April 2017 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay

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 1980s, 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.

Website: 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

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 for bringing forward knowledge, tools and standards for mapping the Solar System.

Website: https://epn-vespa.github.io/mapping2017/

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European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017

Location: Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

Website: http://egu2017.eu/home.html

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Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2017

Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

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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Accretion and Early Differentiation of the Earth and Terrestrial Planets

Location: Nice, France

The workshop is a follow up to the one organized in Nice in May 2014. Around 150 participants have registered, including a significant number of students and young scientists. The topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

1) Chemistry of small bodies in the early solar system and their relation to meteorites
2) Early dynamos in small bodies
3) Dynamical models of terrestrial planet formation and evolution of the Earth-Moon angular momentum
4) Moon formation models
5) Core-mantle differentiation
6) Delivery of volatile elements, including water
7) Nature and timing of the “late veneer”
8) Consequences of impacts
9) Geodynamics in early terrestrial planets including the onset of the geodynamo, mantle convection and plate tectonics.
10) Geophysics of extra-solar Earths and super-Earths

Website: https://www-n.oca.eu/morby/Accrete.html

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Protoplanetary Disks and Planet Formation and Evolution

Location: Garching, Germany
Registration Deadline: 29 August 2017

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 intends 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.

Website: http://www.munich-iapp.de/programmes-topical-workshops/2017/protoplanetary-disks

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iCubeSat 2017 - 6th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

iCubeSat 2017, the 6th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop provides a unique environment for open, wide ranging, practical collaboration between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers and students developing this new and rapidly growing field.

Talks and round tables will focus on three themes: technology, science, and open collaboration. The program will also include unconference sessions to provide additional opportunities to engage with the interplanetary CubeSat community and potential collaborators. Talks and supporting material will be streamed and archived on the conference website. A lively social program in and around summertime Cambridge will be arranged for participants and their guests.

Website: https://icubesat.org/

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Geobiology 2017

Location: Banff, Canada

Geobiology 2017 will take a page out of the 1-day regional Geobiology meetings held across the United States and Western Canada, emphasizing the work of early career scientists – graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors. The three days are designed to cover various topics pertaining to how microbial processes affect the modern environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Days 1 and 2 will explore the modern tools of organic and inorganic geochemistry, molecular biology and microbial ecology, sedimentary geology and paleontology. Day 3 will focus on the interpretation of the rock record, and how the modern can be used to infer the past. To investigate these topics, the mornings will be devoted to oral sessions while the afternoons will be devoted to extended poster sessions. Each evening will also offer either a talk by an awardee or a point-counterpoint discussion on a topic of timely importance.

A major goal of the conference will be to facilitate bridge building across the disparate fields within geobiology, particularly from the geological and biological ends of the spectrum. As such, there will only be one oral session at a time. Additionally, there will be informal talks offered during the poster sessions covering a range of topics including data visualization, new technological advances in instrumentation, and how to get a job.

Website: http://cms.eas.ualberta.ca/Geobiology2017/

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Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

The Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference presents original research on any aspects of the magnetospheres, ionospheres, and thermospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and their moons. The conference places particular focus on recent results from Juno, and the anticipation of the Cassini “Grand Finale”. Comparative studies are welcome, provided the focus is within the scope of the conference.

A tentative list of meeting topics can be found on the program page.

Website: http://www.irfu.se/mop2017/index.html

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Comet Formation Paradigm After Rosetta

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 April 2017

The Rosetta findings have already brought cometary science to a new level. The interpretation of the acquired data is driving a large scale revision of our understanding of comet formation and is also leading us to reconsider some of the established concepts related to the formation and evolution of the Solar System. Moreover, this has broader implications as comet composition and formation encompasses astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology. This workshop aims to gather the scientific community interested in various aspects of cometary science together with experts in planetary formation. The main focus will be to discuss the state-of-the-art cometary nuclei formation paradigm taking into account the recent information coming from observation, laboratory investigations and modelling results, and identifying new scientific goals for the post-Rosetta era. The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for a discussion on our understanding of the role of the comets in the Solar System formation and evolution. The format will consist of plenary sessions with contributed and invited presentations.

