Scientific  programme

Scientific topics

  • New search strategies for exoplanets
  • Characterizing exoplanetary atmospheres
  • Formation and evolution of planetary systems
  • Conditions for life
  • Future projects and space missions

Final programme

(see list of posters below)

Monday 14/09
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome  
9:30 – 10:00 Introduction from an astronomical perspective D. Lin
10:00 – 10:30 How to find a habitable planet J. F. Kasting
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
Session I: Reports from prospective exercises
Chair: I. Ribas
11:00 – 11:15 A Roadmap For Exoplanets A. Hatzes
11:15 – 11:30 ExoPTF J. F. Kasting
11:30 – 11:45 Blue Dots V. Coudé du Foresto
11:45 – 12:00 Exoplanets Forum W. Traub
12:00 – 12:10 Poster popups 1  
Session II: Overviews [Working group reviews]
Chair: H. Lammer
12:10 – 12:35 Multiple aperture imaging O. Absil
12:35 – 13:00 Scientific output of single aperture imaging of exoplanets R. Gratton
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break + poster viewing
15:00 – 15:25 Transit WG review A. Sozzetti
15:25 – 15:50 Habitability F. Forget
15:50 – 16:15 Characterizing exoplanets: Atmospheres and surfaces T. Encrenaz
16:15 – 16:30 Poster popups 2  
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 Satellite meetings in Auditorium, Beta and Gamma rooms
Tuesday 15/09
Chair: A. Sozzetti
9:00 – 9:25 Habitable Planets: Targets and their Environments M. Guedel
9:25 – 9:50 Microlensing WG review D. Bennett
9:50 – 10:15 Astrometry WG review F. Malbet
10:15 – 10:40 Radial velocities WG review F. Pepe
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 11:35 Modeling exoplanet atmospheres F. Selsis
11:35 – 12:00 Formation & Evolution WG review M. Meyer
Session III: Astrophysical themes
Chair: W. Traub
12:00 – 12:15 Habitable Climates and General Milankovitch Cycles D. S. Spiegel
12:15 – 12:30 Characterising the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets today and tomorrow G. Tinetti
12:30 – 12:45 A new catalogue of extrasolar planets from EXOFIT S. T. Balan
12:45 – 13:00 Origin of magnetic fields in terrestrial and giant planets: How important are their hosting stars? N. Gomez-Perez
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break + poster viewing
15:00 – 15:15 Earth and super-Earth Atmospheres D. Sasselov
15:15 – 15:30 The transmission spectrum of the Earth from lunar eclipse observations: The pale red dot. E. Palle
15:30 – 15:45 Pathways towards Neptune mass planets around very low-mass stars S. Dreizler
15:45 – 16:00 Habitability Constraints from Tidal Evolution R. Barnes
16:00 – 16:15 Frequency of Low-mass Exoplanets H. R. A. Jones
16:15 – 16:30 The Detectability of Habitable Exomoons D. M. Kipping
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 Satellite meetings in Auditorium, Beta and Gamma rooms
19:00 Visit to the Observatori Fabra
Wednesday 16/09
Chair: A. Boss
9:00 – 9:15 To What Extent Does Terrestrial Life "Follow The Water"? E. G. Jones
9:15 – 9:30 Limits of photosynthesis: non-Earthlike target biosignatures N. Y. Kiang
9:30 – 9:45 Abiotic Buildup of Oxygen and Ozone S. Domagal-Goldman
9:45 – 10:00 Corot-7b the first Super Earth with radius measured D. Rouan
10:00 – 10:15 Theoretical guidance for small planet finding in the planet plenty G. Wuchterl
Session IV: Methods and projects
Chair: H. Shibai
10:15 – 10:30 Pathways Towards Habitable Planets: Capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope M. Clampin
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:15 Radioastronomy and the study of exoplanets P. Zarka
11:15 – 11:30 Status of NAHUAL E. Martin
11:30 – 11:45 The FKSI Mission Concept W. C. Danchi
11:45 – 12:00 Japanese Space Activity on Exoplanets and SPICA T. Nakagawa
12:00 – 12:15 EPICS, the exoplanet imager for the E-ELT M. Kasper (R. Gratton)
12:15 – 12:30 Poster popups 3  
12:30 – 12:45 SOFIA: On the Pathway toward Habitable Worlds R. D. Gehrz
12:45 – 13:00 Probing the Extrasolar planet diversity with SEE-COAST P. Baudoz
