Issue 20-32, July 10, 2020
- DPS 2020: VIRTUAL MEETING
- ARECIBO OBSERVATORY QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
- FIVE YEARS AFTER HL TAU: A NEW ERA IN PLANET FORMATION
- FALL AGU VIRTUAL MEETING, ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS OPEN
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DPS 2020: VIRTUAL MEETING
The DPS Committee has decided, out of concern for our community during the
ongoing coronavirus pandemic, to hold the 52nd DPS meeting as a virtual meeting,
Oct 26-30, with possible additional activities planned for surrounding days. The
meeting will be a mix of pre-recorded talks, virtual posters, live moderated discussions
of these talks and posters, live plenary sessions, and asynchronous discussions
throughout the week. The SOC is working the details - please stay tuned!
We anticipate opening abstract submission on July 17, with abstracts due on Aug 10.
Details regarding the use of Hartmann travel grants will be forthcoming. We will be
offering the Niebur fund for childcare; these grants will be augmented to account for
virtual meeting attendance.
Please stay tuned for plans ancillary activities such as workshops and social events
associated with the meeting.
Are you interested in helping to plan the DPS meeting as part of the Virtual Organizing
Committee (VOC)? Please contact Amanda Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are seeking
input on ancillary virtual activities and communication tools that would make this meeting
especially useful to those whose careers are being particularly impacted by the current
We will plan to hold a future DPS meeting in Spokane. A huge thank you to Jason Barnes
and the Spokane LOC for their work so far!
ARECIBO OBSERVATORY QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
The Summer 2020 Arecibo Observatory Quarterly Newsletter is now available!
Each newsletter features science highlights and updates about the telescope, staff,
and current education programs. The newsletter also includes articles about recent
AO planetary science observations and publications:
- Arecibo Radar Astrometry of the Galilean Satellites from 1999 to 2016 (Brozovic et al. 2020)
You can subscribe to receive this newsletter via email in the future: Join AO Newsletter list.
FIVE YEARS AFTER HL TAU: A NEW ERA IN PLANET FORMATION
Virtual conference, Dec 7 - Dec 11, 2020
Six years ago, somewhere in an email thread at the Joint ALMA Observatory:
“Re: Suggestions for Science Verification targets for Long Baselines
HL Tau @ 04 31 38.45 +18:13:59.0
Band 6 total flux around 1 Jy.
Observations would be continuum in whatever bands are available.
Band 3 might be most interesting to compare with the VLA data.”
A few months after these words were written, the ALMA antennas pointed toward
HL Tau, the first protoplanetary disk to be imaged with the ALMA long baselines.
These observations marked the start of a revolution that has shaken the foundations
of our understanding of planet formation and protoplanetary disk evolution. Now, ~5
years after the publication of the iconic image of HL Tau, we aim to celebrate its
anniversary with a conference that will discuss the most important advances in this
new era in planet formation.
The conference will be online, and it will take place from Dec 7 to Dec 11, 2020.
The conference will consist of a series of invited talk, live discussions, contributed talks
(live or pre-recorded), and virtual posters. All talks will be recorded and made available
to all the participants in order to facilitate discussions across different timezones. Registration
will be FREE OF CHARGE. Pre-registration is now open, and the specific format and
logistical details will be confirmed in the near future. The program will offer a broad view
of the field, covering from the early stages of disks still embedded in their parental envelope
to the times when full planetary systems are formed and only a few remnants of the progenitor
disk are left. It will also explore the future of planet formation studies, as well as the impact
and potential of upcoming instrumentation and telescopes (e.g. E-ELT, JWST), with particular
focus on ngVLA. With this workshop, we aim at creating a more unified view of the exciting
discoveries that have taken place in recent years. Some of the specific topics that will be discussed are:
- Planet formation in embedded protoplanetary disks.
- Role and origin of disk substructures.
- Dust evolution and planetesimal formation.
- Disk polarization and magnetic fields.
- Planet formation in multiple systems.
- Chemistry in protoplanetary disks.
- Protoplanetary disk demographics.
- Disk evolution and dispersal.
- Gas kinematics in protoplanetary disks.
- Detection and characterization of young exoplanets and circumplanetary disks.
- Debris disks.
More information can be found on our website: https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2020/hltau2020.html.
Please, feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues.
We hope to see all of you in December.
