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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge


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

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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?



Monday, 6 January, 2020 - 21:00 to Wednesday, 8 January, 2020 - 21:00
Contact name: 
Steven Brereton
Contact email: 
Contact phone: 
01223 337516
Event location: 
Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge