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Pathways Towards Habitable Planets II

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13/07/2015 - 17/07/2015
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University of Bern


One of the most exciting scientific challenges of this century is the search of habitable worlds around other stars, and the characterization of their atmospheres with the goal of detecting signs of biological activity. This is a long-term, interdisciplinary endeavor, engaging astrophysicists, biologists, planetary scientists, and instrument scientists.

Pathways is dedicated to identifying the steps needed to address those questions. Its aim is to help integrate the prospective efforts in and in the US, build a community around this theme, and bring together several pathways towards that final goal.

The conference will be structured around key questions such as :
•       Is the habitable zone a well defined concept ?
•       Is the Sun-Earth pair a good paradigm for an inhabited system ?
•       How do we define meaningful biomarkers ?
•       What can we learn from solar system synergies ?
•       How do we build synergies between ground and space ?
•       What can we expect from approved projects ?
•       What future capacity is needed ?

Each question will be introduced by an invited speaker, or more if several viewpoints are deemed necessary. Contributed talks and posters will add material to the debate. Ample time will be left for discussion, while a synthesis will be proposed on the last day.

The main session will occur in the morning and late afternoon, while the early afternoon will be left open for poster viewing and satellite meetings which can be proposed by the members of the community.

Pathways II follows the tracks of the Pathways Towards Habitable Planets conference held in 2009 in Barcelona (wwww.pathways2009.net).

Proposals are sollicited for satellite meetings to be held in conjunction with Pathways.

Satellite meetings are autonomously organized and advertised, but will benefit from the Pathways conference audience and logistics. They can be workshops, round tables, group meetings, or take any format that seems fit to their organizers. Participants will need to register to the main conference even if they attend a satellite meeting only.

Three lecture rooms (seating 90, 78 and 56 persons respectively) and three rooms with “board meeting” style seating (capacities 54, 54 and 44), all outfitted wih audiovisual equipment, are available for satellite meetings in the same building as the main conference. Satellite meetings can be held on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday early afternoon (2PM-4:30PM), when the main conference is off (except for extended poster sessions). Time allocation will be made in the main conference on Friday morning so that summary talks can be given to the general audience for each satellite meeting.

Proposals for satellite meetings can be made either by mail at pathways2015-satmeetings@sciencesconf.org or using the “Submit a contribution” page of the Pathways website,  indicating the topic with a small rationale, type and size of room requested, number of afternoon sessions requested, and contact info for the responsible person.

The deadline for proposing satellite meetings is March 28th, 2015, although late proposals can be considered if there is still space available.

The conference will be held in the main building of the University of Bern (Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern). It is located immediately above the central train station, with access by elevator from the platforms level.

Pre-registration to Pathways is free and open now. Independently from the pre-registration, you can also submit a contribution for a presentation (oral or  poster) or the organization of a satellite meeting.

Once the detailed program is finalized (on May 1st, 2015), intended participants will be able to confirm registration and pay the corresponding fee (tentatively set to 300chf when no financial support is provided).

To pre-register and/or submit a contribution, you need to create an account with Sciencesconf.org, if you do not have one already. This can be done in the “MY SPACE” section from the menu bar on the left, or following this link.

A limited amount of financial support will be available for students, very junior scientists and participants from emerging countries contributing with a talk or a poster. The support will concern local expenses and registration fees, but not the plane or train ticket. Details can be found on the conference website.

Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
Chas Beichman (JPL, Pasadena)
Anthony Boccaletti (Observatoire de Paris – LESIA)
Vincent Coudé du Foresto (Chair, Observatoire de Paris – LESIA)
William Danchi (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Dawn Gelino (NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Pasadena)
Kevin Heng (University of Bern)
Christoph Keller (Sterrekungig Institut Utrecht)
Maxim Khodachenko (Space Research Institute, Graz)
Helmut Lammer (Space Research Institute, Graz)
Andreas Quirrenbach (Landessternwarte Heidelberg)
Ignasi Ribas (CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona)
Nuno Santos (Centro de Astrofisica, Universitade do Porto)
Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard University)
Franck Selsis (Observatoire de Bordeaux)
Hiroshi Shibai (Osaka University)
Alessandro Sozzetti (Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino)
Ewa Szuszkiewicz (University of Szczecin)
Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
Wesley Traub (JPL, Pasadena)
Rudolf von Steiger (International Space Science Institute, Bern)

Kevin Heng (University of Bern)
Janine Jungo (University of Bern)
Danielle Zemp (University of Bern)

28th Mar 2015: abstract submission closed
28th Mar 2015: financial support deadline
1st May 2015: speaker selection concluded
1st May 2015: registration opens
15th June 2015: registration ends
12th July 2015: on-site registration begins
13th July 2015: conference begins

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