Website: http://www.astro.bas.bg/comets2017/

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4th International Conference of Geobiology

Location: Wuhan, China

The Chinese Organizing Committee, in collaboration with related national/international organizations and research institutes, is delighted to cordially invite participants to the 4th International Conference of Geobiology. This meeting offers an important forum in which geologists, paleontologists, biologists, microbiologists, biogeochemists and other scientists with diverse approaches and methodologies can meet, and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics related to the coupling system of the biosphere and geosphere. The organizers hope that such exchange and integration will accelerate the development of geobiology and the earth system sciences as a whole.

Website: http://www.cug.edu.cn/new/Show.aspx?ID=2821&cid=000103

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European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS)

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 28 April 2017

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS, formerly JENAM) is the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS). With more than 20 years of tradition, it has become the largest conference for European astronomy. In addition to plenary sessions and the award of prestigious prizes, the conference hosts many symposia held in parallel, as well as special sessions and meetings.

The EAS together with one of its affiliated societies, organises the annual EWASS conference to enhance its links with national communities, to broaden connections between individual members and to promote European networks.

EWASS 2017 is held in Prague, Czech Republic, which already hosted JENAM 1998 and JENAM 2006, the latter as part of the IAU General Assembly. The conference is expected to welcome around 1000 astrophysicists from all over Europe and even beyond.

Website: http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2017/about.jsp

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Workshop on Shock Metamorphism in Terrestrial and Extra-terrestrial Rocks

Location: Perth, Australia
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 May 2017

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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1st IUGG Symposium on Planetary Science (IUGG-PS 2017)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April 2017

Planetary science is an increasingly interdisciplinary field of research propelled forward by advances in space exploration and ground based studies. Detailed characterization of planetary environments within and beyond our Solar System requires collaborative studies across the fields of geology, atmospheric science, geophysics, geodesy, seismology, aeronomy, planetary origins, chemistry and astrobiology. The 1st IUGG Symposium on Planetary Science (IUGG-PS2017): Interdisciplinary observation and understanding of the Solar System will be held on July 3-5, 2017, Berlin, Germany. The IUGG-PS2017 aims to bring together international scientists and engineers focused on interdisciplinary work on exploration and science of the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth. Topics include planetary geodesy, remote sensing, atmosphere, ionosphere/plasma physics, magnetic and gravity field, geomorphology, geophysics, geodynamics, geology, petrology, volcanology, geochemistry, interior physics, Life & Astrobiology. All objects from the terrestrial and giant planets to exoplanets, including small bodies are welcome.

The IUGG-PS2017 is sponsored by the IUGG Union Commission on Planetary Sciences (UCPS), International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) and German Aerospace Center (DLR). The UCPS was established by the Executive Committee of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) in June 2015 to advance emerging and existing interdisciplinary research on planetary sciences.

Main contact email : iugg-ps2017@dlr.de

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

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International Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology

Location: Ultrecht, Netherlands
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April, 2017

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

Education has always played a large role in the field of astrobiology, and this workshop is in part a follow-up to the successful International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology (IWEA) held in Höör, Sweden, in 2013 (http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/IWEA/). Previously, education research has seldom been the main subject in IAU events, yet the scientific results from this field have a great potential to improve the teaching and learning of astronomy for students of all ages. New results and research methodologies from the cognitive and learning sciences domains can be of large influence on the work of educators even though the results are generally less noticed by professional astronomers.

By combining astronomy education with its growing sub-discipline astrobiology in this next meeting, we aim to strengthen both fields through cross teaching collaborations. The symposium will be 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.

Contact: ISE2A@uu.nl

Website: 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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14th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)

Location: Suntec City, Singapore
Early Registration Deadline: 24 May 2017

The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) was established in 2003 to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity, specifically in Asia and Oceania and with an overarching approach to global issues.

The Asia Oceania region is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, accounting for almost 80% human lives lost globally. The AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches.

The AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public.

