial fossil microorganisms on host minerals by advanced non-invasive/non-destructive X-ray imaging methods of high spatial resolution and sensitivity opens new capabilities for Sample Return missions.

9) Lectureship position at the Open University

   We are now recruiting to a lectureship position with a research specialism in analytical planetary sciences in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University.  This Faculty position will provide the opportunity to join a large group of planetary scientists with an extensive range of excellent analytical and simulation facilities and involvement in many on-going and planned planetary missions, and to contribute to our distance learning curriculum.
   The deadline for applications is 23rd April 2019 - see Open University website for details (http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/lecturer-planetary-science-15811).

Best Wishes,

    Mahesh Anand

10) Research Associate - Meteorite Curation And Analysis (University of Manchester)

The appointee will perform laboratory and database curation tasks, undertake preliminary characterisation and analysis of a new UK Antarctic meteorite collection, perform research studies, and publish and communicate project outcomes. The Lost Meteorites of Antarctica Project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust with support from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to explore new Meteorite Stranding Zones in Antarctica for meteorites that are encapsulated within ice. More details of the project can be found at https://ukantarcticmeteorites.com/. The first field season to Antarctica in December 2018-February 2019 recovered meteorites from the surface of blue ice fields in the Antarctic interior. These samples will arrive in Manchester in June 2019, where they will be preliminarily curated and classified to meet international standards. Another field season is planned for next Antarctic summer.

For more information on the position and how to apply please visit https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=17132.

11) PhD position at the Unité Matériaux et Transformation (UMET), Université de Lille
Water in chondrites: experimental investigation of water - silicate interactions
           Carbonaceous chondrites are fossilized remnants of the solar system formation. They contain hydrated silicates resulting from water-rock reactions, the nature of which remains puzzling. What was the state of water at the time of hydration - liquid or vapor? Where did it occur – in the protoplanetary disk or within the asteroids?
          This project aims at investigating experimentally the water/silicate interactions in order to understand the conditions of the alteration events (location, temperature, duration). We will focus on how fast water vapor might alter amorphous silicates, one of the major components accreted in chondrites. We will conduct experiments in an environmental cell, explore various conditions (temperature, fH2O, etc...) and a range of precursor compositions. The reaction products are expected to be nanometer-sized, and we will use state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques to reveal their properties. The lab has recently acquired an advanced TEM with a configuration ideal to perform high resolution images, chemical analysis by EDS and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The environment also offers multiple and complementary analytical instruments. The results will be interpreted in the frame of the protoplanetary disk evolution and the alteration of asteroids.

Corentin Le Guillou, Hugues Leroux.
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