SCI Science Workshop #11


Akersloot, Netherlands

5-7 Nov 2018



The 11th Science Workshop (SSW) will take place from the afternoon of Nov 5 until the afternoon of Nov 7 2018 in the van der Valk hotel in Akersloot, which lies some 30 km north of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The main purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the science research that scientists in SCI (especially SCI-S and SCI-O) are doing. It is an opportunity to “stretch” our abilities by trying to understand topics which we do not normally follow. It allows us to broaden our skill set and foster inter-site as well as inter-project cooperation in research activities. As per the experience gained in the previous few such meetings, this year’s is also being arranged off-site and on a residential basis as this additionally gives us the opportunity to get to know our colleagues better.


Organising Committee

This event is co-organised by SCI-S, the ESTEC Faculty and the ESAC Faculty.

Alba Alcol, Kate Isaak, Pierre Ferruit, Felix Fürst, Anik de Groof, Peter Kretschmar, Michael Küppers, Matt Taylor, Dimitriy Titov, Elliot Sefton-Nash, Arvind Parmar, Mylene Riemens, and Jan Tauber.



​​​​​​Started Monday 5 November at 14:20, Ended Wednesday 7 November at 12:30

(Only accessible to Faculty Members)

Abstract booklet PDF

All presentations can be found on Cosmos DMS:  Science Faculty > SSW > 2018-SSW11-Akersloot


Monday 5 November



Bus departs from ESTEC

Bus departs from Schiphol


Lunch - Main restaurant (ground floor)

Session 1 - Chair: Alice Zocchi


Arvind Parmar



Torsten Böker

Integral-field Spectroscopy of Nearby Galactic Nuclei with MIRI and NIRSpec


Janine Pforr

The VIMOS Ultra Deep Survey: The Lyman-alpha escape fraction up to z~5


Oliver Jennrich / Bruno Altieri

New RFs introduction


Coffee break

Main meeting room (Europa)

Session 2 - Chair: Maggie Lieu


Ottaviano Ruesch

The young and the old (sur)faces of Mars


Elliot Sefton-Nash

Lunar permanent shadow observed in the far-IR: Doubly shadowed cold-traps; water ice; or both?


Anezina Solomonidou

The spectral nature of Titan: Constraints on surface composition


Hakan Svedhem / Dima Titov

From MEX to TGO: the Mars story continues (Invited)


Jennifer Ngo-Anh

ESA's SciSpacE programme


End of oral sessions


Poster Session + Icebreaker

All Poster First Authors – Main meeting room (Europa)


End of sessions


Buffet Dinner

London room (1st floor)


Tuesday 6 November

Session 3 - Chair: Frank Tramper


Ana Heras

The era of exoplanets: current discoveries and future missions  (Invited)


Nicolas Crouzet

The JWST Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program


Guido De Marchi

The ups and downs of getting there


Hector Canovas

Data mining Gaia DR2: the quest for Pre-Main Sequence Stars (and their discs)


Coffee break/posters + Demo/e-posters

Main meeting room (Europa)

Session 4 - Chair: Hector Canovas


Ivan Valtchanov

Planck compact sources and Herschel-SPIRE: revealing a number of candidate protoclusters of galaxies


Maggie Lieu

How can PDF emulation using mixture density networks be helpful for cosmology?


Bruno Altieri

Cosmological analysis of the cluster number counts of the XMM-Newton XXL survey


Japheth Yates

Magnetosphere-Atmosphere coupling at Jupiter


Joana Oliveira

Constraining the Early History of Mercury and its Core Dynamo by Studying the Crustal Magnetic Field



Main restaurant (ground floor)

Session 5 - Chair: Janine Pforr


Guillaume Belanger

Implicitly Assumed


Nico Altobelli

Outer Solar System Dust Characterised by Cassini-CDA


Joe Zender

Spectral Analysis from ESA’s CILBO Observatory


Mark Bentley

Cometary dust under the microscope - ongoing science with the MIDAS atomic force microscope


Roger Walker

CubeSats: State-of-the-art and future potential for small low-cost science missions (Invited)


Pierre Ferruit / Elliot Sefton-Nash

Cube sats (discussion)


Coffee break/posters

Main meeting room (Europa)

Session 6 - Chair: Anezina Solomonidou


David Williams

Revisiting the standard solar eruption model with rare spectroscopic data


Georgina Graham

Solar wind electrons evolution


Ersilia Vaudo

Diversity (Introduction, Presentation, Questions, Post-its)


