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Future exploration of the ice giants

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Leigh Fletcher, Dr Adam Masters, Dr Athena Coustenis, Dr Kathleen Mandt, Dr Ian Cohen, Dr Christopher Arridge and Dr Amy Simon.

Neptune viewed from beyond the orbit of its largest moon, Triton

Uranus and Neptune are our closest representatives of a class of planet that may be commonplace in our universe, and yet our exploration and understanding of these icy worlds is in its infancy. This meeting will shape the key questions, motivations, and concepts for future collaborative missions to these tantalising destinations.

More information on the speakers and programme will be available soon. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Splinter meeting and abstract submission

The organising committee invites delegates to participate in Splinter Meetings at Burlington House on Wednesday 22 January 2020, on the day after the Royal Society Discussion Meeting.

Full details of registration for these splinter sessions, along with instructions for submission of abstracts for the poster session (held on Monday 20 January 2020 at the Royal Society) and/or splinter sessions, can be found on the organisers' website.

The splinter registration and abstract deadline is Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

20 January

Session 1 09:00-12:30

Ice giant planets

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Chairs

Dr Leigh Fletcher, University of Leicester, UK

09:00-09:05 Welcome by the Royal Society and Leigh Fletcher

09:05-09:15 Meeting objectives

Dr Leigh Fletcher, University of Leicester, UK
Dr Amy Simon, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, USA
Dr Mark Hofstadter, JPL/Caltech, USA

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09:15-09:45 Origin, evolution, and internal structure of the ice giants

Professor Ravit Helled, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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09:45-10:15 Interior structure and energy balance of Jupiter and Saturn

Dr Jonathan Fortney, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion - interiors objectives

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:25 Atmospheric dynamics and cloud structure of the ice giants

Dr Ricardo Hueso, University of Bilbao, Spain

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11:25-11:50 Photochemistry in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

Dr Julianne Moses, Space Science Institute, USA

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11:50-12:15 The upper atmospheres of the ice giants

Dr Henrik Melin, University of Leicester, UK

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12:15-12:30 Discussion 2 - Atmospheric objectives

Session 2 13:30-17:00

Ice giant systems

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Dr Amy Simon, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, USA

13:30-13:55 Dynamos of ice giant planets

Dr Krista Soderlund, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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13:55-14:20 Ice giant magnetospheres

Dr Carol Paty, University of Oregon, USA

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14:20-14:45 Ice giant auroras

Dr Laurent Lamy, Observatoire de Paris, PSL, CNRS, France

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14:45-15:00 Discussion - magnetic field objectives

15:00-15:30 Tea break

15:30-15:55 The rings and inner satellites of Uranus and Neptune

Dr Mark Showalter, SETI Institute, USA

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15:55-16:20 The Uranian satellite system

Dr Elizabeth Turtle, JHU-APL, Maryland, USA

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16:20-16:45 Triton and the Kuiper Belt connection

Dr Michele Bannister, Queen's University Belfast, UK

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16:45-17:00 Discussion - Satellite/rings objectives

21 January

Session 3 09:00-12:30

Cross-disciplinary perspectives

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Dr Mark Hofstadter, JPL/Caltech, USA

09:00-09:25 Lessons learned from (and since) the Voyager 2 flybys of Uranus and Neptune

Dr Heidi Hammel, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, USA

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09:25-09:50 The exoplanet perspective (TBC)

09:50-10:15 Cross-NASA divisional relevance of an ice giant mission

Dr Abigail Rymer, JHU-APL, Maryland, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion - summary of knowledge gaps

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 US Perspectives on ice giant missions

Dr Mark Hofstadter, JPL/Caltech, USA

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11:30-12:00 ESA perspectives - study outcomes (TBC)

12:00-12:30 Discussion - individual agencies and mission proposals

Session 4 13:30-17:00

Enabling technologies

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Chairs

Dr Adam Masters, Imperial College London, UK

13:30-13:55 Mission design prospects

John Elliot, JPL, USA

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13:55-14:20 Enabling technologies for ice planet exploration

Dr Thomas R Spilker, Independent Consultant, USA

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14:20-14:45 The development of European radioisotope space nuclear power systems

Dr Richard Ambrosi, University of Leicester, USA

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14:45-15:00 Discussion - technologies

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Strategy for coordination 2020+

Dr Amy Simon, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, USA
Dr Mark Hofstadter, JPL/Caltech, USA

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16:00-17:00 Panel discussion

Future exploration of the ice giants

20 - 21 January 2020

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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