January 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Other Opportunities & Announcements

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops


Water During Planet Formation and Evolution 2018

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Registration Closed

The workshop, taking place February 12-16, 2018, will focus on processes governing the delivery of water to planetary bodies in solar and exoplanetary systems, during their formation and long-term evolution. The respective roles of water (ice) inheritance from the interstellar medium, condensation in the protoplanetary nebula and processing and delivery during accretion will be discussed. We will further consider in detail the implications of the late-stage impact phase and long-term consequences for the remarkable diversity of processes affecting the water budget during the evolution of a planetary body. The goal of the workshop is to critically assess the interplay of theory and observations/experiments on the effects of water on planets and establish new research directions.

Website: https://waterzurich.github.io/


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2nd Rencontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science

Location: Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Registration Deadline: 1 February 2018

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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IX Planetary Science Workshop

Location: La Plata, Argentina
Registration Closed

The Planetary Science Workshops emerged in 1999 as working meetings between researchers, professors, and university students. The objective is to exchange ideas and advances in the area of ​​planetary sciences in Latin America, around the following themes:

– Physics and dynamics of solar system bodies
– Astrophysical Observations in Planetary Science
– Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
– Extrasolar planets: search, characterization and dynamics
– Instrumentation and monitoring projects

The objective of this 9th workshop is to create an open space for the exchange and discussion of projects and lines of work. The modality of presentation will be in the form of posters/oral presentations and invited oral presentations. In addition, we will have the traditional roundtable, with a theme to be defined. The 9th workshop will be held at the Ciudad de la Plata Planetarium, located in the city of La Plata (Argentina) between February 26 – March 2, 2018.

Website: http://tcp2018.fcaglp.unlp.edu.ar/


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From Mars Express to Exomars

Location: Madrid, Spain
Online Registration Deadline: 31 January 2018

Organized in the frame of the EU H2020 project “UPWARDS” at its closure, this workshop is perfectly timed to summarize recent progress in a great variety of research topics, aiming at a global and synergistic vision of Mars, its processes and couplings.

- Interior-Surface-Atmosphere exchanges of thermal fluxes and trace species
– Martian surface intrinsic reflectivity, spectral properties, topography effects
– Global water cycle (vapour & ice) and the role of water ice clouds
– Atmospheric dust, particles distribution & properties, dust storms and variability
– Photochemistry, atmospheric stability, trace species across the Terminator
– Upper atmosphere composition, wave propagation, airglow emissions, escape to space
– Delivering of Mars data products and modeling results to scientific archives

Especially welcome are analysis and revision of datasets from Mars Express and previous missions, as well as preliminary studies for the exploitation of the Exomars TGO measurements. These can include model developments, data assimilation techniques, and novel data analysis and retrieval tools. Results from the UPWARDS consortium are foreseen to be presented, including the delivery of this project’s data products to the ESA Planetary Science Archive. The workshop will be held from February 27-28, 2018 at ESAC (ESA), Madrid, Spain.

Website: http://upwards.iaa.es/content/mars-express-exomars


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Diversis Mundi: The Solar System in an Exoplanetary Context

Location: Santiago, Chile
Normal Registration Deadline: 20 January 2018

This March 5-9, 2018 workshop brings together the Solar System and exoplanet scientific communities to explore how the expertise and recent discoveries in those fields can feed and contrast each other. Strong interactions and collaborations between both communities are essential, as the discovery of exoplanetary systems with a large variety of architectures can teach us about the formation and history of our own solar system, and the deep understanding of our own environment can help us towards our search for life traces outside of the solar system. Various aspects such as formation and architecture of planetary systems, small components of planetary systems, or planetary atmospheres and biomarkers will be discussed from both points of view and in the context of the forthcoming new observational facilities. During this workshop, emphasis will be made on developing new ideas and encouraging synergies between both fields, and plenty of time will be left for discussion and interactions. The main topics and related questions are:

a) Formation of planetary systems and their components: How do theories for the formation of exoplanets affect Solar System formation models? How well do they match the observations?

b) Architecture and evolution of planetary systems: How does the Solar System structure compare to other planetary systems? Why haven’t we yet found a Solar System analog? What are the consequences of planet migration here and beyond?

c) Small components of planetary systems: moons, comets, trojans, asteroid/Kuiper belts, debris disks, rings… Are they the outcome of the formation of planetary systems? What is the status of the search for exomoons, exorings, exotrojans, exocomets and how do they compare with the components in our Solar System?

d) Atmospheres and biomarkers: How do exoatmospheres compare to Solar System planets? What are the prospects for the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets based on Venus/Mars/Earth? How do moon atmospheres compare in the Solar System and what do we expect for exomoons?

