Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-17 : season's greetings and updates,
job opportunities, upcoming meetings, and more

Issue10-17, December 22, 2010

1) Update and Season’s Greetings from the DPS Leadership
2) DPS Membership Renewals For 2011
3) BAAS to be electronic-only beginning in 2011
4) Observing with ALMA - Early Science
5) Call for Proposals for Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) Campaign Science
6) Job Opportunities
7) Upcoming Meetings : Joint EPSC-DPS 2011 and other meetings


We bring you good news in this mailing, as well as important updates and

The 2010 DPS meeting books are nearly final. We had record attendance -
1042 people - at the Pasadena meeting. Our DPS meeting now rivals or
exceeds attendance at the AAS summer meeting, which in summer 2010 had 743
attendees. Thanks to conservative planning and a larger-than-expected
attendance, the meeting will clear about $100k. This goes a long way
towards recovering the our organization's financial stability, and our
ability to cover unpredictable meeting costs in the future. Look for a nice
article with photos in the Winter AAS Newsletter courtesy of Rick Fienberg,
the AAS Press Officer. Thanks Rick!.

The DPS is working with Steve Squyres and the NRC to set up a series of
town hall meetings around the country for the roll out of the Decadal
Survey in March 2011. Look for details in future e-news.

In the upcoming meetings section hereafter, you’ll find the first
announcement for our 2011 Joint DPS-EPSC Meeting., to take place in Nantes,
2011 joint EPSC - DPS MEETING WILL BE MAY 31, 2011. This is a significantly
earlier deadline than for a regular DPS meeting, so please plan
accordingly. Plans for the 2011 meeting are proceeding nicely. Renu
Malhotra of the University of Arizona has graciously agreed to co-chair the
Scientific Organizing Committee with Manuel Grande from University of
Wales, Aberystwyth, UK.

We have appointed a new member to our Federal Relations Subcommittee,
Makenzie Lystrup, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University
of Colorado.

Wishing you and your families very safe and joyous holidays!

- Melissa McGrath and the DPS Committee


The 2011 renewal period is open online at
You will find there all the information you need on how to renew your
membership whether an AAS member or non-AAS members. Please take the time
to update your member data also if you have changed status or e-mail or
address recently. Also, you can pay for 2010 combined with 2011 if you had
forgotten your subscription this year.

For your convenience you may renew online at Prompt
cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our
program. Please direct
any questions regarding your renewal status to or (202) 328-2010
extension 101.

While you are renewing please take a moment and consider making a
contribution to one of our important programs or prize funds and help
ensure the stability and growth of your DPS.


At the urging of the Publications Board, the Bulletin of the American
Astronomical Society (BAAS) will be distributed purely electronically
beginning with the January 2011 edition. The new format will add
flexibility and ensure wider dissemination beyond subscribers and
attendees of our meetings.

The core content of the BAAS--the abstracts of AAS and Division
meetings--will continue to be accepted digitally and will appear
online and be properly referenced and available for discovery via ADS.
Meeting attendees will be able to access abstracts by a variety of
electronic means, including online HTML pages, downloadable PDF files,
and a variety of ebook formats. Logistical information and
presentation titles will appear in a separate printed meeting program
provided to all attendees.

The AAS annual report, which used to be included in the BAAS, is
already a stand-alone electronic publication
( Certain types of
peer-reviewed papers that used to run in the BAAS have migrated to
other journals. Obituaries will continue to be published; they'll
appear in the electronic-only BAAS and on the AAS website, and they'll
be submitted to ADS as always. Electronic-only publication will make
obituaries better illustrated and more widely read and valued.

As communications technology continue to evolve, we'll make
adjustments to how we present and disseminate information important to
our members, meeting attendees, and other stakeholders. Our decisions
will be guided by your input, so please let us know how you like (or
don't like) the new version of the BAAS by sending an email to


ALMA is currently under construction and should start full operations in
However, already in 2011, ALMA will be operated with a limited number of
antennas (16)
and restricted capacity (e.g. baselines < 1 km). The first Call for
Proposals for
this “ALMA Early Science” phase could be issued in the first semester
of 2011.

