May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life

Deadline for registration : Tuesday 27th of March

In recent decades, the search for signs of extraterrestrial life has been a prime topic in scientific space exploration. This international conference, organized by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, aims at presenting the current state of knowledge acquired so far in the field of mass spectrometry by the activities of the world's scientific organizations and the most active space agencies pursuing this fundamental research field.

International experts will present the results on mass spectrometry of on-going and recently-completed in situ space missions (review talks on Cassini-Huygens, Rosetta, MSL-Curiosity, etc….) as well as the results of the return sample missions (Stardust, Hayabusa, etc..) and experimental laboratory and relevant modelling results.

Several space missions under development that address the research field will be presented by representatives of Space Agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, RSA, CNES,..)

A part of the workshop will be devoted to the presentations of new High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) space instruments under development that are required to advance in our capability to address the ambitious science objectives laid down for the future missions under study.

Main topics

Mass Spectrometry, Space Missions, Spatial Instrumentation, Planetology, Exobiology, Habitability.


  • Dr Ján Žabka, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.
    FROM: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic - CZ
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR
  • Dr Christelle Briois,
    Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR

Scientific committee

  • Dr Jean-Pierre Lebreton - FR
  • Dr Laurent Thirkell dans convenors - FR

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Christian Alcaraz, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, Orsay - FR 
  • Dr Daniela Ascenzi, Università degli Studi di Trento, Department of Physics, Trento - IT
  • Pr Wolf Dietrich Geppert, Department of Molecular Physics, Stockholm University - SE
  • Dr Yoko Kebukawa, Yokohama National University, Yokohama - JP
  • Dr Martin Hilchenbach, Max Planck Institute for Solar System, Göttingen - DE
  • Pr Alexander Makarov, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen - DE
  • Dr Miroslav Polášek, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Prague - CZ 
  • Dr Claire Romanzin, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, Orsay - FR 
  • Pr Christophe Sotin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA,Pasadena - USA 
  • Dr Véronique Vuitton, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble - FR


Abstracts for oral presentation and poster should be submitted before Monday 19th of March 2018. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to
The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Friday 23rd of March 2018.
Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes.


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.



Private institutions 250 EUR
Public institutions 180 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 60 EUR
Social dinner 60 EUR

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