Issue 14-1, January 10, 2014
1) REMINDER FROM NOMINATING SUBCOMMITEE : CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR DPS COMMITTEE
2) CALL FOR DPS 2014 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
3) REMINDER : 2014 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
4) 67P/CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO OBSERVING CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF ROSETTA
5) CALL FOR EXOMARS 2018 LANDING SITE PROPOSALS
6) NASA ASTROPHYSICS LONG-TERM VISION STUDY RELEASED
7) NRAO SEMESTER 2014B CALL FOR PROPOSALS
8) JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
9) UPCOMING MEETINGS
REMINDER FROM NOMINATING SUBCOMMITEE : CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR DPS COMMITTEE
The Nominating Subcommittee is responsible for presenting to the DPS Secretary a list of candidates for DPS Officers and Committee members.
The DPS Nominating Subcommittee is currently doing their work in earnest, and would welcome input from the members. The following people would be happy to hear your suggestions for candidates for DPS committee positions.
CALL FOR DPS 2014 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2014
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. It is time to consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes. Please note the earlier deadline than last year’s.
· The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science.
· The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist.
· The Harold Masursky Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary science and exploration.
· The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
· The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
Detailed descriptions of each of the prizes and the criteria for nominees for each can be found at http://dps.aas.org/prizes. The nomination form and instructions can also be retrieved from this website. The completed nomination form and supporting material should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone may submit a nomination. A completed nomination will be retained and considered by the Prize Subcommittee for three years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less. Past nominees may be re-nominated after the expiration of a prior nomination. A posthumous nomination is allowed for a limited time after the nominee’s death, except for the Sagan Medal. For specific details, see the URL noted above.
The deadline for nominations this year is April 1.
Consider for example the Carl Sagan Medal, which recognizes excellence in public communication in planetary science. Do you have a colleague that excels in reaching out to the public, who has a particularly effective way of communicating new findings in our field? We want to recognize those efforts that are so important to the health of our field!
The Masursky Award recognizes meritorious service to planetary science. Do you have a colleague whose efforts made a significant difference in the success of an endeavor you've been involved in through engineering, managerial, programmatic or public service activities? Consider nominating that individual!
REMINDER : 2014 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
You are receiving this e-mail because you have subscribed to DPS during the past 2 years.
You should have paid your 2014 membership dues online at https://members.aas.org/ by 31 December 2013. Please take the time to renew by logging in to your membership record (today !) and in any case before the membership lists are updated within a month or two from the beginning of 2014. By renewing online and not receiving a paper renewal, you will help your Society save enormous costs.
Also, please take a moment to update your personal DPS member file.
Thank you for your urgent attention.
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67P/CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO OBSERVING CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF ROSETTA
Observers interested in participating in the international campaign on comet 67P in support of the ESA Rosetta mission are invited to visit www.rosetta-campaign.net and sign up to the related mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rosetta-obs . This group is intended to coordinate observations over the next two years, and will soon start to discuss plans for the spring telescope proposal deadlines. Observations with ground (and Earth-orbiting) telescopes are important to provide context to the results from the mission, which presents a unique opportunity to compare remote and in situ observations of a comet over a large range in heliocentric distances. Information about current observing plans is available on the website - this list is expected to expand considerably in the coming weeks and months.
Colin Snodgrass, for the Rosetta Earth-based observing campaign
CALL FOR EXOMARS 2018 LANDING SITE PROPOSALS
The Call for ExoMars 2018 Landing Site proposals has been released
with a deadline for applications of Friday, 28 February 2014 (12:00 CET).
Interested parties will find the relevant documentation at
NASA ASTROPHYSICS LONG-TERM VISION STUDY RELEASED
In early 2013, the Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS) of the NASA Advisory Council/Science Committee commissioned a Task Force to develop a vision for NASA’s Astrophysics Division spanning the next three decades. The charter given to this team was to produce a compelling long-term vision for space astrophysics building upon the baseline given in the recent Decadal Survey “New Worlds, New Horizons”. The Roadmap Task Force report, "Enduring Quests, Daring Visions – NASA Astrophysics in the Next Three Decades", is now completed and has been posted: http://science.nasa.gov/science-committee/subcommittees/nac-astrophysics-subcommittee/astrophysics-roadmap/.
NRAO SEMESTER 2014B CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is pleased to announce the Semester 2014B Call for Proposals for the Very Large Array (VLA), Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Semester 2014B runs from 1 August 2014 through 31 January 2015.
Complete technical and programmatic information for this NRAO Semester 2014B Call for Proposals will be available online beginning at 12:00 pm EST, Friday, 3 January 2014.
The proposal submission deadline for this call is 3 February 2014 at 17:00 (5:00 pm) EST (22:00 UTC).
Proposal preparation and submission for this call are via the NRAO Proposal Submission Tool (PST) available through NRAO Interactive Services. All proposal authors must be registered users of NRAO Interactive Services. The registration form requests contact information that will be used for notification about proposal disposition, telescope scheduling, etc. Proposers are encouraged to register early.
Proposers with questions regarding this call or the NRAO proposal process are encouraged to contact the observatory’s scientific staff via the NRAO Help Desk.
