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Johnson, Natasha M. (GSFC-6910)

Feb 17, 2023, 2:29:01 PM2/17/23
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Welcome to your February Venus Listserve news: (more than the usual text)


  1. Venus sessions at LPSC – next month!! 13 Mar 2023: 54th LPSC (Woodlands, Texas)
  2. 2023 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Due March 27, 2023
  3. Postdoc at Wesleyan University (Sample Analysis of Venus relevant materials)
  4. Postdoc at Open University (Venus Global Climate Modelling)-closes Feb 24, 2023!!
  5. Conference listings (not comprehensive)

                20 Mar 2023: PLANET-ESLAB-2023 (Netherlands)

                21 May 2023 Japanese Geoscience Union Meeting (Chiba, Japan) 

                30 July 2023: AOGS Venus Session (Singapore) – abstracts due Feb 21



54th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference, 13-17 March 2023, The Woodlands, Texas (hybrid)


LPSC Venus oral sessions

Venus 1: Mantles Lithospheres and Atmospheres, Oh My! 2:15-5:25pm Tuesday, March 14

Venus 2: A Surface by Any Other Name… 8:20-11:30am Wednesday, March 15


LPSC Venus poster sessions

In-person: Venus: The Heat is On; Tuesday, March 14, 6:30pm

iPosters/ Venus: The Heat is On; Wednesday, March 15 6:30pm


Other Venus meetings at LPSC:

Early-Career Mixer. 3/14 5-7pm (more likely 5:30-6:30 between sessions and posters) Opposite the New Frontiers 5 meeting

VEXAG Town Hall 3/15 11:30am-1pm

Venus exploration strategy community meeting 3/16 2-4pm



2023 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications

(Due: March 27, 2023)

Offered by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, PSSS is a 3-month long career development experience to learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & the inherent trade-offs.


Science and engineering doctoral candidates, recent Ph.D.s, postdocs, junior faculty, and certain master’s degree students, who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties), are eligible. There is no charge to attend, travel stipends are available, and applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  Diversity, equity and inclusion are important to us, and we strive to create a welcoming environment where participants’ contributions and unique perspectives are valued.


Session 1: Preparatory Sessions May 11-July 28.  Culminating Week with JPL’s Team X July 31-August 4

Session 2: Preparatory Sessions May 25-August 11.  Culminating Week with JPL’s Team X August 14-18


With workload of a rigorous 3-credit graduate-level course, participants act as a planetary science mission team during the first 10 weeks of preparatory webinars, with the final culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team for refining the mission concept design & presenting it to a mock expert review board.  The culminating week is planned to be at JPL.


Applications are due March 27, 2023. A recording is available of the informational Q&A session.





Prof. Martha Gilmore seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in mineralogy, petrology and/or geochemistry to undertake analysis of Venus relevant minerals and rocks to constrain weathering reactions on the Venus surface. We will examine chemical and mineralogical changes in relevant geological samples exposed to Venus conditions in the Glenn Extreme Environments Rig (GEER). Analytical techniques include FE-SEM, XRF, XRD, Electron Microprobe, VNIR and Raman spectroscopy. The work will also include the design, execution and analysis of experiments in 1-atm apparatus to mimic Venus surface conditions in the lab at Wesleyan.


The position has been approved for 3 years. Anticipated start date is no earlier than July 1, 2023. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications received by March 24, 2023 will be given full consideration.


For more information, please contact and see the Planetary Science Group and the Earth & Environmental Sciences

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An exciting opportunity for a three-year postdoctoral research position is available at The Open University, UK, to develop and perform experiments with a Venus Global Climate Model in preparation for future missions.
The role is an exciting combination of numerical modelling to simulate global climate environment of the atmosphere of Venus, and comparison to spacecraft observation data. Our aim is to develop a new climate model of Venus to identify the most likely cause of the observed sporadic high-altitude occurrences of atmospheric sulfur species and determine the likelihood of a direct link to surface geological activity. This work is to be performed in preparation of several high-profile missions to Venus in the 2030s, from both NASA and ESA. The role holder will join a vibrant atmospheric research group within the School of Physical Sciences.
The preferred candidate will have a PhD (or close to completion) in atmospheric physics or a closely related field, with knowledge and experience of numerical modelling of planetary atmospheres. The salary will be dependent on PhD award status and commensurate with the level of experience to date. Note: Closing Date is  24 February, 2023
For more information, please see the job advert at:



Additional Conference Listings 

•  Symposium: PLANET-ESLAB-2023 Understanding planets in the solar system and beyond, 20-24 March 2023, ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands (hybrid)

The event's goal is to unite the communities involved in our fleet of planetary and exoplanetary science missions by exploring their synergies. The symposium welcomes presentations in all aspects of planetary and exoplanetary science, ranging from observation techniques and data analysis to interpretation and modelling. We particularly encourage contributions exploring the parallels between solar system planets and their extrasolar counterparts.

Abstract submission is open for posters until 3 March 2023. The deadline for contributed talks has passed. Presenters are encouraged to attend in person at the symposium but talks and posters can be accessed/presented online.


•  2023 Japanese Geoscience Union Meeting (JPGU) meeting will be held 21-26 May 2023 in Chiba, Japan (hybrid) 

The Venus session will be held on Tuesday:

To attend, you need to be JPGU member or an AGU member.


•  AOGS Session PS14: VENUS – Evolution of the Interior, Surface, and Atmosphere

The session will be held during the 20th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting on July 30 - August 4 in Singapore.


While many spacecraft have flown by or descended to the surface of Venus, it has only been visited long-term by a few orbiters, such as multiple Venera spacecraft from the Soviet Union, NASA's Pioneer Venus 1 and Magellan missions, ESA's Venus Express, and JAXA's currently ongoing mission Akatsuki. Four missions, including VERITAS, DAVINCI, EnVision and Venera D, have been selected by NASA, ESA and Roscosmos to explore Venus in the coming decades. In the meantime, China's Venus Volcano and Climate imaging Explorer (VOICE) mission is now one of the candidates for future missions to be implemented, and if selected VOICE will orbit Venus by 2030. The proposed session aims to consolidate our understanding of the evolutionary history of Venus and to better prepare focused questions for the future missions.

For more details and submitting abstracts, please see:


Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Abstract (extended) deadline: February 21, 2023


Convenors: Yang Liu, Xiaolong Dong, James Head, Jorn Helbert

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