To help the IRAM community to prepare this important milestone, the IRAM
ARC node
will be organising a 3-day workshop on November 29th to December 1st 2010
at the
institute’s headquarters (Grenoble, France):

Likewise, the UK ARC Node will be organising a Community Day event in the
week of
13th December 2010. An announcement is expected to be posted soon on their
home page:


Dear Colleague,

The Gemini Observatory plans to announce a Call for Proposals for
Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) Campaign Science. This message is a
request for letters of intent from prospective GPI campaign projects.
Please see the announcement at,
which includes links to additional information.

GPI is a technologically advanced instrument designed specifically
for obtaining images and low-resolution spectra of faint objects or
features very near to bright objects. While GPI's primary science
goal is the detection and characterization of exoplanets, its high
contrast capabilities will allow significant scientific advances in
such areas as circumstellar disks, stellar evolution and mass
transfer, fundamental stellar astrophysics including binaries, and
Solar System objects. All areas are open to campaign science
Letters of intent are due January 20, 2011, and should be sent to
Gemini Deputy Director/Head of Science Nancy Levenson
( We expect
the final Call for Proposals to be
released February 1, 2011, with an anticipated deadline of March 31,

Verne V. Smith
NOAO System Science Center


USGS Astrogeology Announcement to Hire a New Science Center Director

The incumbent serves as Director of the Astrogeology Science Center (ASTRO)
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and manages and directs all scientific
activities therein. The USGS ASTRO Science Center conducts the major
of the USGS’s program of scientific research into the geologic nature and
history of the planets and satellites in the Solar System. The program
encompasses a variety of scientific and technical disciplines including
geology, geophysics, computer science, cartography, geodesy, space science,
physical science, and remote sensing. This interdisciplinary position may
classified in any of the following professional occupational series;
Physical Science GS-1301; Geophysics, GS-1313; Chemistry, GS-1320; Geology,
GS-1350. Astronomers and astrophysics will typically apply under General
Physical Science (GS 13-01).

This opportunity closes 19 Jan 2011.

To find a detailed description of this position and additional information
qualifications and application procedures, please click on the USAjobs link

Former and Current Federal Employees:

Non Federal Employees:
Dr. Timothy N. Titus
Research Space Scientist
Acting Science Center Director
USGS Astrogeology Science Center
Fax: 928-556-7014

The CoRoT team at Laboratroy of Astrophysics in Marseille (France, LAM)
offers a postdoctoral research position in the field of stellar and
exoplanetary astrophysics. A PhD in astrophysics, planetary science or
related field is required.

The Wellesley College Department of Astronomy invites applications for a
tenure-track appointment at the beginning assistant professor level to
start in Fall 2011. We are especially seeking candidates whose research
specialties lie in planetary science or a closely related area, such as
extrasolar planetary or solar astronomy. The successful candidate will
teach introductory astronomy courses as well as new courses in areas such
as remote sensing, planetary geology, or climate change, that would be
broadly appealing to students from related disciplines. The candidate must
have demonstrated teaching ability and must be committed to carrying out a
vibrant program of research that involves undergraduates at multiple

The Department of Astronomy is housed in an unusually fine facility, the
newly renovated Whitin Observatory. Telescopes include historic Clark
refractors and a 24" reflector used for teaching and research. We hope to
find a candidate who will share our sense of stewardship of the
Observatory. Candidates must have a Ph.D., and some postdoctoral experience
is preferred. Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college
community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to
that goal are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin Jan
15; for instructions see

Kim K. McLeod
Professor and Chair, Astronomy Department
Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481

U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Southwest Area
Astrogeology Science Center
Science Center Director