LOC: Álvaro Ribas (co-chair), Antonio Hales (co-chair), Enrique Macías (co-chair),
Bill Dent, Itziar de Gregorio-Monsalvo, John Carpenter, Julien Milli
SOC: Álvaro Ribas (co-chair), Antonio Hales (co-chair), Enrique Macías (co-chair),
John Carpenter(co-chair), Bill Dent, Catherine Espaillat, Inga Kamp, Itziar de Gregorio-Monsalvo,
Joan Najita, Julien Milli, Laura Pérez, Lucas Cieza, Misato Fukagawa,
FALL AGU VIRTUAL MEETING, ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS OPEN
The American Geophysical Union Fall Virtual Meeting 2020 abstract
submission site is now open. Go to: http://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting
Abstract submission guidelines are at: http://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/2020/Present/Abstracts
Session Viewer/Abstract submission site is at: http://agu.confex.com/agu/fm20/prelim.cgi/Home/0
We will be keeping all sites updated with information regarding the virtual meeting
as the planning continues.
AGU FALL MEETING SESSION: “GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS OF SATELLITES
AND SMALL BODIES: TO IO, AND BEYOND”
We wish to invite abstracts to the AGU Fall Meeting Planetary Science session
“Geology and Geophysics of Satellites and Small Bodies: to Io, and Beyond.
This is an exciting time for exploring the dynamic, evolving small bodies in the
Solar System. The AGU abstract submission site will open in late June. The
deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 29 July at 23:59 EDT. We hope to
see you (virtually!) in December.
Conveners: A.G. Davies, K. de Kleer, T. McCord, T. V. Johnson
This is a session of contributed and invited papers on the geology and geophysics
of active or recently active satellites and dwarf planets, including small exoplanets.
Research is progressing rapidly due to the stream of new spacecraft and Earth-based
telescope data. Additionally, there are exciting future missions to the Jovian system
under development, including Europa Clipper, JUICE, and the proposed Io Volcano
Observer. Papers are welcomed on processes that affect the interiors of individual
bodies as well as the surface expressions they produce. Included are the effects and
chronology of internal heating (tidal dissipation and radioactivity), structural evolution
(e.g., differentiation), tides, and other geophysical and geological processes (e.g.,
Ashley Gerard Davies, Katherine de Kleer, Tom McCord and Torrence Johnson.
AGU FALL MEETING SESSION “LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE OF PLANETARY SCIENCE”
We’d like to invite abstracts to the virtual AGU session “ Looking ahead to the future of
Planetary Science” to be submitted through https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/2020/Present/Abstracts
through July 29th, and look forward to seeing you for a fascinating session.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE OF PLANETARY SCIENCE
In preparation for the NASA Decadal Survey, the Planetary Science Division awarded
funds to study eleven mission concepts under the rubric of PMCS (Planetary Mission
Concept Studies). This program element solicited proposals for mission concept studies
that addressed NASA's planetary science objectives, which are to ascertain the content,
origin, and evolution of the Solar System and the potential for life elsewhere. The oral
session will highlight the final reports of these Planetary Science Decadal Survey studies,
while abstracts for additional concepts that the community may have will be solicited to
be presented in a poster session.
Thanks a lot,
Doris Daou, Pat Beauchamp and Julie Castillo-Rogez
AGU FALL MEETING SESSION “THE FUTURE OF PLANETARY ATMOSPHERIC,
SURFACE, AND INTERIOR SCIENCE USING RADIO AND LASER LINKS”
Radio science has been used to study solar system phenomena and fundamental physics
for over five decades. The scope of this session includes radio and optical science techniques
to study ocean worlds, planetary and small body interiors, the dynamics, composition,
and thermal structure of planetary atmospheres, to characterize the scattering, electrical,
and other properties of planetary surfaces, to study solar system dynamics, and to conduct
tests in fundamental physics. Of particular interest are presentations on radio science investigations
motivated by U.S. Planetary Science Decadal Survey white papers. Relevant technology topics
include but are not limited to the design of small spacecraft networks and constellations, advances
in flight and ground instrumentation, advances in space clock technologies, novel communications
architectures including optical links, advances in radio and laser technologies, and new techniques
and instrumentation for entry probe radio science.
The conveners invite abstracts to be submitted through July 29 at https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/2020/Present/Abstracts
David H. Atkinson, Sami W. Asmar, Luciano Iess, Silvia Tellmann
AGU FALL MEETING SESSION "TITAN – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS
OF SATURN’S GIANT MOON"
Titan’s unique standing as the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere
provides an environment like no other. Its complex meteorology of rainfall, wind, rivers,
lakes and seas interacting with a solid surface is reminiscent of the planets of the inner
solar system, while its icy crust and deep liquid water interior provide comparison to outer
solar system ocean worlds, such as Europa, Ganymede and Enceladus. Titan alone straddles
these diverse environments, providing a fertile natural laboratory for studying one-of-a-kind
chemistry, dynamics, geology and more. This session welcomes new results from past missions
including Voyager and Cassini-Huygens; present day modeling, observations and experiments;
and on-going scientific research to prepare for future missions including Dragonfly.
