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The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “Planetary Interiors”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, September 12-16, 2016, directed by L. Iess, T. Van Hoolst, W. Pecorella.
The school is designed for PhD students, young post-doctoral researchers, and engineers working in planetary sciences or instrument development for planetary missions. The school will provide an integrated overview of our current understanding of the interior structure and evolution of planets and satellites, focusing on three complementary modules:

1) theoretical models
2) observational methods and measurements
3) space instrumentation.

The school intends to contribute to the development of a new generation of planetary scientists and engineers motivated by two major upcoming missions of the European Space Agency, BepiColombo to Mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter and its satellites in 2022, and several other planetary missions (including NASA’s JUNO and InSight missions to Jupiter and Mars) designed to probe the interior of planets and moons. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the school will explain how current and future planetary missions will be able to broaden our knowledge of the interior structure, dynamics, and evolution of solar system bodies. Mission perspectives and challenges on short and longer term will be discussed, and links with exoplanetary research will be explored.

Applications are due before June 12, 2016.

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From the organisers,
Luciano Iess (luciano.iess [at]
Tim Van Hoolst (tim.vanhoolst [at]
Walter Pecorella (walter.pecorella [at]

Event Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, September 16, 2016 - 18:00
Event Location: 
L’Aquila, Italy
Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale
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CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

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Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Ange Marie Ina Uwase



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COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

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