Recognizing the need of global collaboration, the AOGS has developed good co-operation with other international geo-science societies and unions such as the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Japan Geo-science Union (JpGU), and Science Council of Asia (SCA).

Website: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2017/public.asp?page=home.htm

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Conference for Early Career Astrobiologists: "The Early History of Planetary Systems and Habitable Planets"

Location: Tartu, Estonia
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 29 June 2017

The Astrobiology early career scientists conference “The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets” will be hosted in Tartu, Estonia. The event will start on the morning of August 8th and finishes in August 10th in the evening.

The meeting targets all related aspects of the subject. A broad range of contributions on formation and early development of planetary systems and particularly the habitable planets is expected, with links to other fields covered by astrobiology. The main (but by no means exclusive) themes of the conference are:

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

A large number of bursaries is available for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their Ph.D) covering meals and accommodation during the entire meeting (evening August 7th, to morning August 11th). Deadline for registration is 29th June 2017.

Information can be found at the website: https://sisu.ut.ee/eac/home-0

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Goldschmidt 2017

Location: Paris, France
Early Registration Deadline: 13 June 2017

The Goldschmidt Conferences were started in 1988 by the international Geochemical Society (GS) to provide a forum for its members to discuss their latest research. The conference is named in honour of Victor M. Goldschmidt (1888 – 1947), whose classification of the behaviour of the elements in the Earth and meteorites laid the basis of modern geochemistry. Each year, the conference brings together thousands of scientists from throughout the world to talk about subjects including the origin of the Earth and planets, the chemical processes that have shaped Earth’s evolution over time, the interconnections between life and the physical world, the search for new resources, and the environmental challenges facing today’s world.

Website: https://www.goldschmidt.info/2017/index

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2017 International Symposium on Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping

Location: Hong Kong, China
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 May 2017

The 2017 International Symposium on Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping will be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from August 13 to 16, 2017. The Symposium will take place under the auspices of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group III/II: “Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping”. It will provide an interdisciplinary forum for leading scientists and researchers to present their latest research and developments from the recent missions exploring the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies by NASA, ESA, Japan, India, China, and other countries.

Themes of the Symposium:
- Planetary remote sensing
- Planetary photogrammetry and robotic vision
- Planetary cartography
- Planetary GIS and database systems
- Planetary remote sensing data fusion
- Information extraction from planetary remote sensing data
- Reference systems of celestial bodies
- Data from asteroids/comets
- Geo-visualization of planetary remote sensing data
- Planetary exploration missions
- Planetary science

Website: http://event.lsgi.polyu.edu.hk/prsm2017/

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European Planetary Science Conference 2017

Location: Riga, Latvia
Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 May 2017

The intention of the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 is to cover a broad area of science topics related to planetary science and planetary missions. The programme of the congress will contain oral and poster sessions, and it will emphasize workshops and panel discussions in order to have a strong interaction between the participants.

The Scientific Organizing Committee of the EPSC2017 invites all planetary scientists to participate in the congress, submit contributions to the topical sessions and share their research with colleagues and friends.

Website: http://www.epsc2017.eu/.

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3rd COSPAR Symposium: Small Satellites for Space Research

Location: Jeju Island, Korea
Abstract Submission Deadline: 14 April 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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3rd Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-Space Exploration (LDSE 2017)

Location: Beijing, China
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July 2017

LDSE endeavors to provide a better platform for scientific institutions, scientists and scholars around the world to share information, to discuss and exchange the latest research results, techniques and strategies, to explore potential cooperation in the field of lunar and deep-space exploration.

The main themes of LDSE2017 include:
1. The exploration programmes on the Moon, Mars and asteroids for the main space countries (or organizations) before 2030;
2. The new progress in research on planetary science and related hot topics in the future five to ten years;
3. The methods, means and scientific progress in research on the samples sent back from the Moon and other extraterrestrial bodies;
4. New method of deep space exploration and new payload technology.

