1) post-doc position on planet formation at MPIA Heidelberg.

2 Postdoctoral Positions in the Planet and Star Formation Department at the
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), One in the group of Bertram Bitsch and
one in the Group of Hubert Klahr, Heidelberg (Reference number: 18_04)
The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg invites applications for postdoctoral
research positions in the Planet and Star Formation Department.
The successful applicants will carry out research in the field of planet formation working in the groups
of Bertram Bitsch or Hubert Klahr. Prior experience and publications on radiation transfer, magneto
and radiation hydrodynamical simulations of protoplanetary discs, planet-disc interaction, physics and
chemistry of dusty and icy planet building material, and/or N-body simulations for planet formation is
highly appreciated.
We expect and foster collaborations and interaction within the PSF department, especially with the
other theory groups and the observational projects on planet and disc observations. A commitment to
student training and supervision will be appreciated.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a closely related field. The
appointment will be for an initial period of three years, with the possibility of extension for another year.
Funds for publications travel and computer equipment will be provided.
The positions have a flexible starting date, with a preferred starting date after summer 2018. The
remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD)
depending on qualification and experience in level E13/E14. Social benefits are granted according to
the regulations for public service. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list,
and a brief statement of research interests by March 31st. They should also arrange for three letters
of reference to be provided separately by the same date. All applications and reference letters need to be
submitted using our online application system at:
Candidates should first register with our online system to generate a registration code, which must be
sent to referees for letter submission. Please concatenate CV, publication list, and research statement
into a single PDF file.
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The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people
and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for
suitable child care institutions.

2) workshop "METEORITES – Understanding the origin of planetodiversity" Paris- 6-8 June 2018

An international workshop "METEORITES – Understanding the origin of planetodiversity" will be held at the Paris Museum- 6-8 June 2018


This workshop will adress most of the recent issues in cosmochemistry and planetary formation. Invited speakers include Larry Nittler (Carnegie Institution), Sara Russell (NHM London), Thorsten Kleine (Münster University), Michael Zolensky (NASA), Anders Johansen (Lund University) and  Nathalie Carrasco (LATMOS).

It will be a unique occasion to visit the exhibit "Météorites, entre ciel et terre" at MNHN (expometeorites.fr)
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The organizers - Prof. Gounelle & Roskosz

3) Goldschmidt conference. Boston, Aug. 12-17. Abstract deadline March 31

tout est dans le titre. Voir https://goldschmidt.info/2018/

4) quatrième réunion des utilisateurs du télescope T193 de l'OHP et du TBL: journées SF2, Bordeaux le 5 juillet

La quatrième réunion des utilisateurs du télescope T193 de l'OHP et du TBL (Télescope Bernard-Lyot) se tiendra le jeudi 5 juillet 2018 de 14h00 à 18h00 à Bordeaux, dans le cadre de la Semaine de l'Astrophysique Française de la SF2A.

Cette réunion se veut avant tout un moment d'échange et de partage d'expériences. Les télescopes, leur fonctionnement, leur instrumentation et leurs perspectives y seront présentés et discutés. Une grande partie sera également consacrée à la présentation de résultats scientifiques obtenus récemment sur ces deux télescopes, sur la base des contributions proposées par les participants.

Les utilisateurs du T193 et du TBL sont invités à participer à cette réunion et à y proposer des contributions d'ici au 3 juin 2018 sur le site de la SF2A : http://sf2a.eu/semaine-sf2a/2018


5) post-doc position on formation and evolution of complex organic matter at IPAG Grenoble (deadline April 15)

The Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) in Univ. Grenoble Alpes,
France invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in Laboratory Astrophysics. The
appointment is initially for one year and may be extended to two more years, is funded by the
French Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and is paid according to the French public service scale.
15 k€/year will be allocated to the successful candidate to carry his/her research project. IPAG is
located in Grenoble (France), a lively and scenic university town.
The postdoc will carry out original research related to the formation and evolution of complex
organic matter in the solar system (and beyond) through the analysis by very high-resolution mass
spectrometry of laboratory analogues and/or extraterrestrial samples. The postdoc will be joining
the mass spectrometry group of the “planeto” team (∼20 faculties, technicians, postdocs and
students) and will closely work with Dr. Véronique Vuitton (PI of the research project) and with
other colleagues at IPAG (F.-R. Orthous-Daunay, L. Bonal, E. Quirico), as well as in the Paris area
and the United States. The mass spectrometry group has a solid experience in Titan’s atmospheric
chemistry as well as in the evolution of the organic matter present in small bodies (comets,
meteorites) and is currently expanding its interests to Pluto and extrasolar planets. It has also
significantly contributed to several space missions (e.g. Cassini-Huygens and Rosetta).
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. with a solid background in analytical chemistry and/or laboratory
astrophysics and have strong interest in planetary sciences and/or geochemistry and/or
astrobiology. Experience in mass spectrometry and/or liquid chromatography and/or scientific
programming is an asset.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of previous research
(2 pages max.), research interests (1 page max.), and the names of at least two persons who can
be contacted for letters of references. Applications can be sent in electronic form or regular post
(documents will not be returned) to the address below by April 15, 2018. Applications will be
considered until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is June 1, 2018.
Applications should be sent to:
Dr. Véronique Vuitton
Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble
Université Grenoble Alpes - Bât OSUG A
CS 40700 38058 Grenoble Cedex 9 France
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6) Planet Formation and Evolution, Rostock, 27.02.-01.03.2019 (1st announcement)

the 12th Workshop in the series "Planet Formation and Evolution
(PFE-12)" will be held at the Institute of Physics, University of
Rostock, Feb 27 - March 1, 2019. All information about the Workshop,
deadlines, the program, travel to Rostock, accommodation etc. will be
given via the PFE-12 web pages which will be updated regularly.

Registration to the Workshop and abstract submission will be possible
online from July 1 to October 31, 2018. We plan to circulate the final
program in early January 2019. Summary:

Workshop PFE-12
Date:       Feb 27 - March 1, 2019
Location: Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany
www:       http://pfe2019.stat.physik.uni-rostock.de/

Please forward this information to the members of your groups and all
potentially interested colleagues. We are looking forward to see you at
the PFE-12 Workshop in Rostock in 2019.

On behalf of the LOC, Ronald Redmer

7) offre de Thèse: "irradiation des glaces et formation de matière organique", PIIM, Marseille

Intitulé du Projet :
Etudes préliminaires à l’analyse de données des futures missions d’exploration du système solaire: irradiation des glaces et formation de matière organique

Nom et Prénom du Directeur de thèse principal : Danger Grégoire (PIIM)
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Ecole doctorale principale : ED 250 – Sciences Chimiques

Nom et Prénom du co-Directeur de thèse : Mousis Olivier (LAM)
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Ecole doctorale partenaire : ED 352 – Physique et sciences de la matière
Le sujet de thèse s'intéresse à déterminer le lien qui peut exister entre la glace initiale, les composés organiques volatils qui subliment lors du réchauffement de cette même glace préalablement irradiée (photons UV, électrons, ions), et les résidus organiques qui se forment après désorption de ces composés volatils. Lier ces trois phases est un élément essentiel pour comprendre les processus chimiques qui se déroulent lors de l'évolution de ces glaces. Par ailleurs, la compréhension de l'interaction glace/gaz/matière organique réfractaire permettra de définir à terme les méthodologies analytiques nécessaires qui pourront être proposées pour de futures missions spatiales ayant pour objectifs l'analyse de la matière organique présente dans l'environnement de ces objets interplanétaires. Nous pourrons déterminer par exemple en quoi une analyse de la phase gazeuse peut amener des informations sur la composition de la surface d’objets astrophysiques et quelle pourrait en être les limites.

