July 2017 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops


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

Location: Suntec City, Singapore
Registration Open

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 for exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public.

Recognizing the need for 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 Deadline: Closed - 15 July 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 on 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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2017 International Symposium on Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping

Location: Hong Kong, China
Registration Open

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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AbGradE 2017

Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Registration Deadline - Closed - 15 July 2017

On August 13th 2017, AbGradE will organise a 1-day workshop the day before this year’s EANA conference in Aarhus (August 14th-17th). This workshop will be the second of this kind after the successful launch of this format in 2015 at the ESTEC facilities (Noordwjik, the Netherlands). Its aim is to bring together early-career scientists and promote scientific networking between them, while working on group projects. This year’s topic will be Human Exploration of the Solar System.

The workshop will start with short-pitches from the attendees, in the format of “My Thesis in 180 seconds”, in order to introduce ourselves to everyone.

Following this, Cyprien Verseux will give an introductory lecture about his experiences during the one year Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation IV mission (HI-SEAS IV), which is an analog habitat for human spaceflight to Mars.

The workshop itself will consist of work in small groups, aiming to define and design space missions, under the supervision of scientific experts in the field. At the end of the day, the groups will present their mission projects.

The day preceding the workshop (August 12th), we invite all attendees to a sightseeing tour through Aarhus, followed by an icebreaker event in the evening at a nice bar in the city centre.

Website: http://www.eana-net.eu/index.php?page=Abgrade/abgrade2017


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Goldschmidt 2017

Location: Paris, France
Registration Deadline: Closed - 13 July 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. This year’s conference will be held in Paris, France from August 13-18.

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


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EANA 2017

Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Registration Deadline: Closed - 9 July 2017

The conference will take place August 14-17, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. Among the many interesting and relevant topics for astrobiology, EANA17 emphasizes “Exoplanets”, a new and exciting field in the search for extraterrestrial life.

With its 330,000 inhabitants, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, situated on a wonderful coastline. In 2017 Aarhus not only hosts EANA 17 but also the European Capital of Culture. The theme that Aarhus has picked for this event is RETHINK, which couldn’t be more appropriate for an Astrobiology conference.

Website: http://sac.au.dk/currently/eana-2017-aarhus/


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Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium

Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Registration Open

The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic which fascinates the public and is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines. The Fundamentals of Life in the Universe, a two-day symposium, will cover a wide spectrum of topics, namely:

1. The origin of the Earth and of life
2. Predicting the evolution of life
3. Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
4. Life in extraterrestrial environments
5. Emergence and bridging of temporal and spatial scales

Besides invited talks, the conference, running August 31 to September 1, includes a keynote lecture by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver. We expect 150-200 participants from the fields of chemistry, geosciences, biology, astronomy, and physics. Participants will be able to present their own research in the form of posters in a dedicated session. The program also includes opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking.

Website: http://www.rug.nl/research/gbb/education/origins/


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Astrobiology Society of Britain Conference (ASB7)

Location: Milton Keynes, Great Britain
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July 2017

The ASB conference series continues its objective of promoting discussion on UK astrobiology interests in research, education and outreach. The organizers are pleased to announce that the 7th conference of the Astrobiology Society of Britain will take place on September 13th to 14th at the Open University, Milton Keynes and focus on the topic of habitability beyond the Earth. The conference will include talks, posters, and discussions broadly aligned to four sessions:

- Ground-based and LEO simulation
In situ and remote sensing observations of habitability
– Biosignatures
– Outreach

Website: http://astrobiologysociety.org/asb7-meeting-information/


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European Planetary Science Conference 2017

Location: Riga, Latvia
Registration Open

The intention of the European Planetary Science Congress 2017, on September 17-22, 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
Regular Registration Deadline: 31 August 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 from September 18-22, 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

From September 19-22, 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:
– The exploration programmes on the Moon, Mars and asteroids for the main space countries (or organizations) before 2030;
– The new progress in research on planetary science and related hot topics in the future five to ten years;
– The methods, means and scientific progress in research on the samples sent back from the Moon and other extraterrestrial bodies;
– New method of deep space exploration and new payload technology.

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


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European Mars Conference 2017

Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July 2017

The European Mars Conference 2017 (EMC17), September 22-24, is part of the series of annual meetings of the European Mars Societies focusing on human and robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The 17th EMC offers a communication and discussion platform for disciplines ranging from engineering, science, mission programmatics and space operations, space policy, and arts. As in the past years, scientists and people with a passion for Mars exploration will meet in order to learn more about Mars and exchange experience, information and views.