Website: http://ldse2017.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

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Planet Formation and Evolution 2017

Location: Jena, Germany
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 June 2017

The German community of researchers working in the fields of planet formation, exoplanets and planetary systems, protoplanetary and debris disks, astrobiology, and planetary research in general has been organizing the workshops “Planet Formation and Evolution,” since 2001. The meetings in the series are typically held every 1.5 years at different German universities that host research groups actively working on these topics. This workshop is the 11th in the series.

Website: http://www.astro.uni-jena.de/~pfe2017/

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68th International Astronautical Congress 2017

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Registration Deadline: 16 June 2017

As the world’s largest space conference, every year the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) brings together leaders in space from across the globe – heads of major space agencies, astronauts, senior space engineers and policy makers.

In 2017 we’ll be marking some important anniversaries of human endeavour in space.

- The 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1
- The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (OST). The OST seeks to ensure that outer space remains accessible and available for the benefit of all humankind
- The 50th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s first satellite, WRESAT

Website: http://www.iac2017.org/

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EGU Galileo Conference: Geoscience for Understanding Habitability in the Solar System and Beyond

Location: Azores, Portugal
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 June 2017

The conference “Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond” will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the field including the following:

- What effects do core and mantle have on evolution and habitability of planets?
- What is the relation between (plate) tectonics and atmospheric evolution?
- What role does the mantle overturn play in the evolution of the interior and atmosphere?
- What is the role of the global carbon and water cycles herein?
- What influence do comet and asteroid impacts exert on the evolution of the planet?
- How does life interact with the evolution of Earth’s geosphere and atmosphere?
- How can we use our knowledge of the solar system geophysics and habitability for exoplanets?

The proposed interdisciplinary program will encompass research on all the planets from the upper atmosphere to the deep interior relevant to their habitability. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

Website: http://www.egu-galileo.eu/gc2-habitability/

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Fifth Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories

Location: Mazagón, Spain
Oral Contribution Submission Deadline: 3 August 2017

The number of automatic astronomical facilities worldwide continues to grow, and the level of robotisation, autonomy, and networking is increasing as well. This has a strong impact in space debris surveillance and tracking as well as in many astrophysical fields, like fireball detection, the search for extra-solar planets, the monitoring of variable stars in our Galaxy, the study of active galactic nuclei, the detection and monitoring of supernovae, and the immediate follow-up of high-energy transients such as gamma-ray bursts and the search of neutrino and gravitational waves counterparts.

Thus, the main focus of the workshop will be on the new and existing astronomical facilities whose goal is to observe a wide variety of astrophysical targets with no (or very little) human interaction. The workshop will continue as an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis given to the Technical and Scientific results obtained within the last two years, with specific sessions on Educational Activities and Space Surveillance and Tracking.

Website: http://astrorob.iaa.es/

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International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) 2017 Conference

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Abstract Submission Deadline: 24 April 2017

The International Society of Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) is pleased to invite delegates to attend ISSM 2017. This conference is the tenth in a series of international conferences devoted to providing a better understanding of the ecology, microbial community composition and function, and biogeochemistry of the earth’s subsurface environments. The Conference is being held in Rotorua, New Zealand, from 6-10 November 2017. Rotorua is a stunning location with a wide range of environments – physical, cultural and social, to discover and explore.

The conference promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together a wide range of international delegates from all around the globe. The conference will span 5 days, including a day of excursions, and over this period conference delegates will hear from leading experts in subsurface microbiology and discuss cutting edge developments in this area.

Website: http://www.issm2017nz.com/

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Habitable Worlds 2017

Location: Laramie, WY
Indication of Interest Due: July 6, 2017

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary habitability, is pleased to announce a five-day workshop on Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop, November 13–17, 2017 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie, Wyoming.

Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

- What does it mean to be habitable?
- What conditions are needed for habitability, and how do those conditions arise?
- What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories?
- How can we observe these indicators?

Detailed information is available on the workshop website: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/habitableworlds2017

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Astrobiology 2017

Location: Coyhaique, Chile
Oral Contribution Submission Deadline: 28 July 2017

Astrobiology is one of the most multidisciplinary areas of knowledge these days. Organized by IAU’s Commission F3, the Astrobiology 2017 meeting will provide prime opportunities to meet and connect with peers from different disciplines.

