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Origins of Solar Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Making a Habitable Planet


June 18-23, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


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.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Tracing Initial Conditons of the Solar System and in Interstellar Space
    (Stefanie Milam / Andrew Davis / Alycia Weinberger)
  • Volatiles in Protoplanetary Disks
    (Joel Kastner / Lauren Cleeves / Bernard Marty / Nami Sakai)
  • Volatile Survival in Parent Bodies and Planets
    (Conel Alexander / Gregor Golabek / Hilke Schlichting)
  • From Pebbles to Planetesimals
    (Anders Johansen / Alessandro Morbidelli / Paola Pinella / Meenakshi Wadhwa)
  • Solar System Architecture and Volatile Supply
    (Karen Meech / Yann Alibert / Scott Gaudi)
  • The Composition of Exoplanets and Exoplanetary Materials
    (Denton Ebel / Caroline Moreley / Leslie Rogers / Siyi Xu)
  • Planet Formation in Action
    (David Wilner / Carsten Dominik / Mark Wyatt)
  • Geophysics and Geochemistry of a Young Earth
    (Marc Hirschmann / Brad Foley / Zoe Leinhardt / Frederic Moynier)
  • The Solar System Record
    (Cecile Engrand / Jessica Barnes / Dale Cruikshank)
  • Power Hour
    (Alycia Weinberger, Hilke Schlichting)
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