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) invites applications for a full-time
permanent position located in Flagstaff, AZ. The USGS seeks an established
scientist of national reputation with demonstrated ability to develop,
lead, and administrate the Astrogeology Science Center.
The Center, with approximately 70 employees and a $10 Million budget,
conducts the major segment of the USGS program of scientific research into
the geologic nature and history of the planets and satellites in the Solar
System. Astrogeology, founded in 1963 by Gene Shoemaker, has been actively
involved with nearly all of NASA's spacecraft missions to other planets and
satellites. Astrogeology conducts innovative, fundamental research that
advances the fields of planetary cartography, geoscience, and remote
sensing. Astrogeology maps planetary surfaces, producing accurate
cartographic products which are internationally recognized as benchmarks.
Astrogeology also supports both spacecraft operations and data analysis
through its ability to develop and maintain state-of-the-art software and
techniques for scientific and cartographic analysis.
Applicants must be United States citizens. Ph.D. or equivalent experience
is required. Candidates need a strong background in research science,
preferably the planetary sciences, and proven leadership skills in managing
"soft-money" research organizations. Familiarity with (1) development of
state-of-the-art scientific software and/or techniques for the scientific
or cartographic analysis of planetary remote sensing data and (2) data
analysis and digital geologic map (GIS database) construction are valuable,
but not required. Candidates with a strong publication record in the
planetary sciences, experience managing project portfolios, and proven
scientific leadership skills are highly encouraged to apply.
For detailed vacancy announcement, including specific qualification
requirements and application procedures for this opportunity go to:

Current Federal Employees Refer to:
Vacancy Announcement: PAC-2011-0135
Non-Federal Employees Refer to:
Vacancy Announcement: PAC-2011-0141
Deadline for applications: January 19, 2011
The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

e) POST-DOC OFFER: Extrasolar planets
Job Summary: Detection and dynamics of extrasolar planets in small mass
multi-body systems.

We are looking for a highly motivated young scientist, to work in the field
of detection and dynamics of extrasolar planets in multi-body systems. The
successful candidate should have a strong background in Solar System
dynamics plus computational experience.

Job description:
The successful applicant is expected to do research in one of the following
topics: extra-solar planet searches and study, planet formation and
evolution, dynamics of multi-planetary systems. The main goal is to cover
both theory and observations with particular attention to the dynamics of
multi-body configurations and diversity of their dynamical environments.
The research can involve the reduction the observational data, the use of
computer simulations and/or theoretical analysis to detect and characterize
the planetary systems around the neighboring stars. Computational
experience is required and a background in Solar System dynamics is a plus.
Applications by researchers working on other research topics related to the
field of exoplanets will also be accepted and evaluated.
The candidate must have a Ph.D degree in Astrophysics, or equivalent
Application deadline: 17th January 2011
Expecting starting date: Spring 2011
Type of contract: The initial position (Pos-Doctoral Fellowship) will be of
a one year contract, eventually extensive to three additional years. Annual
salary of €18,000, after taxes, according with "FCT" guidelines. Benefits
include social security and 25 vacation days.
Host institution: Physics Department, University of Aveiro, PORTUGAL (EU).
Job Reference: BI/FIS-35/I3N/DEZ-2010
Language: English
Candidates should send the application (hard copy and e-mail) with the
following documents:
1. CV (including publication list)
2. A brief research plan (maximum 3 pages)
3. Name and contact of 2 scientists who can provide a letter of
recommendation if needed.
4. The application should include a motivation letter mentioning:
expectations of applicant, short summary of current research interests, and
relevance of research profile of candidate for the hosting institution.

Contact and further information:

Tel: +351 234 378 117

You may want to consult the excellent Planetary meetings and Conferences
Calendar at:

a) Fourth International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and
February 8-11, 2011 ; Paris, France

b) PLATO Science Conference
Berlin, 24-25 February 2011

c) 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC 2011),
7-11 March 2011, The Woodlands, Texas
Abstract deadline : January 4, 2011

d) The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of
Planetary Science
March 5-6, 2011 ; The Woodlands, TX

e) European Geosciences Union (Egu) General Assembly 2011
Vienna, Austria, 3-8 April 2011

There will be several Planetary Sciences Sessions during the meeting, see
The abstract submission is open until 10 January 2011.

f) Exploring Strange New Worlds: From Giant Planets to Super Earths
Flagstaff, Arizona, May 1-6, 2011

g) 8th International Planetary Probe Workshop
6 – 10 June, 2011; Portsmouth, Virginia
4 – 5 June, Short Course: “Atmospheric Flight Systems Technologies”