Nous appuierons de plus nos recherches sur quatre outils analytiques déjà développés pour le spatial (spectroscopie infrarouge et  GC-MS), ou en cours de développement (orbitrap et HPLC). La caractérisation de l'altération des glaces par des irradiations VUV, d’ions ou d’électrons, suivie d'un réchauffement se fait in situ par spectrométrie infrarouge. L'analyse des composés organiques volatils se fait par GC-orbitrap à partir d'un dispositif spécialement développé à cet effet. L'analyse des résidus se fait par spectrométrie de masse très haute résolution (orbitrap) et par UHPLC-orbitrap. Ainsi à la fin de cette thèse nous déterminerons la faisabilité d’unifier ces quatre outils au sein d’une mission spatiale ayant pour objectif scientifique l’analyse de la matière organique au sein d’objets interplanétaires ou à la surface de satellites glacés. Ces informations seront essentielles pour le design de futures missions spatiales proposées par la LAM, et pour venir enrichir les modèles d’évolution de la matière au sein des corps du système solaire.

8) Research Scientist position at ELSI (Tokyo). 14 April Deadline

I would like to bring to your attention an upcoming recruitment for “Research Scientist” with an application deadline of 14 April. Contract durations are presently offered up to 3 years. We are seeking ambitious and adventurous young scientists from a large variety of fields who are interested in very broad inter-disciplinary collaboration (ranging from galaxy formation/evolution to planet formation theory, planet evolution, pre-biotic chemistry, micro-biology, and everything between, above, and below).

Here is a link to the detailed recruitment information and application instructions: https://goo.gl/ow5MBb
Best Regards,
John Hernlund
ELSI Vice Director

1) Permanent PLATO position at the University of Warwick

Applications are invited for a full time and permanent Research Fellow position at the University of Warwick, UK. Closing date for applications is 23rd March 2018.

The position is in support of ESA’s PLATO Mission, and is based in the Science Management Office. It is funded by the UK Space Agency and the University of Warwick.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD degree, a proven research track record, and preferably experience of working in an (international) project environment.

Duties include organisational support of the PLATO Science consortium, and there will be other opportunities to become involved with the PLATO mission, both technically and scientifically. Opportunities are also available to become scientifically involved in CHEOPS, and in ground based experiments in which Warwick has significant roles (e.g. NGTS and SuperWASP). We expect that some of the post holder’s time will be available for research, preferably in the area of extra-solar planets with the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at Warwick.

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Prof. D. L. Pollacco (d.pollacco[at]warwick.ac.uk)

Full details about the post, and information on how to apply: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1713193&vt_template=1457&adminview=1

Information about the PLATO Science consortium: https://warwick.ac.uk/plato-science/

Information about the Astronomy & Astrophysics Group: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/astro/

2) NASA Exploration Science Forum - JUNE 26-28, 2018 at NASA Ames Research Center
The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 5th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), to be held in person JUNE 26-28, 2018 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.  This year's Forum will feature scientific discussions of human exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).  Science sessions will focus on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies.  Dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young professionals will coincide with the ESF.  Public engagement discussions will be interwoven among science topics as well.   

Abstracts are currently open and will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. PDT March 30, 2018 at

Foreign national participants MUST register at the above url by May 25, 2018.  US citizens may register until June 22, 2018.  Hotel room reservation blocks at per diem

3) Joint ARES/JSC-LPI Gordon A. McKay Fellowship

Direct link: https://usra-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=723


The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA Johnson Space Center and the Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), both in Houston, Texas, are proud to announce a new, prestigious Gordon A. McKay Postdoctoral Fellowship, honoring the accomplishments of Dr. Gordon A. McKay. Dr. McKay was a world-recognized authority on planetary igneous petrology and geochemistry, and was the leader of the ARES Research Office at JSC for over 20 years. The McKay Fellowship recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists within five years of their doctorate and is intended to encourage the development of young scientists in the field of astromaterials research that involves the study of the origin, composition, structure, and evolution of the bodies of the Solar System, including the planets and their satellites, the Earth and Moon, meteorites, asteroids, comets, and dust. McKay Fellows are expected to be self-motivated and to define their own research direction and foci within the planetary sciences (defined inclusively). The McKay Fellow will be in residence at JSC while also being an employee of USRA and active at the LPI, and be expected to interact with scientists of both organizations (see www.lpi.usra.edu and https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/). Fellows will also enjoy access to all of JSC’s laboratories and analytical instruments on the same basis as scientific staff.

Applicants for this position should have a Ph.D. in a planetary and space sciences-related field before taking up the position. McKay Fellows will be provided highly competitive levels of salary, research support, and travel support for two years, with possible extension for another year. The candidate must be able to pass a detailed government background investigation. And due to security issues, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries (see link under "ECP Notices" at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/) are not eligible.

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Louise Prockter (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). Interested applicants should apply to the posting at https://usracareers.silkroad.com/ and must submit a curriculum vita with list of publications, a two to three page statement of research interests, and a list of three professional references. Further information on current research and facilities at the LPI and at JSC can be found through the websites given above.

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.

4) School: "Stable and Chaotic Motions in the Planetary Problem" - Asiago (Italy) June 10-15 2018

The aim of this school is to study in depth the dynamics of planetary
systems from  the underlying mathematical theories coming from perturbation
theories and going back to A. N. Kolmogorov,  V.I. Arnold and J. Moser, up to the recent astronomical observations of comets, asteroids and exoplanets from ground and space.

We foresee 18 hourly mathematical and 10 astronomical lectures.

a) The Mathematical Lectures:

-Alessandra Celletti, Univ. Tor Vergata, Roma (lectures on KAM Theorem);

-Vadim Kaloshin, University of Maryland & ETH, Zurigo (Arnold diffusion);

-Richard Moeckel, University of Minnesota (the N-Body problem);

-Tere Seara, UPC, Barcellona (Arnold diffusion);

b) The Astronomical Lectures (10 hours):

-Alessandro Morbidelli, Observatoire de la Coste d’Azure, Nice (evolution of planetary systems)

-Ivano Bertini, University of Padova (space missions, comets);

-Foriangela La Forgia, University of Padova (comets);

-Francesco Marzari, University of Padova (extrasolar planets dynamics)

The precise titles and abstracts will be soon announced.

The lectures will be held at the Astrophysical Observatory in Asiago.

If you are interested to participate, please register
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a short CV, before 30 April.

The participation to the school is open to Phd students, Post doc researchers
and researchers. We strongly encourage the participation of Phd and
Post-Doc researchers. We will be able to cover the local expenses for a limited number of young participants: to apply for financial support please mention
it in the registration e-mail.

The selection of the participants and of the financial support will
be confirmed by e-mail.

Accomodation: a limited number of rooms (cheap, from 10 to 15 euros per day, but comfortable; with kithchen facility) are available in the guest rooms at the
Observatory. Further information on other possible accomodations will be soon available.

