First Announcement: Save the DATE



We are pleased to announce the 4th Workshop on Thermal Models for Planetary Science will take place 18-20th April 2023. TherMoPS IV will be held at the European Space Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Remote participation will be possible for those unable to attend in-person.

Thermal modelling in planetary sciences has experienced an extraordinary growth in recent years in response to a profusion of new data. In addition to orbital and ground-based observations of planets and moons, new thermal infrared data has become available for hundreds of thousands of asteroids, comets, transneptunian objects as well as dust in our solar system. Moreover, space missions have returned detailed information about the thermal emission and properties of solar system bodies from in situ exploration. Furthermore, infrared radiation is also commonly used to study exoplanets and protoplanetary discs around other stars. New observations of temperature-driven phenomena on diverse solar system bodies motivates the development of more sophisticated thermal models. Instrumentation advances now allow infrared interferometric observations as well as high-accuracy spectro-photometry, posing their own set of thermal-modelling challenges. This meeting, the fourth in the Thermal Models for Planetary Science workshops follows and builds on the first three in: Beaulieu sur Mer, France, Sep 15-17, 2008 (, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, Jun 3-5, 2015 ( and Budapest, Hungary, Feb 20-22, 2019 (


​​​Meeting Objectives

  • Gather experts to discuss the state of the art in thermal modelling for planetary science, including numerical modelling and laboratory work.
  • Showcase new data and results from recent missions (e.g., Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx).
  • Highlight new and upcoming missions with thermal IR detectors that will contribute to the field (e.g. JWST, Hera, Lucy, Comet Interceptor, BepiColombo, JUICE, EnVision, PROSPECT).
  • Provide to the international science community a forum for discussion with leading experts and build connections between research activities and data acquired by space missions.
  • Bridge and build interest between missions and domains (for example, disk-integrated and disk-resolved modelling), particularly between exoplanetary and solar system communities.


Key Dates (Preliminary)

11 November 2022   1st Announcement: Save the date
5 December 2022    2nd Announcement: Abstract submission open
27 January 2023   Abstract submission deadline
27 February 2023   3rd Announcement: Program published. Registration open.
7 April 2023   Registration deadline
18 - 20 April 2023   TherMoPS IV