End of sessions

Free time until SSW11 Dinner


Seated dinner

London room (1st floor)


Wednesday 7 November

Session 7 - Joanna Oliveira

08:30 08:50

Jan-Uwe Ness

Status of High-Energy Astrophysics (Invited)

09:00 09:20

Michael Parker

IRAS 13349:A case study in AGN X-ray spectroscopy

09:20 09:40

Ricardo Pérez Martínez

OTELO: The AGN population in the deepest Emission Line Galaxy Survey to date

09:40 10:00

Gabriele Matzeu

Evidence of clumpy disc-wind in the star forming galaxy MCG-03-58-007


Coffee break/posters

Main meeting room (Europa)

Session 8 - Felix Fürst

  10:00   11:00

  Felix Fürst

 The population of ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars and their magnetic fields


Antonella Nota

The motion of the galactic massive young stellar cluster Westerlund 2; from data with Hubble; MUSE and GAIA


Alice Zocchi

Rotating globular clusters in the Gaia era


Daniel Michalik

The Hyades cluster seen with Gaia DR2


Danny Lennon

Gaia DR2 reveals a very massive runaway star ejected from R136 in the LMC


Arvind Parmar/Martin Kessler

Wrap up



Main restaurant (ground floor)



Bus to ESTEC

Bus to Schiphol




Astrophysics - galaxies and interstellar medium

Matthias Ehle

Green Pea Galaxies in X-rays

Matteo Guainazzi

CIELO-RGS: the first Catalogue of Ionized Emission Lines Observed by the RGS instrument on-board XMM-Newton

Rene Laureijs

Observing the high redshift Universe with Euclid

Janine Pforr

The Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey (SERVS): measuring photometric redshifts for ~4 million galaxies - challenges and ways forward

Richard Saxton

Looking at the long-term light curves of astronomical X-ray sources

Astrophysics - stars and exoplanets

Ana Heras Pastor

ESA OGS Spectrograph observation campaigns and exoplanet transit analysis

Erik Kuulkers

Apollo 15 all-sky X-ray map

Anniek Gloudemans

Lunar orbit observations with the Apollo 15 & 16 X-ray fluorescence experiment

Bruno Merin

Identification and characterization of near-Earth and Mars-crosser asteroids using the ESA Hubble Science Archive; ESASky and the Virtual Observatory.

Daniel Michalik

Combining Gaia and historic data to derive long-term proper motions

Timo Prusti

In search of long-period binaries: calibrating Carte du Ciel glass plates with Gaia

  Uwe Lammers

  Search for Gravitational Waves in the Data of Scanning Astrometric Missions


Giovanna Giardino

Preparing for JWST: a detailed simulation of a MOS deep field with NIRSpec

Marcos López-Caniego

Reliability and Thermal Properties of high-frequency sources in the Second Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources

Fundamental physics

Luigi Cacciapuoti

An alternative approach for testing general relativity with eccentric Galileo satellites

Heliophysics; Space plasma physics

Christophe Escoubet

How to control the spacecraft potential on MMS mission?

Arnaud Masson

SPARTA: a PDS3 to CDF ISTP compliant data converter; application to Rosetta RPC datasets

Helen Middleton

Treasure Hunting through 17 years and 100TB

Daniel Mueller

3D Visualisation of Solar Data: Preparing for Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe

Andrew Walsh

What is the spectral shape of the solar wind core?

Olivier Witasse

Effect of an interplanetary coronal mass ejection on Saturn kilometric radiations

Planetary sciences; Solar System bodies

Chrysa Avdellidou

Hypervelocity impacts on the Moon and in the Laboratory: towards a new Lunar exploration era

Thomas Cornet

Erosion processes on Titan: A Landscape Evolution Model

Detlef Koschny

Hayabusa grains - results

Detlef Koschny

Activities of the Meteor Research Group in 2018

Detlef Koschny

The Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) for the ExoMars mission - detector characterisation

Michela Muñoz Fernández

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Mars Atmosphere and Gravity Experiment Support

Elliot Sefton-Nash

The case for long-term fixed platforms on the Martian moons

Anezina Solomonidou

The raised ramparts around Titan northern lakes: Cassini/VIMS and emissivity analysis

Claire Vallat

ESA Micro-meteoroid models applied to exosphere formation of the Jovian icy moons

Olivier Witasse

Combined study of the Martian upper atmosphere using Mars Express and MAVEN data


Luca Conversi

Euclid QLA status


Marcos López-Caniego

Summary from ESDC JupyterLab awareness and hands-on workshop.