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Proposed Sessions


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

New findings arising from meteoritical, experimental / analogue / computational modelling, and space mission studies are solicited for this theme. Contributions that integrate models of impact processes and celestial mechanics with chemical and other findings for meteorites, and / or experiments are strongly encouraged. In addition astronomical findings from planet-hunting studies are crucial to furthering such work, and the fundamental identification of potentially habitable worlds are sought. Together we can ask, what are the priorities in our investigations / searches? What do we each need to know from one another? 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 topical sessions:

  1. Reflections and emerging possibilities 
    Prebiotic molecules, defining life, habitability, and envisaging all of the plausible forms, known and unknown in and beyond our Solar System.

  2. Habitable Environments
    "Extreme" and the earliest life on Earth, lessons from low-gravity space stations in Earth orbit, astrobiological possibilities on other worlds, and   their connections with- or tell tale signs among biogeochemical cycles.

  3. Mars
    Uncovering possible life, identifying past or present liveable environments, and inferring Martian biogeochemical cycles

  4. Focus on Identifying and Building Worlds
    Potentially with import for life, living, present or past threats, major events and/or mass extinctions among solar systems

       a. *Special Session honouring Lawrence A. Taylor, proud Lunartic

            The Moon (i), Habitable Earth's 4.51 Billion Year Neighbour,

             a1. Cosmochemical characteristics, volcanomagmatic processes, alteration/overprinting,  and impact history.

             a2. The Moon's influence over Earth's history and story of life.

        b. Bulk body chemical recipes, metamorphism, alteration, nature(s) of melt generation and crystallisation, physiochemical histories, space
            weathering, impacts, core formation/volatile loss, and other phases of the evolution of celestial objects.

              b1. Findings from natural materials (planets, other moons).
              b2. Findings from natural materials (asteroids, comets, presolar grains, IDPs, others).
              b3. Results of experimental study approaches.
              b4. Revelations from remote sensing.

   5.  From nebular to protoplanetary disk to today 
Modelling, mimicking (analogue experiments), and constraining the dynamical evolution of solar systems and planets that may have, do,
          or could support life.

    6.  Exoplanet discoveries, atmospheres, and new frontiers
 Identifying potentially habitable planets, moons, or other bodies.

    7.  SETI science 
Combing the cosmos for signs of intelligence in the great beyond. Could other civilisations and ecologies be more advanced and
          sustainable than they currently are on Earth, and should we plan to be a multi-planet species?

THEME 2: The motivation for and current status of priorities for space exploration and its governance

This portion of the meeting will continue the community discourse across a wide range of disciplines. The purpose of this theme is to highlight key observations that have implications for how we explore, share mission payloads, and potentially settle other worlds. What do space missions / astronomers need to look for, and where? Do we have concerns about the current and future modes of space exploration practices and if so what are these? How can we make sure that our scientific understanding and / or concerns are widely known and used to help inform the regulation of international space exploration?

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

  1. Space Governance and Planetary Protection

    • Monitoring space for impactor and other threats to Earth.

    • Our responsibilities: preparing for launch, exploring, managing possible extraterrestrial economies and settling (?) in space

    • The need for sustainable and well-regulated international space exploration, revisions(?) for up-to-date pre-emptive planetary protection policies (planetary surfaces, culture/heritage, managing dark skies, space junk etc), and strategies to raise related public awareness and understanding.

  2. The Moon (ii) 
    *Habitable Earth's 4.51 Billion Year Neighbour

    • Ad lunam! Scientific priorities and target destinations of the ARTEMIS program / Lunar Gateway and other lunar missions.

    • Exploration, technological preparedness, and governance related to astronaut health, in situ resource utilisation on the Moon, humankind's unknown future, and importance to testing viabilities for further space exploration or extraterrestrial settlements in / beyond our immediate celestial neighbourhood.

  3. What are we all seeking, why, how, and where on Mars and its moons?

  4. Dead hot Venus?
    Missions and priorities for this hot-house planet.

  5. Scientific objectives and destinations among Icy worlds, metal and primitive asteroids.

  6. Intercepting comets 
    Priorities, accomplishments, readiness and ambitions.

  7. Astronomy's latest ground-based and space roving telescopes
    The motivations for, abilities, big data and pin point targets of all projects extremely large and smaller.

  8. Locating, storing, handling, and analysis of space rocks on Earh. 
    A forward view to studies of extraterrestrial material and floods of celestial data.

  9. Where to next, why, how, and when?

    • Are we ready? Or what innovative technologies, new education / apprenticeships / other training / recruitment provisions with constructive partnerships, and original knowledge, are needed to enable our aims?

    • Will we do it right, should we go?

The topical sessions outlined for each theme are provisional and may be subject to revision or being merged.
The intention is to provide a format that allows for ample interactive discuss time during the meeting.

Intentional informal conversations concerning the relationship between multi-sector workplace, academic research, and teaching needs are anticipated to be a focus of a dedicated social meeting during the event.

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