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Meetings of Interest

Workshop on the Study of the Ice Giant Planets
July 28–30 at APL
Laurel, MD. 

Presentations are available at this website:
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/icegiants2014/pdf/program.pdf

Planetary Rings Workshop
August 13–15, 2014  
Boulder, CO. 
The Cassini Rings Working Group will host a Planetary Rings Workshop, 13-15 August 2014 in Boulder, CO at the CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric  and Space Physics (CU-LASP).  The workshop will be open to all interested parties and any observational or theoretical research on the properties, dynamics, origin or evolution of any planetary ring system is appropriate. This meeting will highlight the latest Cassini results. We plan on predominantly oral talks, but posters will be considered. Ample time will be allowed for discussion. Previous workshops were held in Ithaca  (2011), Paris (2008) and Whitefish, MT (2006).  The first announcement is posted at LASP's event website . Registration will be by credit card through Eventbrite. Details will follow in a 2nd announcement and will be posted on the above meeting site. (Please e-mail Laura Bloom if you would like to be placed on our mailing list and receive a direct email invitation once registration opens.)  The planned program includes an opening reception Tuesday evening, a workshop dinner on Wednesday, and working lunch on Friday. The meeting will end Friday evening. Estimated costs are $100 for the workshop and $30 for the dinner. 

Key Dates
First announcement: May 12, 2014
Second announcement: June 6, 2014
Eventbrite Registration open: June 9, 2014
Abstracts Due: July 1, 2014
Millennium hotel deadline: July 11 (group rate contract in process, don't call just yet. Event website above will list details when available soon)
Final program posted: August 1, 2014

Save the Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Workshop on the Potential for Finding Life in a Europa Plume


Location: NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, California

Hosted by
NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Current Europa missions under study by NASA are focused on answering the question “Is Europa habitable?” However, the potential presence of water plumes on the satellite could present an opportunity to pursue the question “Is there life on Europa?” Answering this question is far more challenging because measurements currently possible may provide only ambiguous results from a mission that either orbits or flies by Europa at relatively high velocity. To that end, NASA’s Planetary Science Division is convening a workshop to consider strategies to investigate Europa’s putative plumes for evidence of life.

A second announcement with further details and abstract submission instructions will be forthcoming by early January 2015. Although participation in person is encouraged, provision will be made for remote participation. The workshop will be followed on Feb. 19-20 by a meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group that will also be held at the Ames Research Center.

Please check back at http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/calendar/europa-plume-workshop/ for workshop updates.

 

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