Highlights include updates on current and future Mars missions, expert panels, a student forum and the science and operations behind the major international Mars analog simulation “AMADEE-18” in Oman.

This year’s EMC17 is hosted by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and the University of Innsbruck.

Website: http://oewf.org/en/emc17/


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Planet Formation and Evolution 2017

Location: Jena, Germany
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: Closed - 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.

PFE meetings are usually attended by up to 150 participants from all parts of Germany with a broad international participation. Following the spirit of the previous very stimulating meetings, the goal of this workshop is to provide a common platform for scientists working in the fields listed above. Most importantly, this workshop is aimed at stimulating and intensifying the dialogue between researchers using various approaches: observations, theory, and laboratory studies. In particular, students and postdocs are encouraged to present their results and to use the opportunity to learn more about the main questions and most recent results in adjacent fields.

The workshops in the series are traditionally neutral in terms of funding. This implies that no registration fee is charged and that no financial support is offered to the participants. In exceptional cases, the organisers will try to arrange some support from the funds provided to us by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the meeting organization.

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


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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: Closed - 15 June 2017

From September 25-29, 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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68th International Astronautical Congress 2017

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Registration Deadline: 20 September 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.

During the congress, on September 25-29, 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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Eighth Moscow Solar System Symposium

Location: Moscow, Russia
Abstract Submission Deadline: 10 August 2017

Starting in 2010, the Space Research Institute has held annual international symposia on Solar system exploration. Main topics of these symposia include the wide range of problems related the formation and evolution of the solar system, planetary systems of other stars; exploration of Solar system planets, their moons, small bodies; and interplanetary environment and astrobiology problems. Experimental planetary studies, science instruments, and preparation for space missions are also considered at these symposia.

The Eight Moscow international Solar System Symposium (8M-S3) will be held from October 9-13, 2017. This year is marked by the 60th anniversary of the First satellite launch and the starting of the Space era.

Subject matter of this symposium will cover many problems of the solar system science with the central topic: “Moon, Mars, and Venus research”. This topic relates to scientific problems of several missions: “Mars Express”, “Venus Express”, the missions under development in Russia: “Luna-Glob”, “Luna-Resource”, “ExoMars 2016”( Roscosmos-ESA), which was launched on March 14, 2016, and “ExoMars 2020”( Roscosmos-ESA).

Website: https://ms2017.cosmos.ru/


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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 on 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, from October 16-20, 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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Exobiologie Jeunes Chercheurs 2017

Location: Paris, France
Early Registration Deadline: 1 September 2017

Since 2013, every two years the French Society of Exobiology and its partners organize three days of seminars dedicated to young researchers involved in the study of the origin of life, its evolution, and life detection on Earth or in the Universe. The conference brings together young researchers (PhD students, post-docs, doctors for less than 5 years) from all disciplines: astrophysicists, chemists, biologists, geologists or historians of science. This year’s conference will take place at the Center National d’Etudes Spatiales in Paris from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 October 2017.

Three main themes will be addressed at this symposium (one theme per day):

- Origin of Life: from Inorganic to Prebiotic Chemistry
– Terrestrial Life: Process, Environment and Conditions of its Development
– Exploring the Solar System and Beyond: Constraints and Limits of Extraterrestrial Life

Lectures will be given by renowned researchers such as Joseph Moran, Simonetta Gribaldo and Emeline Bolmont.

Website: http://www.exobiologie.fr/index.php/actualites/evenements/conference-exobiologie-jeunes-chercheurs-octobre-2017/


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The Cosmic Wheel and the Legacy of the AKARI Archive: From Galaxies and Stars to Planets and Life

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Poster Submission Deadline: 19 September 2017

The aim of the October 17-20, 2017 conference is twofold: first to highlight the most important AKARI contributions to our understanding of astronomical processes, and second to expose the astronomical community to the potential of the AKARI legacy so that the AKARI archive can be fully exploited in the following decades.

All of the AKARI observations, both the all-sky surveys and the pointed observations, have been reprocessed, producing high-quality final data-products, most of which have been made public at http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/AKARI/Archive/. AKARI data can be directly combined with observations from other world-class facilities, as well as aiding future observations with upcoming missions and telescopes.

