Ground and space observatories: a joint venture to planetary science

Santiago, Chile, March 2 - 5, 2015


Goal of the workshop

Exploration of the Solar system and subsequent discoveries are made with planetary missions and ground-based observatories. These two means are complementary from each other, and even sometimes strategically linked as in the case of the Deep Impact mission. Dedicated ground-based observation campaigns in support of planetary missions, as for Cassini-Huygens and Venus Express, have been successfully organised.
During this workshop, we expect to further explore the synergies between these two ways of exploring space, and to foster collaboration between both communities by sharing scientific and technical knowledge, needs, requirements, and techniques. Capabilities of major ground and space based observatories will be discussed. We will take advantage of the workshop location to showcase the current and future capabilities of ALMA for planetary science, and encourage planetary scientists to use this facility.


The workshop will consist of invited and contributed talks, general discussions with a panel, and posters.
The morning sessions will focus on the science that can be done when combining observations from many facilities and with different techniques, while the afternoon sessions will start with talks on the capabilities of recent observatories and instruments, before moving on to general discussions.
We expect to start the conference with a keynote by an invited speaker on the current status of planetary science.


During and after the conference, the presentations will be posted on the web. In case of sensitive material it will be possible to provide an edited version of the presentation for web publication. A dedicated issue of an international and peer-reviewed scientific journal is under consideration.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: December 16 at 12:00UT
  • Final announcement on website with program: January 9, 2015 (TBD)
  • Workshop: March 2-5, 2015
  • Presentations posted on the web: during and after conference

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