2nd Announcement: GREAT-ESF Workshop 'Gaia and Exoplanets'
In attachment, the second announcement for the GREAT-ESF Workshop 'Gaia
and Exoplanets: GREAT Synergies on the Horizon', which will take place in
Torino, Italy, 5 - 7 November 2012.
Alessandro Sozzetti (on behalf of the SOC)
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT (8 September 2012)
GREAT-ESF Workshop - Gaia and Exoplanets: GREAT Synergies on the Horizon
Torino - Italy, 5-7 November 2012
S. Desidera, INAF ? Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
K. Gozdziewski, Torun Centre for Astronomy, Poland
D. Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
M.G. Lattanzi, INAF ? Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Italy
T. Mazeh, Tel Aviv University, Israel
C. Mordasini, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Heidelberg, Germany
D. Queloz, Geneva Observatory, Switzerland
A. Quirrenbach, Heidelberg University, Germany
N. Santos, Centro de Astrofisica de Universidade do Porto, Portugal
A. Sozzetti (Chairman), INAF ? Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, Italy
G. Tinetti, University College London, UK
U. Abbas, R. Morbidelli, M. Sarasso, R. Smart, A. Sozzetti
PURPOSE and SCOPE
The era of high-precision astrometry is also approaching. With a launch date now set for September 2013, ESA?s
global astrometry mission Gaia is due for its first major intermediate catalogue release in four years? time.
The Gaia astrometric measurements and data products hold great promise for a wide range of contributions to the
field of extrasolar planets astrophysics. The statistical value of a sample of hundreds of thousands of F-G-K-type
stars of all ages and metallicities within 200 pc from the Sun screened astrometrically for giant planets is still
very high, even in this fast-developing field. The importance of the delivery of direct distance estimates for
planet-hosting stars with <1% precision cannot be underestimated. However, while the impact of Gaia data alone
in the exoplanet arena will undoubtedly be significant, the farthest-reaching implications of their use and the
full exploitation of their scientific potential will only be achieved when combined with data from other ground-
and space-based observatories for exoplanets detection and characterization.
The Workshop will bring together scientists involved in the field of extrasolar planets, with a three-fold goal:
a) to review the Gaia multi-faceted contribution to the field, within 1 year from launch;
b) to discuss the synergy potential between Gaia and other ongoing and planned, space-borne and ground-based programs
for planet detection and characterization;
c) to provide the seeds for the realization of across-techniques, legacy programs which will fully exploit the
scientific impact of Gaia data in exoplanets astrophysics.
The Workshop is co-sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the Gaia REsearch in Astronomy Training
(GREAT) Research Networking Programme.
The Workshop will be organized in three main Sessions, each running for one of three days:
1) SETTING THE GAIA STAGE:
Reviews on the status of exoplanets science (statistics, modelling, theory); presentation of the
Gaia mission; the processing of non-single stars and exoplanets within the pipeline of Gaia DPAC;
the Torino Data Processing Center; summary of Gaia capabilities in the exoplanets arena; the
challenges inherent to the modelling of the astrometric orbits of planetary systems.
2) WHERE ARE THE OTHERS HEADED TO:
Relevant results on exoplanet science as applications of specific detection and characterization
techniques (photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry), both from the ground (e.g., HARPS, HARPS-N,
MEarth) and in space (e.g., Kepler, CoRoT), over a broad range of wavelengths, and in different
environments (e.g., binary systems). Expected results from upcoming and planned ground-based
(e.g., SPHERE, ESPRESSO at VLT) and space-borne (e.g., TESS, EChO, PLATO, JWST) observatories.
3) ESTABLISHING THE SYNERGIES:
Using Gaia data in combination with other datasets to fully exploit its scientific potential; Gaia data
products as complementary tools for improved characterization of planetary systems (the planets
themselves, but also the host stars); Gaia and the need for extensive follow-up programs. A roundtable
discussion on e.g. follow-up strategies
The official website of the GREAT-ESF Workshop is:
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS / SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The list of confirmed speakers includes: G. Chauvin, A. Collier Cameron, A. Correia, J. Laskar, F. Marzari,
M. Mayor, R. Messineo, C. Mordasini, C. Moutou, D. Pourbaix, T. Prusti, F. Pepe, S. Zucker.
The complete list of participants will soon be published at:
The finalized scientific program will appear online within a month from the Workshop start date, before October 15th, 2012.
The Workshop will be held in the Conference Room (maximum capacity 99 seats) of the
Archivio di Stato di Torino (Turin National Archives), Piazza Castello, 209, in the very center of Torino.
The venue is just a few steps away from the Porta Nuova and Porta Susa railway stations
and easily connected to the Caselle air terminal. It is surrounded by public parking lots,
including the adjacent Roma - San Carlo - Castello, with 800 car parking spaces.
Registration is open. There is no registration fee for participants. The registration form can be accessed from:
Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are accepted.
Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations will be accepted until registration closing date (see below).
Abstracts can be submitted as part of the main registration process, from:
ESF TRAVEL GRANTS
Limited ESF funding for selected participants with accepted oral contributions will be available. PhD students and young postdocs
are invited to send funding requests upon registration/abstract submission to GaiaPlanets2012 at oato.inaf.it.
ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORTATION, DINING, THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Details can be found at:
WORKSHOP SOCIAL EVENTS
A welcome cocktail (apericena) will be provided on Monday, November 5 2012. The exact time and location will be communicated with the final announcement.
The Workshop social dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 6 2012. The exact location, time, and associated costs will be
communicated with the final announcement.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DEADLINES
October 1st: Final Announcement
October 5th: Registration and Abstract submission closed
October 15th: Scientific Program online
November 5: Workshop start
- For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact
the SOC Chair: sozzetti at oato.inaf.it
- For further information regarding the Workshop logistics, announcements, and accommodations, contact
the LOC: GaiaPlanets2012 at oato.inaf.it
- For further information regarding abstract submission and registration, contact: sarasso at oato.inaf.it
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