5) Rencontres "Connexions en Physique Solaire et Stellaire », 14-18 Mai 2018, Observatoire de Banyuls

Site web: https://sunstars.sciencesconf.org
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Chers collègues,

nous vous invitons à participer aux rencontres "Connexions en Physique Solaire et Stellaire », qui visent à une revue croisée des méthodes et connaissances actuelles sur plusieurs aspects de la physique stellaire et solaire. Les principaux thèmes abordés seront les suivants:

    - Signature observationnelle de l'activité
    - Héliosismologie et astérosismologie
    - Champ magnétique solaire et stellaire
    - Dynamique des fluides astrophysiques
    - Environnement solaire et stellaire

Ces rencontres regrouperont participants et intervenants sur une semaine et se veulent un lieu d'échange et de débat stimulés par des cours. Elles sont ouvertes aux chercheurs, doctorants et post-doctorants.

Plus d’informations sont disponible sur le site.

Cloture des inscriptions le 16 mars (attention, nombre de participants limité)

6) Atélier: "Existe-t-il un lien entre la chimie du milieu interstellaire et celle des comètes ? " - CNES, Paris, le 24 mai 2018

Bonjour à tous,
Comme chaque année nous organisons le 24 mai 2018 Salle de l’Espace au CNES Paris un atelier dont le thème sera  "Existe-t-il un lien entre la chimie du milieu interstellaire et celle des comètes ? ". Nous tenterons de répondre à certaines de ces questions en comparant la composition de ces milieux, en rappelant les méthodes d’identification des molécules et les limites associées, en montrant ce qui peut être issu d’une transformation photochimique ou d’une autre source énergétique (chocs, hydrogène radicalaire, …) et en rappelant que chimie radicalaire et chimie ionique peuvent chacune jouer un rôle dans cette évolution chimique. Observations et simulations en laboratoire de ces milieux seront présentées.

Vous pourrez trouver toutes les informations nécessaires pour assister à cet atelier sur l'adresse suivante: https://ateliercnes2018.sciencesconf.org/

Bien cordialement.

Grégoire Danger, Jean-Claude Guillemin, Yann Trolez et Fabien Borget

7) Post-doc position: "Probing Saturn’s magnetosphere with auroral observations of Cassini and Hubble" au LESIA

The research project primarily aims at investigating the auroral processes and the dynamics at
various timescales of Saturn’s magnetosphere, through the analysis of remote ultraviolet (UV)
auroral observations recently acquired by the Cassini/UVIS spectro-imager and the Hubble
Space Telescope (HST), complemented by in situ radio and plasma measurements of the
Cassini spacecraft. The main objective of this project is to build and exploit a high level
database of Cassini/UVIS auroral observations in the frame of the APIS service, and to take
advantage of multi-platform measurements to disentangle and characterize the different
components of kronian aurorae (e.g. energy budget, dynamics from short-term scales to
solar/seasonal variations) and constrain the underlying acceleration processes. The Cassini
‘Grand Finale’, made of a series of high-inclination orbits, provided unprecedented vantage
views on both the northern and southern UV aurorae together with unique in situ
measurements along the auroral field lines. These observations were supported by coordinated
HST instantaneous observations of the northern UV aurorae near solstice, precisely scheduled
during the Cassini traversal of auroral field lines. Coincidentally, HST similarly observed the
UV aurorae of other giant planets which offer an extended frame for comparative planetology.

Requirements for the candidate:
The applicant should master the basics of magnetospheric and auroral physics, have a
documented past experience with space-based plasma observations and skills in massive data

Location and starting date:
The project will ideally start in Sept. 2018 (or before) at LESIA-Observatoire de Paris, 5
place Jules Janssen, 92190 Meudon, France.
Salary: in the range 3000-3200€/month (gross), according to experience.
Duration: 18 months.

Application deadline is fixed on April 30th 2018.
Applications with CV, copies of degree diplomas and grades, two reference letters, and copies
of any previous research-related work statement of motivation.
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8) session "interaction fluide/roche : des météorites à la terre", RST conference, du 22 au 26 Octobre à Lille Grand Palais

En Octobre prochain, les laboratoires Lillois du domaine des géosciences organisent, en partenariat avec la Société Géologique de France, la 26e réunion des Sciences de la Terre. Cet évènement se déroulera du 22 au 26 Octobre à Lille Grand Palais. Voici le lien du site sur lequel vous trouverez toutes les informations : https://rst2018-lille.sciencesconf.org

Parmi les nombreuses sessions que nous proposons, j'attire votre attention sur la session 9.2. Interactions fluide-roche : des météorites à la Terre. Cette session comprend plusieurs sous-sessions qui pourraient vous intéresser :
1/ Altération hydrothermale dans les contextes extraterrestre et terrestre : étude des interactions fluide – minéraux, front de réactions, mécanismes et cinétiques réactionnels dans des contextes extraterrestres (chondrites, astéroïdes, surface de Mars, etc...), ou des contextes terrestres de sub-surface (altération de la croûte océanique et des surfaces continentales).
2/ Interactions fluide-roche en contexte de stockage : étude de l’évolution minéralogique et géochimique d’un matériel géologique naturel subissant des contraintes externes (comme la mise en place en son sein d’une barrière ouvragée) en conditions hydrothermales. Ceci concerne aussi bien les études in situ que les approches expérimentales, pour des contextes de stockage géologique profond de déchets radioactifs, ou encore de stockage géologique du CO2.

9) Researcher position in Mathematical Physics at the University of Roma Tor Vergata

The Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
invites applications from talented individuals for a 3-years position of
     "ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo B [RTD-B]"
a sort of tenure track position according to the Italian law n. 240/2010.
The position will be addressed to a very highly qualified researcher
working in the scientific field of
The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

For more information, see the job advertisement at

More information about the RTD-B position are available at "Art. 24"
of the Italian law n. 240/2010:

The Department of Mathematics - Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata is Italian Excellence Department 2018-2022.

10) Technologies and Infrastructures Workshop for Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061, Lausanne, April 23-25, 2018

This is the second announcement of the *Technologies and Infrastructures Workshop for Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061*, which will take place on *April 23-25, 2018*, in the *SwissTech Convention center on the campus of EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.*

*To ensure a great meeting the deadline of paper submission (Talks/Posters) has been extended to March 6, 2018 at:*


Alternatively, as some people had apparently some difficulties, you can submit your abstract (Including title and list of co-authors) to

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*You can register to this event by connecting directly to:*


*All information can be found at:*https://planetaryexploration2061.epfl.ch/

In particular, *a consolidated list of the keynotes is:*

• Dave Beaty (JPL, USA): Sample return and curation

• Michel Blanc (IRAP+ISSI): Planetary vision, a European view

• Fabienne Casoli (CNES, France): The CNES Vision

• Steve Chien (JPL, USA): Autonomy and on board processing

• Rachel Cross (Aberystwyth, UK): Hyperspectral cameras for planetary exploration

• David Ehrenreich (U. Geneva, CH): Current and future of exoplanets

• Sabrina Feldman (JPL, USA): New Sensors and science instruments

• Antonella Ferri (Thales Alenia Space): Current and future sample return missions

• Enrico Flamini (ASI, Italy): ASI Vision of Planetary Exploration and technological challenges

• Tony Freeman (JPL, USA): Disruptive technologies

• Masaki Fujimoto (ISAS/JAXA, Japan): Japanese Vision of Planetary Exploration and technological challenges

• Manuel Grande (Aberystwyth, UK): Technology foresight for Planetary Exploration

• Linli Guo (CAST, China): The Key Technologies for Lunar Base

• Brook Lakew (Goddard, USA) Planetary Science’s Vision 2050: Technology Challenges

• Joseph Lazio (JPL, USA): Communication and radio science

• Stephen Mackwell (USRA): Lessons learned from Planetary Science Vision 2050: Science Questions and Implementation Strategy

• Heike Rauer (DLR, Germany): Space technology developments for planetary exploration

Looking forward to prepare the future of Planetary Exploration with your participation.

