Issue 19-39, August 29, 2019
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: EPSC-DPS JOINT MEETING DEADLINES AND KEY INFORMATION
- LAST CALL EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
- DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION AT THE DPS 2019 MEMBERS MEETING IN GENEVA
- EPSC/DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2019 – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) TOWN HALL AT EPSC-DPS
- JWST AT THE EPSC-DPS MEETING: PROPOSAL WORKSHOP, TOWN HALL, AND EXHIBITOR BOOTH
- CARBON IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM: EPSC/DPS WORKSHOP
- EPSC-DPS HOTEL NOTICE ABOUT FAKE AGENCIES
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: EPSC-DPS JOINT MEETING DEADLINES AND KEY INFORMATION
The EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting, Sept. 15th – 20th, is rapidly approaching. It will
take place at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG), Geneva,
Switzerland. Please see the information below for upcoming deadlines and
additional information. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
1. Social Event Registration deadline: Sept. 4th
The social event is taking place at La Brasserie des Halles de l’île on Geneva Island
(on the Rhône) on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 19:00. If you have not already
registered for the social event, you can do so here:
The dinner will be immediately followed by Open Mic Night.
You can sign up to perform at Open Mic here:
Note that Open Mic night is free and social event attendance is not required.
2. Poster printing service in Geneva: Sept. 5th
The University of Geneva is offering a poster printing service. Please access
their online order form for placing your poster print order. Deadline for your
order including payment and providing your pdf file is 5 September 2019.
Your ordered poster can be picked up by you at the conference center.
Reversing Abstract Withdrawals:
Please email [email protected] if you would like to undo your
abstract withdrawal because you now plan to attend the meeting.
Free Public Transportation from Airport:
The hotels in Geneva usually provide a free public transportation ticket to
their guests. The airport offers passengers a free 80-minute travel pass for
public transportation in Geneva, including the journey by train. It can be
picked up form a ticket machine as you exit the baggage area.
LAST CALL: 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
DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION AT THE DPS 2019 MEMBERS MEETING IN GENEVA
The DPS membership will elect a new member of the Nominating Subcommittee
at the upcoming EPSC-DPS conference. This election will occur at the DPS member
meeting at the conference. Nominations are made in person, and must be seconded.
Voting occurs directly after nominations are complete.
The Nominating Subcommittee is responsible for assembling a slate of candidates
to run for DPS vice-chair and committee. The 2020 committee includes Matthew Knight
(University of Maryland) and incoming chair Carrie Nugent (Olin College). We thank
current chair Yvonne Pendleton (NASA Ames) for her excellent leadership this year.
We encourage nominations of outstanding members of the DPS community, and
attendance at the DPS member meeting. We look forward to welcoming our new
Please contact Carrie ([email protected]) with any questions.
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 September 7**
More details and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2019
OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) TOWN HALL AT EPSC-DPS
EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019,
Fri, 20 Sep, 13:30–15:00|
Moon (Room 15)( SMW1.12)
Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland
The purpose of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Town Hall is to update
the community on OPAG activities and get community input for upcoming activities,
especially as they pertain to the run up for the next Decadal Survey.
JWST AT THE EPSC-DPS MEETING: PROPOSAL WORKSHOP, TOWN HALL, AND EXHIBITOR BOOTH
Dear Future JWST Solar System Observers:
I wanted to make sure you were all aware that this is the last DPS/EPSC prior to
the JWST Cycle 1 call for General Observer (GO) proposals, which will be released
in January 2020, with a submission deadline on 1 May 2020. We are trying to fully
prepare our community for Cycle 1 and will be offering a proposal workshop on
Sunday Sept 15. Please feel free to come and invite other colleagues as you see fit.
This event is open to all DPS/EPSC attendees. There will also be a town hall event on
Thursday, September 19 over lunch. Details of these events are below and can be
found at the link provided.
We are working on planning for future webinars and online video tutorials. Details
on those will be provided in the near future. As always, please feel free to contact us
if you have any questions regarding your JWST solar system needs.
