SCI Science Workshop 16


23 - 25 Jan 2024






The 16th Science Workshop (SSW) took place on 23 - 25 January 2024, in Spain.

The main purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the science research that scientists in SCI-S and SCI-E  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.





Tuesday 23rd January
13:30 - 14:30  Lunch
14:30 - 14:35  Welcome  Markus Kissler-Patig
14:35 - 14:40  Introduction and logistics  SOC chair
Science Talks - Session #1  Chair: Ricci Singh Bahia
14:40 - 15:00  Invited talk: Euclid Early Release Observations programme   Rene Laureijs, Roland Vavrek and Valeria Pettorino
15:00 - 15:10  Gravity-driven differences in fluvial sediment transport on Mars and Earth (slides)  Lisanne Braat
15:10 - 15:20  The Beta Pic disk through the eyes of JWST (slides)  Isabel Rebollido Vázquez
15:20 - 15:30  Never throw away old data! Cygnus X-1's fast X-ray variability behaviour in the 70s revisited  Erik Kuulkers
15:30 - 15:40  Jupiter Mass Binary Objects - JuMBOs (slides)  Samuel Pearson
15:40 - 16:30  Coffee break + poster watching (Social room)
Science Talks - Session #2  Chair: Matthew Standing
16:30 - 17:00  Captivating communications: catching and keeping your audience's wandering eye  Nicole Shearer
17:00 - 17:10  The search for circumbinary planets (slides)  Matthew Standing
17:10 - 17:20  Could the dinosaurs have observed Saturn's rings? (slides)  Nicolas Altobelli
17:20 - 17:30  Acceleration and transport of solar energetic particles in the inner heliosphere (slides)  Laura Rodríguez García
17:30 - 17:40  AT2023fhn (the Finch) and other animals (slides)  Ashley Chrimes
17:40 - 18:00  Introduction to new Research Fellows  Yannis Zouganelis
18:00 - 18:10  Introduction to new Young Graduate Trainees  Matteo Guainazzi
18:10 - 18:50  Poster author lightning talks (1/2)  Poster authors (chair: Chris Evans)
19:00 - 19:20  Science highlights from STScI   Nancy Levenson
19:20 - 20:00  Welcome cocktail
20:00 - 21:00  Buffet dinner at hotel (Restaurant)
21:00 - 23:00  Trivia Fun night



Wednesday 24th January
8:00 - 8:30  Zumba class  Guadalupe Cañas Herrera
Science Talks - Session #3  Chair: Chiara Circosta
09:00 - 09:20  Invited talk: The Flaring Sun: 2 Years of Solar Flare Observations with Solar Orbiter/STIX (slides)  Laura Hayes
09:20 - 09:30  James Webb Space Telescope Unveils Faint Brown Dwarfs and an Unexpected Molecular Discovery (slides)  Catarina Alves de Oliveira
09:30 - 09:40  M dwarf stellar parameter determination with autoencoders and deep transfer learning (slides)  Pedro Mas Buitrago
09:40 - 09:50  Machine learning search for Gaia DR3 astrometric exoplanet orbits  Pablo Gómez
09:50 - 10:00  How does stellar metallicity affect the rotation evolution of low-mass stars? (slides)  Victor See
10:00 - 11:00  Coffee break + collaboration time + poster watching ​​​
Science Talks - Session #4  Chair: Sam Pearson
11:00 - 11:10  Democratising Design: A Practical Guide to Creative Problem-Solving for All  Emma De Cocker
11:10 - 11:20  Astrometric binaries with dark companions in the globular cluster omega Centauri (slides)  Johannes Sahlmann
11:20 - 11:30  White dwarfs with infrared excess within 100 pc: Gaia and the Virtual Observatory (slides)  Raquel Murillo Ojeda
11:30 - 11:40  Dissecting the Mid-infrared Heart of M83 with JWST  Svea Hernandez
11:40 - 11:50  Finding Hidden Conjunctions in the Solar Wind (slides)  Zoe Faes
11:50 - 14:00  Lunch break + collaboration time + poster watching
Science Talks - Session #5  Chair: Eleni Bohacek
14:00 - 14:10  Early results from the WISCI project: Webb Investigation of Silicates, Carbons and Ices  Sascha Zeegers
14:10 - 14:20  JADES: Science highlights from the GOODS deep-fields (slides)  Tim Rawle
14:20 - 14:30  Empowering researchers with comprehensive data access for the ESA’s JUICE Mission  Emma Vellard
14:30 - 14:40  Inspiration through space science: exoplanet themed education activities for secondary students  Kate Isaak
14:40 - 14:50  Machine Learning for Space Science: Projects and Community Building  Sandor Kruk
14:50 - 16:00  Coffee break + collaboration time + poster watching
Science Talks - Session #6  Chair: Matteo Guainazzi
16:00 - 16:10  Medium Resolution 0.97-5.3 micron spectra of Very Young Benchmark Brown Dwarfs with NIRSpec onboard the James Webb Space Telescope (slides)  Elena Manjavacas
16:10 - 16:20  MEAD: Measuring Extinction and Abundances of Dust  Marjorie Decleir
16:20 - 16:30  Witnessing Galaxies Fate since the End of Cosmic Dawn: a Star-Formation Quenching Story  Thibaud Moutard
16:30 - 16:40  Machine Learning techniques application to astrometry in the Gaia Mission  Nelly Gaillard
16:40 - 17:00  Poster author lightning talks (2/2)  Poster authors (chair: Eleni Bohacek)
17:00 - 20:00  Poster session + collaboration time
20:00 - 21:00  Gala dinner



