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Origins of Solar Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Making a Habitable Planet

Dates

June 18-23, 2017

Location

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Edwin A. Bergin

Vice Chair:
Larry R. Nittler

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 21, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The Gordon Conference on Origins of Solar Systems brings together a diverse group of scientists to discuss research at the frontier of understanding how planets and planetary systems form. Invited speakers from the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmochemistry, planetary science, and geochemistry will present their latest findings. At this meeting discussions will take place with a focus on how the Earth and its analogs received their inventory of volatile compounds that provide the basis for a habitable world. Particular topics of discussion include the following. How new astronomical facilities, such as the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and infrared imaging systems, are transforming our knowledge of the evolution of gas and dust in protoplanetary disks and debris systems. How planetary building blocks are assembled and whether volatiles implanted during early phases survive inside their interior. Exploring the fate of volatiles supplied to a young terrestrial planet during the epoch of impacts and core formation. How the architecture of a solar system influences planetary assembly and volatile supply. What constraints meteorites and solar system bodies provide on the chemical and physical evolution during the phase of planet formation. Within this framework we will also discuss the growing knowledge of the exoplanet inventory with emphasis on what they might tell us about their formation and subsequent evolution.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Origins of Solar Systems" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmTracing Initial Conditons of the Solar System and in Interstellar Space
Discussion Leader: Stefanie Milam (Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmAndrew Davis (The University of Chicago, USA)
"Cosmochemical Constraints on the Early Solar System"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmAlycia Weinberger (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA)
"Astronomical Constraints on Planet Formation"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmVolatiles in Protoplanetary Disks
Discussion Leader: Joel Kastner (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:50 amLauren Cleeves (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
"Recent Advances with ALMA on the Formation and Evolutionary History of Volatiles in Protoplanetary Disks"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amBernard Marty (Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG), CNRS, France)
"Volatile Composition of Protoplanetary Disks: the Stable Isotope Perspective"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmNami Sakai (RIKEN, Japan)
"Chemical Diversity in Protostellar Disks and Its Future"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Alycia Weinberger (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA) and Hilke Schlichting (University of California, Los Angeles / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmVolatile Survival in Parent Bodies and Planets
Discussion Leader: Conel Alexander (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmGregor Golabek (Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany)
"Magma Dynamics and Devolatilization of Planetesimals During Planet Formation"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmHilke Schlichting (University of California, Los Angeles / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Volatile Delivery and Atmospheric Erosion by Impacts During Planet Formation"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFrom Pebbles to Planetesimals
Discussion Leader: Anders Johansen (Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:50 amAlessandro Morbidelli (CNRS, France)
"Pebble-Accretion and Jupiter-Barrier: The Basic Recipes for the Solar System"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amPaola Pinella (University of Arizona, USA)
"Linking Models of Dust Evolution with Multi-Wavelegth Observations of Protoplanetary Disks"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmMeenakshi Wadhwa (Arizona State University, USA)
"Timescales from Pebbles to Planetesimals in the Protoplanetary Disk"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSolar System Architecture and Volatile Supply
Discussion Leader: Karen Meech (University of Hawaii, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmYann Alibert (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"Planet Formation, Water Delivery and Habitability"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmScott Gaudi (Ohio State University, USA)
"Constraining the Architectures of Planetary Systems Beyond the Snow Line"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThe Composition of Exoplanets and Exoplanetary Materials
Discussion Leader: Denton Ebel (American Museum of Natural History, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:50 amCaroline Moreley (Harvard University, USA)
"Using Spectra to Shed Light on Exoplanet Compositions"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amLeslie Rogers (University of Chicago, USA)
"Glimpsing the Distribution of Exoplanet Bulk Compositions"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmSiyi Xu (European Southern Observatory, Germany)
"Compositions of Exoplanetary Materials from Polluted White Dwarf Studies"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPlanet Formation in Action
Discussion Leader: David Wilner (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmCarsten Dominik (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"The Structure of Planet-Forming Disks"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmMark Wyatt (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"The Evolution of Dust and Gas in Debris Disk Systems"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGeophysics and Geochemistry of a Young Earth
Discussion Leader: Marc Hirschmann (University of Minnesota, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:50 amBrad Foley (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA)
"Controls on the Tectonic Evolution of Terrestrial Planets"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amZoe Leinhardt (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Compositional Changes to Embryos and Planets Due to Collisions"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmFrederic Moynier (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France / University of California, Davis, USA)
"Late Accretion History of the Terrestrial Planets"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Solar System Record
Discussion Leader: Cecile Engrand (Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM), France)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmJessica Barnes (University of Arizona, USA)
"History and Evolution of Lunar Volatiles"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmDale Cruikshank (Ames Research Center, NASA, USA)
"The Chemistry of Pluto and Its Satellites"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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