Astrophysical Origins: Pathways from Star Formation to Habitable Planets

How do planets form? What fraction of planets that form could potentially sustain some form of life? What role does the star, the protoplanetary disk, and the star cluster play in the outcome? How is the composition of a planet affected by that of the star? Which planets manifest plate tectonics and which do not? What is the role of water in the evolution of a planet? These are some of the nearly endless questions that we ask ourselves during the 'Astrophysical Origins: Pathways from Star Formation to Habitable Planets' event here at the Erwin Schr ödinger Institute located at the University of Vienna.

This event aims to bring together a large group of experts from a great variety of disciplines. Some of the most interdisciplinary topics of this event include: the removal of protoatmospheres of planets that were previously accreted from the protoplanetary disk; chemical and physical processing and erosion of outgassed secondary atmospheres by the action of winds and radiation from the evolving host star; and interactions between planetary atmospheres and surfaces/interiors that lead to plate tectonics and the buildup of liquid water oceans. We also aim to integrate constraints and knowledge from experts in cosmochemistry, geology, geochronology, disk observations and planet formation models.

At present there is ambiguity about the evolution of planets that are affected by the magnetic activity, high-energy radiation, high-energy particles and hot plasma winds of a star takes, depending on the (nearly arbitrary) initial rotation period of the star. Similarly, a multitude of atmospheric evolution tracks may be possible, and initial hydrogen gas envelopes of growing planetary cores depend on the independent co-evolution and dispersal of the protoplanetary disk. Here we aim to identifying favourable niches for planets to reside in that can eventually develop life, on what timescale, and what are the precursor conditions that lead up to this state.

We bring together a large and diverse group of experts covering major theme fields with varying degrees of overlap. We aim to have a 'big picture' discussion at the end of each week. The schedule is left free to be determined by the participants of each week and by the conclusions and progress that has been made the week(s) before.

Schedule week 2, June 24 - 29, 2019 (pdf)

Schedule week 3, July 1 - 5, 2019 (pdf)

Schedule week 4, July 8 - 12, 2019 (pdf)

Schedule week 5, July 15 - 19, 2019 (pdf)

Schedule week 6, July 22 - 26, 2019 (pdf)

Schedule week 7, July 29 - August 2, 2019 (pdf)


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Name Affiliation
Ramon Brasser Earth Life Science Institute
Manuel Güdel University of Vienna
Theresa Lüftinger University of Vienna
Stephen Mojzsis University of Colorado


Name Affiliation
Péter Abraham Konkoly Observatory
Vladimir Airapetian American University & NASA
Vitaly Akimkin Institute of Astronomy
Igor Alekseev Lomonosov Moscow State University
Amanda Alexander University of Colorado
Michael Bartel CERN
Dmitry Bisikalo Russian Academy of Sciences
Bertram Bitsch Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Sudeshna Boro Saikia University of Vienna
James Cadman University of Edinburgh
Ofer Cohen University of Massachusetts
Luciano Ariel Darriba Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Odysseas Dionatos University of Vienna
Vera Dobos Konkoly Observatory
Caroline Dorn University of Zürich
Cosima Eibensteiner University of Vienna
Georg Feulner Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research
Mareike Godolt Technical University Berlin
John Lee Grenfell German Aerospace Centre
Rodrigo Guadarrama University of Vienna
Nader Haghighipour University of Hawaii
Anneliese Haika Wiener Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Astronomie
Carina Heinreichsberger University of Vienna
Christiane Helling University of St Andrews
Alison Hunt ETH Zürich
Gaitee Hussain European Southern Observatory
Colin Johnstone University of Vienna
Evgeniia Kalinicheva Sergeevna Russian Academy of Sciences
Esa Kallio Aalto University
Inga Kamp University of Groningen
Akos Kereszturi Konkoly Observatory
Kristina Kislyakova University of Vienna
Oleg Kochukhov Uppsala University
Jeffrey Linsky University of Colorado
Soko Matsumura University of Dundee
Jin Meng Seti Institute
Yanina Metodieva University of Vienna
Karan Molaverdikhani Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Sergei Nayakshin University of Leicester
Athanasia Nikolaou German Aerospace Centre
Lena Noack Freie Universität Berlin
Rachel Osten Johns Hopkins University
Susanne Pfalzner Forschungszentrum Jülich
Christian Rab University of Groningen
Sudha Rajamani IISER Pune
William Kenneth Rice University of Edinburgh
Ines Ringseis University of Vienna
Sophie Schallert University of Vienna
Simon Scheer University of Vienna
Marianne Schmid University of Vienna
Maria Schönbächler ETH Zürich
Ildar Shaikhislamov Institute of Laser Physics
Denis Shulyak Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Sami K. Solanki Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Eduard Vorobyov University of Vienna
Sara Vulpius Freie Universität Berlin
Cornelia Weber University of Vienna
Peter Woitke University of St Andrews
Brian Wood Naval Research Laboratory
At a glance
Thematic Programme
June 17, 2019 — Aug. 2, 2019
ESI Schrödinger Lecture Hall
Ramon Brasser (ELSI, Tokyo)
Manuel Güdel (U of Vienna)
Theresa Lüftinger (U of Vienna)
Stephen Mojzsis (U of Colorado, Boulder)