Website: http://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2018/ops2018.html


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Science with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX)

Location: Tegernsee, Germany
Registration Open

After more than 12 years in operation, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 12 m submillimeter telescope has significantly contributed to a wide variety of submillimeter astronomy science areas, ranging from the discoveries of new molecules to large and deep imaging of the submillimeter sky.

Since 2012 the Ringberg APEX workshops bring together APEX users working on a wide range of exciting results covering the Solar System to distance galaxies in the early universe. APEX2018, from March 11-14, aims at presenting new science results and to looking into new science opportunities for the next years.

The conference venue Ringberg Castle provides a unique setting for in depth discussions on current and future science with APEX. In particular, sessions on new scientific results, on synergies with other observatories, and on the utilization of the upcoming new APEX capabilities are envisioned.

Website: https://events.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/indico/event/58/overview


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Life on Earth and Beyond: Emergence, Survivability, and Impact on the Environment

Location: Bertinoro, Italy
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 January 2018

Does life exist beyond Earth? And how could we detect it? Which are the stellar and planetary constraints that affect the emergence and evolution of life? What areas in our Solar System and elsewhere can be habitable environments for life? These are some of the most important astrobiology issues that Life-ORIGINS COST Action addresses. Answering these questions would completely transform our view about human uniqueness and human position in the Universe, influencing the search for signs of life within planetary exploration and on exoplanets.

Creating interactions between geochemists, biologists, astronomers, chemists, and theoreticians is the main challenge of astrobiology, and the Life-ORIGINS COST Action provides the environment for these interactions to take place. The March 19-24 conference aims to gather experts coming from different scientific fields to share ideas, discuss recent and present results, and identify the key challenges regarding the emergence, survivability, and impact on the environment of life both on Earth and beyond.

Website: http://www.arcetri.astro.it/~bertinoro/


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UK Exoplanet Community Meeting (UKEXO 2018)

Location: Oxford, UK
Abstract Submission and Registration Open

The UK Exoplanet Community Meeting is scheduled for March 21-23 at the University of Oxford.

One of the goals of UKEXOM2018 is to expand the scope for collaboration between Earth Science disciplines (including planet formation, planetary materials, physics of plate tectonics and volatile cycling), but the conference continues to be open to all areas of science pertaining to exoplanets.

Website: https://users.physics.ox.ac.uk/~pierrehumbert/ukexom2018/index.html


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Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP 2018)

Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Regular Registration Deadline: 28 February 2018

The CAP Conference series is organised by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), through Commission 2 — Communicating Astronomy with the Public. The IAU has more than 10,000 active members in 98 countries worldwide and its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), a leading astronomy research organization, and Fukuoka City, an area with historical connections to science and astronomy, teamed up to bring the international astronomy outreach and education community to Japan to directly experience the latest Japanese and Asian advances in astronomy communication.

Since 2003, CAP conferences have facilitated the exchange of ideas and best practices. The conference helps strengthen the local community of professionals by connecting them to the global network. CAP 2018, March 24-28, in Japan will be a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with new professionals in the Japanese, Asian, and worldwide astronomy communication communities.

Website: https://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2018/


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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018

Location: Vienna, Austria
Early Registration Deadline: 1 Mar 2018

The EGU General Assembly 2018, April 8-13, 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.

For the second year in a row, the EGU is offering a mentoring programme for novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists at its annual General Assembly. The programme aims to facilitate new connections that may lead to long-term professional relationships within the Earth, planetary, and space science communities. It promises to be a rewarding experience for both mentees and mentors. Application Deadline for mentorship program: January 31, 2018.