Website: http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/AKARI/akari2017/


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International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) 2017 Conference

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Early Registration Deadline: 6 October 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 November 6-10, 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
Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 August 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
Poster Submission Deadline: 13 October 2017

Astrobiology is one of the most multidisciplinary areas of knowledge these days. Organized by IAU’s Commission F3, from November 26 to December 1, 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: 24 August 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. Participants will report on research findings and plan future endeavors. Contributions are planned as invited keynote talks, oral and poster presentations, interactive presentations, and debates. The theme for ESLAB 2017, from December 4-8, 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 on 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 body 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 research, hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field, and network with colleagues who can enhance your career.

AGU Fall Meeting sessions will take place throughout the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, located at 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana. 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.

The scientific program spans the Earth and space sciences, offering something for everyone no matter their scientific discipline, with 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 attendees year after year.

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


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JWST Solar System Observation Planning Workshop

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 November 2017

Two 2.5 day workshops will be held this Fall for those interested in proposing solar system observations with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The first (Nov. 13-15, 2017) will be at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore Maryland. The second (Dec. 13-15, 2017) will be held at the European Space Research Technology Center (ESTEC), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Each workshop will include a mixture of presentations about the promise of JWST for solar system science, specifics on observer planning tools and observatory capabilities, and hands-on training and Q&A with the planning tools. Observations of solar system targets approved for guaranteed-time observers (GTOs) and through the Early Release Science (ERS) program will be summarized. The workshop is timed to support JWST cycle-1 open time proposals, which are expected to be due in February, 2018.

To express interest in the ESTEC workshop and receive future emails, please send a blank email to: JWSTSS-ESTEC-Workshop@maillist.stsci.edu

As further details become available, they can be found at:

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-ssws-2017


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ELSI Symposium: Building Bridges from Earth to Life: From Chemical Mechanism to Ancient Biology

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Poster and Travel Support Application Deadline: 5 October 2017

Understanding the transition from the Earth’s earliest geochemistry to the later emergence of life requires a synthesis of knowledge across an unprecedented range of scales, including size, time, and complexity. Multiple topics need to be examined, such as elementary mechanisms in organic geochemistry and catalysis, energy sources and systems contributing to prebiotic reactions, the assembly and roles of intermediate-scale structures, and molecular and ecological systems evolutionary biology. Recent advances in several areas bring us closer to connecting several links needed to reason from micro to macro, and from geochemistry to nascent biochemistry.

The goals of the Building Bridges from Earth to Life: From Chemical Mechanism to Ancient Biology symposium, from January 9-11, 2018, are to hold a collaborative conversation among speakers and participants, to sketch the form of this emerging bridge, and to point out both the most compelling opportunities and the most urgent needs.

Website: https://elsi6sympo.com/


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2nd Recontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science

Location: Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Early Registration Deadline 16 December 2017

Exoplanetology has experienced extraordinary developments, and is now a mature and dynamic research field of astrophysics. The 2nd Rencontres du Vietnam aims to explore the Universe and its diversities, understand the formation and evolution models of planetary systems, and understand how this knowledge ties into the potential detection of extraterrestrial life.

From February 25 to March 2, 2018, the conference will gather together observers involved in various ground- and space-based programs with modelers and theoreticians to raise new observations and new models to improve participants’ comprehension and knowledges of exoplanets. The conference will consist of plenary sessions for oral presentations, including review talks and contributions on more specialized topics, as well as specialized posters. Short parallel, focused sessions will be organized as needed. The conference will be preceded by a two-day international school for students, with instructors and teachers chosen among the conference participants.

Website: http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2018/exoplanetary_science/


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Exoplanets II

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
More details coming September 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, on July 2-6, 2018.

Further information about this event will be posted in September 2017 at http://www.exoplanetscience2.org/

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


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COSPAR 2018

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, July 14-22, 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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XXXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

Location: Vienna, Austria
Registration Deadline: 1 September 2017

IAU General Assembly (GA) takes place every three years and lasts for two five-day sessions spread over two weeks.

This event is a unique opportunity for astronomers worldwide working in all fields of astronomy to come together. In addition to the core administrative meetings, the General Assembly also includes a substantial and attractive scientific program, usually comprised of two series of three Symposia, each lasting for three days and scheduled during the first and second weeks. Fifteen to twenty more specialized “Focus Meetings” are also held, with up to five topics running in parallel. Two full days are reserved for Division Meetings, with no overlap with the general program.

The 2018 IAU will take place August 20-31, 2018 in Vienna, Austria, a city that has a long history of excellent scientific and medical research.

