Issue 19-29, July 14, 2019
- OPAG FINDINGS, REMINDER, AND ANNOUNCEMENT
- EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
- HORIZON 2061 SYNTHESIS WORKSHOP
- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
OPAG FINDINGS, REMINDER, AND ANNOUNCEMENT
OPAG Findings Spring 2019 now posted to OPAG Website, see:
REMINDER: Upcoming Meetings
the day prior, August 19th will be the Ocean World Access Working Group Workshop.
and Space Physics (LASP), Space Science Building, Room W120 (SPSC) on
East Campus, 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, Colorado, 80303.
Directions to SPSC can be found at
The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) will be devoting the bulk of its
August meeting to discussions and preparation for the next Decadal Survey.
Community members are encouraged to attend and add their voice to this diverse
discussion. During the meeting we will arrange panel discussions on various
topics. Please contact Carrie Chavez (email@example.com) by August 15 if you
would like to lead one of these panel discussions. By the end of the meeting we
expect to produce a list of three key recommendations to develop and eventually
deliver to the Decadal Survey committee for consideration.
EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
The DPS Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance
to qualifying members of the DPS in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by
offsetting dependent care costs (such as child care, elder care, spousal care, etc) at
the meeting location, or at home, during the DPS conference week. For 2019, the
DPS Professional Development Subcommittee will accept applications for dependent
care subsidies to assist an eligible DPS member to attend the Joint EPSC-DPS Meeting
in Geneva, Switzerland (September 2019). The deadline for applications is 12 August 2019.
Please access the grant application form at https://dps.aas.org/development#grants .
Mark Gurwell, DPS Professional Development Subcommittee member
HORIZON 2061 SYNTHESIS WORKSHOP
The Third Circular of the "Horizon 2061 synthesis workshop" will be
organized by IRAP and OMP in Toulouse from September 11-13, 2019. The
objectives, contents and components of the "Planetary Science, Horizon
2061" long-term foresight exercise are presented in our conference
The main objective of the Horizon 2061 long-term community foresight
exercise is to progressively build with YOUR inputs and YOUR ideas the
contours of the four "pillars" of planetary exploration:
- the important science questions that planetary exploration addresses;
- the broad spectrum of space missions that need to be flown to address
these science questions;
- the enabling technologies that we will need to master in the coming
decades to fly these missions;
- the technical infrastructures and services, space-based and
ground-based, that will be needed to support the planetary exploration
missions and maximize their science return.
We have chosen to schedule our workshop just before the EPSC-DPS
meeting in Geneva (September 16-20). Travel from Toulouse to Geneva can
be done in one-hour direct flights, which should facilitate
participation in the two events and decrease travel costs.
(early registration until July 22)
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- SESSION ED026 – ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE THROUGH SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Anyone interested in sharing their experiences participating in science festivals as a
means of engaging audiences is encouraged to submit an abstract to the 2019 AGU
Fall Meeting session Engagement Opportunities for Everyone through Science Festivals.
Increasing numbers of think pieces and news articles position scientists as experts yet
still leave people questioning the science. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for scientists
to be present in conversations around scientific subjects. Enter: science festivals. This
session will illustrate the power of engaging public audiences with science festivals
through descriptions of ongoing events, discussions of evaluation methods and results,
and connecting scientists with resources and experts to help them join current festivals,
or start their own. For scientists already engaging with public audiences, this session will
provide next-steps for communicating their science. This session will focus on what science
festivals are, why engagement is important for scientists, and how scientists can connect
with this living resource. Abstracts from education/communication professionals and scientists
are welcome. Topics of interest may include science communication at live events, scientists’
engagement and outreach activities, and evaluation.
2019 Fall AGU abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Don’t forget: submitting an education abstract won’t count against your first author
science abstract submissions! At AGU, one first author education abstract is allowable
in addition to a science abstract.
Questions? Contact Andy Shaner.
- SESSION P003 : ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES, PARTICLES, AND CHEMISTRY
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to a cross-disciplinary session
on Atmospheric Processes, Particles, and Chemistry (P003) at the AGU 2019 Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA (December 9-13, 2019).
