Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) Magma Oceanology Workshop

July 4, 2016 - July 7, 2016
Title: Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) Magma Oceanology Workshop
Dates: 4-7 July 2016
Location: Atami, Japan (Confirmed)
Link for registration: http://goo.gl/forms/sZEL0DDiL5

Related event: Magma Oceanology Session 03c at Goldschmidt in Yokohama, 26 June-1 July 2016. Participants must register for the workshop and Goldschmidt separately. Link to Goldschmidt: http://goldschmidt.info/2016/
Purpose of this workshop: Terrestrial planets and moons began their existence in an environment characterized by energetic accretion and large molten regions called magma oceans. Planetary cores were forged, primitive compositional heterogeneity was created, primordial atmospheres were outgassed, the first crust was formed, and the initial conditions for subsequent planetary evolution was set...by processes associated with magma oceans. Magma oceanology is therefore of critical importance to understanding the birth of terrestrial planets and moons and is a key bridge between research fields concerned with planetary formation, composition, and evolution. The main purpose of this workshop is to work toward the establishment of a common dialogue in the field of magma oceanology, to understand what has been learned in the past regarding magma oceans, and to identify grand challenge problems that motivate future research.
Registered participants: Denis Andrault, Paul Asimow, James Badro, Vickie Bennett, Alan Brandon, Razvan Caracas, Guillaume Fiquet, Rebecca Fischer, Ilya Fomin, Steeve Gréaux, George Helffrich, Christine Houser, Stephane Labrosse, Maylis Landeau, Diogo Lourenço, Adrien Morison, Wendy Panero, Anne Peslier, Kevin Righter, David Rubie, Viatcheslav Solomatov, Paul Tackley, and Richard Walker
Tentative schedule... Monday, 4 July 14:00 Arrival and check-in 15:00 Keynote 1 16:00 Discussion 16:30 Keynote 2 17:30 Discussion 18:00 Dinner 20:00 Posters and Refreshments Tuesday, 5 July 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Session 1 12:00 Lunch 13:00 Session 2 18:00 Dinner 20:00 Posters and Refreshments Wednesday, 6 July 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Session 3 12:00 Lunch 13:00 Session 4 18:00 Dinner 20:00 Posters and Refreshments Thursday, 7 July 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Session 5 12:00 End of Workshop 12:30 Outside lunch in Atami (on your own)
Potential session topics: 1) Melting temperature of the Earth 2) Magma ocean formation/crystallization/evolution 3) Metal-silicate equilibration, core formation 4) Extent of equilibration/mixing 5) Geochemical and cosmochemical scenarios 6) Giant impacts 7) Extra-terrestrial magma oceans
Estimated fees: Attendees will cover the cost of their stay, meals at the venue, which we estimate to be approximately JPY50,000 for the entire workshop (~$400USD). The fee for room and meals will be paid directly to the hotel at reception. Senior participants may be asked to pay a slightly (~10%) higher fee to support lower costs for junior participants. For those attendees receiving financial support, it will be given on a per diem basis in cash (Japanese yen) and this may be used to cover the local costs. All attendees are responsible for covering their personal costs for beer, wine, liquor, etc..
Transport to/from venue: Atami station is readily accessible by train from major stations in the Tokyo-Yokohama region (about 1 hour from Tokyo). For those traveling from Yokohama, we will organize a meeting point at Yokohama station around noon on Monday 4 July. A shuttle operated by the hotel periodically drives to the station and back (taxi is also an option). We will provide detailed directions on this web page in the near future.
About the onsen workshops: This workshop will be the fourth in a series of "onsen workshops" held by ELSI members in Japan. Our first onsen workshop was held in 2013 at Kawaguchiko onsen at the foot of Mt. Fuji and was titled "Transport Properties in the Core" (organized by John Hernlund). A second onsen workshop was held again at Kawaguchiko on the subject of "Geophysical & Geochemical Constraints on Early Planetary Dynamos" in September (organized by Joe Kirschvink). A third was held in November 2015 at Dogo Onsen in Ehime, on the topic "The Earth's mantle and core: Structure, composition, and evolution" (organized by Tetsuo Irifune and George Helffrich). The secluded and relaxing environment of these workshops, offering a unique mixture of geological fluids and culture, provides an ideal venue for bringing together the world's experts to advance important problems in Earth and planetary science.The fourth onsen workshop on "Magma Oceanology" will continue in this tradition.
About the Earth-Life Science Institute: ELSI is a World Premiere International (WPI) focus center funded by the government of Japan as part of an ambitious program to advance leading edge science, establish international research environments, reform traditional research administrations, and establish new fusion research fields. ELSI's scientific mission is to better understand the origin of life as a geological system, and the potential for life in other environments in the universe. We do this by bringing together world class scientists in fields ranging from planet formation, planetary physics, geophysics, geology, geochemistry, biochemistry, micro-biology, and complex systems science, to form a collaborative institute in which members alter their traditional research paths to bring greater focus on the biggest questions. ELSI is comprised of ~70 scientists working at our two main buildings on the campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology as well as satellites at Ehime University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Advanced Studies. ELSI hosts over 100 visitors and 6-8 workshops each year, in addition to our annual symposium held in January.