May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018

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

IMPORTANT ! Please note there are works on the train line between Paris and Orléans during the day: no train between 09h30 and 16h30. Furthermore, there is a scheduled strike on Friday 18th May with a limited number of trains (all lines in France are concerned).

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.

Convenors

  • 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 Christelle Briois - FR
  • Dr Jean-Pierre Lebreton - FR
  • Dr Laurent Thirkell - FR
  • Dr Jan Zabka - FR

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Daniela Ascenzi, Università degli Studi di Trento, Department of Physics, Trento - IT
  • Pr Wolf Geppert, Department of Molecular Physics, Stockholm University - SE
  • Dr Yoko Kebukawa, Yokohama National University, Yokohama - JP
  • Dr Cécile Engrand, Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM) - FR
  • Dr Martin Hilchenbach, Max Planck Institute for Solar System, Göttingen - DE
  • Pr Alexander Makarov, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen - DE
  • Dr François-Régis Orthous-Daunay, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble - FR 
  • 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 
  • Dr Christophe Sotin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA,Pasadena - USA 
  • Dr Véronique Vuitton, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble - FR

ORAL PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

Abstracts for oral presentation should be submitted before Monday 16th of April 2018.
The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Friday 20th of April 2018.
Abstracts for posters should be submitted during the registration. Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes.

Location

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.

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

IMPORTANT ! Please note there are works on the train line between Paris and Orléans during the day: no train between 09h30 and 16h30. Furthermore, there is a scheduled strike on Friday 18th May with a limited number of trains (all lines in France are concerned).

Conference PROGRAM

Wednesday May 16th 2018

  • 12:30    Welcome lunch & registration

Session 1 : Recent results of the airless small bodies study (Rosetta,...)

  • 14:00    Official Opening
  • 14:15    Dr Martin Rubin - ROSINA at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • 14:45    Dr Martin Hilchenbach - The tale of  cometary dust particle analysis next to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • 15:15    Dr P. Modica
  • 15:35    Robin Isnard - Characterization of the refractory organic matter in cometary particles of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • 15:55    Coffee break & Posters session

Session 2 : Laboratory analyzes of space samples (Hayabusa2, …)

  • 16:20    Dr Yoko Kebukawa -  Review talk future mission Trojan
  • 16:50    Dr François-Régis Orthous-Daunay - Molecular growth in the solar system
  • 17:10    Dr Alexander Ruf - Novel metalorganic compounds revealed in meteorites
  • 17:30    
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French : Dr Cécile Engrand - Poussières cométaires : collectes en Antarctique et missions spatiales 
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail

Thursday May 17th 2018

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee
  • 09:00    Pr Alexander Makarov - A High Resolution Orbitrap Mass Analyzer for Understanding of Organic Chemistry in the Solar System

Session 3 : Recent results of the last space missions (CASSINI, Mars)

  • 09:30    Dr Nozair Ashraf Khawaja - Cassini’s mass spectrometers find complex organic material in ice grains from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus from the subsurface ocean of Enceladus
  • 10:00    Dr Véronique Vuitton - Prebiotic molecules in Titan’s atmosphere?
  • 10:40    Coffee break & Posters session
  • 11:00    Dr Cyril Szopa - Mass Spectrometry for exploring Mars from the top of the atmosphere to the surface : a 42 years story !
  • 11:30    Jinjin Zhao - Isotope fractionation in the photochemical escape from Early Mars 
  • 11:50    Dr Illia Zymak - Study of the O- transpher gas-phase ion molecular reaction relevant to the atmosphere of Mars
  • 12:10    Lunch

Session 4 : Laboratory studies of atmospheric ion chemistry  

  • 13:40    Pr Wolf Geppert - Experimental and theoretical investigations into interstellar and atmospheric ion reactions
  • 14:10    Dr Miroslav Polášek - High-energy collisions of ions with molecules in planetary atmospheres and interstellar media
  • 14:30    Dr Daniela Ascenzi - Building complex N-containing species on Titan’s atmosphere: an experimental mass spectrometric approach
  • 14:50    Coffee break
  • 15:10    Dr Claire Romanzin - Gas phase ion-molecule chemistry: controlled reactions of methyl cations with O-bearing compounds and hydrocarbons
  • 15:30    Julien Maillard - Comparison of soluble and insolubleorganic matter in analogues of Titan’s aerosols 
  • 15:50    Laura Selliez - Laboratory studies of tholins, analogs of Titan aerosols, with the CosmOrbitrap
  • 19:30    Social dinner  - Le Bateau Lavoir

Friday May 18th 2018

Session 5 : New space instrumentation developments

  • 08:30    Welcome coffee
  • 09:00    Dr Christelle Briois & Dr Laurent Thirkell
  • 09:30    Dr Ricardo Arevalo - An Orbitrap-based laser desorption/ablation mass spectrometer for spaceflight
  • 09:50    Dr Peter Wurz - In situ detection of extinct or extant microbial life on planetary surfaces
  • 10:10    Dr Ján Žabka - Olympia - versatile cosmorbitrap instrument
  • 10:30    Fabian Klenner - The Heidelberg Analog Experiment for Spaceborne Mass Spectrometers
  • 10:50    Coffee break

Session 6 : Vision for the exploration of habitable worlds

  • 11:10    Pr Christophe Sotin - Detecting extra-terrestrial life in our solar system
  • 11:40    Dr Jean-Pierre Lebreton - Planetary exploration, towards 2061: a european initiative 
  • 12:10    Round table discussion
  • 12:40    Conclusion

PRICING

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

Partners of the event