GEOBIOLOGY IN SPACE EXPLORATION
February 7 - 9, 2011
Geomicrobiology and Geology from Precambrian to Quaternary
February 10 – 14, 2011
Co-organisers: Charles Cockell, Oliver Angerer, Mary Voytek, Sherry Cady, Gian Gabriele Ori, Kamal Taj-Eddine
The meeting is organised by ESA and NASA with the support of the ESA Topical Team 'Geomicrobiology for Space Settlement and Exploration (GESSE)'. The topical team was set up in 2009 to investigate and develop new opportunities for geobiology in space - from life detection to practical applications of geobiology and geomicrobiology in human space exploration. This meeting will be the fourth topical team meeting, but has been organised as a community workshop to achieve the objectives outlined below.
Purpose of the Meeting
Geobiology in Space Exploration is a meeting of talks and discussions to understand the full range of the contributions of geobiology to space exploration and settlement. It has two core purposes: 1) To contribute to building the community of people working in geobiology and applying it to space sciences and exploration, 2) To develop a strategic document on the range of geobiology applications and possible space missions for ESA.
A preliminary programme can be downloaded from the left menu. Check the programme later due to possible modifications. The final programme will be available at the Conference. For questions and comments on the programme contact Charles Cockell (see below for coordinates)
Oral and poster presentation
Check in the preliminary programme where your presentation is allocated. For the oral presentation, Power Point files must be provided before the start of the sessions during coffee breaks lunches or in the morning before the starting of the first talk.
Posters will be installed in the morning of the first day and they will remain exposed during the entire meeting. The posters will be located in the main hall where the coffee breaks will be served. The booth dimensions are 110 cm wide and 130 cm high.
Charles Cockell (Open University, UK), Oliver Angerer (ESA), Mary Voytek (NASA), Sherry Cady (Portland State University), Gian Gabriele Ori (IRSPS, Italy and Ibn Battuta Centre, Morocco), Kamal Taj-Eddine (Université Cady Ayyad and Ibn Battuta Centre, Morocco)
Scientific Organisation committee
ESA Topical Team Geomicrobiology for Space Settlement and Exploration.
Local Organisation Committee
Stefania Celenza (IRSPS)
Ida Dell’Arciprete (IRSPS and Ibn Battuta Centre)
Your arrival at Marrakech
You will arrive at the Terminal 1 of the new Menara Airport.
If you rented a car: the rental car desks are in the main hall after the custom.
If you take a taxi: the cost of the travel to the Meridien n’Fis is 100 Dhiram. Farther Hotel will cost according to the distance. You may ask for price before take taxi.
The workshop will be held at the Conference Centre of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Cadi Ayyad at Marrakech:
Coordinates: 31° 38’ 26,20'' N, 8° 00’ 50,94'' W
Lunches will be served in the adjacent cafeteria. A bus service will link the Hotel Meridien N’Fis and the Conference Centre in the morning and in the evening. See below.
Registration will be organised on the morning of 7th February at the Conference Centre starting at 8:30. See the Preliminary Programme.
The weather in Marrakech is quite pleasant in February with max temperature above 20 C and min temperature just below 10 C. Downpours can occurs in February, but sunny days are most probable.
A shuttle service will be provided from the Meridien n’ Fis and the Conference Centre according to the following time table:
Financial support for US participants
NASA is proving US scientists with financial support to attend the Workshop. For information contact Sherry Cady.
There is no meeting hotel and you can book in one of the many hotels of Marrakech. Some activities will be based at the Hotel Meridien N’Fis (see Marrakesh Map). The registration on 6 February will be orgnised at the Hotel Meridien N’Fis as well as the bus service that will start from this hotel. You can book the Meridien N’Fis and any other hotel directly from their web page or use any internet booking service. Before booking perform a internet search to look for the best price.
Cheap accommodations for students and PostDocs (deadline Thu. 24th February)
A few rooms are available to students and PostDocs in the Université Cady Ayyad. Two type of accommodations are available: rooms and bungalows.
Room 1 person 120 DH (about 11 €)
Bungalow up to 4 persons 250 DH (about 23 €)
Price are in Moroccan Dirham (the Euro conversion is only indicative and based on the November exchange rate )
Accommodations are very basic and simple but are located in the garden of the Faculty Club. Dedicated transportation will not be available from the Faculty Club to the Meeting site. To reserve an accommodation in the Faculty Club you have to send an email to Stefania Celenza before before Tuesday 24th February (see contact below). Only participants already registered can reserve a room.
Registration fees will include abstract book, coffe breaks, lunches and shuttle service to the Workshop:
Fees can be paid by credit card (VISA and MasterCard) from the online registration form. If you need to pay by any other method contact Stefania Celenza (see below for coordinates).
Field Trip: Geomicrobiology and geology from Precambrian to Quaternary
The field trip will investigate several sites with geomicrobiological or geological interests.
The filed trip will leave early in the morning from Marrakech on February 10th. We will be back in Marrakech in late afternoon (around 18:00) on February 14th. Therefore you have to spend an extra night in Marrakech.
We will spend the first night in Ouarzazate at the Hotel Berbere Palace. Then we will move to Erfoud where we will stay for the rest of the trip at the Kasbah Xaluca. In both Hotels complimentary WI-FI is available in the rooms. Cell phones will work for large part of the field trip except when we will drive off-road for some distance.
Lunches will be consumed in the field and lunch bags will be collected in the morning. Dinner will be at the Hotels.
Hats and sunglasses are compulsory. Also, it is better to use long sleeved shirts and long pants. The weather will be not very different from Marrakech. We will be farther South in the desert but the trip will remain between 700 to 1500 metres of altitude. Be ready with jumpers and jackets. During the day we may approach 30 C, but at night temperature may fall around 5 C. Usually weather is sunny, but storms may occur in the time of the field trip. In this case you have to be ready to heavy showers and cold temperatures. Storms, though improbable, can be so heavy to affect the programme of the field trip.
We will travel by car both on road and off-road. Be prepared to long transfers on paved roads and to some rough off-road driving. Some walks will be needed to approach outcrops, therefore some light hiking boots are advised.
For any other question contact Gian Gabriele Ori (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Important dates and deadlines
The Workshop will start on Monday 7 February 2011 and will end on Wednsday 9 February 2011.
The field trip will start on Thursday 10 February 2011 and will end on Monday 14 February 2011 at Marrakech.
Deadlines and dates
Contact and Secretariat
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