Expressions of interest are sought from potential attendees. The form is below.

An international scientific meeting to accommodate 80 to 120 delegates of all career stages is planned for early- / mid -2021.  Early-career scientists are encouraged to attend and contribute their work. This four or five day event will provide a forum for the exchange of new interdisciplinary findings and ideas in relation to two principle themes:

  1. The origins of habitable bodies in and beyond our home Solar System
    This theme will accommodate the presentation of new findings arising from meteoritical, experimental / analogue / computational modelling, and space mission studies. A session to allow for astronomical planet-hunting findings to be disseminated and discussed will be included. What are the priorities in our investigations / searches, and what do we each to know from one another?
  2. The motivation for and current status of priorities for space exploration and its governance
    This portion of the proposed meeting will take place over the latter one and half or two days of the event and will bring the community together to facilitate discourse across a wide range of disciplines. The purpose of this theme is to highlight key observations that have implications for how we explore other worlds. What do space missions need to look for, and where? Do we have concerns about the future modes of space exploration and if so what are these? How can we make sure that our scientific understanding is widely known and used to help inform the regulation of international space exploration?

Meeting’s Keynote SpeakerProvisionally agreed, tbc here upon announcing dates

Featured Speaker of the Public Showcase
Distinguished Professor, Author, and Associate Dean
Chris Impey, University of Arizona
(Chris’ personal website)
To give a talk loosely based on his accessible book
“Beyond: Our Future In Space”

Meeting’s Invited Speakerstbc here (seven)

Interest has been expressed such that a short-course that addresses approaches to sustaining funding in this area has the potential to be offered. It is intended that this meeting and its short-course will conclude with an optional half day workshop (including lunch) for researchers to explore potential career pathways through informal discussions and presentations with diverse leaders in the planetary sciences. The purpose of this lunch and half day of friendly discussions is to actively inspire, foster diversity, and promote inclusion.

No field trip is foreseen for this meeting, but an optional and short local walking tour / activity may occur.

This meeting has two agendas:
a) to serve excellence with respect to the identified scholarly themes.
b) to proactively address inclusivity and matters of diversity.

The latter goal will not only be through a possible short-course / retreat (above), but via a range of networking formats that some may consider outside of standard conventions and that will demonstrate cultural sensitivity while subtly helping to assure protected dignities among all types of people.  This approach will incorporate friendly breakfasts, an ice-breaker potentially taking the form of an inclusive curry night, lesser meeting-supported alcohol than oft encountered, yet still including relaxed activities and dancing with the main meal / banquet.  To the greatest degree that is pragmatic, ways will be found to support those with children (e.g., sponsored child care funds / day care centre vouchers, a ‘play / tv room’ set-up for colouring in / board games or similar activities, and within / adjacent to any evening poster session).

The intention is to recruit a number of students and early-stage post-doctoral scholars / other sector staff as session conveners and judges of student talks / posters. This approach will support efforts to create a friendly atmosphere, places emerging researchers in beneficial positions of prominence, and encourages them to responsibly manage prize assessments, time and scientific discussions at this modest-scale meeting.

Further information will follow in due course, including precise dates and venue. These details will also comprise specifics of supporting sponsors / societies, and the titles of scientific and cross-disciplinary sessions. In addition, provisions for competitive travel funding that may be available, members of the wider conference organising team (roughly six in number), as well as registration fees, travel and location / accommodation information that will be managed by conference services will be confirmed and available here soon.

Thank you. Amy Riches, Meeting Chair.

This international meeting relates to my interests in research and student training.  The topical event also shares in common motivation and aspects of the themes of an independent but aligned advance-level reference book that is commissioned and under preparation.

To be sure to be included in a few informative announcements in future, those interested in knowing more and attending this event can register their expressions of interest below. The receipt of EoI’s at this early stage will be very much appreciated because this information is anticipated to be useful to event planning.