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

A multi-discipline international scientific meeting to accommodate up to roughly 120 delegates of all career stages is currently planned for ~July / August  Sept 2022 (confirmation to follow). Early-career scientists are encouraged to attend and contribute their work. This four or five day event, offering the possibility of hybrid online delivery, 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. Contributions that integrate chemical and other findings for meteorites with models of celestial mechanics are strongly encouraged. 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, what do we each need to know from one another, and what new efforts do we need to undertake together?
  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?

A thematically related advanced level academic reference text “Habitable worlds and Sustainable Life on Earth and Beyond” is presently underway, as is a book of scientific adventures for children.

To provide a forum for the publication of high-quality original research of broad importance, a Special Issue to result from this meeting, with a working title of “Tracing Planetary Formation and Evolution, and the Dynamics of the Early Solar System”, has been provisionally agreed with Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Works to be submitted for consideration for inclusion in this Special Issue must meet GCA’s established standards of rigour and significance (fuller information will follow). In addition, a further thematic academic book – in part – arising from this meeting, entitled “[The Early Solar System and] the Building of Planets”, is provisionally agreed with the Space Science Series of Arizona University Press (this book project will be a subject of discussion at the meeting).

Meeting’s Keynote Speaker
Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Author and
Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology
Technical University Berlin

Featured Speaker of the Public Showcase
Distinguished Professor, Author, and recent 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 Speakers
A diverse set of seven prominent contributors tbc here soon

Meeting’s Chair
Amy Riches

Meeting’s Organising Committee
Comprised of roughly six scholars tbc here soon.

As the convening team are busy scientists, the meeting will only be feasible with society sponsorship and a full conference service package of support; administrative contact points and other information will be provided as soon as able.

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

Interest has been expressed such that a short-course that addresses approaches to sustaining funding in this area has the potential to be offered. The short-course will help to foster new international partnerships. 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. Subject to attendance numbers and sponsorship, this short-course may be incorporated into a 1 to 2 day retreat within very easy travel of the main event (transport will be arranged). Night skies for the retreat are distant from city lights etc.

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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 achieved 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, no meeting-supported / free alcohol, 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). In addition, the organising team will seek to provide for scholars of current asylum seeking or refugee status, those with caring responsibilities or health challenges (including mental health), as well as those from low income countries (scroll down for list), and those receiving low incomes during 2022 / 2023.

The intention is to recruit a number of attending 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 relatively small-scale meeting.

Because rapid climate and ecological change is of present day concern, modest incentives will be offered to delegates who travel to the meeting via the proven use of public transport, other low-carbon transport, and / or who use a carbon offsetting compromise where alternative transport may be challenging to access.

Further information will follow in due course, including precise dates and venue.  Details to follow will also address 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, as well as registration fees, travel and location / accommodation information will be available here soon.

Thank you.

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.