Issue 19-38, August 24, 2019
- EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
- EPSC/DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2019 – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING POSTER PRINTING SERVICE
- CARBON IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM: EPSC/DPS WORKSHOP
- EPSC-DPS HOTEL NOTICE ABOUT FAKE AGENCIES
- DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE (FRS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
- 6TH VIRTUAL MEPAG MEETING WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28
- COMETS III: A PROPOSED NEW VOLUME IN THE SPACE SCIENCE SERIES
- NEXT SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) MEETING
- 43RD SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY OF THE COMMITTEE ON SPACE RESEARCH (COSPAR) AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
EPSC-DPS 2019 JOINT MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
Sign Up Deadline: 31 August 2019
The EuroPlanet Early Career (EPEC) network is introducing a mentor-mentee
program for this EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting in Geneva. The program is designed
to support the novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists
by enabling one-to-one meetings with an experienced researcher to help them
navigate the conference. The registered mentees will be able to meet their respective
mentors during the ice breaker event on Sept 15, 2019.
Details to sign-up to the program: Mentees, if this is your first international conference,
your first oral presentation, first EPSC, or you are looking for guidance during the
EPSC-DPS 2019, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/gxD-wf . We will put you in contact
with a suitable mentor, who would be beneficiary to your experience during the conference.
Mentors, if you are a postdoc, researcher, or a senior scientist who has been in numerous
international conferences and are willing to show early careers how to navigate through
various sessions and network within an international community, please sign up here:
You will be requested to set up at least one meeting with your mentee during the
The deadline to sign-up to the mentor-mentee program is 31st August, 2019.
If you have any queries, please contact us at [email protected]
Looking forward to meeting you in Geneva, EPEC-EPSC working group
EPSC/DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2019 – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Place: EPSC/DPS Conference venue, Saturn Lecture Room
Join us for the annual Women in Planetary Science event over lunch. All are welcome!
We will discuss professional development topics related to diversity and inclusion in
planetary science. The presentation/discussion schedule will be announced on the
registration page. Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2019 is required to receive
a lunch (available to the first ~200 registrants due the generosity of our sponsors: AURA
and Southwest Research Institute), and registration is recommended even if you are bringing
your own lunch so we can balance room size with attendance size.
**Registration deadline to receive a lunch is August 31**
More details and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2019
EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING POSTER PRINTING SERVICE
The University of Geneva will offer a poster printing service for meeting attendees.
Price is CHF 15,-
Deadline for providing payment and providing your .pdf file is 5 September 2019.
Ordered posters can be picked up by presenters at the conference center. Neither the
conference organizers nor members of the scientific organizing committee or the
local organizing committee will attach your poster to the dedicated poster board.
More details can be found on the EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting website:
Order and upload your poster here: https://formulaire.unige.ch/outils/limebooking3/index.php/54828?lang=en
CARBON IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM: EPSC/DPS WORKSHOP
Please join us for an engaging discussion on Thursday, Sept 19, 10:30AM-noon, Pluto room (room 13)
Recent results ranging from 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 abut 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 synthesis of these results improves our scientific
understanding of the role of carbon in the Solar System, how it evolves and how
to recognize it. Analyses of samples from the carbonaceous near-Earth asteroids
162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu will provide context for the presence of carbon.
In this workshop, please come prepared to discuss observational, laboratory and
modeling work related to carbon and carbonaceous species on Solar System bodies.
We will kick off the discussion with short presentations from 1-2 invited speakers.
EPSC-DPS HOTEL NOTICE ABOUT FAKE AGENCIES
We have been alerted to the fact that companies are making telephone calls to
conference participants/authors. They are claiming that they are “from the
congress organizers” and that they have a special hotel deal or that something
is wrong with your hotel booking for the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019.
Please ignore these calls (and/or emails) and do not provide them any information
about your hotel booking, credit card or bank details.
Symporg is the only official housing agency has been contracted for the EPSC-DPS
Joint Meeting 2019 but will not do any cold calls.
If you are unsure about the status of your booking, please never hesitate to send
us a quick note.
Thank you and best regards,
EPSC-DPS 2019 Hotels – Accommodation team
c/o Symporg SA
Rue Rousseau 30
Email: leadership/frs. Working closely with
AAS Bahcall Fellows (https://aas.org/policy), AGU, and The Planetary Society partners,
our DPS FRS efforts have helped double the U.S. Federal budget for planetary sciences
funding over the past five years.
You can also find Kurt at the DPS meeting in Geneva to discuss the FRS. Please send an
email to [email protected] by the end of the DPS meeting on September 20, 2019
and include why you are interested, a brief discussion of any public policy work you’ve
already done, and a brief statement on what you hope to accomplish as part of the FRS.
