Newsletter 11-07

Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #11-07 : Elections candidate reminder, EPSC-DPS 2011 Joint meeting reminders, travel grants, E/PO
Date: May 9, 2011 4:00:06 PM EDT

Issue11-07, May 9th 2011



We are reminding you that the DPS Nominating Committee has identified the following candidates for the 2011 DPS elections for Vice-Chair and Committee:

Vice-Chair (1 to be elected):
Rosaly Lopes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA
Alan Stern, SWRI, Boulder, USA

Committee (2 to be elected):
Ralph McNutt , Johns Hopkins University, Laurel MD, USA
Patrick Michel, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, France
Ingo Mueller-Wodarg, Imperial College London, UK
Bob Pappalardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA

Please be reminded also that additional candidates, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by May 20th. Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Athena Coustenis, at [email protected].

La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole
03 – 07 October 2011, Nantes, France

Reminder: Abstract deadline: 31 May, 2011.

The planetary international community is invited to submit an abstract for presentation of their recent work at the joint EPSC-DPS 2011 Meeting.
The current list of 73 sessions is organized around the following topics:
TP Terrestrial Planets
GP Giant Planet Systems
MG Magnetospheres and Space Physics
MT Missions and Techniques
EO Exoplanets and Origins
AB Astrobiology
SB Small Bodies
PD Planetary Dynamics
LF Laboratory and Field Investigations
OEA Outreach, Education, and Amateur Astronomy

Please browse the list of sessions and identify the session that most closely matches your area of interest; your abstract can then be submitted directly to that session.
The session conveners, together with the Scientific Organizing Committee, will finalize the science program shortly after the abstract deadline.

Travel funding will be available for students: EPSC will make a contribution to a large number of European PhD students to support their attendance; DPS will provide support to recipients of the Hartmann Student Travel Grant (see hereafter).
Information on registration, accommodation, travel routes, visa requirements and social events will also become available shortly on the meeting web site.

Some specifications of the EPSC-DPS Joint meeting concerning abstracts, VISAs and other matters will be posted on the web site soon.

Please forward this message to colleagues who may be interested.
Some specific sessions of the meeting are advertized hereafter, but please look at the whole meeting program to find the session best suited for your presentation.

Giant Planet Atmospheres and Interiors (GP1)

Recent observations of the gas and ice giants have revealed complex evolving atmospheric systems, from short term variability (impacts on Jupiter, mid-latitude storms on Saturn, discrete features on Uranus and Neptune), medium-term changes (the life cycle of Jupiter’s South Equatorial Belt, seasonal storms on Saturn) and seasonally-induced hemispheric asymmetries and equator-to-pole contrasts on Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Temporal variability within the weather layer may provide key diagnostics of processes occurring in regions inaccessible to remote sensing, within the deep troposphere and planetary interior. Abstracts concerning the present state of the neutral atmospheres (dynamics, chemistry and vertical structure); their temporal evolution and coupling to the planetary interior (internal structure, convection and interaction with the atmosphere) are particularly welcome, along with a discussion of future priorities for the exploration of giant planet atmospheres from ground- and space-based facilities.

Conveners : Leigh Fletcher, Glenn Orton, Patrick Irwin and Tristan Guillot

Titan’s Interior, Surface, and Atmosphere and (Ex)Changes Therein (GP3)
Titan is the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere and the only place besides Earth with stable liquids at its surface. This session focuses on the exchange processes between the interior and the atmosphere and how these processes have shaped Titan’s surface. The session welcomes abstracts describing observations, laboratory experiments and numerical simulations.

Conveners: A. Coustenis, C. Sotin, E. Turtle

Titan as a Prebiotic Chemical System (GP4/AB6)

The scope of this session is the past, present and future of Titan. This session will examine Titan as a system with the goal of trying to better understand the chemistry and potential for a prebiotic world. There are many questions to address. How did Titan form? What was the origin of its atmosphere? What is the source of methane and what is the timing of its outgassing to the surface? How much methane is present today in the surface-atmosphere system of Titan? How thick are the deposits of organic materials, where are they in the Titan crust, and what is the extent of their further chemistry beyond stratospheric photochemistry toward complex organics of prebiotic interest? How has organic chemistry evolved over time on the surface of Titan, and is the evolution progressive or cyclic? Was Titan’s surface much warmer in the past and what will conditions be like when the Sun becomes a red giant? What are the next appropriate steps in the exploration of Titan in terms of mission design and instrument techniques?

Conveners: P. Beauchamp, A. Coustenis, J. I. Lunine

REMINDER on deadline for applications: 9:00 PM PDT, Friday May 20, 2011.