Michel Blanc, Manuel Grande, Jean-Paul Kneib & Anton Ivanov

(on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

11) Poste de Maître de Conférences en Planétologie, Université de Besançon

Un concours pour un poste de Maître de Conférences en planétologie à l'Université de Besançon (laboratoire UTINAM), pour la rentrée 2018,
est ouvert.

Voir le profil sur

Date de fermeture des candidatures : 29 mars 2018.

12) Cosmic Cycle of Dust and Gas in the Galaxy: from Old to Young Stars -July 9th to July 13th, 2018- Quy Nhon, Vietnam

The registration for the conference Cosmic Cycle of Dust and Gas in the Galaxy: from Old to Young Stars -July 9th to July 13th, 2018- is now open. The conference will take place at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) which is located in the beautiful coastal city of Quy Nhon, Vietnam. You are invited to register and submit contributed talks and posters.


Organized in the framework of the "Rencontres du Vietnam", the conference focuses on the evolution of dust and gas from evolved to young stars. The aim of the conference is to bring astronomers working on the circumstellar environment of evolved stars and star forming regions and planetologists working on the origin of the solar system together to discuss about science in a friendly and relaxed environment at ICISE. In July 2016, in the same cycle of conferences, “Blowing In the Wind” addressed issues of dynamics of gas and dust in the Galaxy. In July 2017, another conference “Star Formation in Different Environments” focused on how stars form. This year's conference will be dedicated to the physico-chemistry and evolution of gas and dust. It will review state-of-the-art knowledge of the molecular and dust components of envelopes and shells surrounding AGB stars, planetary nebulae, diffuse giant molecular clouds as well as Supernovae. Special sessions will be dedicated to the origin and evolution of matter in the solar system: meteorites, comets, etc. Recent observations, in particular with ALMA, are the source of major progress in the study of the cosmic cycle of gas and dust in the Galaxy making such a conference very timely.

The list of invited speakers can be found at: https://cosmiccycle2018.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/6

There is some funding from the Rencontres du Vietnam to pay the hotel for a few participants. Grants will be given in priority to those giving a talk at the conference. If you need support, please fill in a form in the following link (Financial Support section):



During the weekend before the conference, we organize a series of tutorials and lectures introducing the topics of the conference to senior undergraduates, PhD students and young postdocs. If you are interested in attending it, please contact Tuan-Anh Pham (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

Anne Dutrey and Diep Ngoc Pham, on behalf of the SOC

13) Ph.D. position(s) in Galaxy, Star and/or Planet formation at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden

We are advertising one or more Ph.D. positions in Galaxy, Star and/or Planet formation (~4-year positions, post Masters) at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Please advertise to any students that you think may be suitable and have an interest in such opportunities.

The application deadline is 31st March 2018, with a start date expected around Sept. 2018 (but is flexible).

More information is here:


14) Postdoc position on Geomagnetic field analysis and Earth’s core dynamics, IPGP

The Geological Fluid Dynamics and Geomagnetism groups of IPG Paris (http://www.ipgp.fr)  are seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship on Earth’s core dynamics and geomagnetic observations. The successful fellow will take part in a current project on explaining and modelling Earth’s core dynamics and the geomagnetic field, from the rapid to historical secular variations.

Good knowledge in one or several of these fields is preferred: numerical simulations of the geodynamo, acquisition of geomagnetic data, techniques for data assimilation in Earth sciences. Please write to Julien Aubert, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., for general enquiries about the position. Applications should include a CV and short description of the research record and activities. The appointment is for 1 year.

Applications should be received by May 1 2018 but can be considered after this date if the position is not filled. The position start date is flexible.


1) atelier international sur la Spectrométrie de Masse Spatiale, Orléans, du 16 au 18 mai

Deadline for registration : Tuesday 27th of March

In recent decades, the search for signs of extraterrestrial life has been a prime topic in scientific space exploration. This international conference, organized by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, aims at presenting the current state of knowledge acquired so far in the field of mass spectrometry by the activities of the world's scientific organizations and the most active space agencies pursuing this fundamental research field.

International experts will present the results on mass spectrometry of on-going and recently-completed in situ space missions (review talks on Cassini-Huygens, Rosetta, MSL-Curiosity, etc….) as well as the results of the return sample missions (Stardust, Hayabusa, etc..) and experimental laboratory and relevant modelling results.

Several space missions under development that address the research field will be presented by representatives of Space Agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, RSA, CNES,..)

A part of the workshop will be devoted to the presentations of new High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) space instruments under development that are required to advance in our capability to address the ambitious science objectives laid down for the future missions under study.

Main topics: Mass Spectrometry, Space Missions, Spatial Instrumentation, Planetology, Exobiology, Habitability.

pour plus d'infos:

2) Two Job Openings in planetary science at Goddard Space Flight Center

JOB OPENING 1: Planetary Scientist with expertise in exospheres at Goddard Space Flight Center
The Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory of the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) located in Greenbelt, Maryland has a U.S. civil service position open for a Planetary Scientist, with expertise in exospheres, at the GS-13 (Junior) level. The Solar System Exploration Division conducts theoretical and experimental research to explore the solar system and understand the formation and evolution of planetary systems. For more information about the duties of this position and requirements or to apply please see


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JOB OPENING 2: Planetary Scientist with expertise in magnetometry at Goddard Space Flight Center

The Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory of the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) located in Greenbelt, Maryland has a civil service position open for a Magnetometry Scientist, at either the Junior or mid-career levels. The Solar System Exploration Division conducts theoretical and experimental research to explore the solar system and understand the formation and evolution of planetary systems. For more information about the duties of this position and requirements or to apply please see: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487865100 (GS-13 position) and www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487885200 (GS-15 position)
We will be hiring a single individual, at either a junior or mid-career level, to fill this position. More Information about the SSED can be found at science.gsfc.nasa.gov/solarsystem. These job openings close on 5 February. Specific questions about the SSED and this position can be directed to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

3) allocation de temps d'observation sur les télescopes aux Canaries

NB: The deadline for the 2018 call for proposals is
midnight, February 28, 2018.
The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los Muchachos
(ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) observatories invites applications
for International Time Programmes (ITP) on telescopes installed at these
The ITP offers up to 5% of the observing time, evenly spread throughout the year and
the lunar cycle, at the telescopes listed on the ITP web page:
A proposal can request up to 15 nights/year (80 hours on GTC & STELLA) of
observing time. A proposal can cover a period of up to two consecutive years, i.e. in
this case, up to a maximum of 30 nights / 160 hours per telescope can be requested.
Proposals must include a justification of the time requested on each telescope.