Invited talks from leading researchers in the field will present state of-the-art results from all the disciplines. Tens of talks contributed by the scientific community will provide a wealth of information and will fuel provocative discussions.

In Patagonia, participants will be surrounded by an exotic and beautiful wilderness that holds a truly scientific and ecological treasure. In this remarkable corner of the continent, our delegates will have the opportunity to trek around majestic hills, climb snowy peaks, flyfish in pristine rivers, sail through caverns in Chile’s largest lake and contemplate marvelous glaciers.

Website: http://astrobiology2017.org/

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51st ESLAB Symposium: Extreme Habitable Worlds

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 July 2017

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

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

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

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2017 AGU Fall Meeting

Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2 August 2017

With more than 23,000 Earth and space scientists in 2016, AGU’s Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The meeting continues to be the premiere place to present your research; hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field; and network with colleagues who can enhance your career.

Fall Meeting sessions will take place throughout the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 in close proximity to nationally renowned restaurants. The world famous attractions of the French Quarter lie just steps away while the historic St. Charles streetcar line runs past the elegant homes of the Garden District. Learn how to make the most of your time in the Crescent City in addition to joining us for another dynamic scientific program.

Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from across the globe for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published, meaning you’ll return to work with knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.

With more than 1,700 sessions in 2016, Fall Meeting’s scientific program spans the Earth and space sciences, offering something for everyone no matter their scientific discipline. The meeting offers a unique mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of keynote lectures, various types of formal and informal networking and career advancement opportunities, and an exhibit hall packed with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing new and relevant research tools and services that meet the professional needs of our attendees year after year.

Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/

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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 in 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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Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Abstract Submission Opens: 19 August 2017

COSPAR was created in 1958 to promote international cooperation in the pursuit of scientific research in space. It was the dawn of the space age which had just arrived with the launches of Sputnik 1 by the USSR in late 1957, and Explorer 1 by the US in early 1958. More fully known as the Committee on Space Research of the International Council for Science (ICSU), COSPAR was created with an emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions in space research. In the execution of its primary charter, COSPAR meetings and events have become key venues for the creation and extension of partnerships between the individuals and nations pursuing research in the space sciences. The primary means by which COSPAR achieves its objectives is the biennial COSPAR Scientific Assembly which over the decades has garnered recognition as the premier forum for presenting the most important results in space research, and for bringing together the widest spectrum of research in the space sciences.

The 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be held in Pasadena, CA, USA, 14 – 22 July 2018. Information on the scientific program and other relevant links, including to abstract submission, will come on-line as they become available at https://www.cospar-assembly.org/. The site of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), with information on registration, accommodation and many other matters, is open at http://cospar2018.org/.

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Student and Early Career Opportunities

2017 International Summer School in Astrobiology

Location: Santander, Spain
Application Deadline: 14 April 2017

The 2017 International Summer School in Astrobiology will be held at the summer campus of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain on June 25 – 30, 2017.

The theme of this year’s International Summer School in Astrobiology is Exoplanet Habitability. With the discoveries of small planets orbiting nearby stars mounting and new characterization methods appearing, the discovery of life beyond the Solar System may occur in the near future. However, the challenges in recognizing habitable exoplanets, i.e. those with liquid water, remain significant. This school will bring together scientists interested in observational techniques that can probe terrestrial planet properties, as well as the physical processes that dictate planetary features such as planet formation, atmospheric phenomena, and geophysical effects.

Traditionally, the search for habitable exoplanets begins with identifying terrestrial exoplanets orbiting in their host star’s habitable zone, a shell around a star in which a planet with an Earth-like atmosphere could support liquid water on the surface. While this condition must be met, many additional features are important which can be roughly divided into factors due to the host star, the planetary system, and the planet itself. This school will explore the connections between these aspects of planetary systems that permit habitable surface environments. The intellectual connections the students develop at this school will facilitate interdisciplinary research that brings the groundbreaking discovery of life beyond Earth within our grasp.

