ARIEL: Science, Mission & Community 2020 conference

To be held on 14-16 January 2020 in ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


Second Announcement

Registration (no fee) and Abstract submission (deadline 14 November 2019) open


ARIEL, the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, will study what planets are made of and how planetary systems form and evolve by surveying a large diverse sample of many hundred extrasolar planets. Observations will be carried out simultaneously in visible and infrared wavelengths, covering the range 0.5-7.8 micron with high precision.

ARIEL is the first space mission dedicated to measuring the chemical composition and thermal structures of a large diverse sample of transiting and eclipsing exoplanets, enabling planetary science far beyond the boundaries of the Solar System.

In March 2018, ARIEL was selected as M4, the fourth medium-sized (M class) mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision Plan. ARIEL is now in phase B1, the next major milestone is mission adoption in November 2020.

This conference aims to:

  • Involve the planetary and astrophysical community at large in the mission
  • Present the mission and its science as proposed for adoption
  • Put it into context of other missions and observatories
  • Discuss and plan the best ways to promote long term community involvement

Preliminary session titles:

  • ARIEL introduction and overview
  • The ARIEL target sample
  • ARIEL instrumental capabilities and data
  • Discs and planet formation
  • Interiors and connection to atmospheres
  • Atmospheric models and observations
  • Spectral retrievals
  • Synergies with other missions and observatories
  • Missions and surveys delivering ARIEL targets
  • Properties of exoplanet host stars and interactions
  • Data challenge results

Speakers include members of the ESA ARIEL Science Advisory Team, and the following confirmed invited speakers:

  • Willy Benz, University of Bern
  • Anthony Boccaletti, Observatoire de Paris/LESIA
  • Thierry Fouchet, Observatoire de Paris/LESIA
  • Shigeru Ida, ELSI, Tokyo
  • Laura Kreidberg, CfA
  • Enric Pallé, IAC
  • Don Pollacco, University of Warwick
  • Heike Rauer, DLR, Berlin
  • Alexandre Santerne, LAM, Marseille

The conference programme (preceeded by registration) will begin at 09:00 hours on 14 January 2020 and will be concluded by 17:00 hours on 16 January 2020.

Registration (no fee) and abstract submission are now open through this link.

Deadline for abstract submission is 14 November 2019. (Late abstracts will be offered poster presentations.)

We look forward to seeing you at the ARIEL: Science, Mission & Community conference in January 2020!


The SOC (ESA ARIEL Science Advisory Team):

  • Giovanna Tinetti, UCL
  • Carole Haswell, Open University
  • Pierre-Olivier Lagage, CEA, Saclay
  • Jérémy Leconte, Bordeaux
  • Giusi Micela, INAF
  • Michiel Min, SRON
  • Göran Pilbratt, ESA/ESTEC
  • Leonardo Testi, ESO
  • Diego Turrini, INAF
  • Bart Vandenbussche, KUL
  • María Rosa Zapatero Osorio, CAB, CSIC/INTA

The LOC:

  • Emma Dunford, UCL
  • Mylène Riemens, ESA/ESTEC
  • Göran Pilbratt, ESA/ESTEC