Website: https://www.egu2018.eu/


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Israel Society for Astrobiology and the Origin of Life (ILASOL)

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Registration Open

ILASOL (Israel Society for Astrobiology and the Study of the Origin of Life) has been a member of FAO (the Federation of Astrobiology Organizations) since January 2005.

Life’s origin, as well as the closely related question of life’s existence in the universe, are among the most profound riddles ever facing science. ILASOL is an Israeli scientific society devoted to these issues. ILASOL holds an annual gathering every year, in which physicists, biologists, chemists, mathematicians, philosophers and researchers of other disciplines present works related to life’s origin and astrobiology. This year’s meeting takes place April 11, 2018.

Event flyer: http://science.huji.ac.il/sites/science.huji.ac.il/files/filedepot/ILASOL.pdf

Website: http://www.iyar.org.il/about-15.html


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Technologies and Infrastructures Workshop for Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Paper Submission Deadline: 23 February 2018

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

A preliminary list of the keynotes is:
· Dave Beaty (JPL, USA): Sample return and curation
· Michel Blanc (IRAP+ISSI): Planetary vision, a European view
· Steve Chien (JPL, USA): Autonomy and onboard processing
· David Ehrenreich (U. Geneva, CH): Current and Future of Exoplanets
· Sabrina Feldman (JPL, USA): New Sensors and science instruments
· Enrico Flamini (ASI, Italy): ASI Vision of Planetary Exploration and technological challenges
· Tony Freeman (JPL, USA): Disruptive technologies
· Masaki Fujimoto (ISAS/JAXA, Japan): Japanese Vision of Planetary Exploration and technological challenges
· Manuel Grande (Aberystwyth): Technology foresight for Planetary Exploration
· Linli Guo (CAST, China): The Key Technologies for Lunar Base
· Joe Lazio (JPL, USA): Communication and radio science
· Stephen Mackwell (USRA): Lessons learned from Planetary Science Vision 2050: Science Questions and Implementation Strategy

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

Paper submission (Talks/Posters) can be posted before February 23rd 2018 at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/PE2018/


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2nd International Mars Sample Return Conference

Location: Berlin, Germany
Abstract Submission Deadline: 5 February 2018

The 2nd International Mars Sample Return Conference is scheduled to take place over 2.5 days from April 25-27, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of this conference is to establish a better understanding of the options for a possible International Mars Sample Return campaign in the next decade, given the 2018 context, to highlight recent accomplishments in Mars exploration that feed forward to Mars Sample Return, and to share international agency and private industry preparatory plans for future Mars missions relating to Mars Sample Return.

Website: https://atpi.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/2nd-international-conference-on-mars-sample-return/home


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2nd COSPAR Workshop: Closing Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Future Human Exploration Workshop

Location: Houston, TX, USA

This 2nd COSPAR workshop on refining the planetary protection requirements for human missions COSPAR, with support from ESA and NASA, is pleased to announce the 2nd COSPAR workshop on refining the planetary protection requirements for human missions, “Closing Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Future Human Missions”, now to be held May 15-16, 2018, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.

This workshop is an interdisciplinary meeting seeking to align previously identified knowledge gaps in planetary protection with mission opportunities in the timeframe between now and the first crewed flight to the martian surface. This workshop will feed into subsequent working meetings that produce COSPAR reports assessing potential opportunities to address knowledge gaps in the areas of: i) Microbial and human health monitoring; ii) Technology and operations for contamination control; and iii) Natural transport of contamination on Mars. Further information on agenda, logistics, registration and opportunities for remote participation, will be available shortly. The workshop seeks to ensure a balance of discipline specialty and nationality among the participants. Accordingly, in person attendance may be limited by the capacity of the facilities.

Initial indications of interest in participation can be sent to james.a.spry@nasa.gov.

Website: https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/humanworkshop2018


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Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life

Location: Orleans, France
Registration Closed

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

At the Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life Conference, May 16-18, 2018, international experts will present the results on mass spectrometry of on-going and recently-completed in situ space missions (review talks on Cassini-Huygens, Rosetta, MSL-Curiosity, etc….) as well as the results of the return sample missions (Stardust, Hayabusa, etc..) and experimental laboratory and relevant modelling results.