You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the DPS Jobs Czar at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A) STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is
offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA
missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students
will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be
provided. Visit the website for more information and to apply:
Applications are due January 27, 2014.
B) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PLANETARY SCIENCE IN HONG KONG
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in planetary science. The full ad can be found at http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=46775 orhttp://jobs.hku.hk/jd.php?id=201301114
I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to any PhD students and postdocs who might be interested in this position.
A) INTERNATIONAL COMETARY WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 1-3, 2014
The International Cometary Workshop, originally scheduled for July 2013 was postponed due to the US Budget sequester and the NASA travel restrictions that were imposed in response to the sequester. We are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled the Workshop for April 1-3, 2014. It will take in Toulouse France, and the updated abstract deadline is January 31, 2014. The new registration deadline is February 28, 2014. Pre-registration is now available. For more information see our website at icw.space.swri.edu.
B) TITAN THROUGH TIME WORKSHOP 3
A workshop on Titan's Past, Present and Future, 8-10 April, 2014
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA
Abstracts, student support applications, and registration
(no cost, but required for limited-size facility) are due by
February 2nd, 2014. Go to:
Ralph D. Lorenz, Johns Hopkins APL
Conor A. Nixon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Co-chairs, Science Program
C) EGU 2014
Please consider to submit an abstract for the EGU 2014 which will take place between 27 April - 02 May 2014 at Vienna, Austria
Abstract Deadline: 16 January 2014, 13:00 CET.
Several planetary sciences are organized again for next year, you can find them at :
PS1 – Solar System exploration and techniques
PS2 – Terrestrial Planets
PS3 – Outer planets
PS4 – Small bodies and dust
PS5 – Atmospheric electricity, Plasmas and magnetospheres
PS6 – Exoplanets
PS7 – Modelling and experimental work in Planetology
PS8 – Origins and Astrobiology
PS9 – Joint and Co-Listed Sessions
Special Events and award sessions:
Please join us for the:
- Jean Dominique Cassini Medal & Honorary Membership award to be given to Prof. Stamatios Krimigis
- David Bates Medal to Dr François Forget
- PS Outstanding Young Scientists Awards to Dr Christina Plainaki.
- the Hannes Alfvén Medal to Karl Schindler
- Special event session: PS1.2
Mass spectrometers in the solar system: A session in honor of Hasso Niemann.
- Special event : Session PS3.2 :10 years of Cassini
- Special event : Session PS4.2 : Rosetta, getting ready for the encounter
President of Planetary and Solar System Sciences Division of the EGU
D) HABITABLE WORLDS ACROSS SPACE AND TIME
First Announcement: The 2014 STScI Spring Symposium
April 28 - May 1, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2014
On-line registration deadline: March 28, 2014
Within a matter of years, humanity will know for the first time the frequency of terrestrial planets in orbit around other stars. This knowledge will pave the way for joining research from astronomy, Earth science, and biology to understand the past, present, and future of the Earth within its larger context as one of many habitable worlds. Such work seeks to understand the formation and fate of the Earth as well as predict where and when different bodies will be suitable for life.
In this four-day symposium, scientists from diverse fields will discuss the formation and long-term evolution of terrestrial bodies throughout the various phases of stellar and Galactic evolution. This symposium will include discussions about sites for Galactic habitability that have not yet been given much attention, such as around post-main sequence stars. The existence of these overlooked environments may provide motivation for novel astronomical observations with existing and next generation ground and space-based observatories.
For more information on the Symposium, please check the website:
E) WORKSHOP:THE FORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
13 - 15 May 2014 at MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
With more than 900 confirmed exoplanets, it is becoming clear that there are many planetary systems with rather different properties to that of the Solar System. This poses the question how our own Solar System formed. The answer to this question is not straight forward, because it is based on hints from the current state on what happened in the past. It turns out that this is an interdisciplinary endeavour, requiring knowledge of supernovae explosions, meteorites, cosmochemistry, structure and evolution of circumstellar discs, star cluster dynamics, and the early dynamical evolution of planetary systems. The goal of this workshop is to provide a platform for information exchange between these different disciplines, putting together the puzzle pieces of the Solar System formation history.
The workshop focusses on:
• Cosmochemical constraints on the physical/chemical conditions in the Solar Nebula
• Time scales of the dust and planetesimal growth for the Solar System
• Models of the Kuiper belt formation
• The role of the stellar environemt, with emphasis on star cluster dynamics
• Early planetary system development
• Future evolution of the Solar System
Contributions from related fields are welcome.
Registration is open from 1st December 2013. The workshop will be limited to 40 participants, early registration is recommended.
SOC: Melvyn Davies, Matthieu Gounelle, Michael Meyer, Susanne Pfalzner, Simon Portegies Zwart, Ingo Thies
F) WORKSHOP ON TERRESTRIAL PLANET FORMATION
Nice, May 26-31 2014
Please note that the deadline for pre-registration and abstract submission is December 31, 2013. Formatted abstracts (200 words maximum) should be sent to:
as pdf files. The exact format is not critical.
For those who have not yet booked accommodation, it is urgent to do so as soon as possible.