The conveners invite abstracts to be submitted through https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/2020/Present/Abstracts
through July 29th, and look forward to a session
filled with exciting new results.
Conor Nixon, Alex Hayes, Kathy Mandt and Christophe Sotin
AGU FALL MEETING SESSION "CONCEPTS FOR FUTURE PLANETARY SCIENCE MISSIONS
AND INSTRUMENTS” (E-LIGHTNING)
Today planetary science missions are exploring the solar system as never before.
NASA spacecraft are headed to targets from Mercury to the Kuiper Belt, and aiming
to return the first samples from Mars and asteroid Bennu. ESA spacecraft are reaching
new targets from Mercury to Jupiter, and a wave of other missions from countries around
the world are targeting the Moon, Mars, near-Earth asteroids and beyond, with an dizzying
array of orbiters, rovers and landers. It is an exciting, dynamic time for planetary scientists
with new opportunities to propose mission concepts ranging from small Cubesats to traditional
large missions. This session solicits interactive electronic poster (e-Lightning) presentations
on novel mission and instrument concepts designed for future planetary science missions.
Abstract submissions are encouraged on all relevant mission and instrument concepts at:
https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/2020/Present/Abstracts by July 29th.
We look forward to another very interesting session in December.
Conor Nixon, Morgan Cable, Charles Hibbitts, Melissa Trainer
AGU-2020 SESSION ON PLANETARY ACCRETION AND DIFFERENTIATION
We invite contributions to the session “Accretion and differentiation of rocky planets:
perspectives from geophysics, geochemistry, & astronomy” at the AGU Fall Meeting
from 7-11 December 2020, which will be at least partially virtual this year. We welcome
contributions from all disciplines to advance the understanding of the formation and differentiation
of rocky planets including, but not limited to, geochemistry, geophysics, cosmochemistry,
planetary science, and astronomy: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm20/prelim.cgi/Session/101356.
The AGU abstract portal is already open and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 29 July.
Session description: The simultaneous advent of high-resolution observations of planet-
forming disks and enhanced prospects to characterize rocky exoplanets highlights the need
for increasing interdisciplinary collaboration to understand the birth and life cycle of terrestrial
worlds in our solar system and exoplanetary systems. Therefore, this session welcomes
abstracts that address new observational, theoretical, and laboratory constraints on the
formation of Earth and other terrestrial planets in the solar system as well as in exoplanetary
systems. This includes modeling, observational, and experimental studies related to properties
of planetesimals, impacts, pebble accretion, core segregation, moon formation, crust–mantle
differentiation, atmosphere formation, or other major geophysical/geochemical processes that
fundamentally shape the evolution of rocky planetesimals and planets during their formation
and early evolution.
Conveners: Laura Schaefer (Stanford), Rebecca Fischer (Harvard), Tim Lichtenberg (Oxford)
Invited Speakers: Bethany Chidester (UC Davis), Jennifer Bergner (UChicago)
Sections: Study of Earth's Deep Interior (primary), Mineral and Rock Physics, Planetary Science
Themes: Origin and evolution, Planetary atmospheres, Planetary interiors, Planetary Geochemistry
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) FULL OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEORETICAL PLANETOLOGY
The Space Research and Planetology Division within the Physics Institute of the
University of Bern has an opening, as per 1 January 2022, for a full or associate
professor (100%) in the field of Theoretical Planetology.
The University of Bern hosts one of the leading research groups in Europe in the
field of theoretical planetology and is looking for a candidate at the level of full
professor or associate professor (according to qualifications) in numerical modelling
of the formation and evolution of planetary systems or a related field. The successful
candidate is expected to develop a strong research group that will complement existing
research activities both at the University and within the Swiss and international
landscapes. He/she will also teach at BSc. and MSc. level, including lecturing basic
physics courses in German. Non-German speakers will be given the necessary time to
become competent in the language. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant
division and institute interacting in research, education, and administration as a member
of the physics faculty. We expect a strong academic record including successful acquisition
of third-party funds and a strong international network in research, as well as excellent
The University of Bern aims to increase the proportion of women in academic positions
and therefore strongly encourages female scientists to apply. Applications proposing
job sharing will also be considered.
Remuneration is in accordance with the personnel regulations of the Canton of Bern.
Applications should include
· Letter of motivation with Curriculum Vitae
· List of publications and courses taught
· List of third-party funds raised
· Information on further academic (including science management) activities
· Research plan for the first 5 years
The application documents must be submitted by 01.10.2020 electronically in a single
PDF file (<10 MB) to the Dean’s Office (email: email@example.com),
Universität Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, SWITZERLAND and submit the completed
online questionnaire (link to be found at https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/ptp100/index_eng.html).
The contact person for additional information is Prof. Nicolas Thomas,
Director of the Physics Institute, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary (email@example.com)
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