The goal of this session is to stimulate communication across disciplines and spark
new scientific collaborations between the Earth and Planetary communities (lab,
theory, model, observations). With this in mind, we encourage presenters who have
already made these types of connections, as well as others who have a technique to
offer or a problem in search of a new perspective to submit their abstracts. (Please
Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2019, 11:59 pm EDT
Many of the chemical and microphysical processes occurring in planetary atmospheres
have direct similarities to those studied in the Earth's atmosphere. The aim of this
session is to bring together atmospheric expertise from the Earth and planetary
communities to share knowledge and techniques across traditional boundaries.
We encourage submissions from all areas of atmospheric studies, including but
not limited to experimental and/or theoretical studies of gas phase composition,
chemistry, dynamics, and particle (aerosols and clouds) formation and evolution.
We encourage reports of existing cross-disciplinary efforts as well as abstracts
describing techniques that could be applied to other bodies, and submissions
describing a gap in knowledge that could be addressed collaboratively. We intend
to use the "short talk" format to maximize information exchange and encourage
participants to initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations and
new research investigations.
- SESSION P005: CARBON ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
We invite abstracts for the following session at the 2019 AGU Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019.
Recent results ranging from the Kuiper Belt, the Pluto system, the
Saturn system, other locations beyond ~5 AU, all the way to Mercury in
the inner Solar System, and nearly all points in between, raise
questions about the state of carbon in the Solar System: how do
carbonaceous compounds become weathered in response to thermal
processes and irradiation? How do we recognize carbon compounds and
their various weathering products? The syntheses of these results
improve our scientific understanding of the role of carbon in the Solar
System, how it evolves and how to recognize it. The carbonaceous
near-Earth asteroids 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu are now being
visited and sampled; the analyses of these samples will provide context
for the presence of carbon. In this session, abstracts covering
observational, laboratory and modeling work related to carbon and
carbonaceous species on Solar System bodies are welcome.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 31 July, 23:59 EDT
Conveners: Faith Vilas (PSI, firstname.lastname@example.org), Amanda R. Hendrix (PSI),
Yvonne J. Pendleton (NASA ARC)
- SESSION P013: FINDING, EXPLORING AND CHARACTERIZING TERRESTRIAL
EXOPLANETS: THE NEXT FRONTIER
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the following
session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December
This session is a discussion of the potential of new and future
facilities and modeling efforts designed to detect, image and
characterize Earth-size and super-Earth terrestrial exoplanets,
studying their formation, evolution and also the existence of possible
biospheres. Topics to be covered in this session include instrument
requirements and technologies to detect these exoplanets; strategies
for target selection and prioritization; signs of exoplanet
habitability and global biosignatures that can be sought with upcoming
instrumentation; impacts of planetary system properties; and future
ground-based and space telescope architectures.
For more information, visit:
The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Franck Marchis (SETI Institute)
Ramses Ramirez (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Douglas A. Caldwell (SETI Institute)
- SESSION P038: THE NEW MARS UNDERGROUND 2.0
After last year’s highly successful “The New Mars Underground” Session, we look forward
to seeing again many abstracts focusing on the Martian subsurface: its properties, processes
and prospects for life, ancient and modern – across science, enabling technologies and mission concepts.
Summary: The Martian crustal subsurface encompasses a wide range of environments at
depths from ~centimeters to kilometers. These environments are relatively unexplored but
are of enormous interest for planetary science. Recent results, e.g., methane fluctuations,
radar data that are consistent with liquid subsurface water, and ongoing debates on RSL,
all point to dynamic subsurface environments. We invite contributions that address the nature
and diversity of Mars crustal subsurface environments (modeling, experiments, observations)
or develop the tools/missions for exploring them (sounding, access, in situ analysis). We are
particularly interested in contributions that advance our understanding of how the subsurface
changes with geographic location and depth, in respect to: volatiles such as brines, ices, clathrates,
salts, methane and oxidants, the potential for extant life and the preservation of signs of extinct
life, the redox potential of past and present environments, and the technologies/mission concepts
that enable such subsurface exploration.