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

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

Website: http://www.lestudium-ias.com/event/advances-space-mass-spectrometry-search-extraterrestrial-signs-life-0


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Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)

Location: Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
Registration Deadline: 20 May 2018

The Japanese Geoscience Union meeting near Tokyo, will convene an international session titled: “Outer Solar System Exploration Today and Tomorrow.” JpGU on May 20-24, 2018 in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan.

The organizers invite abstracts that address a wide range of topics encompassing the giant planets and their moons, including their origins, interiors, atmospheres, compositions, surface features, and electromagnetic fields. To advocate for current and future outer planets exploration (Cassini, Juno, New Horizons, JUICE, and beyond), they also call for discussions on future missions to explore giant planet systems, including how to develop better international cooperation. Discussion in this latter category will include progress in developing a solar sail mission concept for observing the Jupiter system and its trojan asteroids.

Website: http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2018/index.php


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15th Annual Meeting Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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% of human lives lost globally. AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches. This year’s meeting takes place June 3-8, 2018.

AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge and engage in discussions to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institutions, and the public. Recognizing the need for global collaboration, 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/aogs2018/public.asp?page=home.htm


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Meteorites: Understanding the Origin of Planetodiversity

Location: Paris, France
Registration Open but Limited

The striking diversity of planets, satellites, asteroids and comets in our Solar System is the results of 4,5-billion- year complex evolution that calls for elucidation, all the more since it appears as a unique configuration when compared to other planetary systems. In the last 10 years, new perspectives on the Solar System formation and evolution have emerged thanks to the development of numerical simulations, telescopic observation, space exploration, laboratory experiments and – last but not least – analytical data on meteorites.

The aim of the June 6-8, 2018 workshop is to bring together meteorites experts as well as astronomers working on star and planetary formation to unravel physical processes and timescales of planetary formation and evolution within our Solar System and beyond. The workshop will be the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Meteorite temporary exhibit at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), which will feature more than 300 specimens of meteorites.

Website: https://meteorites2018.sciencesconf.org


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European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018)

Location: Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France
Registration Open

In the continuation of the International and Regional conferences convened by the International Permafrost Association, the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) will be held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, June 23 – July 1, 2018. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.

Website: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/


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Astrobiology Australasia Conference 2018

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Registration Open

The Astrobiology Australasia Meeting will be held on 25-26th June 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland).

Important Dates:
Abstracts deadline: 30 April 2018
Teachers Astrobiology Workshop: 24 June 2018
Astrobiology Australasia Meeting: 25-26 June 2018
AAM2018 Field Trip TVZ: 27-29 June 2018
Grand Tour Western Australia: 1-9 July 2018

Meeting Themes:
Contributions in the general fields of astrobiology will be considered but we particularly welcome offers of presentations on the following special themes and sessions:
1. The Origin and Evolution of Life: What is life? What was the origin of life: How did life originate and evolve?
(1a) Prebiotic chemistry / evolutionary organic chemistry; (1b) Earliest life and habitats on Earth: the fossil and geological records; (1c) Evolution of microbial and eukaryotic life; (1d) Terrestrial vs deep sea environments for the origin of life; (1e) Analog environments for early Earth and elsewhere
2. Life beyond Earth & its detection: Is there life beyond Earth? – past or present – and, if so, how can we detect it?
(2a)Exoplanet science and discoveries; (2b) Habitability of our solar system; (2c) Search for life on Mars: past climate; past environments; current life? Potential for life on Icy Worlds; (2d) SETI & other initiatives (e.g. Breakthrough Initiatives)
(2e) New technologies for life detection
3. Future of life: What is the future of life on Earth and the Universe?
(3a) New ways of thinking about Space Exploration & Astrobiology research; (3b) Astrobiology, Art, Culture & Indigenous Knowledge; (3c) Outreach and Education; (3d) Cities on Mars; (3e) Space and Security & Planetary Protection

Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be preceded by a one-day astrobiology teachers workshop and followed by a three-day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2 Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will be visited, including the world renowned, Au-bearing Champagne Pool (pictured) and the colourful microbial mat-draped, fault-bounded sinter terraces of Orakei Korako, to mention only two.

