Presentation Meeting 2013 - L2 and L3 science themes
Announcement and registration
Science Themes for the L2 and L3 missions
Institut Océanographique de Paris
Before the end of the year, the science themes to be explored by ESA's next two Large (L-class) missions will be decided. In September, an open meeting in Paris will hear from the scientists who proposed the new themes, as the next phase of ESA's Science Programme begins to be mapped out. All interested parties are invited to attend. This two-day presentation is part of the process that will lead to the selection of the science themes and associated questions for the L2 and L3 missions, expected to launch in 2028 and 2034 respectively.
The selection process began in March with a Call for White Papers issued to the broad scientific community, asking for proposals for science themes for the two L-class missions.
The Call sought White Papers which would propose the science questions to be addressed by a new L-class mission. The community was also invited to suggest a strawman mission concept (one which is incomplete but contains the main ideas for a mission), or suggest elements of missions, such as how to obtain certain measurements that might help in answering a key science question. White Papers could also be used to suggest observatory-type missions and survey-type missions.
More than 30 White Papers were received in response to the Call, covering a broad range of topics in space science. There were suggestions drawn from astronomy, heliophysics, planetary science, and fundamental physics.
Spokespersons from a broad choice of the received White Papers have been invited to introduce and advocate their proposed science themes, at the meeting in Paris, France.
The workshop will also be attended by the members of a Senior Survey Committee (SSC), composed of internationally recognized scientists whose expertise spans a broad domain. This committee has been appointed by the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration to advise him on the definition of the science themes and questions to be addressed by the L2 and L3 missions. The SSC will meet with, and exchange views with, the Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC). The SSC may seek further clarifications from the White Papers spokespersons and is also free to seek additional views on the science questions proposed by consulting with additional members of the scientific community.
In October 2013, the SSC is expected to recommend the two science themes that should be addressed by the L2 and the L3 launch opportunities. Based on the SSC recommendation the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration will make a proposal to the Science Programme Committee (SPC).
The selection of science themes for the L2 and L3 missions will be made by the SPC in mid-November. The issue of the Call for the L2 mission is anticipated during 2014, while the Call for the L3 mission is expected to be issued around the end of the decade.
Interested parties from the scientific community, industry, national funding agencies, and international partners are invited to attend this event. If you wish to attend this event, you must register in advance because of the limited capacity of the venue. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.