Sending space vehicles to other worlds is one of humankind’s most
challenging and rewarding ventures. The 8th International Planetary Probe
Workshop (IPPW‐8) will bring together scientists, engineers,
technologists, mission designers, space agency leaders, and exceptional
students from around the world for a compelling, weeklong collaboration
focused on exploring solar system destinations via in‐situ missions.
This 8th workshop will build upon the IPPW tradition by encouraging
international cooperation in planetary probe missions, new technologies,
and scientific discoveries. In addition, students from around the world
will have a unique opportunity to present their work and to interact with
the leaders in their discipline areas.
IPPW‐8 will be held June 6‐10, 2011, near the NASA‐Langley Research
Center in southeastern Virginia, USA. Our program includes invited talks,
contributed presentations, posters, and opportunities for networking with
Preceding the workshop, on June 4‐5, we will offer a 2‐day short course
“Atmospheric Flight Systems Technologies.”
Mark your calendars now!
For more information:

h) 9th IAA Low Cost Planetary Missions conference
June 21-24, 2011.
Hosted at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel

The 9th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, organized and hosted by The
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, is an
international forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers,
managers, and agency officials to collect and exchange information and
ideas for making this class of robotic mission scientifically valuable and
yet affordably low cost.
The Low-Cost Planetary Missions conference is designed to increase and
enhance the global community of practitioners. Areas covered in the
conference program include, but are not limited to: missions and scientific
results; mission planning and operations; mission management, technology
and engineering, and delivery methods.
The Second Announcement and call for papers is posted:
Due date for Abstracts: February 1, 2011
Author notification will be sent by March 1, 2011 for more information.

i) IUGG/IAMAS Genaral Assembly
Melbourne 28 June- 7 July 2011, see:

At that meeting, the ICPAE Commission has planned two Symposia:

M05 Comparative Atmospheres of the giant planets and their satellites
Conveners : Athena Coustenis, Darrell Strobel and Frank Mills
Scope: Papers are invited which report progress on all aspects of our
current understanding of the evolution of atmospheres of the outer planets,
their moons and their interactions with their environment (rings,
magnetosphere, surfaces). The emphasis will be on insights gained from
recent space missions, including Cassini-Huygens and Earth-orbiting
satellites. Contributions describing the atmosphere-related objectives of
the relevant missions, analysis of observations, and the results of model
simulations of atmospheric evolution are also welcome. Research on
exoplanetary atmospheres in comparison to the ones in our solar system is
also of relevance. The relation of all of these aspects to the field of
Astrobiology shall be put forward.

J-M07 Atmospheres and ices on terrestrial planets
Conveners: Dimitri Titov, Ralf Greve, Athéna Coustenis
Scope: Papers are invited on the physics and chemistry of the lower, middle
and upper atmosphere, ionosphere and surface ice of the inner planets and
comets. Comparative studies of the atmospheres of Venus, Earth and Mars, as
well as the ices on Earth and Mars, are also invited, with emphasis on the
differences and similarities in their climates. Results from recent
missions to Mars, Venus and the terrestrial planets in general are of
particular interest. Reports on improvements in general circulation models
of the thermosphere and lower atmospheres of the planets, coupled
atmosphere/cryosphere models and descriptions of future planetary missions
are also invited, as well as advances in laboratory experiments.

j) ORIGINS 2011
ISSOL and Bioastronomy Joint International Conference
Montpellier, France, July 3rd-8th 2011

The poster of the Conference can be downloaded from the website portal

Registration is open !
Call for Abstracts (submission opening: Dec 13th, 2010)

Muriel Gargaud & Robert Pascal

Chairs of Origins 2011 Organizing Committee

k) Call for Expressions of Interest to organise EAS Symposia during

We invite the Astrophysics and Space Science communities to propose
sessions for
the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2011 in St. Petersburg,
from 4-8 July 2011.

A broad range of parallel sessions can be accommodated as
(A) 'special sessions' consisting of up to 3 blocks of 1.5 hours and
(B) longer sessions ('symposia') consisting of up to 6 blocks of 1.5
hours, stretching over 2 days.