[1] http://www.iac.es/eno.php?op1=5&amp;lang=en
[2] http://www.iac.es/disclaimer.php
[3] http://www.iac.es/disclaimer.php?lang=en

4) ISSS Course on “The Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues”, L'Aquila (It), 17-21/9

The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “The Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, 17-21 September 2018, directed by G. De Franceschi, M. Mendillo, C. Mitchell.  
The goal of the school is to foster excitement and encourage involvement of the next generation of space researchers in studies of the geospace environment of Polar Regions.  The importance of these regions is rapidly growing due to modern society’s dependence on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) services and products, strongly affected by ionospheric variability at high latitudes. Topics will focus on the infrastructures for multi-instrument monitoring, data management from sub auroral to polar latitudes, the need for specialized models of the upper atmosphere, and the development of mitigation algorithms to improve GNSS services and products. The school is mainly addressed to graduate and post-graduate students with enthusiastic interest on this topic. Students-teams will be organized through an “inside team building” activity scheduled on the first day of the school.  This initial activity will formulate, under the supervision of experts, the “first iteration” of student-led project proposals. The establishment of the student-teams aims to both stimulate the interaction among the new generation of scientists from different countries and furnish the preliminary tools to build successful project proposals.  On the final day the students-teams will present their project results and participate in their evaluation by the School Program and Organization Committees.

Applications are due before May 6, 2018.

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5) Two theoretical astrophysics postdoc positions at Lund Observatory

Two postdoc positions in Theoretical Astrophysics at Lund Observatory are available. Theoretical astrophysics at Lund Observatory encompasses planet formation and dynamics, high-energy astrophysics, binary stellar evolution, stellar and Galactic dynamics, and galaxy formation. We have strong observational links, including involvement in the ESA missions Gaia, CHEOPS, PLATO and LISA.

We are seeking postdocs having a background within a broad range of astronomy and astrophysics, both observational and theoretical.

The postdocs will be free to define their own research in collaboration with the theoretical astrophysics researchers in Lund but will be required to work on two specific projects. One postdoc will work with Alexander Mustill on modelling the post-main sequence fate of planetary systems and the pollution of white dwarfs by accreted asteroids. The second postdoc will work with Ross Church on the early lives of binary stars that go on to form gravitational wave sources.

Research at Lund Observatory also includes work on stellar populations, stellar and laboratory spectroscopy, and research related to Gaia (particularly the astrometric solution).

The applicants should, at the start of the contract, hold a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field. The PhD should have been obtained no earlier than three years prior to the deadline.

Both positions are available for two years with the potential for a third year. The positions are available from Spring 2018, but starting dates as late as Autumn 2018 are possible.

The application should include a CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. The statement of research interests should include your own research to be carried out in Lund as well as an indication of specific interests related to the post-main sequence evolution of planetary systems and/or gravitational wave progenitors. Names and contact information of three persons willing to give references should be supplied.

Included Benefits:
All employees in Sweden and at Lund University enjoy full access to the national health care system. The position includes 5 weeks paid annual leave. For employees with small children there are extra possibilities of leave and there are state provided day-care facilities for all employees.

Related URLs:
Lund Observatory
Application Deadline:
Thursday, February 22, 2018

See instructions following link to application system
Full advert and link to application system
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code:

6) workshop  "Inverse problems and approximation techniques in planetary sciences", 16-18 May 2018, Sophia Antipolis

Dates: 16-18 May 2018.
Location: INRIA, Centre de Recherche Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée.

Organizers: Laurent Baratchart, Sylvain Chevillard, Juliette Leblond, Marie-Line Merinho.

The organization is supported by C4PO (UCA Jedi), INRIA Sophia Antipolis, and the team APICS-FACTAS.

A workshop and a school will be held for 3 days on inverse problems in harmonic electromagnetism and approximation, with applications mainly dedicated to geomagnetism and paleomagnetism. They will more precisely concern direct and inverse potential problems of source detection and non-destructive control, data extension, conductivity or permittivity estimation from boundary data, together with resolution algorithms. The techniques pertain to harmonic analysis, e.g. expansions in spherical harmonics or other families of special functions, Hodge decomposition principles, approximation theory and constrained optimization, Fourier analysis, ...

Applications to geosciences and planetary sciences concern in particular geomagnetism, subsoil prospection, paleomagnetism, gravimetry, source imaging, processing of stellar signals, measures protocols and steering of instruments.

The school and the workshop are open to Master or PhD students and of course to post-doctoral researchers, researchers, professors, engineers.

Talks and lectures will be given by the following speakers (preliminary list, to be confirmed):

Christian Gerhards (Computational Science Center, Univ. Vienna, Austria),
Eduardo A. Lima (Dep. Earth, Atmospheric Planetary Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA),
Dmitry Ponomarev (Laboratory POEMS, ENSTA-INRIA, Saclay, France),
Yoann Quesnel (CEREGE-CNRS, Univ. Aix-Marseille, Aix-en Provence, France),
Doug Hardin (Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN, USA),
Mark Wieczorek (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France).

7) Rosetta workshop on comets and their role in Solar System formation, 28 May to 1 June 2018 in Rhodes

The Rosetta spacecraft completed its observations of Comet 67P/Churyumov-
Gerasimenko in September 2016, but analysis and interpretation of the data are continuing.  The Rosetta Project is holding one of its last Science Working Team meetings from 28 May to 1 June 2018 in Rhodes, Greece, and invites the scientific community to participate.  The discussions/presentations will focus on three themes:  
1) Where and how did comets form, how are they put together, and what is their role in solar system and planetary formation scenarios?
2) What are comets made of?
3) How do comets work?
Additional information is available at the workshop website:
Note that attendees must register in advance via the website prior to 26 March 2018.
March 26th is also the deadline for obtaining a special room rate at the conference hotel.
A registration fee of approximately 300 Euros will be collected on-site, and must
be paid in cash (Euros).  The exact fee will be determined by the number of registrants.

8) Didymos observer workshop, June 19-21, Prague

The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the planned target for the
Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment  (AIDA, https://www-n.oca.eu/michel/AIDA/) mission. AIDA will be the first space experiment to demonstrate asteroid impact hazard mitigation by using a kinetic impactor to deflect an asteroid.  It is an international cooperation, consisting of two mission elements: the NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART, http://dart.jhuapl.edu/) mission and the ESA Hera (previously known as AIM) rendezvous mission
Remote (mostly Earth-based) observations of Didymos are an important part of
the mission. In this workshop, we will discuss observations for the 2019, 2020-2021, and 2022 apparitions of Didymos. We will discuss detailed plans and expected outcomes for 2019 observations and preliminary observing plans for the subsequent apparitions.
Additional meeting information is available at:
The full first announcement is available at:
Dr. Petr Pravec (LOC chair)
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9) 9th Workshop on Catastrophic Disruption in the Solar System, May 14 - 17, 2018 Ikuta shrine (Japan)

Venue: Ikuta shrine (Ikuta Jinja Kaikan), Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan



The site for abstract submission and registration is now open.
The deadline for abstract submission and application for early registration is Feb. 28 (JST).


Partial travel support is available to encourage those with limited sources of funding to attend the meeting. Applicants must be the sole or senior author of an accepted abstract to qualify, and must be the presenter of the contribution. The deadline to submit an application for a travel grant is Feb. 28 (JST).

The maximum amount of the support will be 100, 000 JPY per person, which includes partial support for the expenses for transportation and accommodation. LOC will review the applications and decide the amount of the support, depending on the availability of funding. Priority will be given to Ph.D. students and recent PhDs. Grant applicants will be notified of the decision after the SOC’s decision of abstract acceptance is finalized (March 9, 2018). Successful applicants will be given the grant in cash at the registration desk.