Website: https://nai.nasa.gov/uimp/2017-international-summer-school-astrobiology/

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Summer School: "Formation of Complex Molecules in Space and on Planets - From Interstellar Clouds to Life"

Location: Tartu, Estonia
Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

The course “Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets – From interstellar clouds to life” will take place from 17 to 22 July 2017 at the University of Tartu. It aims to give students an overview of the biochemical evolution in the universe from formation of the first molecules in interstellar clouds to the assembly of the first cells on Earth. The course consists of lectures and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions.The following subjects will be covered by the lectures:

- Formation of the elements in space
- Chemical processes in dark clouds, star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks
- Atmospheric processes in rocky, gaseous planets and their satelites
- Emergence of Homochirality
- Formation of complx molecules in hydrothermal systems
- From carbon molecules to biogenic activity
- Assembly of first cells

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a hhalf-day excursion to interesting sites in the area (Ice Age Museum, Lake Peipus) and aalk in Tartu are included as a social programme.

The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 May 2017) can be found at the website: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Tartu2017

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Summer School: Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life

Location: Saaremaa, Estonia
Application Deadline: 30 April 2017

The course “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life” will take place from 25 July to 3 August 2017 at Kuressaare and the Kaali impact crater site on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. It aims to give students a thorough introduction in the role of meteorite and comets impacts in the formation of Earth, its atmosphere and the evolution of life. The course consists of lectures, practical exercises and student-led discussions. The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, the University of Tartu, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the course and the following subjects will be covered by the lectures:

- Roles of impacts in the formation of habitable planets
- Physical and chemical properties of comets and meteorites
- Detection and investigation of impact craters by geological methods and remote sensing from space
- Ecological consequences of impacts and the role of impacts in mass extinctions
- Transfer of life through meteorite impacts
- Threat of life on our planet by near-Earth asteroids and comets

The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

- Electromagnetic mapping of impact sites
- Analysis of pollen indicators of the Kaali impact event.
- Microscopy of impactites
- Georadar profiling at Kaali

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. Furthermore, excursions to geologically interesting sites like the Panga cliffs.

Website: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Impacts2017/

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NBIA Summer School on Astrophysical Plasmas - From Planets to Galaxies

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Registration Deadline: 1 May 2017

The NBIA summer school, taking place Aug 28-Sep 1, 2017, will cover basic theoretical and computational aspects of astrophysical fluids and plasmas. The topics of the lectures are detailed in the preliminary program outlined below, which furthermore includes complementary exercise tutorials. The general layout will consist of lectures in the morning, and hands-on exercises in the afternoon. The first lecture is mostly theoretical in nature, while the second lecture in the morning connects with a specific physical application. The students will apply the concepts they learned in the morning session using two state-of-the-art open source numerical codes during the exercises. This approach will achieve the dual goal of familiarizing the students with the theory while giving them valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art computational astrophysics codes.

The three application areas covered, (i) protoplanetary disks, (ii) interstellar medium (ISM), and (iii) galaxy evolution/feedback, are all connected and part of the same multi-scale star-gas life-cycle, and therefore relevant for students coming from all three fields.

Website: https://indico.nbi.ku.dk/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=933

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NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early-Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change (Course Dates Between Dec 2017 and Feb 2018)

Location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Application Deadline: 17 April 2017

This US National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Biology Course will be held during January 2018 in Antarctica, at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. The training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international training program, open to all nationalities. Partial support is available to cover the cost of travel from each participant’s home institution. While in Antarctica, full support is provided for room & board and science activities. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations to extreme polar environments. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse instructional faculty will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, fish), using different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution).

Participants accepted to the course receive some financial support to assist with the cost of travel from their home institution to Christchurch, New Zealand. Full support is provided for transportation to McMurdo Station from New Zealand, plus room and board, and science activities while in Antarctica. Each participant is responsible for covering the costs of completing the NSF-required medical and dental examinations (required of all participants in the US Antarctic Program). It is anticipated that travel dates to and from Antarctica will be in late December 2017 until early February 2018 (exact dates will be set in 2017).

Website: https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/antarctic-biology-training-program

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