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Location and Dates

The Workshop on the Origins and Habitability of the Galilean Moons is scheduled for October 24–26, 2023, at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Technopole de Marseille-Etoile, 38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille cedex 13, France. In-person attendance at the workshop will be limited to ninety people. Limited virtual participation may be available. This workshop will be hosted by the Origins Institute of Aix-Marseille University, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Purpose and Scope

The Workshop on the Origins and Habitability of the Galilean Moons aims to establish the link between our knowledge of the composition of Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with their formation conditions and habitability. The goal is to prepare for the arrival of the ESA/JUICE and NASA/Europa-Clipper missions in the Jovian system. The workshop will extend discussions to all the giant planets systems, and strategizes on paths forward for future missions to the ice giants and Saturn systems. Appropriate workshop topics include science, technologies, and mission concepts relevant to future explorations of giant planets moons and rings. In particular, the link between the composition of the moons and the formation conditions of the giant planets systems, as well as their potential habitability, as evidenced by measurement techniques, instrumentation, laboratory experiments, and future mission concepts in the framework of international collaborations, are of high interest. Presenters will be encouraged to submit their works to a special issue of a dedicated journal.

The three-day in-person workshop will comprise themed sessions and will feature a mixture of invited and contributed talks, posters, and panel discussions. This meeting will be in person, but limited opportunity for virtual participation is planned. The organizers will monitor the COVID situation at that time of the year, and the workshop format, including virtual participation, will be adjusted as necessary.