Edinburgh City

Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds
International Meeting

Edinburgh, UK
07-13 November 2022
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The Meeting

A Week of Exciting Talks and an Optional Retreat

OPEN! Registration, abstract submission, and accommodation booking.
The early bird period has close, but late submissions
will be considered.

Those in-person participants requiring travel visas for which letters proving participation in the event should contact the Chair as soon as they are able.

Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds is a multi-discipline four to five day international meeting taking place in Edinburgh, UK, in November 2022. This event is to accommodate up to 120 in-person delegates of all career stages based in a range of relevant employment sectors. A hybrid model is envisaged to be delivered so as to broaden participation by accommodating virtual attendance of additional delegates.

The welcoming atmosphere of this modest-sized event will foster friendly scientific exchange and shall help to promote networking beneficial to early, mid, and senior career scientists, space lawyers, educators, and space technology / mission innovators.  Students and those in their early-careers are encouraged to attend and contribute their work in this friendly, relatively unintimidating, and specialist gathering. We are especially keen to welcome and promote contributions among people of under-represented groups.

The inaugural Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds event will provide a forum for the exchange of new interdisciplinary findings and ideas across two principal themes:

1) The origins of habitable bodies in and beyond our home Solar System

2) Space exploration and its governance:
priorities, visions, concerns and ambitions

Please refer to the indicative programme for further information.

Additional Activities and Opportunities

Accompanying this meeting are projects that will provide for:

  • a competitive selection process supporting the publication of original high-quality research by attending delegates (+/- community members); 

  • significant community efforts in realising timely high-level reviews;

  • the sharing of science with the public, and;

  • opportunities for interested experienced researchers of good conduct and objectivity to gain e.g. guest editorial experience. 


At the conclusion of the main event, an optional retreat over two to three days at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire, is offered. This retreat is limited to approximately 35 people and includes a short-course on maintaining funding plus a half-day outing. A further half-day is provided for researchers to explore potential career pathways through informal discussions and presentations with diverse leaders in the planetary sciences.

Combined, the contributions arising from this event are intended to help summarise current knowledge, foster cross-pollination of understanding and ideas across traditional disciplines, and identify opportunities that shall shape future directions in research and space exploration at international levels.

See also:

This event is hosted by the Earth and Planetary Science Institute of the University of Edinburgh’s  large and well-equipped School of Geosciences. Potential delegates should be aware that this institution is also home to a range of specialist cooperative clusters such as SPRINT, the UK Centre for Astrobiology, the Centre for Exoplanetary Science, the Bayes Centre, the Royal Observatory, and UK Astronomy Technology Centre that hosts the Higgs Centre for Innovation.

This international meeting aligns with the University of Edinburgh's
Interdisciplinary Building Worlds theme


This meeting in Edinburgh follows the July 2022 Goldschmidt Conference in Hawaii and the August 2022 Geoanalysis Conference5th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry in Freiberg, Germany, while sandwiched between the earlier 53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) and the 54th LPSC occurring in March 2023, Houston, USA, and meetings of the EuroPlanet Science Congress series. The Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds event also complements and builds on the fully virtual Habitats Beyond workshop to be hosted soon by the University of St Andrews, and the now 2022 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Glasgow.


The series of meetings in the region - along with the recent and well-received virtual event led by students of the Women in Space Scotland, the SPERO initiative, and the Scottish Space Leadership Council’s Sustainable Space Challenges meeting - accelerates excitement for- and strategic growth of space and planetary science across Scotland, including within its education system. In addition, key aspects of this meeting relate to the interests and ongoing development of the UK Cosmochemical Analysis Network and the Distributed Planetary Laboratory Facilities of the Europlanet Society.

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Potential sponsors are sought for this event, and /or key aspects thereof, can elect to support a range of defined packages or may discuss with the meeting's Chair, Amy Riches, if alternate provisions are offered.