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break + poster viewing
Chair: C. Beichman
15:00 – 15:15 SIM-Lite Space Astrometric Observatory M. Shao
15:15 – 15:30 Subaru explorations of exoplanets and steps toward JTPF for habitable planets M. Tamura
15:30 – 15:45 The Tale of Darwin and Cosmic Vision: Fairy or Tall? R. Liseau
15:45 – 16:00 Poster popups 4  
16:00 – 16:15 MOA-II microlensing exoplanet survey T. Sumi
16:15 – 16:30 Direct detection of giant extrasolar planets with SPHERE on the VLT J.-L. Beuzit
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 Satellite meetings in Beta and Gamma rooms
Satellite meeting in Auditorium: ASMCs special session
17:00 – 17:15 THEIA: On the Pathway Toward Habitable Worlds N. J. Kasdin
17:15 – 17:30 The New Worlds Observer W. Cash
17:30 – 17:45 Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST): Characterizing Habitable Worlds M. Postman
17:45 – 18:00 DAViNCI Dilute Aperture Visible Nulling Coronagraphic Imager M. Shao
18:00 – 18:15 ACCESS - A space coronagrph concept for direct imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanetary systems J. Trauger
18:15 – 18:30 The Extrasolar Planetary Imaging Coronagraph (EPIC) M. Clampin
18:30 – 18:45 The Pupil mapping Exoplanet Coronagraphic Observer O. Guyon
Thursday 17/09
Session IV: Methods and projects
Chair: G. van Belle
9:00 – 9:15 Resolved imaging of extra-solar photosynthesis patches with a "Laser Driven Hypertelescope Flotilla" A. Labeyrie
9:15 – 9:30 The Astrometric-RV and Coronagraph-Imaging Double-Blind Studies W. A. Traub
9:30 – 9:45 NASA's Kepler Mission D. Latham
9:45 – 10:00 THESIS - the Terrestrial and Habitable-zone Exoplanet Spectroscopy Infrared Spacecraft M. Swain
10:00 – 10:15 Poster popups 5  
10:15 – 10:30 GAIA and astrometry of giant planets M. Lattanzi
10:30 – 10:45 The PLATO mission for exoplanet search and characterization C. Catala
10:45 – 11:00 EUCLID: from Dark energy to earth mass planets J.-P. Beaulieu
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 11:45 The Habitable Zone Planet Finder Project: A proposed high resolution NIR spectrograph for the HET to discover low mass exoplanets around M stars S. Mahadevan
11:45 – 12:00 The Fresnel array as a planet Imager L. Koechlin
12:00 – 12:15 SPICA infrared coronagraph and the study of exo-planets with it K. Enya
12:15 – 12:30 Poster popups 6  
Session V: Communities and agencies give their views
Chair: M. Olivier
12:30 – 12:45 NASA's Pathway Toward Habitable Worlds D. M. Hudgins
12:45 – 13:00 Decadal Survey A. Boss
13:00 – 13:45 Additional P4 discussion
13:45 – 15:00 Lunch
  Free afternoon ( + Conference Dinner)
Friday 18/09
Chair: M. Olivier
9:00 – 9:15 ESO's perspective M. Kissler-Patig
9:15 – 9:30 ESA's perspective M. McCaughrean
9:30 – 9:45 India's perspective S. Mahadevan
Session VI: Satellite meetings summaries
Chair: F. Selsis
9:45 – 10:15 NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ASMCs summary) M. Devirian
10:15 – 10:30 P4 summary: Do we need to solve the exozodi question? If yes, how to best solve it? C. Eiroa & O. Absil
10:30 – 10:45 P1 summary: Can we characterize habitable planets with transits? D. Sasselov
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:30 P3 summary: How to consolidate efforts within the community and the related agencies? H. Zinnecker
11:30 – 11:45 P2 summary: Designating habitable planets for follow-up study: what are the relative parameter spaces of RV and astrometry? I. Ribas
Session VII: A broader picture
Chair: C. Beichman
11:45 – 12:00 Exoplanets and earth sciences E. Palle
12:00 – 12:15 Life in the Solar System A. Giménez
12:15 – 12:30 The question "Are We Alone?" in different cultures J. Schneider
12:30 – 12:45 A biologist's perspective M.-C. Maurel
12:45 – 13:00 ITER J. Jacquinot
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break + poster viewing
Session VIII: Conclusion
Chair: V. Coudé du Foresto
15:00 – 15:30 Conference summary P. Léna
15:30 – 16:10 Discussion  
16:10 – 16:30 Closing address D. Sasselov