All proposals should be submitted as plain text email, with up to a
maximum of 500 words, and should include the following information:
1. Title of proposed session
2. Summary of the goal(s) of the session
3. Names of organisers (at least two persons)
4. Justification for proposed duration of the session (how many
1.5-hour blocks?)
5. Anticipated audience size

Proposals should be sent to Elias BRINKS <>
by the extended, but now hard deadline of 1st November 2010 for review by
the SOC.
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by
the end
of November 2010.
Individuals within the European astronomy and space science communities,
and networks also, are strongly encouraged to propose and organise

Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Prize 2011
One of the highlights of this year's JENAM was the award of the EAS Tycho
prize to Ray Wilson. EAS Council now invites nominations for the Tycho
Prize 2011. Full details, including nomination form can be found on the EAS
webpages at
and clicking on the 2011 tab. Note the strict deadline of Friday, October
29, 2010

l) Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2011
July 17-22, 2011 ; Niijita, Japan

m) Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems
July 17-22, 2011, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Chair:Michael R. Meyer; Vice Chair:Edward D. Young

The 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems will take
place at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA 17-22 July. This unique
interdisciplinary meeting includes astronomers and astrophysicists
interested in star and planet formation, planetary scientists and
cosmochemists interested in the early history, structure, and evolution of
the Solar System, as well as scientists in related disciplines. By bringing
together this mix of expertise the conference attempts to address
fundamental questions that are not tractable within the confines of just
one discipline. Our goal is to understand whether planetary systems like
our own, and the potential for habitability that they represent are the
exception or the rule in the Milky Way galaxy.
The focus of the 2011 meeting (the 11th since this series began twenty
years ago) will be "Composition of Forming Planets: A Tool to Understand
Processes". Topics covered will include: 1) the initial conditions for
planet formation in circumstellar disks, including estimates of solar
nebula composition from the Genesis mission; 2) the evolution of the
physical structure of the gas and dust from which planets form; 3) progress
in our theoretical understanding of the major physical processes that
control planet formation; 4) the interplay between disk dynamics and disk
chemistry in determining the composition of forming planets including new
results from the Herschel Space Telescope; 5) meteoritic constraints on the
physical and chemical conditions in the solar nebula; 6) the role of giant
impacts in the structure and evolution of forming planets; 7) satellites
and rings of giant planets as mini-laboratories to study the process of
planet formation; 8) current census of extra-solar planets including new
results from the Kepler and COROT missions as well as other facilities; 9)
the essential chemical conditions for life and whether those are readily
obtained through our current understanding of planet formation; and many
other topics.
The conference will continue the usual format of invited lectures, extended
discussion, and poster sessions. The meeting provides an excellent
opportunity for young researchers to present their latest research results
and to participate in the dynamic informal conversations that are typical
of a Gordon Conference. We encourage young scientists, including graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows, to attend. Special efforts will be made
to promote interactions between invited speakers and junior participants
and we expect to provide some financial support to facilitate the
latter’s participation.

n) 2011 Sagan Summer Workshop: Exploring Exoplanets with Microlensing
Pasadena, CA, July 25-29, 2011

o) First Announcement Of Rings 2011 Scientific Workshop
Tentative Dates: July 27-29, 2011
Location: Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

This workshop will explore the present state of investigations into
the structure, composition and dynamics of planetary rings, emphasizing
recent results from the Cassini Mission to Saturn as well as current
theoretical work and numerical simulations. The format will combine
daily oral sessions with ample time for splinter meetings and informal
discussion. Contributed oral and poster papers are welcome.
Possible session topics include ring origins, ring composition
and particle size distributions, gravitational over/instablities
and accretionary phenomena, dynamics of ring-embedded objects,
dusty ring features' interactions with the electromagnetic environment,
and comparative studies of various ring/disk systems.
In addition to formal sessions we will allow time for outdoor activities
to make the best of Ithaca's scenic setting in the heart of the Finger
Lakes. These might include hikes to spectacular waterfalls, a dinner
lake cruise featuring wines from local vineyards, world-renowned museums
(Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of the
Earth), and more.
Participation in the workshop is open to anyone, but space may be
limited to ~100 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Instructions for registration and abstract submissions will be given at
a later time, but if you think you may attend, please e-mail M. Hedman
at so
we may begin to obtain a rough head
count. The meeting dates may shift slightly depending upon availability
of rooms in Ithaca. Please let us know if you would prefer other dates.
Feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues

p) Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (Aogs) 2011
August 8-12, 2011, Taipei.
Abstract deadline : 15 March 2011.

