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Scientific programme

General information

The conference "Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond" will be held from 25 to 29 September 2017. The scientific programme will begin on 25 September in the morning and end on 29 September at lunchtime.

Scope of the meeting

This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the field, including the following:

  • What effects do core have and mantle on evolution and habitability of planets?
  • What is the relation between (plate) tectonics and atmospheric evolution?
  • What role does the mantle overturn in evolution of the interior and atmosphere?
  • What is the role of the global carbon and water cycles herein?
  • What influence do comet and asteroid impacts exert on the evolution of the planet?
  • How does life interact with the evolution of Earth's geosphere and atmosphere?
  • How can we use our knowledge of the solar system geophysics and habitability to exoplanets?

The proposed interdisciplinary will encompass research on all the planets from the upper atmosphere to the deep interior relevant to their habitability. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

Invited speakers

The following scientists have agreed to present invited talks at the conference:

Abigail Alwood, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
Fabrice Gaillard, University of Orleans, France
Steven Goderis, Vrije Universitet Brussel, Belgium
Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University, United States
Kevin Heng, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dennis Höning, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
Emmanuelle Javaux, University of Liège, Belgium
Anders Johansen, Lund University, Sweden
Jim Kasting, Penn State University, United States
Alessandro Morbidelli, University of Nice, France
Lena Noack, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Belgium
Heike Rauer, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
Minik Rosing, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark
Tilman Spohn, German Aerospace Centre, Germany
Paul Tackley, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Kai Wünnemann, Natural History Museum, Berlin, Germany

Registration and abstract submission

Please consult our registration website for details. The conference is open to scientists from all relevant disciplines. However, we would like to point out that (a) the Scientific Organisational Committee reserves the right to refuse attendees and (b) invitation letters for obtaining visas are only issued to accepted talk and poster presenters. The conference is limited to 120 attendees, so early registration is advisable.

Lectures and poster sessions

Lectures and poster sessions will be held in the Casino building across the road from Terra Nostra Hotel. The lecture room is equipped with a PowerPoint beamer. Poster sessions and coffee breaks will be in one of the adjacent rooms. Poster walls are white and have the dimensions 2.5 m (height) x 0.9 m (width). DIN A0 in the portrait format should thus work fine.

Bursaries and early career keynote speakers

Bursaries are available for students and early career scientists. For them, there also exists the possibility of being selected as early career keynote speakers. Thus, such people are especially invited to submit abstracts.


The conference will be held at the Hotel Terra Nostra Garden****, Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho, 9675-061 Furnas, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal. The hotel is a newly renovated Art Deco hotel with a very good restaurant and a large, famous botanical garden. The João Paulo Airport with frequent direct flights to the European mainland is located only 45 km from the venue. For further details please check Venue & access.