Thursday 25th January
9:00 - 9:40  LGBTQIA+ diversity in STEM: current situation and actions for equality (slides)  Aitor Villafranca (Asociación PRISMA)
Science talks - Session #7  Chair: Alicia Rouco Escorial
9:40 - 9:50  Solar Orbiter and ALMA observations of small-scale brightening features in the solar atmosphere  Henrik Eklund
9:50 - 10:00  Was BepiColombo's second swingby the first ever passage through the southern plasma ring? (slides)  Willi Exner
10:00 - 10:10  Exploring neutron stars' devouring nature through stellar wind studies (slides)  Camille Diez
10:10 - 10:20  Characterizing Exoplanets with JWST/NIRSpec  Stephan Birkmann
10:20 - 10:30  Hubble Asteroid Hunter III. Physical properties of newly found asteroids (slides)  Pablo García Martín
10:40 - 11:10  Coffee break + poster watching
Science talks - Session #8  Chair: Bruno Merín
11:10 - 11:20  Mars Smallsat Mission & Instrumentation Studies for Global Meteorology & Space Weather Monitoring (slides)  Alejandro Cardesin-Moinelo
11:20 - 11:30  Unveil the microphysical properties of Europa and Ganymede surfaces (slides)  Guillaume Cruz Mermy
11:30 - 11:40  Contribution of micrometeoroid impacts to the exospheres of the Galilean moons Ganymede and Europa (slides)  Rozenn Robidel
11:40 - 11:50  Insights From Modelling How Aeolian-Fluvial Interactions Shape the Surface of Titan  Eleni Bohacek
11:50 - 12:00  Plasma Composition Evolution in a Solar Flare - The Effect of Reconnection Outflow  Andy Shu Ho To
12:00 - 12:10  Thanks  SOC chair
12:10 - 12:20  Closing remarks
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
14:00 - 15:00  Buses leave to Airport and to ESAC


Abstracts booklet

You can get the abstract booklet in pdf form here.


Organising Committee

This event is co-organised by SCI-S, the ESTEC Faculty and the ESAC+STScI Faculty. The current members of the Science Organising Committee are:

Alicia Rouco Escorial (ESAC)

Chiara Circosta (ESAC)

Chris Evans (STScI)

Eleni Bohacek (ESTEC)

Gaitee Hussain (ESTEC)

Bruno Merín (ESAC)

Matteo Guainazzi (ESTEC)

Matthew Standing (ESAC)

Mylene Riemens (ESTEC)

Raquel Pérez Méndez (ESAC)

Rickbir Singh Bahia (ESTEC)

Sam Pearson (ESTEC)​​




Registration opens Wednesday, 15th November 2023
Abstract submission opens Friday, 17th November 2023
Registration deadline Friday, 15th December 2023
Abstract submission deadline Friday, 15th December 2023
Conference program release Friday, 12th January 2024
Conference start Tuesday, 23rd January 2024
Conference end Thursday, 25th January 2024


Code of Conduct

All registered participants are expected to take note of the SSW Code of Conduct.

It was also reminded that all work at ESA requires following the ESA Behavioural Guide.



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