Molecules in space: Linking the interstellar medium to (exo)planets
Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
20-24th August, 2017, Washington DC, USA
Organizers: Prof. Alexander Tielens (Leiden University) and Dr. Partha P. Bera (NASA Ames Research Center)
Molecules from simple to as complex as fullerenes have been identified in various astrophysical environments such as the interstellar media, dark clouds, hot cores, outflows of carbon stars, protoplanetary disks, and in the atmospheres of (exo)planets. We are only beginning to understand by sustained laboratory experimental, spectroscopic, computational, modeling, and observational efforts how these molecules are synthesized in the gas phase and on grain surfaces, evolve in those exotic conditions, and become incorporated in to planetary bodies. With the advent of new and upcoming capabilities such as the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the scope of molecular exploration will increase many folds over the next decade.
We are organizing a five-day symposium “Molecules in Space: Linking the Interstellar Medium to (exo)planets” at the American Chemical Society’s Fall National Meeting to be held in Washington DC from 20-24th August, 2017 to address the exploration of the molecular universe. The symposium will cover a wide breadth of subjects that will include organic inventory of the gas phase, the chemistry of the dark clouds, interplay of gas and dust, hot-cores and corinos, organic inventory of proto-planetary disks, high-resolution spectroscopy, the diffuse interstellar bands, the chemistry of atmospheres of stars and planets, and present and future opportunities such as ALMA, SOFIA, and JWST. Each session will begin with an overview talk by an eminent scholar in the field, followed by talks on astronomical observation, laboratory experiment, quantum chemistry calculations, and modeling.
The sessions will be introduced by overview talks followed by invited talks on specific aspects of the session and contributed papers. In addition, there are poster sessions.
Abstracts can be submitted for consideration for contributed talks and posters through the ACS Fall 2017 National Meeting webpage between the following dates.
Abstract submission window open on 23rd January, 2017.
Abstract submission window closes on 6th April, 2017.
Session I: Organic inventory of the gas phase: from small molecules to PAHs
Session II: Chemistry of dark clouds: the interplay of gas and dust
Session III: Hot cores and corinos: Observations, theory and experiments
Session IV: Organic inventory of protoplanetary disks
Session V: Spectroscopy: Meeting the needs of astronomers with experiments and theory
Session VI: The DIBs: solving a century old problem
Session VII: Chemistry of atmospheres of stars and planets
Fundamentals of Life in the Universe
Fundamentals of Life in the Universe
Groningen, August 31 & September 1, 2017
Registration and deadlines: http://www.origins-symposium.nl/
The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic which fascinates the public, and which is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines. In Summer 2017, we will organize a two-day conference called “Fundamentals of Life in the Universe”, covering a wide spectrum of interests, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells. Besides invited talks, the conference includes a keynote speech by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver. The topics of the meeting are:
1. The origin of the Earth and of life
2. Predicting the evolution of life
3. Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
4. Life in extraterrestrial environments
5. Emergence and bridging of temporal and spatial scales
Job opening for a 2 yr post-doctoral position in exoplanet atmosphere modelling
At the Leuven University (Belgium), we seek an excellent candidate for a post-doctoral research position, ready to play a key role in our interdisciplinary project focusing on exoplanet atmosphere modelling. The goal of the project is to understand the intricate host
star - exoplanet interaction, both in terms of dynamics and chemistry.
We seek a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in theoretical modelling and/or retrieval
algorithms. We aim to further develop our in-house developed dynamical + chemistry exoplanet modelling tools and to confront the model observables with new exoplanet spectra
which will be obtained with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, launch in 2018).
More information can be found at http://fys.kuleuven.be/ster/vacancies/2-yr-post-doctoral-position-in-the-field-of-exoplanets
DEADLINE for the application: 1 April 2017