New Zealand is also famous amongst astronomy buffs for its South Island dark skies and wide-open views of the Milky Way, and amongst marine scientists for its extreme offshore environments – hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and gas hydrates. Visitors to New Zealand, both astrobiologists and non-astrobiologists, will also encounter a vibrant Māori culture, stunning natural landscapes, and multiple film shooting locations crammed into a country the size of California.

Come enjoy some friendly Kiwi hospitality in a Southern Hemisphere gem of a place to visit. Be sure to bring warm clothing in case of rain during our cooler winter months as well as your togs (aka bathing suits) for hot pool soaks!

Website: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/


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Exoplanets II

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Waitlist Open

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 will be hosted at the University of Cambridge, UK, on July 2-6, 2018.

Website: https://www.exoplanetscience2.org//

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


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Astrobiology Grand Tour 2018

Location: Western Australia

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology at UNSW is running another Astrobiology “Grand Tour” in July 2018, led by Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, a leading expert in Precambrian geobiology. This field trip in Western Australia will visit sites that every astrobiologist or geobiologist should see at least once in their lives. It will be a high level educational and cultural/sensory experience that will enrich all participants – scientists and non-scientists alike!

Dates: Monday 2nd to Wednesday 11th July, 2018
Location: Western Australia, starting in Perth and finishing in Port Hedland
Accommodation: Outdoor camping (tents/swags included)
Cost: AUD $3000 per person

Website: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/2018/01/15/event-2-astrobiology-grand-tour/


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COSPAR 2018

Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Registration Open

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 are available at https://www.cospar-assembly.org/.

Information on registration, accommodation, and many other matters, is open at http://cospar2018.org/.


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81st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Location: Moscow, Russia
Early Registration Deadline: 20 June 2018

The July 22-27, 2018 meeting is jointly organized by the V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, the Russian Academy of Sciences, V. I. Vernadsky Geological State Museum , the Ural Federal University, and the Kazan Federal University.

Website: http://metsoc81-moscow.ru/


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Goldschmidt 2018

Location: Boston, MA, USA
Early Registration Deadline: 12 June 2018

Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organised by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Goldschmidt 2018 is planned for August 12-17, 2018. More details are available at the website: https://goldschmidt.info/2018/index


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XXXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

Location: Vienna, Austria
Regular Registration Deadline: 30 June 2018

The 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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Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3)

Location: Houston, TX, USA
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 June 2018

NASA’s 3rd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3) conference will promote cross-disciplinary conversation on climate processes at work on terrestrial planets both within our solar system and in extrasolar systems. The conference will synthesize present and past research in terrestrial climate science including solar/stellar influences. Also, it will provide a multidisciplinary forum for the identification of future research needs and missions. CCTP-3 will continue the dialogue and interactions started at the two previous conferences, CCTP-1 and CCTP-2. Scientists from all aspects of climatic processes research – including planetary science, heliophysics, Earth science, and exoplanet astronomy – are encouraged by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) to participate in and contribute to this conference.

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/climatology2018/


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A Century of Asteroid Families

Location: Vienna, Austria
Regular Registration Deadline: 30 June 2018

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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Ninth International Conference on Mars

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Ninth International Conference on Mars takes place Juy 22-26, 2019. In addition to discussing science results from past and active robotic missions, telescopic studies, laboratory analyses of SNC meteorites, terrestrial analog studies, and numerical models, the conference will provide exploration of new geophysical understanding gained from the InSight mission and a review of objectives for several spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2020 from public, private, and international institutions.

For questions, please contact either Kira Honnoll (khonnoll@hou.usra.edu) or James Ashley (james.w.ashley@jpl.nasa.gov).

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/ninthmars2019/


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Student and Early Career Opportunities


Rencontres Exobiologiques Pour Doctorants Astrobiology Introductory Course (RED’18)

Location: Le Teich, France
Application Deadline: 15 January 2018

The RED’18/Astrobiology Introductory Course will be held from 4 to 10 March 2018 in the Ornithological Park of le Teich (33, France).

This meeting is addressed to:

  • Any student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.
  • Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.

The program of RED’18/Astrobiology Introductory Course is complementary to that of RED’17, however it is not necessary to have followed last year’s program to participate in this new school.

