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

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

Workshop, Sardinia, Italy | June 4-7, 2019

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: February 28, 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