q) New-Horizons Workshop On Icy Surface Processes
August 30 - 31, 2011 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The principal objective of this workshop is to review the state of
knowledge and present new ideas pertaining to the geological and
geochemical processes that operate on the surfaces of icy worlds, with the
goal of aiding our understanding of the Pluto system during the first
reconnaissance in 2015 by NASA’s New Horizons mission. In recognition of
the Lowell Observatory’s key role in the discovery of the Pluto System,
Lowell is hosting the workshop on the old Observatory grounds in Flagstaff
AZ. The workshop is co-sponsored by Southwest Research Institute and NASA
Ames Research Center.
The workshop will focus on Solar System solid body icy surfaces (anywhere
in the Solar System) and the physical and geological processes that shape
icy landforms and mobilize surface materials. Subjects to be covered
include possible analogs for surfaces of Pluto system, compositional
considerations, the physical properties of surface materials, landscape and
volatile origin and evolution, the implications for other KBOs, and the
plans and expected datasets resulting from Pluto system investigations by
the New Horizons mission. There will be both invited and contributed talks.
Contributed oral or poster papers are welcome.
Participation in the workshop is open to anyone, but is limited to ~75
Instructions for registration and submissions will be given at a later
SOC: Jeffrey Moore, Will Grundy, Alan Stern, William McKinnon, and Paul
LOC: Will Grundy
POC: Carrie Chavez (

r) EPSC-DPS 2011
A joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress – EPSC and the
American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences – DPS

+-------------------- First Announcement and Call-for-Sessions
The joint EPSC-DPS Meeting will take place at La Cité Internationale des
Congrès Nantes Métropole in Nantes, France, 3-7 October 2011.
This modern congress centre is very close to the centre of Nantes, an
attractive city, the historical capital of Brittany, on the west coast of
France, about 2 hours by high speed train from Paris.
The aim is to provide an attractive platform for the worldwide planetary
science community to exchange and present timely results, develop new
ideas, and to network. The format of the meeting will be a mix of plenary
sessions, topical oral and poster sessions, and workshops. Given previous
experience with EPSC and DPS we are expecting a large attendance from
around the world. We hope to make it THE planetary science meeting of 2011!
The meeting website is
Travel funding will be available for students: Europlanet will provide
contributions to a large number of European PhD students to support their
attendance; DPS will provide scholarships to recipients of the Hartmann
Student Travel Grant.
We hereby invite you to take an active part in organizing the scientific
programme of the conference by suggesting Sessions and Conveners at:

If you have ideas for press or media events, please communicate them to
Anita Heward, Europlanet Press and Outreach Officer,, or Vishnu Reddy, DPS Press officer,

Important dates:
16 January 2011: Proposals for Sessions due
31 May 2011: Abstracts due
21 June 2011: Letter of Acceptance to authors
7 July 2011: Letter of Schedule to authors

Future announcements: More information will be available in future updates
and posted on the meeting website as well as sent by e-mail. Please also
forward this email to interested colleagues.

Best regards,
Manuel Grande, Renu Malhotra
For the Scientific Organizing Committee

The EPSC represents a cooperation between Europlanet RI and the European
Geosciences Union.
The Europlanet RI project is an EU supported initiative to strengthen and
unify European planetary science. A main objective is to achieve a long
term integration of planetary sciences in Europe through the networking of
the European research groups and to provide a major distributed European
infrastructure to be shared, fed and expanded by all planetary scientists.
The DPS is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to the
study of the solar system and other planetary systems.

Links :
Meeting Homepage
Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes
DPS Homepage