12 grants of 400€ each are available to cover stay expenses (but not transportation) for COST ORIGINS members. PhD, post-docs, and researchers willing to develop an astrobiology course in their country can send a motivation letter together with the registration form to Muriel Gargaud (muriel.gargaud@u-bordeaux.fr) and Herve Cottin (herve.cottin@lisa.u-pec.fr). Priority will be given to people from Inclusiveness Target Countries (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/strategy/excellence-inclusiveness).

Website: http://www.exobiologie.fr/red/index.php/en/red16-astrobiology-course/


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Post-doctoral Position in Laboratory Astrophysics at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, France

Location: Grenoble, France
Application Closed

The Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) in Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in Laboratory Astrophysics. The appointment is initially for one year and may be extended to two more years, is funded by the French Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and is paid according to the French public service scale. 15 k€/year will be allocated to the successful candidate to carry his/her research project. IPAG is located in Grenoble (France), a lively and scenic university town.

The postdoc will carry out original research related to the formation and evolution of complex organic matter in the solar system (and beyond) through the analysis by very high-resolution mass spectrometry of laboratory analogues and/or extraterrestrial samples.

More information is available at the website: http://www.exobiologie.fr/index.php/actualites/stages-et-emplois/offre-de-post-doctorat-a-lipag-de-grenoble/


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Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2018

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Application Closed

AbGradCon 2018, a meeting organized by and for early career astrobiologists, will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA from June 4-8, 2018.

The Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR), formerly known as the Research Focus Group (RFG), will take place from June 1-4, 2018. Applicants for AbGradCon will be able to apply for PWR at the same time as they submit their AbGradCon application. There are funds to support a limited number of participants, although AbGradCon 2018 can accommodate more participants if the individual can provide some or all of his/her own funding.

Website: http://abgradcon.org/


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Geobiology 2018

Location: Owens Valley, Pasadena, and Avalon, CA, USA
Application Closed

Now entering its 15th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and its biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques, learn from a broad team of eminent scientists in the field, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.

Geobiology 2018 takes place June 12-July 15, 2018.

Website: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/GBcourse/


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Cloud Academy: Cloud Formation and Properties in Extrasolar Planets

Location: Les Houches, France
Registration Deadline: 15 June 2018

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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69th International Astronautical Congress

Location: Bremen, Germany
Abstract Submission Closed

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC – which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held October 1-5, 2018 in Bremen, Germany. NASA’s participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

Website: https://iac.nasaprs.com/iac/home/index.cfm


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Funding Opportunities


Europlanet 2020 4th Call for Proposals for Field and Laboratory Visits

Location: EU
Application Deadline: 1 March 2018

Europlanet links research institutions and companies active in planetary research in Europe and around the world. Planetary science covers the study of our solar system and those around other stars. It is an interdisciplinary field of research that covers astronomy and geophysics, robotic and human exploration of other planets, as well as the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure offers free access to field sites and leading European laboratories. The closing date for proposals will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 14.00 (2:00pm), CET (Brussels, Paris time). In addition, Europlanet is covering costs for travel, accommodations, and experiments. This is a great opportunity for (young) researchers all over Europe!

Applicants are particularly invited to submit proposals to come to the laboratory at the Medical University Graz, the Center for Microbial Life Detection: http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/research-infrastructure/field-and-lab-visits/ta2-distributed-planetary-simulation-facility-dpsf-3

For questions, contact Christine Moissl-Eichinger at christine.moissl-eichinger@medunigraz.at.

Website: http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/research-infrastructure/field-and-lab-visits


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Other Opportunities & Announcements


Tenured Full Professor Position in Astrobiology, Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University

Location: Misasa, Tottori, Japan
Application Deadline: 23 February 2018

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan, invites applications for a Tenured Full Professor position in the area of Astrobiology.

IPM is a world-class institute with the aim of advancing research and education on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and planets. The Institute provides leadership in the fields of analytical planetary chemistry and experimental geophysics, hosting comprehensive, state-of-the-art analytical systems (including multiple element/isotope analysis and multiple dating techniques at various scales) and a range of high-pressure and high-temperature apparatus and spectroscopic facilities.

Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the Institute can be found at the IPM website: http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp

The full announcement for this position is available at: http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp/eng/announcement/?eid=01502


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