Goals of the workshop
The goals of the workshop are to integrate the main results of both the recent Earth-based observations and the missions to Mars (MarsExpress, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix and Mars Exploration Rovers) into a new global picture of Mars evolution. With the same spirit of the previous workshops, discussions among scientists of different disciplines will be encouraged and it is foreseen that they will help refine the scientific goals of the future missions to Mars. This workshop is an opportunity for the young scientists to be updated on the most recent results and to be trained in some specific data processing techniques.
In April-May 2003, a 12-day workshop devoted to the study of Planet Mars took place in Les Houches. About 80 participants, including 30 speakers, attended the workshop. In May-June 2005, a second edition of this workshop took place. Its objective was to gather what we presently know (and do not know) about the planet as a global system, from its internal structure to its interaction with the solar wind. This Workshop was organized in order to get the community, including the recently qualified scientists, best prepared for exploiting the forthcoming space missions devoted to Mars at that time: Mars Express and the two Mars Exploration Rovers. The three spacecrafts were launched successfully and a special issue from Planetary and Space Science was published.
Les Houches is a remote area in the French Alps. From the dining room, you will enjoy an incredible view on massif du Mont-Blanc. For more information see: http://www-houches.ujf-grenoble.fr/presentation-en.html
Accommodations at Les Houches are very good (bedrooms with bathroom accommodated in a number of chalets). Three meals in a common dining room are included in the accommodation fees each day of the workshop.The cost for meals and lodging is 365 Euro per person for the whole week. A registration fee of 250 Euro (to be confirmed) will cover the organization of the workshop (invited speakers and other expenses).
How to go there?
If you arrive at Geneva airport, there is a shuttle service that you can reserve online to go to Chamonix Valley. It will drop you at Les Houches (you have to tell the driver about your destination). To make the reservation, go onto their website, select the airport (Geneva). A new page opens where you select your destination (Chamonix Valley). Then you fill out the fields with the required information and you get your reservation.
Scientific committee and organization
Thérèse Encrenaz, Directeur de recherche CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France
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