January 2017 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Other Opportunities & Announcements

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops


Ices in the Solar System

Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract Submission Deadline: Closed

The workshop is an opportunity to gather communities involved in Cassini, Rosetta, New Horizons, JUICE, and others to review knowledge and identify outstanding questions on the chemistry and physical properties of ices in the Solar System, and to review the latest advances in experimental research to support the interpretation of remote sensing observations on current and future missions observing the surfaces of icy bodies. The weathering of ices across the Solar System, and in particular under plasma and dust bombardment in the magnetospheres of Gas Giants like Jupiter and Saturn, will be an important theme of the workshop. Finally, the Rosetta mission has been continuing the examination of the distribution and role played by amorphous or crystalline ices (or both) in small bodies.The ability of different types of ices to trap chemical tracers (like noble gases, methane, or molecular oxygen) is indeed fundamental to constraining evolutionary models of the Solar System.

Workshop travel details and schedule are available at: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ices-in-the-solar-system/home


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Frontiers in Theoretical and Applied Physics

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Late Registration Deadline: 22 February 2017

In partnership with the Emirates Mars Mission and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), the Department of Physics at American University of Sharjah (AUS) is proud to host the international conference Frontiers in Theoretical and Applied Physics |UAE 2017 (FTAPS 2017). The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for physicists, astronomers, and space and material scientists from around the world to present the latest developments in the various dynamic fields of physics. The conference will provide ample opportunity to exchange ideas on rising research issues in physics, astrophysics, and space and material science, and to promote regional and international collaborations.

More information is available at the website: https://www.aus.edu/ftaps2017


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Workshop on Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk

Location: London, Great Britain
Registration Deadline: 03 February 2017

Chondrules, one of the major components of chondritic meteorites, provide important information about conditions and processes at different times and in different regions of the protoplanetary disk, including thermal processing and radial transport of solids in the disk, duration of its accretionary stage, and accretion, structure, and thermal evolution of chondrite parent bodies. Understanding the origin of chondrules is one of the fundamental but still unsolved problems in meteoritics and cosmochemistry.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss physical, chemical, and isotopic characteristics of chondrules, possible mechanisms of chondrule formation, relationships between chondrules and other chondritic components, and the relationship between chondrule formation and accretion.

Website: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/chondrules2017/


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RED'17 - Astrobiology Introductory Course

Location: La Teich, France
Registration Deadline: Closed

This meeting is addressed to:

• Any student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.

• Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.

The program of RED’17/Astrobiology Introductory Course is complementary to that of RED’16, however it is not necessary to have followed it to participate in this new school. The session will be held from 5 to 11 March 2017 in the Ornithological Park of le Teich (33, France).

For more information, visit: http://www.exobiologie.fr/red/index.php/en/red16-astrobiology-course/


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ukexom2017: UK Exoplanet Community Meeting 2017

Location: St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Registration Deadline: Closed

The fourth UK Exoplanet Community Meeting is taking place at the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science at the University of St Andrews, on the East coast of Scotland, from Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th March 2017.

This event aims to gather and consolidate the UK community working in the field of exoplanets. This is the fourth of such events, with the first meeting held in Cambridge in 2014; the second in Warwick in 2015, and the third in Exeter in 2016.

For meeting details, go to: https://ukexo2017.sciencesconf.org/


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Astrochemistry VII - Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets

Location: Puerto Varas, Chile
Poster Abstract Deadline: 10 February, 2017

The study of astrochemistry has become an important branch of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Molecules are key tools in exploring topics such as star and planet formation, mass loss mechanisms in late-type stars, the origin and evolution of interstellar dust grains, the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the origin of protogalaxies in the early Universe.

The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiments, and theoretical modelling has been reinforced at the recent IAU General Assembly (Hawaii 2015) by the creation of a new IAU Commission (B5) on Laboratory Astrophysics, of which laboratory astrochemistry is an essential component.

This meeting is the seventh in a series addressing the broad and fast-moving discipline of astrochemistry. The most recent meeting in this series, IAUS280: The Molecular Universe, was held in Toledo, Spain, in 2011.

Visit the website: https://iaus332.physics.unsw.edu.au/


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Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope V

Location: Venice, Italy
General Registration is now open.

The signature series of conferences sponsored by ESA in collaboration with STScI highlighting the scientific impact of the Hubble Space Telescope continues with a new event planned in Venice, Italy, at the prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, from March 20 to March 24, 2017. General registration is now open.

The venue of the conference will be Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, in Venice, site of the 3rd conference in the series in 2010. The organizers are delighted to be welcomed back by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, also a co-sponsor of the conference.

Visit the website: http://www.stsci.edu/institute/conference/hst5


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Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Abstract Submission Deadline: Closed

The series of conferences “Asteroids, Comets, Meteors” focuses on the research of small Solar System bodies. The series constitutes the leading international meeting in this field. The first three conferences took place in Uppsala, Sweden in the 1980’s, and afterwards they were organized every ~3 years all over the world. In the last editions, a sequence was started where the conference has been held in different continents. Now, it is time to come back to South America; as it was decided in the ACM2014.