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10) workshop "Asteroid Science Intersections with Mine Engineering 2018" in Belval, Luxembourg, April 16-17,

As part of the Luxembourg government's in-space utilisation initiative (1), we have developed a two-day workshop on April 16-17, 2018 titled:

"Asteroid Science Intersections with Mine Engineering 2018" in Belval, Luxembourg at the University of Luxembourg https://asime.uni.lu/

Abstracts due: March 9, 2018

ASIME 2018 focuses on the 'asteroid composition' theme of the science knowledge gaps (SKGs) (2) that emerged from the previous  ASIME in 2016 (3) and goes deeper.

What do we know about asteroid composition from remote-sensing observations? What are the potential caveats in the interpretation of Earth-based spectral observations? What are the next steps to improve our knowledge on asteroid composition by means of ground-based and space-based observations and asteroid rendez-vous and sample return missions?  How can this knowledge be used by asteroid mining companies?

The ASIME 2018 program is roughly these topics with these key speakers  for each:

1st Day Spectroscopic Observations from the  Ground  classic spectroscopy

                                Julia de Leon, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias – IAC spectroscopy  near-IR  

                                Antonella Barucci, Observatoire Paris-Site de Meudon mineralogy and water

                                Humberto Campins, University of Central Florida

                               Andy Rivkin,  John Hopkins, University asteroid shape linking taxonomy to dynamical asteroid class

                                Benoît Carry, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur      

                Round table lead at the end of the first day

                                Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen's University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre      

                Workshop Dinner (provided)            

2nd Day Lab measurements then Space missions

                Laboratory Measurements (Meteorites)

                                Lydie Bonal, University of Grenoble

                Composition, mineralogy

                                Pierre Beck, University of Grenoble       

                Space Missions

                                Amy Mainzer, JPL

                Hayabusa 2

                                Tomoki Nakamura, Tohoku University

                Osiris Rex

                                Dante Lauretta, University of Arizona

                Hera (was AIM2)

                                Patrick Michel ,Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur

                Dawn Review of instruments to access composition, from gamma-ray to TIR

                                Carol Raymond JPL         

                Wrap-up: How to Improve Our Knowledge

                                Simon Green, Open University             

                Workshop Dinner (provided)              

End of Workshop

We are aiming for 30 workshop participants plus n number of 'listeners'. The format will be long presentations and discussions.

Outcomes: The Outcomes will produce conclusions, as best we know today to asteroid mining company questions regarding asteroid composition.

The asteroid composition questions will be asked to the asteroid mining companies and posted to the conference web site at least one month before the workshop starts. The questions will also be available in a Google Doc document for those experts who cannot make the workshop. The participants can think about those questions and have the topic in their minds when they present their own work.

The questions/answers will then form either the next ASIME White Paper Reference document and/or a published journal article. We hope to see you there!
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11) COSPAR session B1.3 "Growing Up: the Long Journey of Planetary Systems .....", Pasadena, 14-22 July

We wish to remind you of the approaching deadline for the submission of abstracts to the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly (https://www.cospar-assembly.org) that will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, on 14-22 July 2018, and to invite you to attend event B1.3:

"Growing Up: the Long Journey of Planetary Systems from Interstellar Volatiles and Refractories to Asteroids, Comets, and Planets",

jointly organized by Commission B "Space Studies of the Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System" and Commission E "Research in Astrophysics from Space".


Scientific Rationale:

The path starting from interstellar materials and leading to the formation of planetary systems is complex and still not completely understood. To advance our understanding, the history of the different planetary bodies needs to be studied together with their evolving surroundings. The initial interstellar volatile composition, its chemical evolution and the growth of refractory particles into the primordial planetesimals are tightly coupled to the emergence of a star-disc system from a prestellar core. The evolution of the star-disc system, in turn, deeply affects the growth of the planetesimals into planets and the composition of their cores and atmospheres. Finally, the physical and compositional characteristics of the different planetary bodies are influenced by the evolution of the planetary system as a whole. The aim of this COSPAR event, co-organized by Commissions B and E, is to provide researchers studying prestellar cores and protoplanetary discs, small bodies and meteorites, the Solar System and exoplanets with an interdisciplinary venue for presenting and comparatively discussing new data and results to advance our understanding of the long journey interstellar materials undertake to form the rich variety of planetary systems orbiting the Sun and other stars. This scientific event is sponsored by the Center for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern (www.csh.unibe.ch).

Main Scientific Organizers:
Diego Turrini (INAF-IAPS; Italy) & Maria Drozdovskaya (University of Bern; Switzerland)

Deputy Organizers:
Martin Rubin (University of Bern; Switzerland) & Sho Sasaki (Osaka University; Japan)

1) post-doc position in computational astrophysics at Luth (Meudon)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the area of computational astrophysics and numerical cosmology at the Laboratoire Univers et Theories (LUTH). The laboratory is one of the departments of the Astronomical Observatory of Paris with expertise in the field of theoretical and numerical astrophysics. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in computational hydrodynamics, although candidates with expertise from all area of numerical astrophysics will be considered.
The succesful candidate will work in collaboration with the computer science group and other members of the laboratory to the development of a new Adaptive Mesh Refinement hydrodynamics code for applications in astrophysics and cosmology. Candidates are expected to have a solid experience in computational physics.

The position is jointly funded by the ERC-StG "EDECS" and LUTH. The appointment will be for two years starting in September 2018, though a later starting date is negotiable. Candidates must hold a PhD by the date of appointment.

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Inquiries about the position can be sent to the same address. Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Applications received by 20 January 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may be considered.

2) Final Cassini Science Symposium: Aug. 12-17, 2018, Boulder, Co.

The Cassini Project will host a five-day Cassini Science Symposium August 12-17, including a reception Sunday evening before the sessions. Poster attached.
The sessions will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Invited and contributed talks will include the latest Cassini findings on the Saturn system, including the interpretation and synthesis of results.  Sessions will cover the following disciplines:  Rings, Titan, Icy Satellites, Magnetospheres and Saturn. This Symposium can serve as a springboard for future studies and space missions. Future mission posters are possible.

The symposium website can be found at  http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/2018-cassini-science-symposium/
Details, including key dates, registration and hotel information, and abstract instructions  be added to the website as known and will be sent in future announcements. Abstracts will be due 16 April, 2018. But for now, please save the dates.

If this announcement was forwarded to you and you would like us to add your email address to the contact list for future information, please contact Laura Bloom (see below).

We hope to see you there.

Larry W. Esposito
Chair, Symposium Organizing Committee

3) post-doc position in planetary/spacecraft dynamics in the Sao Paolo region

The Group of Orbital Dynamics & Planetology invites applications
for post-doc positions. There are 5 positions that will be funded by
FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo). The
candidates must have experience on Planetary Dynamics and/or Spacecraft
Dynamics. The projects to be developed are in the following subjects:
- Orbits of satellites and planetary rings derived from space missions data;
- Attitude and orbit analysis for a mission to a triple asteroid system;
- Spin-orbit coupling in solar system dynamics;
- Dynamics involving small bodies under gravitational close approaches;
- Planetary Formation.

