COSPAR 2020, F3.5: "Pre-biotic and complex molecules in the universe: Observational, laboratory and computational perspectives on the evolution of molecular complexity."
15-22 August, 2020
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
*** FEBRUARY 14, 2020 ***
The ALMA telescope has now reached maturity, with major discoveries of gas-phase complex and/or organic molecules in interstellar clouds and in star- and planet-forming regions. The JWST mission will also soon bring a wave of complementary solid-phase data. Meanwhile, laboratory experiments and theory/computational studies are exploring a range of mechanisms that could contribute to the production of molecules in the universe, and the spectroscopic data that can be used to find them.
COSPAR Scientific Event F3.5 will bring together a broad range of researchers with an interest in the origins, chemistry, detection and interpretation of complex and/or organic molecules in various astrophysical environments. Topics include: Gas-phase and solid-phase galactic molecular observations; Laboratory ice chemistry; Gas-phase laboratory spectroscopy and chemistry; Chemical theory/computation; Astrochemical modeling; and Extragalactic and circumstellar environments.
COSPAR may be able to provide some financial support for younger speakers (under 35 on Jan. 1, 2020) as well as those from developing countries (see assembly web page).
Abstracts for speaking and poster presentations should be submitted at the COSPAR assembly webpage above, for Session F3.5. The submission deadline in February 14, 2020.
Confirmed Invited Speakers include:
Nadia Balucani (U. Perugia, Italy)
Jordy Bouwman (Leiden U., Netherlands)
Qiang Chang (SDUT, China)
Ilsa Cooke (U. Rennes, France)
Timea Csengeri (U. Bordeaux, France)
Kenji Furuya (U. Tsukuba, Japan)
Miwa Goto (Universitaets-Sternwarte Muenchen, Germany)
Jiao He (Leiden U., Netherlands)
Sergio Ioppolo (Queen Mary U./Open U., UK)
Ralf Kaiser (U. Hawaii, USA)
Jes Jørgensen (Niels Bohr Institute, U. Copenhagen, Denmark)
Tomasz Kaminski (Torun, Poland)
Niels Ligterink (U. Bern, Switzerland)
Sergio Martín (ESO)
Brett McGuire (NRAO, USA)
Yasuhiro Oba (Hokkaido U., Japan)
Klaus Pontoppidan (STScI, USA)
Maxime Ruaud (NASA Ames, USA)
Marta Sewiło (NASA Goddard/U. Maryland, USA)
Chris Shingledecker (Max Planck inst. for Extraterrestrial physics, Germany)
Dahbia Talbi (U. Montpellier, France)
Satoshi Yamamoto (U. Tokyo, Japan)
Main Scientific Organizer:
Rob Garrod (U. Virginia)
Deputy Scientific Organizer:
Gianfranco Vidali (Syracuse U., USA)
Arnaud Belloche (Max Planck Inst. for Radioastronomy, Germany), Adwin Boogert (IFA/U. Hawaii, USA)
Nanase Harada (ASIAA, Taiwan), Eric Herbst (U. Virginia, USA), Mike McCarthy (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA), Tom Millar (Queen’s U., Belfast, UK), Dmitry Semenov (Max Planck Inst. for Astronomy, Germany), Ian Sims (U. Rennes, France)
PhD position at QMUL
Applications are invited for a full PhD Studentship starting in 2020 to undertake research in the interdisciplinary area of Laboratory Astrochemistry. All interested candidates with background in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy are encouraged to apply. The studentship will include applied research within the Antennas & Electromagnetic Research Group at Queen Mary University of London and field work at leading European research facilities such as the free-electron laser FELIX Laboratory in the Netherlands (www.ru.nl/felix), the synchrotron ISA-ASTRID2 at the Centre for Storage Ring facility in Denmark (www.isa.au.dk) and the ion accelerator ATOMKI at the Institute of Nuclear Research in Hungary (www.atomki.hu), where ultra-high vacuum end-stations dedicated to the study of interstellar and Solar System ice analogues are developed and led by Dr. Ioppolo and collaborators.
This PhD will investigate the physics and chemistry at play in space related ice surfaces by applying innovative laboratory techniques such as selective IR/THz radiation spectroscopy at FELIX to study the nature of IR/THz modes in solids as well as dynamics and energy relaxation in ices; VUV-UV-Vis spectroscopy in support of space missions, e.g. JUICE - https://sci.esa.int/web/juice, at ASTRID2; 1 – 5 keV electron exposure of ices in laboratories and 200 keV – 1 MeV ion bombardment of ices at ATOMKI to induce molecular synthesis in astrochemical ices. The project will ultimately help answering questions such as: is there a limit to molecular complexity in the Universe? What physics and chemistry drive molecule formation in space? Is there a link between simple species formed in space and life on Earth? Field work at large facilities will be supported by the EPSRC FLUENCE grant (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/~siggel/FLUENCE/FLUENCE.html), CALIPSOplus (http://www.calipsoplus.eu), Laserlab Europe (https://www.laserlab-europe.eu), and Europlanet Research Infrastructure (http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu).
The student will be based in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk) at Queen Mary University of London, and will be a member of the Antennas & Electromagnetic Research Group (https://antennas.eecs.qmul.ac.uk). Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr Sergio Ioppolo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This studentship is available to UK and EU students. It is fully funded by QMUL for three and a half years, it will cover student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £17,009 per annum.
To apply, please follow the online process https://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/ by selecting ‘Electronic Engineering’ in the ‘A-Z list of research opportunities’ and following the instructions on the right-hand side of the web page.
Please note we request a ‘Statement of Research Interests’. Your statement should answer three questions: (i) Why are you interested in the topic? (ii) What relevant experience do you have? and (iii) a research proposal. Your statement should be brief: no more than 750 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found at: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/apply.php
The closing date for the applications is Friday 21st February 2020. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing 2nd March 2020.