For more information, visit: http://acm2017.uy/?mkt_hm=0&utm_source=email_marketing&utm_admin=78493&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Asteroids_


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Planetary Mapping and Virtual Observatory

Location: Roscoff, France
Abstract Submission Deadline: 20 February, 2017

Mapping of planetary surfaces is well established with both practice and standards. Neighboring areas, from interiors to magnetospheres are suitable for cross-disciplinary science using the Virtual Observatory (VO) approach and tools, specifically targeting Planetary Science (VESPA). The workshop aims at bringing together the geologic, geospatial and VO communities to share knowledge, tools, and standards for mapping the Solar System.

Visit the website: https://epn-vespa.github.io/mapping2017/


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Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2017

Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States
Registration information coming soon.

The Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2017 is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community. The theme for AbSciCon 2017 is “Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds.” Mars and icy worlds in our solar system are increasingly recognized as habitable, even as increasing numbers of exoplanets in their stars’ habitable zones have been discovered. The focus is shifting from identification of habitable worlds, to detection of life on these worlds.

More information about AbSciCon 2017 is available at: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2017/.


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Protoplanetary Disks and Planet Formation and Evolution

Location: Garching, Germany
Proposal Submission Deadline: Closed

About 20 years have passed now since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet orbiting a solar type star in 1995. Applying different observational strategies the number of confirmed detections of exoplanets has nearly reached 2000 as of today. These observations have given us new insight as to the extraordinary diversity of the exoplanetary systems in our Milky Way.

This Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP) program is intended to bring together experts in the field of disk physics and planet formation in order to work jointly on the relevant issues that determine the formation and evolution of planets in their disks.

The website for the program is http://www.munich-iapp.de/scientific-programme/programmes-2017/protoplanetary-disks/


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Workshop on Shock Metamorphism in Terrestrial and Extra-Terrestrial Rocks

Location: Perth, Australia

This workshop is for researchers of all backgrounds who share a common interest in studying shock effects in geologic media and impact-related processes in the Solar System. This multi-disciplinary workshop is aimed at bringing together different research aspects, from the state-of-the-art laboratory methodologies in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial rock, mineral and meteorite sample analysis, to numerical modeling and laboratory experiments of shock-wave progression in geologic and planetary analogue materials.

Website: http://www.sserviaustralia.org/event/shock-metamorphism-in-terrestrial-and-extra-terrestrial-rocks/


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International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts, and future directions

Location: Ultrecht, the Netherlands
Abstract Submission Deadline: 01 April, 2017

With this first meeting in astronomy education and in combination with the growing subdiscipline astrobiology, we aim to strengthen both fields through cross teaching collaborations. The symposium is designed specifically to expand awareness of the results of the cognitive and learning sciences, as well as to provide a forum for active scholars in astronomy and astrobiology education.

For more information and to register, go to: http://ise2a.uu.nl/


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XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life

Location: San Diego, CA, United States
Indication of Interest due May 26, 2017

The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) has the great pleasure of inviting all of those interested in the scientific aspects of the origin of life and related issues to attend the XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life. This conference provides an important opportunity for chemists, biologists, natural historians, planetary scientists, astronomers, and others to meet and tackle the issue of the transition from non-living systems to the living state. Some of the principle aims and goals of the conference are to:

- Understand how organic matter involved in this transition could have been formed and transitioned to living system;
- Share new results regarding the physico-chemical environments on the early Earth;
- Exchange studies on the evolution of life at its earliest stages and identify the traces left in the geological record;
- Check the possibility that a similar process could have evolved in other places of the solar system or exoplanets;
- Consider the philosophical and historical issues associated with the developments of these research approaches.

Oral communications from early stage researchers will be particularly welcome at the conference.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/issol2017/


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The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) Science Workshop

Location: Schloss Seggau, Austria
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2017

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

More information about CHEOPS can be found on the mission home page at the University of Bern (http://cheops.unibe.ch/) and on the ESA CHEOPS webpages (http://sci.esa.int/cheops/).

For further details on the science workshop, go to: http://geco.oeaw.ac.at/cheops-workshop-05.html.


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Small Satellites for Space Research (COSPAR 2017)

Location: Jeju Island, Korea
Early Registration Deadline: 30 June, 2017

The COSPAR symposium has been initiated by COSPAR which aims to promote space research at a regional level in emerging countries and will be held every two years in a different area of the world. The Symposium includes multidisciplinary and training sessions. The first COSPAR symposium was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 with the theme of “Planetary Systems of our Sun and other Stars, and the Future of Space Astronomy”, and the second symposium in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil in 2015 with the theme of “Water and Life in Universe”.

The third symposium will be held in Jeju, South Korea in 2017 with the topic of “Small Satellites for Space Research”. Worldwide scientists and professionals will get together to discuss new opportunities for space research with small satellites.

For more information, visit the website at: http://cospar2017.org/


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Exoplanets II

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pre-registration opens June 2017

The astronomical community is in an expansion phase of exoplanet science, especially with several American and European space missions (TESS, CHEOPS, PLATO, JWST) on the horizon (2017 to 2024). The new Exoplanets conference series aims to consolidate all aspects of exoplanet science and strike a balance between:
- Exoplanet theory, observations and instrumentation;
- Exoplanet discovery and atmospheric characterisation;
- Transiting and directly imaged exoplanets;
- Ground- and space-based surveys/missions;
- American and European participation.

Exoplanets II is part of a series of conferences following Exoplanets I, organised in Davos between 3 and 8 July 2016. Exoplanets II will be hosted at the University of Cambridge, UK between 2 and 6 July 2018.

Pre-registration for this event will open in June 2017.

Please direct any questions regarding Exoplanets II to exoplanets2@mrao.cam.ac.uk

Website: http://exoplanets.phy.cam.ac.uk/Meetings/exoplanets2


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Student and Early Career Opportunities


Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Space Physics at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala

Application Deadline: 26 January, 2017

This project will investigate the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s ionosphere and its interaction with the charged dust and plasma near its rings. The Cassini mission will end in 2017 with close orbits through the ring systems and passages through the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Saturn. The Radio & Plasma Wave Science instrument package includes IRF’s Langmuir probe. Data from this will be analysed in order to study the ring dust and plasma and make the first detailed in-situ measurements of Saturn’s ionosphere.

Candidates should have completed a PhD in space physics or a related field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD before April 2017 may apply. If the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, this should be clearly stated. Candidates should demonstrate experience in spacecraft data analysis, as part of national and international collaborations. Experience with theoretical modelling is an advantage, as is an interest in developing instrumental techniques and methods, and experience in coordinating scientific activities.

Further details are available at: http://www.irf.se/jobb


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Postdoctoral Researcher Position at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 31 January 2017

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years primarily to work on a Horizon 2020 project, MiARD, the Multi Instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data. The post will involve two main strands, namely:

1. Assessment of the potential dangers to interplanetary spacecraft from cometary dust through the use of existing models such as ESA’s “Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment Model” (IMEM) by the updating of such models with new information derived from Rosetta data.

2. Study of the development of gas and dust activity triggered by different volatiles when comet 67P was approaching the Sun through the analysis and interpretation of data from various Rosetta instruments.

More information and instructions to apply are available at: http://www.eana-net.eu/positions.html#ISSI16


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Postdoctoral Scholar at the German Geophysical Center (GFZ)

Application Deadline: 15 February, 2017

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with researchers at GFZ and UCLA and other institutions in the greater Berlin metropolitan area on the development of numerical codes and comparison with in-situ observations. The research will be focused on understanding of the wave-particle interactions and the dynamics of energetic particles in the near-Earth space. The candidate is expected to have demonstrated experience of working with numerical simulations and observations. Both researchers several years after PhD and more senior scientists will be considered for this position. The level of appointment will depend on experience and demonstrated ability to conduct independent research.

For more information and to apply, go to: http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/career/job-offers/job/942316-g-postdoctoral-scholar-mf/


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Funding Opportunities


Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures

Application Deadline: 30 March, 2017

The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

In the frame of this activity, our laboratory offers support in “microbial life detection” – in samples relevant for astrobiology/space missions. If funded, Europlanet will cover your visit in our laboratory (travel costs; up to two-weeks stay) and the experiment.

More details about the project can be found at: http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/

How to apply: http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/research-infrastructure/field-and-lab-visits/how-to-apply

The form: https://e-forms.esf.org/europlanetcall/


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Other Opportunities & Announcements


Senior Research Scientist in Magnetosphere Physics at the German Geophysical Center (GFZ)

Application Deadline: 15 February, 2017

The Department of Geophysics of the German Geophysical Center (GFZ) seeks exceptional candidates for a senior research scientist in magnetospheric and space physics. Candidates will be eligible to apply for a permanent position within 3 years of the start date. Expertise of a successful candidate may include, but is not limited to magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics, heliophysics, or planetary magnetospheres. The successful candidate is expected to conduct independent research, develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program in a field within the addressed areas, and to mentor students at graduate level. She/he will be expected to teach classes or participate in teaching classes.

The full job posting is available at: http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/career/job-offers/job/932316-g-senior-research-scientist-in-magnetospheric-physics-mf/


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Call for Abstracts: 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia

Application Deadline: 27 February, 2017

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC – which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held September 25-29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 68th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the IAF. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the “lead author,” and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

Complete information is available at https://iac.nasaprs.com/iac/home/index.cfm.


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Director for Astrophysics at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI)

Location: Bern, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 28 February 2017

Under the leadership of the Executive Director, each of the three Directors of ISSI provides the inspirational scientific environment of the Institute in her/his area of research, namely, (i) Earth Observations, (ii) Physics of the solar system and planetary sciences, and (iii) Astrophysics and Cosmology. The directors are the driving force behind the various activities taking place at ISSI in their fields of research: scientific workshops, forums, working groups and international teams. Their recognized scientific stature ensures the visibility and guarantees the high scientific standards of the Institute.

Scientists corresponding to the above profile, working in any area of space sciences in relation to Astrophysics and Cosmology are encouraged to apply.

The complete job posting is available at: www.issibern.ch/spotlight/call_director_2016.pdf

Further information about the organization of the International Space Science Institute and its activities can be found at: www.issibern.ch.


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