The projects will be developed in one of the following institutions:
I) São Paulo State University – UNESP in Guaratinguetá;
II) National Institute for Space Research – INPE in São José dos Campos;

Applicants should send a statement of research interest and a
curriculum vitae with a list of publications to:

Prof. Silvia Giuliatti Winter (email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) Deadline of Applications: March 3, 2018

4) Upcoming short courses and field schools in planetary science (US/Canada)

Cosmochemistry - Origin and formation of the Solar System and planets
When: February 20 – February 25, 2018 in class, and April 4th 2018 for presentations (in class or remote)
Where: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Instructor: Dr. Audrey Bouvier (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/cosmochemistry_glps_9510.html

Planetary Surface Processes Field School
When: May 6 – 17, 2018
Where: Arizona and Utah, USA
Instructor: Dr. Gordon Osinski (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/planetary_surface_processes_field_school_planetsc_9605l.html

Remote Sensing and Image Analysis for Earth and Planetary Science
When: June 25 – 30, 2018
Where: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
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Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/remote_sensing_short_course.html

5) Online Courses in Astrobiology

Online Courses in Astrobiology is the first platform of online courses in astrobiology. It presents quality lectures in different disciplines related to
the search for the origin of life, and has been designed for upper level graduate students and recent postdocs, as well as interested and curious public. Lectures are presented by international experts and are available in French, English and Spanish (additional languages may be added later). Current courses can be found at  and are http://astrobiovideo.com/
and are continuously updated.

All lectures of the IAU Astrobiology 2017 conference held in Coyhaique in december, can be found there.

6) Summer School: Basics of Astrobiology: Vienna, Austria, 17-18 August 2018
Just before the IAU General Assembly 2018 in Vienna, a summer school on the topic of ”Basics of Astrobiology” will be organized at the Observatory of the University of Vienna. The school is associated with the IAU Symposium 345 ”ORIGINS: From the Protosun to the First Steps of Life” (scheduled for 20-23 August). The training school will cover the bascis of astrobiology, from the formation of stars and planetary systems to the early conditions of life on planets, including atmospheres and planetary interiors, and the formation and early evolution of life itself.

The school is open to all interested students and professionals, with an emphasis on graduate students, postdocs and young scientists. Registration is open and there is no registration fee for this Training School! To register, please send a short e-mail containing your name, institute/university affiliation, and dietary constraints to: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Acceptance is on a ”first come first served basis”. Space is limited, so register soon to secure a seat. Lunch (including a vegetarian option) and coffee breaks will be offered free of charge at the venue.

Please find additional info at:

Website: http://ninlil.elte.hu/boa/

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We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

For the SOC:

M. Güdel, T. Lüftinger (Vienna)
M. Gargaud (Bordeaux)
B. Elmegreen (IBM, NY)
N. Haghighipour (Hawaii)
V. Toth (Budapest)

7) EPSC 2018 Berlin, Germany *** Call-for-sessions

Dear colleagues,

The 13th European Planetary Science Congress will take place at the
Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, from 16–21 September 2018.

We thank you for making last year's EPSC in Riga, Latvia, a great success.

As with the previous highly successful EPSC meetings, EPSC2018 provides
an attractive platform to exchange and present results, develop new
ideas and to network the planetary science community in Europe. A forum
you might say! It will have a distinctively interactive style, with a
mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating
environment for the community to meet.

The TU Berlin is located in the City West. Berlin is an attractive
capital city in the heart of Europe with lots of interesting historical

The success of EPSC is founded on the excellence of its sessions and
conveners. So we encourage you to make session or workshop proposals on
the conference website before 01 February 2018:


The meeting will cover the whole scope of planetary science with
typically 50 sessions of different types.

We look forward to many proposals for exciting sessions and look forward
to seeing you in Berlin.

Best regards,

Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Scientific Organizing Committee Chair

8) Ph-D position in Louvain (Belgium) on « Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability Of Mars and Earth »

Thanks to a significant funding from the French-speaking and Dutch-speaking Communities, several universities in the North and South of the country have obtained funding to work on the project ET-HOME which is interested in understanding the habitability of the planets, and of the Earth and Mars in particular.

The contract for UCL is four years to carry out a doctoral thesis on the subject, and in particular, for the "Work Packages" which are the responsibility of UCL. For internal reasons, we first open the job for one year.

The scientist will have to work on the evolution of Mars' atmosphere, its greenhouse effect, transport in this atmosphere, meteorite impact erosion and the effects of volcanic degassing. The contract will start as soon as possible. Enthusiastic and motivated scientists are encouraged to apply.

The salary will follow the pay scales of UCL PhD students, which allows them to live comfortably.

The ideal candidate has a master's degree in science or engineering and combines many of the following characteristics:
-        Scientific curiosity
-        Strong interest in the field of space research and planetology
-        Learning fast, being creative, and having a pragmatic approach to problem solving
-        Experience in numerical modeling
-        Good knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, transport phenomenon (diffusion, advection, convection, ...)
-        Experience in the use and development of GCM (General Circulation Model) of Mars’ atmosphere or of any other body in the solar system that has an atmosphere would be an advantage
-        Ability to work in English.
Send a CV (include the grades) with a letter of motivation (all in PDF format) and if possible two or three references before January 28, 2018 to Veronique Dehant, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., Professor at UCL, with copy to Özgur Karatekin, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., scientist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium.
Start of employment: February 1st or March 1st, 2018.

9) COSPAR 2018 Pasadena July 14-22.

Please consider submitting a paper for the 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), to be held in Pasadena,  on 14-22 July 2018.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 9 February 2018.  Among a very rich COSPAR space research programme, we call in particular your attention and invite you to submit abstracts for sessions:

Lunar science and exploration are having a renaissance with as many as twelve missions (and 18 vehicles) sent to Moon during the last "International Lunar decade". This session is aimed at discussing new progress in lunar science from recent missions, latest science results, newer insights into our understanding of Moon, modelling and synthesis of different scientific data, future missions, and science questions. It will include invited, contributed, and poster papers. Papers on new lunar mission concepts, instrumentation for the future missions, the upcoming lunar decade of landers and lunar robotic village, and preparations for human lunar exploration are also welcome in this session.

Results from Recent Lunar Missions
Upcoming missions towards lunar robotic village
Concepts, studies, technology and support research towards future lunar exploration
Exploration interactive workshop

COSPAR-18-PEX.2: "Human Exploration on the Moon, Mars and NEOs"
The session COSPAR-18-PEX.2: "Human Exploration on the Moon, Mars and NEOs", co-sponsored by COSPAR Exploration Panel and Commissions B, F will include solicited and contributed talks and poster/interactive presentations.  It will address various themes and COSPAR communities: Sciences (of, on, from) the Moon enabled by humans; Research from cislunar and libration points; From robotic villages to international lunar bases; Research from Mars & NEOs outposts; Humans to Phobos/Deimos, Mars and NEOs; Challenges and preparatory technologies, field research operations; Human and robotic partnerships and precursor missions; Resource utilisation, life support and sustainable exploration; Stakeholders for human exploration. One half-day session will be dedicated to a workshop format and meetings/reports of task groups: Science, Technology, Agencies, Robotic village, Human bases, Moon & Mars Villages, Society & Commerce, Outreach, Young Explorers. COSPAR has provided through Commissions, Panels and Working Groups (such as ILEWG, IMEWG) an international forum for supporting and promoting the robotic and human exploration of the Moon, Mars and NEOS.

