The program runs from Monday (February 8) 1 pm until Friday (February 12) 1 pm.

On Monday evening there will be a visit to the monastery at Klosterneuburg, followed by a reception at the observatory of the University of Vienna.

On Thursday afternoon we will visit the world famous meteorite collection of the Natural History Museum of Vienna, followed by a conference dinner at the town hall (Rathaus) of Vienna.

The duration of the talks is scheduled as follows:

  • invited review talks: 30 minutes including discussion,
  • contributed talks: 20 minutes including discussion.

On-site registration desk will be available at these times:

  • Monday (8 February 2016) beginning from 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday (9/10 February 2016) from 8:30 a.m.


Opening Session

Chair: Rudolf Dvorak

Time Speaker Title
13:00-13:20 Opening
13:20-14:00 V. Meadows (Univ. Washington)Factors Affecting The Nature and Identification of Exoplanet Habitability (invited review) (40min)
14:00-14:30 C. Koeberl (NHM Vienna) The Bombardment History of the Early Earth (invited review) (30min)
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00 Departure to Klosterneuburg
17:30 Return to Sternwarte
18:00 Reception


The Host Star

Chair: Klaus Strassmeier

Time Speaker Title
09:00-09:30T. Lüftinger (Univ. Vienna)Stars Shaping their Planetary Environments (invited review) (30min)
09:30-09:50S. Marsden (Univ. S. Queensland)The BCool project: Studying the magnetic activity of cool stars (20min)
09:50-10:10E. Newton (Cambridge)The rotation of nearby M dwarfs, the ages of planetary systems, and implications for exoplanet discovery (20min)
10:10-10:40posters and coffee/tea
10:40-11:00C. Johnstone (Univ. Vienna)Stellar Activity Evolution and the Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets (20min)
11:00-11:20M. Timpe (Univ. Zurich)An age-period-activity relation for M dwarfs: implications for planetary habitability (20min)
11:20-11:40A. Vidotto (Univ. Geneva)The effects of M dwarf magnetic fields and winds on potentially habitable planets (20min)
11:40-12:00J. D. Alvarado Gomez (ESO Garching)Magnetic Fields and Circumstellar Environment around Planet-Hosting Stars (20min)
12:00-14:00lunch break
14:00-14:20J. Villadsen (Caltech)Searching for Extrasolar CMEs and Accelerated Particles with Stellar Radio Bursts (20min)
14:20-14:40M. Endl (Univ. Austin)Characterization of the Kepler-452 system, the closest analog to the Sun-Earth system (20min)

Planet Formation and Habitability

Chair: Theresa Lüftinger

Time Speaker Title
14:40-15:10Y. Alibert (Univ. Bern)Planet Formation and Habitability (invited review) (30min)
15:10-15:30M. Lugaro (CSFK-MTA Budapest)Radioactivity and habitability (20min)
15:30-15:50N. Haghighipour (Univ. Hawaii)New Models of Water Delivery To Earth: The Effect of Ice Longevity (20min)
15:50-16:20posters and coffee/tea
16:20-16:40A. Coustenis (Univ. Paris/Meudon)Habitability potential of icy moons around giant planets and the JUICE mission (20min)
16:40-17:00E. Vorobyov (Univ. Vienna)On the feasibility of giant planet formation via disk gravitational fragmentation (20min)
17:00-17:20G. Picogna (Univ. Tübingen)How do giant planetary cores shape the dust disk? (20min)
17:20-17:40E. Gaidos (Univ. Hawaii)It's About Time: The Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time (ZEIT) Project (20min)
17:40-18:00H. Zinnecker (Univ. Stuttgart)Chances of earth-mass planets and life around metal-poor stars (20min)


Principles of Habitability

Chair: Nader Haghighipour

Time Speaker Title
09:00-09:30R. Kopparapu (NASA GSFC)Habitable Zones Around Main-Sequence Stars: Estimates and Applications (invited review) (30min)
09:30-09:50L. Carone (Univ. Leuven)Mapping 3D Climates in the habitable zone of M dwarfs (20min)
09:50-10:10S. Bressler (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology)A two-band theoretical radiative physical model for predicting the Greenhouse effect (20min)
10:10-10:40posters and coffee/tea
10:40-11:00S. Eggl (Univ. Paris)Climate forcing and habitability of Earth-like circumbinary planets (20min)
11:00-11:20M. Cuntz (Univ. Texas/Arlington)A Joint Approach to the Study of S / P-Type Habitable Zones in Binary Systems: New Results (20min)

