Scientific Organizing Committee
Håkan Svedhem
Giuseppe Piccioni
Colin Wilson
Ludmila Zasova
Richard Ghail
Emmanuel Marcq
David Grinspoon
Sanjay Limaye
Thomas Widemann
Lucia Marinangeli
Marcel Snels
Stas Barabash

Local Organizing Committee
Giuseppe Piccioni
Lucia Marinangeli
Sergio Di Cosimo
Giuliano Sabatino
Gabriella Ardizzoia

Following previous Venus conferences organised by the Venus Express team in 2007 and 2008 (La Thuile) and 2010 (Aussois), this fourth conference invites talks on all aspects of Venus science, whether related to Venus Express or not. The conference will include invited and contributed talks, and an opportunity to display posters. The scientific programme will be arranged thematically with topics including atmospheric dynamics; atmospheric structure; atmospheric chemistry & clouds; thermosphere, ionosphere & escape processes; surface & interior; supporting laboratory investigations; and planetary evolution. Interdisciplinary talks, and comparative planetology talks highlighting parallels with other planets in our solar system or beyond, are particularly encouraged.

To emphasize the central role of volcanism in shaping the history of Venus and its climate, the conference will be held at the foot of Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily in the town of Catania. A half-day field trip to the summit of Etna is foreseen during the conference. The conference is conveniently close to Catania Fontarossa International Airport.

The conference will start at 14:30 on Monday 10 June and end at 14:00 on Friday 14 June. It will be preceded by a Venus Express Science Working Team meeting (focussing on technical aspects like spacecraft status and operations related issues) which will take place from 09:00 – 13:00 on Monday 10 June.


15 March 2013 Registration, abstract submission and support request deadline
31 March 2013 Notification of abstract and support acceptance/rejection
15 April 2013 Accommodation pre-booking deadline

For more information, contact:

Hakan Svedhem Hakan.Svedhem (at)
Giuseppe Piccioni giuseppe.piccioni (at)
Colin Wilson wilson (at)

For logistic info contact
Sergio Di Cosimo sergio.dicosimo (at)

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