The Main Belt: A Gateway to the Formation and Early Evolution of the Solar System Workshop

The Main Asteroid Belt is at the boundary of the inner and outer Solar System. It marks a transition region from the rocky volatile-poor inner terrestrial planets to the outer gaseous and icy giant planets. Asteroids also give us access to the relatively unprocessed building blocks of planet formation, with many retaining a record of processes that took place during the formation and early evolution of the Solar System.

This workshop brings together experts to establish the current understanding of Main Belt asteroid science, as well as to debate future directions for investigation. The workshop stimulates discussions about accretion, chemistry, collisions, dynamics, geophysics, and meteorites. The workshop is limited to approximately 100 attendees.

Main topics:

1. Planetesimal Formation 
2. Collisional Evolution 
3. Depletion & Implantation 
4. Composition & Chemistry 
5. Meteorites & Samples 
6. Space Missions

When: June 4-7, 2019 (including a half-day field trip to the 64-m dish Sardinia Radio Telescope).

Where: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy |


Deadlines: January 31, 2019 (abstract submission); March 31, 2019 (early registration)

SOC Chairs: Maria Cristina De Sanctis, INAF, Italy / Simone Marchi, SwRI, USA

SOC Members:

Eleonora Ammannito, ASI, Italy

William F. Bottke, SwRI, USA

Fabrizio Capaccioni, INAF, Italy

Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, ASU, USA

Roger Fu, Harvard University, USA

Thorsten Kleine, University of Münster, Germany

Javier Licandro, IAC, Spain

Alessandro Morbidelli, OCA, France

Carol A. Raymond, JPL/Caltech, USA

Fumi Yoshida, PERC/Chitech, Japan