List of Posters

First Author Title
Afonso, C. The MPIA transit surveys
Amaro-Seoane, P. Interactions of massive planets with a gas disc
Anglada-Escudé, G. Ground based astrometric planet searches using medium sized telescopes
Arriagada, P. Finding habitable planets using an infrared high resolution spectrograph for the E-ELT
Arriagada, P. New long-period exoplanets from the Magellan planet search program
Babkovskaia, N. Water masers in the gas-dust medium
Barry, R. K. Design Enhancements of the Fourier Kelvin Stellar Interferometer to Enable Detection of Earth Twins
Beaulieu, J.-P. A full census on Earth mass planets via microlensing effects
Beichman, C. Finding the Nearest Transiting Planets
Bennett, D. P. An Exoplanet Census with the Microlensing Planet Finder
Bergfors, C. Towards astrometric detections of Neptune- to Earth-mass planets around nearby M-stars
Bernagozzi, A. A Photometric Transit Search for Planets Around Cool Stars from the Italian Alps: Results from a Feasibility Study
Booth, M. How Common are Extrasolar Late Heavy Bombardments?
Boss, A. P. Forming Giant Planets by Disk Instability
Briot, D. Occurence, detection and physical conditions of Super-Ios and Hyper-Ios
Canales, V. F. First steps on the design of the optical differentiation coronagraph
Catanzarite, J. Detection of habitable planets in the presence of astrophysical noise
Chakraborty, A. PARAS: India’s Upcoming Precision Radial Velocity Instrument
Claire, M. Adding nitrogen to the planetary greenhouse
Claudi, R. Characterization of extrasolar planets with high contrast imaging
Coudé, V. Aladdin: a nulling interferometer dedicated to the characterization of faint circumstellar material
Cowan, N. Alien Maps of an Ocean-Bearing World
Defrère, D. Impact of exozodiacal clouds on the performance of future life-finding space missions
Demangeon, O. Future technical developments concerning nulling interferometry at the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (Orsay)
Donatowicz, J. TBA
Femenía, B. Revisiting impact of ELT diameter size and wavelength choice in the context of exoplanet detections with ELTs
Fernandez, J. Ground-based search of Earth-mass exoplanets using transit timing variations
Font-Ribera, A. Formation of Massive Exoplanets by Fragmentation of the Protostellar Cloud and Disk Capture
Fors, O. The Fabra-ROA Baker-Nunn Camera at Observatori del Montsec: a wide-field imaging facility for exoplanet detection
Fukagawa, M. A Search for Planetary Companions using Subaru Archival Images
Funk, B. Dynamical stability in the habitable zones of nearby extrasolar planetary systems
Gabor, P. NULLTIMATE Testbed: A progress report
Galvez Ortiz, M. C. Low-mass object in moving groups
Garcés, A. Characterization of high-energy emissions of GKM stars and the effects on planet habitability
García Muñoz, A. Modeling the atmospheres of Earth-like planets
García-Melendo, E. Transits of Jupiter-size planets orbiting in the habitable zone
Gautier, T. N. The Kepler Follow-up Observation Program
Gladysz, S. Imaging extrasolar planets with the European Extremely Large Telescope
Godolt, M. Influence of the spectral stellar flux distribution on atmospheric dynamics of extrasolar Earth-like planets
Goicoechea, J. R. Exoplanetary systems with SAFARI: A far-IR imaging spectrometer for SPICA
Golden, A. Probing Exoplanetary Magnetospheres via Low Frequency Radio Astronomy - Lessons Learned from Recent Detections at the Substellar Boundary
Goullioud, R. SIM-Lite Instrument Description, Operation and Performance
Greene, T. Testing a highly efficient PIAA coronagraph at NASA Ames
Hara, T. Transfer of Meteorites from Earth to the Extrasolar Planets
Haze, K. A coronagraph experiment in a high thermal stability environment with a binary shaped pupil mask
Higuchi, S. Experiment of Multiple-stage prolate apodized Lyot coronagraph
Houairi, K. Performance of the cophasing system of Persee, a dynamic nulling demonstrator
Hoyer, S. Search for exoplanets using TTVs on the Southern Hemisphere
Jacquinod, S. PERSEE: a nulling interferometer with dynamic correction of external perturbations
Jones, H. R. A. UKIRT Planet Finder
Kane, S. R. First Results from the Transit Ephemeris Refinement and Monitoring Survey (TERMS)
Karalidi, T. Flux and polarisation signals of water clouds on Earth-like exoplanets
Kedziora-Chudczer, L. Using Polarization to Detect and Characterize Extrasolar Planets
Kennedy, G. M. Signatures of resonant terrestrial planets in long-period systems
Kitzmann, D. Influence of clouds on the emission spectra of Earth-like extrasolar planets
Kotani, T. A laboratory demonstration of high dynamic range imaging using single-mode fiber pupil remapping system FIRST
Kotani, T. A wavefront correction system for SPICA
Kubas, D. AO imaging of planetary Microlensing events
Lagage, P.-O. Imaging exozodiacal light around nearby stars with E-ELT/METIS
Lammer, H. Exoplanets & Europlanet NA1 activities
Lammer, H. The relevance of the planetary density to the thermal mass loss of close-in exoplanets
Lee, J. W. Detections of Circumbinary Planets around Close Binary Systems Using Stellar Eclipse Timings
Léger, A. An actual “Cosmic Vision”
Leitzinger, M. Stellar activity characteristics at FUV and Radio wavelengths
Linsky, J. The atmosphere and auroral emission of the transiting planet HD 209458b
Lloyd, J. P. Precision Radial Velocities in the Near Infrared with TEDI
Lyon, R. Extrasolar Planetary Imaging Coronagraph: Visible Nulling Coronagraph
Majid, W. Radio Emissions from Magnetized Exoplanets
Malbet, F. Checking Stability Of Planet Orbits In Multiple-planet Systems found by SIM
Maldonado, J. Spectroscopic observations of Nearby Cool Stars: The DUNES sample
Martin, S. Terrestrial Planet Finder Interferometer: A Mid-infrared Space Observatory for Characterizing Exoplanets
Martinache, F. The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO Project
Matsuo, T. Spectral Imaging with Nulling Interferometer
Matsuo, T. Multiple aperture imaging and its application to Exo-Earth imager
Meschiari, S. The Systemic Console Package
Montañés-Rodríguez, P. Earthshine observations: a summary
Montes, D. Estimating the age of exoplanets host stars by their membership in moving groups and young associations
Moorhead, A. Distinguishing between single eccentric planets and planets in 2:1 mean motion resonances
Moorhead, A. Type II Migration of Planets on Eccentric Orbits
Moyano, M. Efficiency of transit detection algorithms
Murakami, N. Eight-octant phase-mask coronagraph for detecting Earth-like exoplanets around partially resolved stars
Narita, N. Ground-based Transmission Spectroscopy Project with the Subaru HDS
Narita, N. Measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect of Transiting Exoplanets with the Subaru HDS
Nishikawa, J. Precise wavefront compensation (UNI-PAC) and deep achromatic nulling coronagraph
Odert, P. M-type stars as hosts for habitable planets
Podlewska, E. Where can we find Super-Earths
Quirrenbach, A. CARMENES: Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exo-earths with a Near-infrared Echelle Spectrograph
Rantakyro, F.T. The Gemini Planet Imager
Ricker, G. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Rinehart, S. A. The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII)
Roberge, A. Finding ExoEarths: The Problem of Exozodiacal Dust
Rodler, F. Towards low-mass planets in the habitable zone
Rojas, I. Titan's spectrum
Rojas-Ayala, B. Metallicities of M-dwarfs within 10-pc
Sanz-Forcada, J. X-exoplanets: an X-ray and EUV database for exoplanets
Schneider, J. Pathway toward an infrared interferometer
Schneider, J. The far future of exoplanet direct characterisation
Schnupp, C. Characterization of exoplanet atmospheres in the solar neighbourhood with E-ELT/METIS
Schuller, P. A. US and European Technology roadmap for a mid-infrared space interferometer
Schwarz, R. Habitable planets in compact close-in planetary systems
Shibai, H. Far-Infrared Interferometric Experiment (FITE): Toward the First Flight
Sing, D.K. HST & SPITZER Transit Spectrophotometry of the exoplanet HD189733b
Soummer, R. The Gemini Planet Imager: coronagraph testbed results
Sparks, W. B. Remote Detection of Biological Activity using Circular Polarization of Light
Stracke, B. The Inner Boundary of the Habitable Zone for Earth-like Planets
Szabo, G. Towards observing exomoons
Terada, H. Subaru/IRCS High Resolution spectrograph Unit (HRU) for Radial Velocity Search in Infrared bands
Trigo-Rodriguez, J. M. The role of the solar XUV flux and impacts in the earliest atmosphere of the Earth
Vasquez, M. Venus Observed and Simulated Spectra
van Belle, G. Initial Commissioning Results from ESO's VLTI PRIMA Facility
von Braun, K. Constraints on Transit and Eclipse Probabilities of Long-Period Exoplanets from Orbital Elements
von Paris, P. Extrasolar planets in the Gliese 581 system - model atmospheres and implications for habitability
Weingrill, J. Detection of transiting Super-Earths around active Stars
Wordsworth, R. D. Habitability on the outer edge: Three-dimensional climate modelling of early Mars and Gliese 581d
Yaitskova, N. Detection threshold in high contrast imaging with partially polarized light
Zakhozhay, O. V. The SEDs physical model of circumsubstellar protoplanetary disks

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