Starting with a generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, followed by member contributions and matching funds from the DPS Committee, a limited number of student travel grants are made available to assist toward participating at the annual DPS meeting. Travel grants are primarily intended for students, but post-doctoral scientists without other means of support will also be considered. Travel grants for the Nantes meeting will be no more than approximately five hundred dollars and are intended to provide a supplement that makes the difference on whether or not a student is able to attend the annual meeting. In some cases the travel grant may be requested to cover the meeting registration fee. Preference is given to students who have not received a Travel Grant in the past.
Because of the joint meeting there will be several changes to the DPS travel grant program for this meeting only:
· DPS travel grants will be limited to students or post-docs attending US institutions only. We have a reciprocal agreement with the EPSC that they will fund European (and other foreign) students.
Late applications cannot be accepted. All notifications will be made on or before June 3, 2011.
Please see the Hartmann Travel Grant page at the DPS web site (meetings/travel_grant_application) for detailed information on submittal and format.


Planetary scientists with interests in Education and Public Outreach are invited to submit an abstract for presentation of your work at the joint European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) / AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting, which will take place at La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole in Nantes, France, 3-7 October 2011. There will be 10 OEA Sessions (Outreach, Education, and Amateur Astronomy) this year. Session details can be viewed at: . You are invited to submit abstracts for either an oral or a poster presentation.
*** Submitting an abstract for an OEA session does not preclude you from submitting a science abstract as well.***

Questions about the OEA sessions can be directed to Lou Mayo ([email protected]).


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

a) Japan Geoscience Union International Symposium 2011 (JpGU 2011),
Chiba-city, Japan, 22-27 May 2011,

b) Enceladus Focus Group Meeting
SETI Institute in Mountain View, California on May 23/24, 2011.
Link to the registration for the meeting:

c) Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium 280 on The Molecular Universe
May 30 – June 3, 2011 Toledo, Spain

Contacts: Prof. J.Cernicharo ([email protected])

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

e) Titan Science Meeting 2011
June 20-23, 2011
at the Abbaye Saint Jacut-de-la-Mer in Brittany, France.
The meeting web site can be found under
Registration and abstract deadline extended to May 15, 2011.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the latest Titan science results from measurements by Cassini/Huygens, ground based observations, laboratory measurements and modeling.
This meeting is in part motivated by the production of the Titan science book for Cambridge University Press (to appear in 2012).
We invite the wider Titan Science community to participate in this event and contribute either through talks or posters. The meeting will discuss the topics Titan Atmosphere, Surface, Interior, Origin, Magnetosphere and Plasma Environment.

Since the registration web site is already closed, please register by sending an email to [email protected] containing the following information:
(1) Your Name (Title/First/Family Name)
(2) Your affiliation
(3) Email address
(4) Do you wish to present a paper at the meeting? If yes, then please send the title and attach a short abstract
(5) Do you prefer an oral or poster presentation?
(6) Please state the numbers of rooms you wish to reserve at the Abbaye
(7) Please state the numbers of adults & children who will come
(8) State you arrival and departure dates (not before June 18 and not after June 23)
(9) Add any other requests (dietary requirements, etc.)

The registration charge of 50 Euros will be payable upon arrival only.
The meeting programme will be published during the week of May 16.

f) IUGG/IAMAS General Assembly
Melbourne 28 June- 7 July 2011,

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

h) JENAM 2011
St. Petersburg, Russia, 4-8 July 2011.
European Week of Astronomy & Space Science (JENAM or EWASS 2011)

An International Conference On Small Solar System Bodies
July 18-22, 2011, Niigata, Japan

General information and important dates are available at:

j) IAU Symposium 282
“From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools”
July 18-22, 2011, Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

k) 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

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

m) Rings 2011 Scientific Workshop: Call For Abstracts/Participants And Hotel Information
Workshop Dates: July 27-29, 2011
Location: Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

If you would like to contribute a presentation to this meeting, please e-mail a <300 word abstract as plain text to M. Hedman at [email protected] by May 31. The detailed program for the workshop will be posted online by June 20.

n) Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2011
August 8-12, 2011, Taipei.

Abstract deadline is 1 June 2011.

o) Call for Papers for Symposium “Chemistry as a Tool for Space Exploration & Discovery at Mars”
Fall 2011 American Chemical Society National Meeting.
August 28-September 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado

Mark Allen ([email protected]) and Jeff Bada ([email protected]), symposium organizers
Ronald Cohen ([email protected]), meeting theme program chair