Planetary Atmospheres

Chair: Helmut Lammer

Time Speaker Title
11:20-11:50F. Tian (Tsinghua Univ. Beijing)Planetary atmospheres and their roles for habitability (invited review) (30min)
11:50-14:00lunch break
14:00-14:20M. Mallonn (Leibniz Inst. PotsdamExoplanet transmission spectroscopy and the importance of clouds/hazes in their interpretation (20min)
14:20-14:40C. Gillmann (Univ. Brussels)Modeling Venus Surface Conditions Evolution and the Effects of Early Large Impacts (20min)
14:40-15:00K. Kislyakova (IWF Graz)Solar XUV and ENA-driven water loss from early Venus steam atmosphere (20min)
15:00-15:20J. L. Grenfell (DLR Berlin)Processes affecting the Evolution of Molecular Oxygen in Earth-like Atmospheres (20min)
15:20-15:40A. Lincowski (Univ. Washington)The Effect of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Ice Cloud Condensation on the Habitable Zone (20min)
15:40-16:10posters and coffee/tea
16:10-16:30R. Jayawardhana (Univ. Toronto)Characterizing Atmospheres of Super-Earths (20min)
16:30-16:50E. Sedaghati (ESO)Detection of Exo-atmospheres with transmission spectroscopy using the VLT (20min)
16:50-17:10G. Arney (Univ. Washington)Pale Orange Dots: Earthlike Worlds with Organic Hazes (20min)
17:10-17:30A. Stökl (Univ. Vienna)Accumulation and evolution of primordial atmospheres around terrestrial planets (20min)


Planetary Interiors

Chair: Elke Pilat-Lohinger

Time Speaker Title
09:00-09:30P. Tackley (ETH Zurich)Planetary interiors: Long-term evolution and implications for habitability (invited review) (30min)
09:30-09:50R. Helled (Univ. Tel-Aviv)Giant planet formation & internal structure (20min)
09:50-10:10C. Dorn (Univ. Bern)Interior structures of low-mass exoplanets: the 5 best constrained cases (20min)
10:10-10:40posters and coffee/tea
10:40-11:00L. Noack (Brussels Obs.)Geophysical Limitations on the Habitable Zone (20min)
11:00-11:20J. Tarduno (Univ. Rochester)The geodynamo during Earth's first billion years: Implications for planetary habitability (20min)

Observatories: Future Perspectives

Chair: Manuel Güdel

Time Speaker Title
11:20-11:40E. Guenther (Landessternwarte Tautenburg)The Graz-Tautenburger-Imager: GTI (20min)
11:40-14:00lunch break
14:00-14:30H. Rauer (DLR Berlin)Detection and characterization of exoplanets from space (invited review) (30min)
14:30-15:00S. Udry (Univ. Geneva)Detection and characterization of exoplanets from ground (invited review) (30min)
15:00Departure to Museum of Natural History
19:00Conference Dinner at Rathaus


Planetary System Architecture and Dynamics

Chair: Rosemary Mardling

Time Speaker Title
09:00-09:30C. Terquem (Oxford)Dynamics and Habitability (invited review) (30min)
09:30-09:50A. Mustill (Lund Observatory)Using Kepler systems to constrain the frequency and severity of dynamical effects on habitable planets (20min)
09:50:10:10A.-S. Libert (Univ. Namur)On the combined action of disc migration and planet-planet scattering in the formation of giant planetary systems (20min)
10:10-10:30R. Deitrick (Univ. Washington)The nature and impact of obliquity evolution on the habitability of Earth-like exoplanets (20min)
10:30-11:00posters and coffee/tea
11:00-11:20J. Horner (Univ. S. Queensland)The influence of Jupiter, Mars and Venus on Earth's orbital evolution (20min)
11:20-11:40M. Read (Cambridge)Dynamical Constraints on Outer Planets in Super-Earth Systems (20min)
11:40-12:00D. Carrera (Lund Observatory)Survival of habitable planets in unstable planetary systems (20min)
12:00-12:20K. Antoniadou (Univ. Thessaloniki)Pathways to long-term stability of highly eccentric resonant exoplanets (20min)
12:20-12:40N. Georgakarakos (Univ. Abu Dhabi)Habitable zones for planetary systems with gas giants: an analytic approach (20min)
-13:00concluding remarks
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