Workshop on Terrestrial Planet Formation, Nice, May 29 – June 3, 2017

International interdisciplinary workshop on: “ACCRETION, DIFFERENTIATION AND EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE TERRESTRIAL PLANETS” (Nice, May 29 to June 3, 2017).

This workshop will be a follow up to the one that we organized in Nice in May 2014. We expect around 120 participants, including a significant number of students and young scientists. The topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

1) Chemistry of small bodies in the early solar system and their relation to meteorites
2) Early dynamos in small bodies
3) Dynamical models of terrestrial planet formation and evolution of the Earth-Moon angular momentum
4) Moon formation models
5) Core-mantle differentiation
6) Delivery of volatile elements, including water
7) Nature and timing of the “late veneer”
8) Consequences of impacts
9) Geodynamics in early terrestrial planets including the onset of the geodynamo, mantle convection and plate tectonics.
10) Geophysics of extra-solar Earths and super-Earths

The workshop will be held at Le Saint Paul Hotel which is located on the sea front close to downtown Nice – see Participants will arrive on Monday May 29, 2017 and depart on Saturday June 3, so that scientific sessions (talks and posters) will be scheduled over a period of 4 days. The aim is, of course, to have lots of productive discussions!

Limited funding will be available from our ERC “ACCRETE” project ( and from the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR 170
( ) which we will use mainly to provide support, when necessary, for young scientists.

We have invited a number of scientists who have made major contributions to a range of scientific disciplines within the overall theme of the workshop. The following have confirmed that they will attend:
C. Alexander, H. Becker, M. Bizarro, J. Day, C. Dorn, L. Elkins-Tanton, L. Hallis, J. Hernlund, M. Hirschmann, T. Kruijer, S. Labrosse, S. Lock, S. Marchi, B. Marty, S. Mojzsis, S. Mukhopadhyay, M. Nakajima, F. Nimmo, J. O?Rourke, S. Raymond, J. Siebert, A.Shahar, P. Tackley, T. Gerya, N. Tosi, J. Wade, B. Weiss, B. Wood, H. Palme.

The total number of participants is limited to 120. Scientists who wish to attend the workshop (including invited speakers) should complete an application form ( ) and return it to as soon as possible. Upon being accepted as a participant, a registration fee of 100 Euros must be paid in order to confirm registration..

Abstract deadline is 28th February 2017.

Accommodation is available at Le Saint Paul Hotel with rooms costing 115 euros/night (sea view) or 95 euros/night (garden view). Each room is a double room and they have 40 rooms total (in the case of sharing, the cost per person is 50% of the above figures). Alternatively, participants can book accommodation in nearby hotels.

Please forward this announcement to colleagues (especially students and young scientists) who might be interested in attending the workshop.

With best regards

Dave Rubie and Alessandro Morbidelli

David C. Rubie                    email:
Bayerisches Geoinstitut Tel:  +49-921-553711 (office)
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