6TH VIRTUAL MEPAG MEETING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
Members of the Mars community,
I cordially invite you to participate in the next virtual meeting (VM6) of the Mars
Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled on
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, at 12:00 pm-2:00 pm EDT.
(Please note that this is an update from the previous Save-the-date announcement.)
The draft agenda includes several follow-up discussion topics and actions from
MEPAG Meeting 37 as well as preparation of MEPAG discussion items for the
(September 10-12). Additionally, we’ll hear a request for input from the Planetary
Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB) on martian “Special Regions.”
WebEx connectivity information and updates to the agenda and presentations will be
posted to the MEPAG meeting website (http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm).
The meeting is open to all members of the Mars science community including our
international colleagues, and I look forward to your participation.
Dr. R. Aileen Yingst
COMETS III: A PROPOSED NEW VOLUME IN THE SPACE SCIENCE SERIES
Call for Expressions of Interest
A decade-and-a-half has passed since the publication of Comets II, edited by Michel
Festou, Uwe Keller, and Hal Weaver. Substantial advancements in the field by
groundbased observers, spacecraft missions, and theoretical modelers amply
motivate the organization of Comets III as a proposed new volume in the University
of Arizona Press Space Science Series under the editorial production guidance of the
Lunar and Planetary Institute. Chapters for Comets III would be due in 2022 with the
volume being published in 2023.
An open call is being made for expressions of interest to participate in Comets III as
authors, members of the scientific organizing committee, and/or editors. To indicate
your interest, download, fill out, and submit an indication of interest form:
Please submit your responses no later than October 15, 2019.
Questions may be addressed to the General Editor of the Space Science Series,
Richard Binzel ([email protected]).
NEXT SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) MEETING
January 14-16, 2020 (2.5 days)
Pasadena, CA area (venue TBD)
43RD SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY OF THE COMMITTEE ON SPACE RESEARCH (COSPAR) AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS
Date: 15 – 22 August 2020
Place: Sydney, Australia
Contact: COSPAR Secretariat
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Iver Cairns, University of Sydney
Abstract Deadline: 14 February 2020
146 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and
Panels (full list available at http://www.cospar-assembly.org):
– SC A: The Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
– SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
– SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
– SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
– SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
– SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
– SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
– SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
– Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
– Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
– Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
– Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
– Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
– Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
– Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
– Panel on Education (PE)
– Panel on Exploration (PEX)
– Panel on Interstellar Research (PIR)
– Special events: Interdisciplinary lectures, space agency round table, etc.
Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences
in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions
in relevant fields.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) EDITOR OF THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL (PSJ)
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Division for Planetary
Sciences (DPS) are soliciting applications and nominations of
candidates for the position of Editor of The Planetary Science Journal
(PSJ). This is a new journal to serve the planetary science community.
The Search Committee is looking for candidates that have a record of
achievement in planetary science, experience as an author and referee
in this field, and a clear vision for the future of the PSJ. Previous
editorial experience would be useful but is not required.
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, CV,
bibliography, and names of two references to [email protected]
Nominations for the position may also be sent to the same address.
Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of institutional
support for their assuming the above editorial duties.
The cover letter should address the candidate’s qualifications, reason
for interest in the position, and ideas for the operation, management,
and future of the PSJ. Nominations submitted by September 30, 2019 will
be given full consideration.
More information can be found at:
B) FACULTY AND POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN INDIA
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (SEPS), National Institute of
Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, is one of India’s
premier research-driven academic institutes. SEPS/NISER is a unique
center in India that has been established to emerge and excel in high
quality and interdisciplinary scientific research works in Planetary
Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Atmospheric-Ocean Sciences. NISER
provides start-up grant and academic freedom for promising candidates.
SEPS seeks faculty applications from highly motivated and promising
candidates for faculty positions at various levels. Interested
candidates should send their application to [email protected]
Current faculty members in SEPS are involved actively in Indian and
large international collaborative projects and astronomy/planetary
/exoplanetary missions, e.g., SKA, TMT, ALMA, NASA’s JWST, SOFIA and
Dawn. Interdisciplinary works on astrochemistry & astrobiology, star
& planet formation, radio/sub-mm/infrared astronomy, exoplanets,
planetary minerology & morphology, small bodies & meteorites,
planetary remote sensing, land-atmosphere coupling, boundary layer
dynamics, current challenges in climate change, etc., have been
Applications and positions are subject to rolling basis as per NISER/DAE norms:
NISER/SEPS also highly welcome candidates who are interested in
prestigious independent faculty/fellowship program, for example,
Ramanujan Fellowship, DST INSPIRE Faculty, SERB-NPDF etc.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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