Welcome to The Main Belt: A Gateway to the Formation and Early Evolution of the Solar System

The Main Asteroid Belt is at the boundary of the inner and outer Solar System. It marks a transition region from the rocky volatile-poor inner terrestrial planets to the outer gaseous and icy giant planets. Asteroids also give us access to the relatively unprocessed building blocks of planet formation, with many retaining a record of processes that took place during the formation and early evolution of the Solar System.

This workshop brings together experts to establish the current understanding of Main Belt asteroid science, as well as to debate future directions for investigation. The workshop stimulates discussions about accretion, chemistry, collisions, dynamics, geophysics, and meteorites. The workshop is limited to approximately 100 attendees.

Main topics:

  1. Planetesimal Formation
  2. Collisional Evolution
  3. Depletion & Implantation
  1. Composition & Chemistry
  2. Meteorites & Samples
  3. Space Missions
Invited speakers:
M. Broz, Charles Univ., Czech Republic D. Nesvorny, SwRI, USA
J. Castillo-Rogez, JPL/Caltech, USA C. Raymond, JPL/Caltech, USA
F. De Meo, MIT, USA J. Simon, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, USA
A. Izidoro, UNESP, Brazil S. Sugita, Tokyo University, Japan
M. Jutzi, Univ. of Bern, Switzerland P. Tanga, OCA, France
H. Klahr, MPIA, Germany K. Walsh, SwRI, USA
T. Kruijer, LLNL, USA  

SOC Chairs: Maria Cristina De Sanctis, INAF, Italy / Simone Marchi, SwRI, USA

SOC Members:
Eleonora Ammannito, ASI, Italy Thorsten Kleine, University of M√ľnster, Germany
William F. Bottke, SwRI, USA Javier Licandro, IAC, Spain
Fabrizio Capaccioni, INAF, Italy Alessandro Morbidelli, OCA, France
Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, ASU, USA Carol A. Raymond, JPL/Caltech, USA
Roger Fu, Harvard University, USA Fumi Yoshida, PERC/Chitech, Japan

LOC Chair: Silvia Zampieri, INAF, Italy

Maria Cristina De Sanctis, INAF, Italy Simone Marchi, SwRI, USA