Details of Press Briefings at EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 and Webcasts
September 30, 2011

Details of Press Briefings at EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 and Webcasts
30 September 2011 Europlanet Media Centre

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The Joint Meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences (EPSC-DPS) 2011 will take place at La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, Nantes, France from Sunday 02 October to Friday 7 October 2011.


Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 am on Monday 03 October through to 3 pm on Friday 07 October. The press room will be staffed by Vishnu Reddy, Anita Heward and Lee Pullen.

EPSC-DPS Press Office Contact Numbers (3-7 October only)
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 88 21 00 (English enquiries)
Tel: +33 (0)2 51 88 21 01 (French enquiries)
Fax : 33 (0)2 51 88 21 02


Press briefings will be held daily in the Club Atlantique, adjacent to the EPSC-DPS Press Room, from 12:15-13:15 CEST. The format of the briefings will be consecutive five-minute presentations by each of the speakers, followed by a question-and-answer session where questions can be put to any of the panellists. The briefings will be webcast over the Internet. The webcasts are publically available (see links below). To submit questions through the EPSC-DPS journalists’ chat room, email Vishnu Reddy ( for log in details.

All findings are embargoed until the time of presentation at the meeting, unless otherwise stated in an EPSC-DPS press notice. ‘Time of presentation’ means the start time of the Oral or Poster paper session in which the paper will be given, or the time of the corresponding press conference (if any), whichever comes first.

The provisional schedule for the press briefings is as follows:

Monday 03 October – New results from the Dawn mission at Vesta
Introduction to Dawn mission and speakers (Chris Russell), Main science results (Cristina DeSanctis), Framing Camera results (Carol Raymond), Surface composition/mineralogy (Andreas Nathues).
Webcast link:

Tuesday 04 October – DIXI/Stardust Next/Kepler/Titan results
Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI) and Stardust NExT highlights (Mike A’Hearn and Lori Feaga); Unusual multi-planet discovery by Kepler (Bill Cochran), Piecing together a global map of Titan (Stéphane Le Mouélic)
Webcast link:

Wednesday 05 October – Mercury and MESSENGER Mission Briefing
Mercury after 6 months of MESSENGER orbital observations (Sean Solomon), Geometry of Mercury’s magnetic field and implications for Mercury’s dynamo and magnetosphere–surface interactions (Brian Anderson), The dynamics of Mercury’s exosphere (Bill McClintock), Mercury’s geological and surface compositional evolution (Brett Denevi), Variations in surface reflectance spectra (Noam Izenberg), BepiColombo Current Status (Johannes Benkhoff).
Webcast link:

Thursday 06 October – Venus Express/Minerva triple asteroid system/Formation of Uranus
Venus Express: Five years of atmospheric observations (Dmitri Titov), New results and status update from Venus Express (Håkan Svedhem), A detailed picture of the (93) Minerva Triple System (Franck Marchis), Series of bumps sent Uranus into sideways spin (Alessandro Morbidelli).

Thursday 06 October (14:30-15:30 CEST) – Conférence de presse – Colloque de Planétologie DPS-EPSC
Introduction (Olivier Grasset), Derniers résultats des missions spatiales (Francis Rocard), Présentation d’Europlanet (Philippe Louarn), La collaboration entre les colloques DPS et EPSC (Athena Coustenis), Structuration de la planétologie française à travers le PNP, interdisciplinarité et derniers résultats français (Alessandro Morbidelli), Dernières avancées sur les exoplanètes) François Bouchy.

Friday 07 October – Results from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Asteroid Scheila/Asteroid Lutetia/Almahata Sitta Meteorites
New results from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mark Robinson and Brett Deveni); The cause of asteroid Scheila’s outburst (Fernando Moreno); The surface composition of asteroid Lutetia (Maria Antonietta Barucci), Almahata Sitta meteorites formed in triple asteroid mash-up (Julie Gayon-Markt)

Light snacks and refreshments will be available during briefings for members of the press on site.

Media releases will be issued at the end of each media briefing. Two additional releases about presentations taking place on Monday will be issued before the meeting under embargo for 00:01 GMT on Monday 3rd October.


The EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 represents the first cooperation between the Europlanet Research Infrastructure and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The meeting is being organised in association with the European Geosciences Union and with the support of the Université de Nantes. More than 1800 abstracts for oral presentations and posters have been submitted for the meeting.

Details of the congress can be found at the official website:

EPSC-DPS 2011 will provide a platform for the worldwide planetary sciences community to exchange and present results, develop new ideas and network. It will have a distinctively interactive style, with an extensive mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for the community to meet. The meeting will cover the entire scope of the planetary sciences.

The detailed scientific programme can be found at:

A session overview is available at:

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Credit: La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, Nantes, France
Credit: La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, Nantes, France
Notes for editors

The Europlanet Research Infrastructure is a major (€6 million) programme co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.

Europlanet’s Networking Activities provide European planetary scientists with the opportunity to define key science goals, and to exchange ideas and personnel. Europlanet provides TransNational Access to leading laboratory and field site facilities tailored to the needs of planetary research for Planetary Sciences, developing them further through highly focused Joint Research Activities. It is building a Virtual Planetary Observatory where all types of planetary data can be accessed.

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The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is the largest organization of professional planetary scientists in the world. The DPS was formed in 1968 as a sub-organization within the AAS devoted to solar system and extrasolar planet research. Today it is the largest special interest Division of the AAS.

DPS Website: