Ariel Science ground segment workshop - 2023

The Ariel Science Operations Centre is hosting at ESAC the Ariel Mission Consortium for a workshop on 12, 13, 14 September 2023 to advance the on-going Science Ground Segment activities in the development phase.

The Ariel Science Ground Segment is being developed under responsibility of the Ariel Science Operations Centre at ESA and the Instrument and Operations Science Data Centre team of the Ariel Mission Consortium. This workshop aimes to bring together these teams to advance the development of the Science Ground Segment.

This workshop will be held in hybrid mode.

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Program (under construction)

To facilitate travelling arrangements, the meeting will start on 12-Sept at 14:30 and finalize on 14-Sept at 16:00.

Registered participants will receive more details closer to the meeting.


Registration (Please SCROLL to end of the WEBpage to register)

The registration will be free of charge.
Deadline for registration is 15 June 2023.

The number of participants will be limited. The ESA and AMC team leads will inform you whether your registration is confirmed shortly after registering.


Entering the ESAC site

When arriving at the main gate (by bus, taxi or private transportation), you will need to present a valid photo ID to the security guards. Only participants who are on their checklist are allowed to enter the site. The checklist is based on the information you have entered during online registration.


Code of Conduct

As the Local Organising Committee of the workshop, we assume that all participants share our commitment to create a meeting environment that values diversity and inclusion and therefore is free from harassment. We want to promote a diverse environment with respectful and courteous behaviour and therefore we expect all participants to adhere to our Code of Conduct.


ESA Conference Privacy notice

Please find here the ESA SCI Conference Privacy Notice for the Ariel Science Ground Segment Workshop 2023: ESA conference privacy notice.


​​​​​Accommodation and Transport


Hotel availability in Madrid is can be limited and early booking is recommended. ESAC is located some 30 km west of Madrid and it will thus be best to search for a hotel in the western parts of Madrid. We will not block hotel rooms for the conference in any particular hotel.

​​​​​​Useful links to find budget hotels:


A shuttle bus service will be provided free of charge for transport between Madrid and ESAC and back to Madrid for the three days of the meeting. The departure location of the bus will be in front of the

Hotel Moncloa Exe
Arcipreste de Hita, 10
28015 Madrid


which is also very near metro stations. Please note that it is not required to stay at this hotel to make use of this service.

Departure times are:

Tuesday TBD
Wednesday 08:00
Thursday 08:00


Return times from ESAC to the Hotel Moncloa Exe are:

Tuesday 18:30
Wednesday after cocktail on-site
Thursday 16:30


On the last day, depending on demand, one bus can be arranged to go directly to the airport and/or hotel.

For participants needing a taxi to leave from ESAC, you will be given a dedicated form to fill in to be assisted with booking at the start of the workshop.

Lunch breaks

Lunch breaks will take place from 13:30 to 14:30 every day. During this time, a meal can be purchased in the ESAC canteen.
The Workshop Cocktail will take place on Wednesday 13 Sept, 2023 at 18:30 in the terrace of the D-building at ESAC.

For the participants interested, we will organize a dinner on Tuesday 12 Sept, 2023 (details to be announced later).



​​Catarina Alves de Oliveira (ESA)

Chris Pearson (UKRI STFC RAL Space)

Giuseppe Malaguti (INAF OAS Bologna)

Pedro Osuna (ESA)

Giovanna Tinetti (UCL)

​​​​​​​Theresa Lueftinger (ESA)