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Proposed Sessions


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

For this broadly defined theme we solicit contributions of new findings arising from meteoritical, experimental / analogue / computational modelling, observational astronomy, space mission studies, and relevant earth science research. We strongly encourage contributions that integrate models of impact processes and celestial mechanics with chemical and other findings for meteorites, and / or experiments that seek to constrain the dynamical and geological history of our own planetary neighbourhood. In addition, we seek astronomical findings from planet-hunting studies because such work is crucial to furthering community discussions and understanding of wider planetary and solar system types as well their possible paths of formation, included among which will be potentially habitable exoplanets. 

Together we can ask, what are the priorities in our fundamental investigations into and searches for habitable bodies? What do we each need to learn from one another to progress our collective understanding? What new efforts do we need to undertake together?

The first theme of the meeting is anticipated to accommodate talks and posters in the following sessions:

A. Habitable environments, including a focus on Mars' (near) surface

B. From nebular to protoplanetary disk 


C. Building worlds


D. Exoplanet discoveries, atmospheres, and new frontiers


E. SETI science

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

This portion of the meeting will foster trans-disciplinary dialogue across a wide range of fields. The purpose of this theme is to highlight key observations that have implications for how and why we explore space, evaluate our ambitions and priorities in space exploration, cooperate over missions, and consider emerging aspirations for future settling of other worlds. 

Crucial to responsible exploration of space, and strong support of discovery-driven science over generations, is how international communities distinguish between exploration and exploitation and how well they trust in and/or are inspired by scientists and others connected with the space sector. Hence, we are motivated to reflect on the varying nature and extent of engagement as well as attitudes among the global public with respect to space and planetary science activity by government bodies, academic groups, and that driven by the private sector. 

Given the differing priorities, narratives, visions, concerns and ambitions of space exploration, and possible developing space race pressures, we must act with urgency to mitigate any adverse impacts on poorly known extraterrestrial environments. Are the current international outer space treaties adequate to ensure universal good practice and the preservation of pristine bodies in space? What concerns exist regarding current and future modes of space exploration practices? And regarding the supply of personnel qualified to both work in and govern these sectors? How can society effectively and widely share collective understandings and / or concerns to help improve the governance and regulation of international space exploration?  How can societies develop forms of governance conducive to fair, responsible and inclusive space activities?

The second theme of the meeting will include the following topical sessions for oral and poster presentations:

A. Space governance, environmental ethics, and planetary protection

B. Where to next, why, how, and when? What are we seeking?

C. How will we maximise scientific output from space missions? and what technologies are required?

A draft guiding document with indicative day-by-day programme is available.

The intention is to deliver a meeting format that allows for ample interactive discussion time.

Intentional informal conversations concerning the relationship between multi-sector workplace, academic research,
and teaching needs are
anticipated to take place during the event's social activities too.

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