Sciences (of, on, from) the Moon, Mars & NEOs enabled by Humans
Technologies, field research operations; Human and robotic partnerships; Resource utilisation, life support
Stakeholders for sustainable MoonMars/Neos Villages: reports from task groups: Science, Technology, Agencies, Robotic village, Human bases, Habitats design, Society & Commerce, Outreach, Young Explorers

 COSPAR-18-B3.1 and COSPAR-18-PEX.2 will also serve as 13th International Conference on Exploration and Utilisation of the Moon (ICEUM13) from the ILEWG ICEUM series started in 1994.   

All information concerning the scientific program may be found at:


10) postdoctoral research position in planetary remote sensing in Beijing
The Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory of Peking University (PKU) invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in planetary remote sensing that is fully funded by the PKU Boya postdoc scheme.
The successful applicant will join a research group of planetary remote sensing that is led by Prof. Wenzhe Fa. Potential research topics include: 1) Near-surface properties of the Moon from radar observations. Radar scattering models from the lunar surface will be developed/updated and used to study polar craters for ice deposits, dark halo craters, and maria basalts thickness from recent lunar radar data (e.g., Earth-based Arecibo radar, Miniature Radio Frequency radar, Kaguya Lunar Radar Sounder, and Chang’E-3 Lunar Penetrating Radar). 2) Thermal properties of the lunar regolith. Using heat conduction equation and microwave radiative transfer equation, Chang’E-1/2 microwave radiometer and Diviner infrared radiometer data will be analyzed to investigate physical temperature and thermal properties of the lunar regolith. 3) Evolution of the lunar regolith. Using the recent high-resolution optical images of the Moon, thickness of regolith will be estimated based on crater morphology method and evolution of lunar regolith will be studied using a Monte Carlo simulation model. If the applicant has her/his own idea for any other project in the broad field of planetary remote sensing, I will be glad to support the application as well.  
- Major in Remote Sensing, Geophysics, Geology, or a closely related field;
- Hold a doctoral degree for less than three years at the time of application;
- Strong programming skills with Matlab, C++/Fortran;
- Basic knowledge of remote sensing software;

- Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
The postdoc position is awarded for two years, and the annual salary is 270,000 RMB (1 RMB = 0.156$) including basic salary, housing allowance, and assurance. Travel expenses to international conferences will be provided by the lab. For details about this position and living in Beijing, please contact Prof. Wenzhe Fa.
To apply, please send a CV, publication list, and a 2-page statement of research interests by email to Prof. Wenzhe Fa (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) before February 20, 2018.  

11) 16th International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, Clermont-Ferrand, 17-21 june 2018
we are delighted to announce that the website is open for *Abstract **submission* and Registrationto the the Sixteenth International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (*EMPG 16*) that will be held at *Clermont-Ferrand *(France) on *17-21 june 2018*.


Please mark the date and help us in advertising this meeting by informing your students and colleagues by displaying the attached poster.

*Dealdine for abstracts will be 1st of March 2018.*

Additional Information is attached in the second circular.

With kind regards,

Nathalie Bolfan-Casanova, on behalf of the Organizing Comittee.

PS: My apologies for the multiple posting.

_Organizing Comittee:_
Nathalie Bolfan-Casanova
Ali Bouhifd
Maud Boyet
Tahar Hammouda
Ken Koga
Didier Laporte
Muriel Laubier
Geeth Manthilake
Julien Monteux
Anne-Magali Seydoux-Guillaume

12) ESA Research Fellowship in In Situ Resource Utilisation

ESA have opened a Research Fellowship position to support preparations for the future utilisation of lunar resources.


 An emphasis is placed on the potential utilisation of cold trapped lunar volatiles, including water ice, and the chemical reduction of lunar minerals.  The research to be performed should be related to one or more of the following:
•             lunar resource prospecting through in-situ measurements and remote sensing
•             laboratory analysis of lunar materials
•             lunar regolith excavation, handling and beneficiation
•             handling and preservation of ices in the lunar environment
•             resource extraction or processing
The Research Fellow will be based at ESA ESTEC ( http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESTEC ), and will work closely with the both Lunar Lander Team and Strategy and Innovation Team in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration. The role of the Fellowship and research performed is to support In-Situ Resource Utilisation aspects of ESA’s exploration activities, including the PROSPECT resource analysis package on Luna-27 (http://exploration.esa.int/moon/59102-about-prospect/) and future mission studies and technology developments. The research will be targeted at work that supports the integration of these activities into an overall strategy for ISRU. This is likely to involve working closely with different groups within ESA, science and technology research communities in academia and the private sector.
Where needed, access to laboratories or research facilities, in particular those existing within ESA-ESTEC, and resources needed to support research activities may be agreed on a case by case basis.

13) Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Baltimore, MD from August 5-9, 2018
We invite you to submit an abstract to the upcoming session entitled “Planetary Building Blocks and the Techniques Needed to Analyze Them” at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Baltimore, MD from August 5-9, 2018. The abstract submission deadline is February 15, 2018.

Symposium Description:

After successful missions to collect solar wind (NASA Genesis), cometary dust (NASA Stardust), and asteroidal regolith (JAXA Hayabusa) and with the successful launches of the JAXA Hayabusa2 and NASA OSIRIS-REx missions, the planetary-materials community is firmly within the era of sample return. The proposed symposium solicits papers that use microscopy and related techniques to explore the origins of planetary materials. We welcome contributions that discuss a range of topics including but not limited to: current analytical approaches, developments in new characterization strategies, developments in spatial and spectral resolution for pushing spectroscopic detection sensitivity and precision, and new protocols for sample handling.

Please find the template and submission instructions here:


Thank you,

Tom Zega, University of Arizona

Michelle Thompson, NASA Johnson Space Center

Emma Bullock, Carnegie Institution for Science

14) workshop: "High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet atmospheres workshop - Nice, 1-5 October 2018"

Dear colleagues,

We are glad to annonce the "High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet atmospheres (HoRSE)” workshop that will
be held in Nice at the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur from 1 to 5 October 2018.
Website: http://horse.sciencesconf.org

The registration is 120 euros and includes lunch and coffe breaks. The social dinner costs 36 euros: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/5
We encourage everybody, and in particular PhD and Postdoc, to apply and to submit a contribution: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/submission/submit
We provide some financial support for young researchers, please apply before April 30th 2018: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/1

January, 2018: First announcement. Registration is OPEN
April 30th, 2018: Deadline for financial support request check here for information
June 30th, 2018: Deadline for registration and abstract submission
October 1st, 2018: The workshop starts

Looking forward to see you in Nice in October,
Andrea Chiavassa and Matteo Brogi on behalf of the SOC

15) Summer school on "sample return from small solar system bodies", Alpbach (Austria), July 17-26

This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 42nd edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten-day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within smaller groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2018 is “Sample return from small solar system bodies“. Students at the Alpbach Summer School 2018 will be informed about past achievements and current issues, and will be invited to propose ideas to study the solar system’s small bodies directly in situ with spacecraft and, ideally, returning samples to Earth in order to develop a much wider understanding of these small bodies, their properties, and what they can tell us about the evolution of the solar system.

Four student teams will define the scientific objectives of a space mission and will provide a preliminary end-to-end design of spacecraft, scientific instruments as well as mission and science operations that will meet their stated objectives. You and your team will be responsible for selecting and researching the problem to be addressed by your space mission, for cooperatively working with team members to meet difficult deadlines, and for developing your own working style.
For more info, visit https://www.summerschoolalpbach.at/

application deadline March 31, 2018