Website: http://astronomy2018.univie.ac.at/home/


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A Century of Asteroid Families

Location: Vienna, Austria
Registration Opens: 1 September 2017

This focus meeting, from August 28-30, 2018, is intended to review the history of asteroid family science, highlight some of the major results as well as watershed moments in the field, discuss new work being done, and provide predictions for the future of the field in light of the new techniques and data sets that are currently being developed. An Asteroid Family Focus Meeting would provide the international community a chance to celebrate the centennial of the birth of this field, reflect on the broader insights provided by asteroid families, and chart a new, unified path forward in the era of large surveys that are ongoing or will be beginning in the near future. Asteroid families will continue to be a touchstone for Solar System science in the next century, providing insights and test populations for planetary formation models not available in any other way.

Website: http://asteroidfamilies.net/IAU2018/


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Student and Early Career Opportunities


ERASMUS Summer Camp The Deep History of the Universe, the Earth and the Biosphere

Location: Kaarina, Finland
Registration Deadline (Non-Student): 10 August 2017

The course “The deep history of the Universe, the Earth and the biosphere” will take place from 20 to 26 August 2017 at the Tuorla observatory and hostel, in the vicinity of Turku, Finland. It aims to help students integrate the views of different disciplines into a complex multidisciplinary history of the Universe and the Earth. Participants will have the opportunity to actively participate in discussions during the lectures, and also during the evening program at the camp fires where we will further discuss the topics of the days. The Turku University, the TimeTrek association, and the European Astrobiology Campus will function as co-organisers of the course.

Subjects covered by the lectures:
– The Big Bang and the origin of the Time and Universe
– Cosmic evolution
– Young Earth
– The Origin of Life
– Geological processes
– Early world of microbes
– Arrival of multicellular life
– Rise of the complex life forms
– Connection of the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and climate

Website: http://timetrek2017.utu.fi/index.html


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COST Origins Field Training School: Early Earth & Life - Archaen/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia

Location: Karelia, Russia
Application Deadline: Closed - 1 May 2017

The COST Origins working group on Early Earth and Life is holding a field training school to study ancient rocks of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic times to investigate surface processes and biological activity in the Earth distant past. The emphasis will be on the rock record of Fennoscandia and, specifically, the lake Onego area of Karelia, Russia, that has preserved important aspects of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic Earth history. The field school will be a mix of seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk and field investigations of well‐preserved rock successions in Karelia. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to astrobiology and early Earth studies.

Website: http://www.eana-net.eu/Documents/COST_Karelia_2017.pdf


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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: Closed - 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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2018 EON-ELSI Winter School

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Application Deadline: 15 September 2017

What is the interplay between planetary and biological evolution? How did the Earth form and evolve? How did life emerge and evolve?

This interdisciplinary training course held at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a nearby field site will include lectures from experts and hands-on training in field techniques and computational approaches. Attendees will go home with an integrated perspective and new tools and concepts to apply in their own research.

Dates: January 22 – February 2, 2018

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Tentative seminar and tutorial topics:
– Deep Earth Core and Mantle Dynamics
– Seismology
– Planetary Formation and Star System Evolution
– Exoplanets
– Geochemistry and Geobiology
– Bioinformatics
– Molecular Phylogenetics
– Prebiotic Chemistry
– Microbial Physiology
– Extremophiles
– Artificial Life
– Open Questions in the Origin of Life

Website: https://elsischool.com/


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Cloud Academy: Cloud Formation and Properties in Extrasolar Planets

Location: Grenoble, France
More details coming soon.

Clouds and hazes have a fundamental impact on the physical structure and appearance of planetary atmospheres and even influence the habitability of earth-like planets. Recent years have brought an abundance of data on clouds in exoplanets. The Cloud Academy program will review physical models for cloud formation in Solar System planets, exoplanet observations, and laboratory studies.

Dates: September 23-28, 2018

Venue: Les Houches Advanced School for Physics

Topics covered:
– A physical picture of cloud and haze formation in Earth’s Atmosphere
– Atmospheric Circulation Regimes for Solar System and Exoplanets
– Cloud Properties and Planetary Habitability
– Clouds and Hazes in Solar System Giant and Rocky Planets: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Strongly Irradiated Exoplanets: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Strongly Irradiated Exoplanets: Theory
– Clouds and Hazes in Weakly Irradiated Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Weakly Irradiated Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs: Theory
– Clouds and Hazes: Laboratory Studies

Website: http://eos-nexus.org/clouds/


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Funding Opportunities


European Space Agency (ESA) Fellowships in Space Science

Application Deadline: 2 October 2017

The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science Programmes.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2018. Preference will be given to candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

Website: https://cosmos.esa.int/web/science-faculty/research-fellowship


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