Issue 17-33, August 13, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: EDITORIAL TRANSITION AT ICARUS
- OPAG AT LA JOLLA REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- EARLY CAREER PARTICIPANT SUPPORT FOR NASA OPAG MEETING
- PLUTO AFTER NEW HORIZONS: JULY 15-19, 2019
- APPLICATION OPEN FOR THE EON/ELSI WINTER SCHOOL 2018
- 51ST ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: EXTREME HABITABLE WORLDS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: EDITORIAL TRANSITION AT ICARUS
After 20 years as Editor-in-Chief of Icarus, Phil Nicholson has decided to step
down at the end of this year. Phil’s letter announcing this transition to his fellow
editors can be read here.
In the past two decades, Phil has lead the journal’s growth by appointing
discipline-specific associate editors and has escorted the journal into the age of
digital publishing. Under Phil’s guidance, the journal has moved from strength
to strength, and he has built and maintained the journal’s reputation in
planetary sciences. On behalf of the Division for Planetary Sciences, we thank
him for his years at the helm of Icarus.
The DPS Committee and Elsevier are working in partnership to recruit a
new Editor-in-Chief with the goal of starting in January 2018. We will
post a position description and application process in the coming weeks,
with an anticipated application deadline of October 8, 2017. Please
begin thinking about candidates for this position, including yourself.
The Editor-in-Chief works with the publisher and the DPS to shape the
strategy and direction of the journal as well as commissioning research
articles, review articles and special issues. The editor-in-chief convenes
the Editorial Advisory Board in consultation with DPS leadership, is
responsible for overseeing the peer review process alongside a team
of editors. Currently, each editor is responsible for a particular field,
and the Editor-in-Chief would be responsible for directly handling
peer review of papers falling within her or his area of expertise. For
questions about the position, contact [email protected].
OPAG AT LA JOLLA REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Registration is now open for the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG)
meeting on September 6-7, 2017 at the Seaside Forum of the Scripps Institute
of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA:
Please make hotel reservations ASAP as this is still a busy season near the
largest ocean in the inner Solar System. Block of rooms will be held until
If you are interested in presenting a technology poster, contact
If you wish to apply for early career support, see instructions on the OPAG web
Agenda items include updates about Europa Clipper, Europa Lander,
Cassini, Juno, New Horizons, technology development, and planning for future
missions to outer planets and ocean worlds.
-Alfred McEwen, OPAG chair
EARLY CAREER PARTICIPANT SUPPORT FOR NASA OPAG MEETING
NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group will provide travel grants for a
limited number of interested Early Career participants to attend the
OPAG meeting September 6-7 in La Jolla, CA. OPAG plays a key role in
sculpting the planetary science community’s input into NASA activities
for outer planets science and exploration. Thus it is critical for
Early Career scientists to attend these meetings both to learn how
NASA and Planetary Science programs operate and to represent the
community that will work on OPAG-relevant projects in the coming
decade. Selected individuals will present a poster at the meeting on a
topic of their choosing. Interested graduate students, postdocs, and
other Early Career scientists (within 5 years of PhD/MS/BS) should
submit a one page letter of interest and a CV to britneys “at”
eas.gatech.edu by August 16, 2017. Recipients will be notified by
August 18. For more information, email Britney Schmidt.
PLUTO AFTER NEW HORIZONS: JULY 15-19, 2019
We are planning an international science conference on the Pluto system
and the Kuiper Belt to be held July 15-19, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins
University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, USA.
Please mark your calendars accordingly!
This conference will provide an opportunity to summarize our
understanding of the Pluto system and the Kuiper belt following the New
Horizons encounters with Pluto and 2014 MU69. Contributions spanning all
relevant research on the Kuiper belt, including both observations and
theory, will be solicited.
The conference will also serve as a nucleus for a forthcoming volume
“Pluto After New Horizons” in the University of Arizona Space Science
Series. With a projected 2020 publication date, this new book will be
the successor to “Pluto-Charon” published in 1997.
A registration website with further details will be set up next
summer, approximately one year prior to the conference.
Again, please put this conference on your calendar and join us at the
Kossiakoff Center at APL in mid-July 2019!
With best regards,
Hal Weaver (JHU-APL), Alan Stern (SwRI), Rick Binzel (MIT)
(on behalf of the SOC)
APPLICATION OPEN FOR THE EON/ELSI WINTER SCHOOL 2018
We are excited to announce the 2018 EON/ELSI Winter School on
Earth-Life Science, taking place in Tokyo, Japan, on January 22 to
February 2nd. This interdisciplinary training course for graduate
students and post-docs will include lectures from experts and hands-on
training in field techniques and computational approaches, with
applications for everything related to Earth-Life Science, from
planets to microbes and beyond. If you are interested in the evolution
of planets, chemicals or life, this is the school for you.
Applications are due on September 15, 2017, and are available at:
For all selected attendees, all onsite costs in Japan will be covered.
Travel funding is available for a limited number of attendees, upon
request in the application form. For more information, go to:
51ST ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: EXTREME HABITABLE WORLDS
December 4-8, 2017
ESTEC, The Netherlands
Note: Extension of Abstract Deadline to Thursday August 24th
The abstract deadline is further extended to allow additional time for
abstract preparation. The new deadline is Thursday August 24th 2017.
Submissions that adhere to the abstract template and guidelines will be
admitted for review by the Scientific Organising Committee. To submit
an abstract via the online system please visit the Symposium abstract
We are pleased to be able to provide a number of Young Researcher
Awards, funded by the ESLAB 51 Symposium, COSPAR & ILEWG. The deadline
for applications for Young Researcher Awards has also been extended to
Thursday August 24th. Please see the following page for instructions on
how to apply:
We look forward to your participation and welcoming you at ESTEC.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the
ESA Conference Bureau.
ATPI Corporate Events – ESA Conference Bureau
T: +31 (0)71 565 3766
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOC IN PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA LPL
The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of
the University of Arizona has an opening for Postdoctoral Research
Associate I in the areas of planetary geophysics and geology. The
successful applicant will carry out research on a project selected to
match the applicant. Possible research topics include martian
volcanology, martian hydrology, and analysis of lunar gravity data.
Research will include quantitative and qualitative analyses of
spacecraft data and/or numerical modeling. The applicant will be
expected to carry out independent research, give presentations at
professional meetings, and prepare publications on the work. Interested
individuals must have a Ph.D. in Planetary Science, Geology,
Physics/Astronomy or a related field. For full position details and to
apply online, see:
and reference job #P20406. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA
employer – M/W/D/V.
B) Ph.D. POSITIONS IN SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE IN GOTTINGEN, GERMANY
Deadline: 15 November 2017
The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science
at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a
research-oriented doctoral program covering the physics of Solar system
science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
(MPS) and the University of Göttingen. Read more at
Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these
fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned
University of Göttingen.
The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers
an international three-year PhD program in an exceptional research
environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Solar
System Science is a key research area on Göttingen Campus, performed jointly
with the nearby Institute of Astrophysics and the Institute of Geophysics of
the Faculty of Physics, the Faculties of Chemistry, Mathematics, Geosciences,
and the German Aerospace Center.
Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar
system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must
be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field,
including a written Masters thesis (or a scientific publication), and must
document a good command of the English language.
Online applications should be submitted before the deadline of 15 November
2017 via [email protected]
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]