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Rocky Worlds: from the Solar System to Exoplanets

Rocky Worlds: from the Solar System to Exoplanets

When Jan 06, 2020 09:00 PM to
Jan 08, 2020 09:00 PM
Where Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
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Contact Phone 01223 337516
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Rocky Worlds

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th January 2020 at the Kavli Institute

The planets that are best understood are the four telluric planets of our own solar system. Applying the detailed understanding gleaned from these bodies is crucial in our interpretation of exoplanetary systems. With the on-going programs to search for planets around M dwarfs, such as TRAPPIST or MEARTH, as well as transit missions including TESS and upcoming missions such as PLATO, we can anticipate huge growth in the number of detected rocky exo-planets in the coming decades. As the characterisation of these new planetary systems proceeds it will in turn improve understanding of our own solar system, and in particular of how habitable Earth-like planets may form. This workshop aims to bring together planetary scientists, astronomers, and earth scientists to foster discussion and build the collaborations that will pave the way for the next decade of rocky exoplanet discovery and characterisation.

Registration is now closed and we will be in contact with applicants in due course. If you have any questions please 

Invited speakers

Sean Raymond, University of Bordeaux
Zoë Leinhardt, University of Bristol
Jon Wade, University of Oxford
Robin Wordsworth, Harvard
Vivien Parmentier, University of Oxford

Kavli Institute for Cosmology


Here is an overview of the workshop programme. More details will follow in due course.

Monday 6th January 

Interiors: How can we constrain the interior structure and processes of rocky planets?
Tuesday 7th January Formation: Are there universal pathways to forming rocky planets?

Wednesday 8th January

Atmospheres: Do rocky planets have atmospheres of nebular ices or volcanic gases?




Programme Timetable

Printable programme available here

Abstract Booklet available here

Breakout sessions available here

Programme Timings

Monday 06 Jan

Interiors : Chair - Amy Bonsor

09:00 Registration Opens
09:30 Meeting starts with introductions

Jon Wade:
The role of core formation in planetary habitability and the development of complex life ppt

Tim Lichtenberg:
Rocky (exo-)planet diversity from protoplanet solidification pdf


Coffee break

11:00 Fergus Horrobin:
Modelling Tidal Dissipation in Super-Earths with a Partially Molten Mantle pdf
11:20 John Harrison:
Polluted White Dwarfs: Constraints on the Origin and Geology of Exoplanetary Material pdf
11:40 Teresa Wong:
Plate Tectonics on Earth-Like Planets pptx

Lunch (12:00-13:40)

13:40 Dan Spencer:
Coupling volcanism and interior dynamics on Io ppt
14:00 Sarah McIntyre:
Planetary magnetism as a parameter in exoplanet habitability ppt
14:20 Break-out sessions

Laura Rogers, John Harrison and Alexander Mustill:
Insights into exoplanet compositions from the Solar System, exoplanet atmospheres, and host star abundances (Kavli Ryle Rooms)

Dan Spencer:
Planetary Volcanism, linking interiors to atmospheres (Sackler Lecture Theatre)

Francis Nimmo:
Tidal heating in the solar system and elsewhere (HCR)

15:40 Coffee break
16:00 Discussion
(Chair: Helen Williams)

 Poster Introductions
(Chair: James Bryson)

17:00 Poster Session with Cheese & Wine
18:30 Close

Tuesday 07 Jan

Formation : Chair - Paul Rimmer


Zoe Leinhardt:
The Birth and Death of Extrasolar Planets
09:40 Lewis Watt:
Planetary Embryo Collisions in Extreme Debris Disks
10:00 Marc Brouwers:
How planets grow by pebble accretion  ppt

Coffee break


Mor Rozner:
The Ablation Barrier for the growth of Meter-Size Objects in Protoplanetary Disks pdf

11:00 Thomas Haworth:
Gravitationally stable massive discs around low mass stars ppt
11:20 Kathryn Dodds:
The early thermal evolution of planetesimals during accretion and differentiation ppt
11:40 Evgeni Grishin:
Seeding interstellar planetesimals in circumstellar discs pdf
12:00 Photo

Lunch (12:05 - 2pm)

14:00 Break-out sessions
Tim Lichtenberg:
Bridging the gap from planet formation to rocky exoplanet evolution (SPO)

Sarah McIntyre:
Multi-parameter Approach to Habitability (M-PAtH) (Kavli Ryle Rooms)

Thomas Haworth + Jeff Jennings:
Strengthening collaborations across the epochs of planetary system evolution: A broad outlook and case study in star formation and planet-forming discs (Sackler Lecture Theatre)

Evgeni Grishin:
Formation and properties of the first planetesimals (HCR)