See Attachment for information
48TH ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: NEW INSIGHTS INTO VOLCANISM ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
We are pleased to invite you to submit your abstract for the 48th ESLAB Symposium. The Symposium will take place from 16-20 June 2014 at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) located in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
It will focus on volcanism in the Solar System. Of particular interest, but not limited to, the Symposium will provide new insights obtained over the last years from international space missions to planets, Moons and cryo-volcanism. The programme will include plenary sessions on topics related to volcanism in the Solar System, with contributed oral and poster presentations.
Deadline for abstract submission is March 1st.
You can submit your abstract directly at http://congrexprojects.com/2014-events/48-ESLAB/abstract-submission
Registration for the 48th ESLAB Symposium is open at http://congrexprojects.com/2014-events/48-ESLAB/registration
For more information, please visit the website: http://congrexprojects.com/2014-events/48-ESLAB/
Financial support is available for students, thanks to the European Geoscience Union (EGU). Deadline for request is February 14th. (more information on the website)
ESA Conference Bureau
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee
H) ORIGINS 2014
July 6 (Sun) −July 11 (Fri), 2014
Nara, Japan, http://www.shinkokaido.jp/en/
The 2nd joint international conference of ISSOL (The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life + the International Astrobiology Society) and Bioastronomy (Commission 51 of the International Astronomical Union)
Abstract Submission is now open!
October 1, 2013: Registration open
November 20, 2013: Abstraction submission open
January 10, 2014: Hotel & excursion reservation open
January 31, 2014: Deadline for Early registration
February 21, 2014: Deadline for Abstract submission
March 31, 2014: Second circular
June 30, 2014: Deadline for Late registration
July 6-11, 2014: Origins 2014 conference (onsite registration will be available)
I) IAU SYMPOSIUM 310
7-11 July 2014
We are very pleased to invite you to participate to the IAU Symposium
IAUS 310 Complex Planetary Systems (CPS) which will be organized by
the research center naXys, at the University of Namur, from the 7th to
the 11th of July 2014.
You will find all the information about registration and accomodation
on our web site :http://www.cps-iau.be
All the planetary systems, from the Earth-Moon system to the
extrasolar ones, are complex systems, requiring several levels of
expertise and of interdisciplinarity to be clearly understood. The
symposium aims to bring foreword the latest findings obtained in that
perspective and to generate new collaborations for the future. Any
astronomer involved in planetary systems, at any level, is invited to
participate to the meeting and to propose its own expertise in future
The key topics of the Symposium are listed here :
The Solar System: formation, migration, models
The formation of extrasolar systems: tides, dissipation, resonances
The dynamics of exoplanets: rotational and orbital motions
The rotation models and internal structure of planets and satellites
The giant planets systems: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
The Earth-Moon system: formation, satellites and debris
The small bodies system: evolution and history
The dynamics of asteroids: rotation, binary, satellites
The complex algorithms and tools
The registration is already open, as well as the application for IAU grants.
Please contact us for any information at the address :email@example.com
We are very pleased to welcome you in Namur next July !
Anne Lemaitre, chair of the SOC, and Anne-Sophie Libert, chair of the LOC
SOC: A. Lemaitre (chair), C. Beaug, A. Celletti, V. Dehant, Z. Knezevic
(editor of the proceedings), J. Laskar, A. Milani, A. Morbidelli, D.
Nesvorny, D. Scheeres, K. Tsiganis
J) AOGS 2014
28 Jul - 1 Aug 2014,
Royton Hotel, Sapporo, Japan
IMPORTANT DATES :
- Pay Reduced Fee
Apply by: 11 Feb
- Submit Abstract
Deadline: 11 Feb
- Abstract Acceptance
Notification: 18 Mar
K) EUROPEAN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONGRESS 2014 – EPSC2014
07 – 12 September 2014
First Announcement and Call-for-Sessions
The Ninth European Planetary Science Congress will take place at Centro de Congressos do Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, from 07 – 12 September 2014.
We thank you for making the last EPSC meeting in London, United Kingdom, a great success with 960 participants from 39 countries. In order to ensure a high scientific and technical quality of the next congress, we ask you to send any comments or feedback concerning the last meeting to Manuel Grande (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maria Teresa Capria (email@example.com).
As with the previous highly successful EPSC meetings, EPSC2014 provides an attractive platform to exchange and present results, develop new ideas and to network the planetary science community in Europe. A forum you might say! It will have a distinctively interactive style, with a mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for the community to meet. Lisbon is one of the world’s most delightful and historic cities. The conference centre is a state of the art facility near the sea, an easy half hour ride from the historic centre.
The success of EPSC is founded on the excellence of its sessions and conveners. So we encourage you to make session or workshop proposals on the conference website before 29 January 2014:
The meeting will cover the whole scope of planetary science with typically 50 sessions of different types.
We look forward to many proposals for exciting sessions and look forward to seeing you in Lisbon.
Manuel Grande and Maria Teresa Capria
Scientific Organizing Committee Chairs
Send submissions to:
Athena Coustenis, DPS Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LESIA (Bat. 18)
Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
5, place Jules Janssen
92195 Meudon Cedex
Tel: +331 45077720