JWST Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science
(J. Stansberry and B. Holler – STScI JWST Solar System scientist)
DPS/EPSC JWST events:
PREPARING CYCLE 1 SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS WITH JWST WORKSHOP
Date: Sunday, 15 September
Place: Ceres Room (room 14)
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will have unprecedented sensitivity
and angular resolution, and will be the next premier space-based facility for near-
and mid-infrared astronomy (0.6-28.5 micron). The 6.5-meter telescope will be
equipped with four state-of-the-art instruments which include imaging, spectroscopy,
and coronagraphy capabilities. These instruments, along with the telescope’s moving
target capabilities, will enable remarkable infrared studies of Solar System objects.
JWST is scheduled for launch in March 2021 and is an international collaboration
between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency
The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released in January 2020,
with a submission deadline on 1 May 2020. This will be the last proposal workshop
prior to Cycle 1 offered at the annual DPS and EPSC meetings, so we encourage all
future observers to participate.
In this workshop, we will
· Present a brief status update on the observatory as well as commissioning plans relevant to Solar System observations
· Review the timeline for proposals
· Provide details about the Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) and Early Release Science (ERS) programs for Solar System science
We will also give a detailed orientation to the proposal planning system, including
demonstrations of the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT) and the Exposure Time
Calculator (ETC) relevant for Solar System proposals.
JWST SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVERS TOWN HALL
Date: Thursday, September 19
Place: Ceres Room (room 14)
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope to be
placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. It is scheduled for launch in 2021, and
will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy)
operating from 0.6-28.5 microns. The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals
will be released in January 2020 with a deadline of 1 May 2020. At this Town Hall,
we will provide the community with an overview of the observatory, instrumentation,
and specific details for solar system observations. Additionally, we will provide a
timeline with upcoming deadlines, proposal workshops, updates on scattered light and
brightness limits, and where to find more information and how to use the observatory
tools/documentation. Our goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide
them with the tools they need to begin planning their observations with JWST.
JWST AT THE STSCI EXHIBITOR BOOTH
Monday, 16 September to Thursday, 19 September 2019: daily from 09:00 to 18:00
Friday, 20 September 2019: 09:00–13:00
We have many resources in the booth to step you through planning observations with
JWST. In addition, expert staff members will be around to provide individual assistance
on a variety of topics from JWST instrument capabilities to proposal and planning tools
(e.g., APT and ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. Featured at the booth:
· JWST Pocket Guide
· JWST Observatory and Instrument flyers
· Astronomer’s Proposal Tool demos
· Exposure Time Calculator demos
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
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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,
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Nominations for the position may also be sent to the same address.
Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of institutional
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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
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Department of Physics,
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The Department of Physics at Boise State University seeks applicants
for a tenure-track physics faculty position in either computational
astrophysics or computational condensed-matter physics at the rank of
Assistant Professor. See the following website for details:
C) POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES IN CHILE
The Chilean FONDECYT opened a call for postdoctoral positions in Chile
related to projects of 2-3 years. The applicants must already have a
PhD from January 1st, 2016, to October 1, 2019.
The deadline for application is: September 24th, 2019.
The application can be written in English, please download all the
zipped documents at the link “Formularios de Postdoctorado 2020 –
ingles” on the following website:
The Institute of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences of the University of
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Please contact Prof. Giovanni Leone ([email protected]) for any
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D) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT AT THE FLORIDA SPACE INSTITUTE/UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA IN SMALL BODY PLANETARY SCIENCES
The Florida Space Institute (FSI) at the University of Central Florida
(UCF) invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position to
carry out research on the physical processes on the surface of small
bodies such as asteroids. The position will have a start date before
November 2019 and is renewable annually for up to three years.
Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in
physics, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, or a related
field is required.
Preferences: Experience in the following is of interest: Hands-on
experience in hardware design, manufacturing, and operation;
Laboratory work with cryogenic samples;
Mentoring of undergraduate students;
One or more of the following coding languages: IDL, Python, C, C++,
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encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women,
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selection procedures available to the public upon request.
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