Coffee break


(Chair: Mark Wyatt)


Sean Raymond:
Formation pathways of rocky planets pdf

17:00 Close
18:45 Conference dinner Pembroke College (Pre-dinner drinks 18:45. Dinner 19:30)

Wednesday 08 Jan

Atmospheres : Chair - Mihkel Kama


Robin Wordsworth:
Tracing the coupled evolution of water and oxygen on temperate rocky exoplanets ppt
09:40 Nisha Katyal:
Effect of Secondary Outgassing on Atmospheric Evolution of Terrestrial Planets
10:00 Zahra Essack:
Low Albedo Surfaces of Lava Worlds pdf

 Coffee break


 Catriona Sinclair:
Terrestrial Planet Bombardment and Atmosphere Evolution ppt

11:00 David Grinspoon:
The Evolution of Climate and a Possible Biosphere on Venus ppt
11:20 Robert Graham:
Hydrologic Control of Silicate Weathering and Rocky Planet Climate Stability  pdf
11:40 Quentin Changeat:
ARIEL, a mission to unravel the atmospheric composition of a large number of super-Earths  ppt
12:00 Lunch (12 - 2pm)

Break-out sessions:

Victoria Hartwick:
Cloud Microphysics in Exoplanet Atmospheres (Kavli Ryle Rooms)

Quentin Changeat:
Exploring degeneracies in atmospheric retrieval techniques. (Sackler Lecture Theatre)

Paul Rimmer and Sang-Min Tsai:
Atmospheric Features as "Golden Spikes" for Exoplanetary Eons (HCR)

15:20 Coffee break

(Chair: Oliver Shorttle)


Vivien Parmentier:
Understanding the spectrum of far away worlds: lessons learned form hot giant planets. pdf    key

17:00 Close


Venue and travel


Getting here

Information on how to reach the Kavli Institute can be found here.

Internet Access

  • Eduroam is available in all meeting and breakout areas
  • For those without access to eduroam, access to the University of Cambridge wireless network will be provided at the registration desk.


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The KICC is a 15-20 minute taxi journey from the railway station, and costs around £8-9 with Panther Taxis Ltd (01223 715715).

Bike hire

By far the easiest way to travel around Cambridge is by bicycle. There are numerous cycle rentals in the city, including Station Cycles with stores at various locations, and City Cycle Hire just to the west of the city centre. Prices are around £10 per day or £25 per week, plus a deposit of £40-60.

Map of Cambridge

Here is a map of the city displaying the location of the Institute.






Organising Committee

Here is the organising committee.

Amy Bonsor        


Oliver Shorttle

Helen Williams

Paul Rimmer

James Bryson

Mihkel Kama

Mark Wyatt

Sue Kaufman

If you have any questions, please email



KICC is lucky to have numerous accommodation options, both on-site and within very easy walking distance. Please visit the links below for more details and to book.

1. Gardener's Cottage

On the same site just yards away from KICC, this lovely accommodation is situated in secluded gardens. Rooms are offered at £36 per night for single occupancy and £60 per night for double occupancy. (Please note, this accommodation has shared bathroom facilities)

2. Churchill College

The nearest neighbouring College to KICC, just a few minutes walk away.

3. Møller Centre

Co-located with Churchill College. Good availability during term times.

4. Cowan Court (Churchill College)

5. Fitzwilliam College

6. Murray Edwards College

7. Kaetsu Centre (Murray Edwards)

Rooms usually available here during term times.



If you wish to stay in a hotel or B&B, you can find a database of hotels on the Cambridge Tourist Website.




Contact us

Please email us if you have any questions:



Registration opens 1st April 2019 

Registration closes 1st August 2019

Whilst we encourage applications from all interested parties, the meeting is limited to 50 participants and we particularly encourage early career scientists interested in forging collaborations across disciplines to apply. A letter of motivation will be required as part of the application. There will be no registration fee for this meeting and a number of grants will be available to support travel costs, childcare costs or any other costs associated with accessibility. Please do get in touch if there is any way in which we could support your attendance at this meeting.

Mailing list: Prior to registration opening, please contact  to be added to the mailing list or if you have any questions.


Please find the list of registered participants here

 Please find the list of local participants here

For those who require them, expense claim forms the are available here:


Guidelines for Good Practice

The organisers are committed to conducting meetings that are productive and enjoyable for everyone. This meeting is a place for the open exchange of scientific ideas. Harassment of participants in any form will not be tolerated. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, respectful space for all.

The European Astronomical Society Council (EAS) Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice will apply during the conference. Participants are encouraged to read the document and follow its recommendations.

Any participant who wishes to report any inappropriate behaviour is encouraged to speak, in confidence, to the LOC.

KICC Annual Report 2019

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