Science, Mission & Community 2020 conference

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



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 well constructed 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 by the ESA Science Programme Committee (SPC) in November 2020.

This conference aims to:

  • involve the exoplanet 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, and
  • discuss and plan the best ways to promote long term community involvement.

See also the 2nd Announcement.



The conference programme (preceeded by registration starting at 08:00 hours) will begin at 09:30 hours on 14 January 2020 and will be concluded by 18:30 hours on 16 January 2020. The programme is available on a dedicated webpage.



Information for presenters and general information about the meeting and its venue are available on dedicated webpages.


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