Ground and space observatories: a joint venture to planetary science

Motivation for 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 Juno, 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, including JWST. 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 meeting will be held on March 2-6 2020 at the ALMA office in Santiago, which is located on the ESO campus in Vitacura.
The address is: Alonso de Córdova 3107, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana
Link to Google Maps: HERE


The workshop will consist of invited and contributed talks, general discussions with a panel, and posters.

Each day of the workshop will be focused on a category of objects, and the sessions will be covering results from both ground and space observatories.

We will start the workshop with a keynote by an invited speaker on the current status of planetary science.


The program of the conference is available at the link below. It will be updated as soon as possible with the names of the session chairs, and the details for the Friday proposal workshops.

Scientific organizing committee

  • Thérèse Encrenaz – Observatoire de Paris
  • Mark Gurwell – Harvard/CFA
  • Katherine de Kleer – Caltech
  • Stefanie Milam – NASA/GSFC
  • Glenn Orton – JPL/Caltech
  • Brad Sandor – SSI
  • Rita Schulz – ESA
  • Geronimo Villanueva – NASA/GSFC
  • Eric Villard (chair) – ESO/ALMA

Invited speakers

The following invited speakers have confirmed their attendance.

  • Arielle Moullet (day 1 – session on satellites)
  • Dominique Bockelee-Morvan (day 2 – session on comets)
  • Andrew Rivkin (day 2 – session on asteroids)
  • Patricio Rojo (day 3 – session on exoplanet characterization)


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: Monday 11/Nov/2019 at 12:00UT
  • Workshop: Mar 2-6, 2020
  • Presentations posted on the web: during and after conference


Please find the details for the registration and the abstract submission here:

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