Please direct question to the conveners: Vlada Stamenkovic (JPL, Vlada.Stamenkovic@jpl.nasa.gov),
Nina Lanza (Los Alamos), Jack Mustard (Brown), Kris Zacny (Honeybee).
Submit here: Abstract submission deadline is coming soon: 31 July 2019, 11:59 pm EDT
- SESSION P039: THE URANUS AND NEPTUNE SYSTEMS, AND THEIR RELATION TO OTHER PLANETS
Uranus and Neptune systems are high-priority targets for near-future exploration by orbiter and/or flyby missions that may accompany in-situ probes and landers. We aim to hold a highly interdisciplinary session that advances the state of the art in our understanding of all aspects of ice-giant systems: the magnetospheres, satellites, rings, atmospheres, and interiors of Uranus and Neptune; their formation and evolution; and their relation to other planets in and beyond our solar system. Our session especially welcomes presentations that advance our understanding of the Ice Giant systems in preparation for future remote sensing and in situ explorations. We solicit presentations on observations, modeling, theory and laboratory work, as well as concepts for missions and instruments relevant for future exploration of the Ice Giant Systems.
Convenors: Kunio Sayanagi, Krista Soderlund, Zibi Turtle, Xin Cao
- SESSION P040: TITAN: THE EXOTIC AND ENIGMATIC MOON
Saturn’s giant moon Titan is one of the most mysterious, and yet strangely familiar,
realms in the solar system. Possessing a dense atmosphere enriched in organic compounds,
its active photochemistry works to produce a panoply of molecules of increasing size and
complexity, running the gamut from ethane to haze particles. This session solicits
presentations on all aspects of Titan research, including on-going Cassini dataset analysis,
Earth-based observations, modeling, laboratory investigations, and comparison with other bodies.
Conveners: Conor Nixon (NASA GSFC), Alex Hayes (Cornell University), Kathleen Mandt (Johns Hopkins APL)
Submissions welcome until: 31 July 2019 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ARECIBO OBSERVATORY SCIENCE MANAGER
The Arecibo Observatory Management Team is hiring a Science Manager.
The Science Manager will have overall management responsibility over the
onsite science team at Arecibo. This position is responsible for administratively
managing staff work, making assignments, evaluating performance and
providing guidance and direction. The candidate will work directly with
the scientists in developing performance plans and metrics aligned with
short- and long-term objectives of the facility. Responsible for managing team
budget, hiring and reporting requirements (see link for more details)
The Arecibo Observatory, located near the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is a
world-class observational facility allowing for cutting-edge space research and
education. The observatory hosts one of the world’s largest and most powerful
single-dish radio/radar telescopes, and gathers information about planets, moons,
asteroids and comets. The Arecibo Observatory is currently operated and managed
by University of Central Florida in partnership with Sistema Ana G. Mendez
Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) and Yang Enterprises, Inc under a cooperative
agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). To learn more about the
Arecibo Observatory, visit www.naic.edu/ao/.
Location: Puerto Rico
Deadline: August 16, 2019 (open until filled)
B) FACULTY POSITION AT INSTITUTE FOR PLANETARY MATERIALS
The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University,
Misasa, Japan, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure
track) position in the area of Astrobiology. IPM consists of three
divisions, the Division for Astrobiology, the Division for Planetary
System Science, and the Division for Basic Planetary Materials Science.
Further information about the faculty, research and facilities of the
Institute can be found at the IPM website:
Applications are invited for a tenure-track assistant professor
position in the Division for Astrobiology.
We seek a candidate who will be able to develop a novel and independent
research program in one of the research areas in astrobiology, such as
analytical or experimental studies of prebiotic chemistry,
mineral-water-organic interactions related to the origin of life, the
search for signatures of primitive life on the early Earth or in the
Solar System, and also work within a collaborative environment with
other staff to pursue joint researches on Earth and planetary
Send submissions to:
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