Closing conference of the 2019 UCL to Mars mission
02/10/2019 at Louvain-la-Neuve link
ESA training co-organised between ESA and UCLouvain in LLN
9th ESA Advanced Training in Land Remote Sensing 16-20 sept 2019 - 8 guest teachers and practicals - in principle 92 selected participants (210 candidates) coming from various continents but mostly Europeans - http://landtraining2019.esa.int/
Talk at Louvain-la-Neuve on the topic of "Our place in the universe"
Locaiton : P Louvain-la-Neuve - UCLouvain - Auditory Sainte-Barbe 91
Time : 20:00
Date : March 30th 2019
Conference accessible to a general audience, children included.
Belgium College courses on "The great questions on habitability"
Location : Palais Provincial de Namur, Place Saint-Aubain 2, Namur
Time : 17:00-19:00 ; Date : from February 20th to April 3rd 2019
Course series on the habitability of Earth and other planets or moons of the solar system and primitive life, linked with EOS (Excellence of Science – FNRS & FWO) ET-HOME (Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability Of Mars and Earth)
Water on Mars © NASA
Researches on habitability aim at better understanding the concept of habitability, i.e. environmental conditions allowing to welcome and maintain life.
Single cell, primitive life
Planets evolution relies on their composition, structure, core temperature and by their interaction with oceans and atmosphere if present.
Int Space Station © ESA
The great questions on habitability also find answers in reliable biosignature research, through paleobiological analysis of microfossil considering their contamination by the present time ; complicated and delicate researches will be covered in the classes. Life in the international space station allows to illustrate life in other environments than Earth.
Meteor found in Antartica
Classes will also cover what meteors can teach us, these relics of the past of our solar system, and even the effects of meteors on life itself. They will give a new point of view on the origin and conservation of life on other planets, Earth included.
Courses list for 2019:
Habitability : conditions, evolution, link with planets inside and space missions perspectives – Véronique Dehant - February 20th
Habitability : conditions, evolution, link with planets atmospheree and space missions perspectives – Ann Carine Vandaele - February 27th
Habitability : what can the first billions years of life on Earth teach us on the possibility of life on Mars? – Emmanuelle Javaux - March 13th
Habitability : through the prism of meteors – Vinciane Debaille - March 20th
Habitability : astronauts health on a Martian space station – Sarah Baatout - March 27th
Habitability : from meteors impacts to the understanding of evolution – Philippe Claeys - April 3rd
Symposium on the «4th CubeSat Industry Days»
ESA announced the "4th CubeSat Industry Days" which will take place from the 4th to the 6th of June 2019 at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, Netherlands.
For more information, instructions on how to apply and how to submit an abstract for the program, check the event website at:
This event takes place every two years. The event is a sharing forum for the information on the latest evolution of industry / future ESA priorities and activities in the Cubesat nanosatellites domain, to establish technology road maps / mission, as well as to debate regulatory and technical aspects of the challenges the industry is facing to maintain its growth and competitiveness in this innovative and dynamic space sector.
Summer school: 2-4 July 2018 at LLN
- Pr. Matt Hansen (UMd) - mostly Belgian and limitroph countries public - 40 persons
Talk organised 22nd May 2018 at 20h by "UCL to Mars", 3 speakers
- 20h00: Welcome and return of the 2018 UCL-to-Mars mission by the UCL to Mars team;
- 20h30: "How to go to Mars?" by Vladimir Pletser;
- 21h10: "Habitability in the solar system" by Véronique Dehant;
- 21h50: Euro Space Center presentation by Pierre-Emmanuel Paulis;
- 22h30: Conclusion.
Info: 1 and 2
Talk organised by the "kot astro" on May 2nd at 20h
- Speaker : Sébastien Clesse
- Title : La cosmologie pour les nuls
- Location : Auditoire MONT02
Talk organised by the planetology group of the Belgium Royal Observatory on April 27th at 10h30
- Speakers : Isamu Matsuyama, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona
- Title : True polar wander of terrestrial planets and icy satellites
- Location : Salle Méridienne, Observatoire royal de Belgique, Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Uccle
Talk organised by IMCN on April 25th 2018 at 10h
- Speaker : André Brack
- Title : «Astrobiology: from the origin of life on Earth to the search of extraterrestrial life»
- Location : Batiment Lavoisier LAVO51 - Place Louis Pasteur
Talk organised by the "kot astro" on April 24th at 20h
- Speaker : André Füzfa
- Title : L'univers, étrange mais pas étranger
- Location : Auditoire Sciences 10
Talk organised by UDA on April 19th at 14h
- Speaker : Michaël Gillon
- Title : Les exoplanètes et la quête de vie ailleurs dans l’univers
- Location : Auditoire Lacroix (Auditoires centraux) sur le site UCL Woluwe
«Astrobiology in questions»
Who: V. Dehant (UCL-ORB), M. Gillon (ULg), E. Javaux (ULg) and P. López-García (France)
Where: Académie royale de Belgique, Palais des Académies, 1 rue Ducale at 1000 Bruxelles
When: 22nd and 29th of November 2017, from 17h to 19h
Free access. Inscriptio required on the website www.academieroyale.be
22/11 : Défis et controverses sur l’habitabilité dans le système solaire et les exoplanètes
29/11 : Défis et fausses idées sur l’origine de la vie et l’évolution biologique
«Causality in a Physical World?»
Who: Max Kistler, université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, IHPST
Where: Salle Ladrière
When: 7th of October 2017 from 15h30 to 18h
Abstract : see site