Registration for Exoplanets by the Lake II (Herrsching 2024)
Topic: Geoscience of Exoplanets (Geoastronomy)

Lecturers: Prof. Fabrice Gaillard (Orleans, France) and Prof. Steve Mojzsis (Budapest, Hungary)

Venue: Hotel Seespitz Gästehaus in Herrsching (50 minutes from Munich main station by S Bahn)

Address: Mühlfelder Strasse 72, D-82211, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany

Registration fee: 700 euros (includes hotel accommodation, breakfast and coffee/tea breaks, but no lunches or dinners)


In its wake, the pandemic has dramatically transformed the way that academia conducts its conferences, workshops and summer schools.  Most academic events now offer hybrid formats, allowing for the possibility of remote participation.  Exoplanets by the Lake is intended to be a signature summer school series that aims to reinstate an interactive, in-person summer school format among participants that is not easily achievable online.  In 2024, our focus is on the application of the geosciences (especially geochemistry) towards understanding exoplanets, which we term "geoastronomy".  Specifically, geoastronomy examines how the secondary atmospheres of small, rocky exoplanets are sourced by outgassing and shaped by complex processes involving their atmospheres, surfaces and interiors.  The outcomes of these processes provide geological false positives for biosignature gases.  Studying them has long-term implications for next-generation telescopes seeking to characterize habitable exoplanets.

This Google form registers you for the Exoplanets by the Lake II summer school, which will be held in the scenic lakeside town of Herrsching am Ammersee (just outside of Munich) from 21st to 26th July 2024 (Sunday to Friday).  In order to maintain a highly interactive atmosphere, the total number of participants is strictly limited to 20 (excluding invited lecturers and speakers).  The questions below are designed to allow us to understand your interests and motivations better.  The intended audience of this summer school ranges from Master students to junior postdocs.  Both experts and curious newcomers to the topic are welcome to attend.

Registration deadline: 31st March 2024 (Sunday)

Decision on participation: 15th April 2024 (Monday)

Registration fee deadline: 15th May 2024 (Wednesday)

Note that your participation is not finalised until you pay the registration fee.  Instructions for how to pay this fee will be emailed directly to confirmed participants after the decisions on participation have been made.

Lecturer profiles:

Stephen Mojzsis is an Earth scientist who uses physical, chemical and dynamical tools to understand the natural world. My research is field-, laboratory- and modeling-based, and explores the planetary scale geodynamic conditions that give rise to Earth and Earth-like planets. In Budapest, he is a Director at the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CsFK) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. He was previously the director of the Collaborative for Research in Origins (CRiO) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He was the recipient of numerous NASA grants, and awards. Furthermore, he holds academic positions at the University of Vienna (Ida Pfeiffer Visiting Professor, Senior Research Association), University of Jena, Germany (A.v. Humboldt Research Prize Visiting Professor) and the University of Colorado.

Fabrice Gaillard is an experimental geochemist and geophysicist with a consolidated background in petrology and chemical thermodynamics. He is best known for his contributions to the understanding of volatile elements in magmatic systems with implications for the mantle and crust geodynamics, but he also contributed to model mantle degassing and its relationships with atmospheric evolution on Earth and beyond. He received his B.S. degree in Geological Sciences at the University of Grenoble in 1996, and his M.S. degree and PhD degrees at the University of Orléans in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He has been postdoc research associates at the Bayerisches GeoInstitut (BGI, 2001-2005). In 2005 he joined the CNRS (French national centre for scientific research), and since then he has been working at the ISTO (Institute of Earth Sciences at Orléans). In 2015, he obtained the highest French degree, the “habilitation à diriger des recherches”, and became director of research at CNRS in 2018. Since 2017, he is head of the “MAGMA” group at ISTO. Fabrice has coordinated 3 ANR grants (French agency for research) and 1 ERC project (European research council). 
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Email *
Name (first & last names) *
Professional affiliation (university, institute, etc): *
Career stage (Master student, Ph.D student, junior postdoc, etc) *
What is the research expertise that you currently have or are developing?  What are your research interests? *
How will attending this summer school help you in your research? *
As the venue is a small guest house by the lake that has a very limited number of rooms, the default option is for the summer school participants to share rooms. Are you willing to share a room for 5 nights with another summer school participant?  (Note that single/unshared rooms are subject to availability and incur a higher overall cost.) *
Would you like to provide us with some guidance on who you are willing or not willing to share a room with?  (We will follow the code of conduct provided by the Gordon Conference series.)
Only for participants in the later stages of their Ph.D or postdoc position (optional): What are some highlights of your published research?  List the paper(s) followed by a concise description of why you believe the result is important or impactful.
Optional: Would you like to give a contributed talk during the mini-conference/workshop format of the event (Thursday/Friday)?  If so, please provide a short abstract (one paragraph) describing what you wish to speak about.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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