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ESA Workshop on the Scientific Themes of Tomorrow

Paris, 15-16 September 2004

Salle IV
125, Avenue de Suffren
75007 PARIS


Wednesday 15 September
09:00-09:05 Welcome D.Southwood
(Director of Science, ESA)
09:05-09:15 Purpose of the Workshop G.Bignami
(Chair, Space Science Advisory Committee-SSAC)
Session 1 - Solar System Science
(Solar System Working Group - SSWG)
Theme 1 - From Sun to Earth and beyond: The plasma universe
  • Coupling from electron to interplanetary scales
  • Solar magnetic fields and solar particle acceleration
  • Dynamics of non-terrestrial magnetospheres
  • Heliospheric boundaries and ISM

Theme 2 - Tracing the origin of the Solar System

  • Formation and dynamics of giant planets
  • Structure and evolution of icy satellites
  • Composition and structure of minor bodies
  • Beyond Saturn

Theme 3 - Life and habitability in the Solar System and beyond

  • Evolution of solar system environments
  • Traces of life in the solar system
  • Comparison with extra-solar habitable worlds
  • Look deep below surfaces (Mars, Europa)
09:15-09:30 Introduction to Solar System Themes W. Baumjohann
(SSWG, Acting chair)

Theme 1

09:30-10:00 From Sun to Earth and beyond:
The Plasma Universe
P. Louarn
10:00-10:30 Theme Roadmap B. Wimmer-Schweingruber

Coffee Break

Theme 2

10:45-11:15 Tracing the origin of the Solar System M. Blanc
11:15-11:45 Theme Roadmap S. Dunkin

Theme 3

11:45-12:15 Life and habitability in the Solar System and beyond F. Westall
12:15-12:45 Theme Roadmap L. Marinangeli
12:45-13:00 Closing remarks W. Baumjohann
(SSWG, Acting chair)

Lunch break

Session 2: Fundamental Physics
(Fundamental Physics Advisory Group - FPAG)
Theme 1 - Toward Quantum Gravity
  • Quantum fluctuations and Planck-scale decoherence
  • Hints about Quantum Gravity
  • String Theory from experiments on equivalence principle
  • Tests of Gravity

Theme 2 - Beyond the Standard Model

  • Implications of and motivation for results on CPT violation
  • Confirmation or failure of standard quantum mechanics
  • Fifth-force experiments
  • Variations in fundamental constants

Theme 3 - The Gravitational Wave Universe

  • Why Gravitational Wave observation is fundamental physics
  • Why opening up a broader spectral band
  • The dark side of the Universe
  • Big bang, cosmic strings, measuring acceleration of Universe
14:00-14:15 Introduction to Fundamental Physics Themes B.Schutz
(FPAG Chair)

Theme 1

14:15-14:45 Toward Quantum Gravity T. Damour
14:45-15:15 Theme Roadmap M. Sandford

Coffee break

Theme 2

15:30-16:00 Beyond the Standard Model W. Schleich
16:00-16:30 Theme Roadmap W. Ertmer

Theme 3

16:30-17:15 The Gravitational Wave Universe K. Danzmann
17:15-17:45 Theme Roadmap H. Ward
17:45-18:00 Closing remarks S. Vitale

Thursday 16 September
Session 3
Astronomy (Astronomy Working Group - AWG)
Theme 1 - Other worlds and life in the Universe: placing the Solar System into context
  • Formation of stars and planetary systems
  • Detection, census and characterization of exoplanets
  • Search for extraterrestrial life

Theme 2 - The early Universe

  • Probing inflation
  • Investigating Dark Energy
  • The observable Universe taking shape

Theme 3 - The evolving violent Universe

  • Black holes and galaxy evolution
  • Matter under extreme conditions
  • SN and the life cycle of matter
09:00-09:15 Introduction to Astronomy Themes C. Turon
(AWG Chair)

Theme 1

09:15-09:40 Other worlds and life in the Universe W. Benz
09:40-09:55 Search for Planets and Life in the Universe A. Léger
09:55-10:10 The birth of stars and planets G. White
10:10-10:25 Theme Roadmap T. Henning
10:25-10:40 Coffee Break

Theme 2

10:40-11:05 The early Universe J. Peacock
11:05-11:20 Early Universe and fundamental Physics J.L. Puget
11:20-11:35 The formation and history of Galaxies M. Griffin
11:35-11:50 Theme Roadmap P. Schneider

Theme 3

11:50-12:15 The evolving violent Universe L. Stella
12:15-12:30 Physics of the hot evolving Universe G. Hasinger
12:30-12:45 Gravity in the strong field limit and matter under extreme conditions D. Barret
12:45-13:00 Theme Roadmap C. Done

Lunch break

Session 4
Technology needs / Discussion
14:00-15:00 Technology challenges and possible mission profiles A. Peacock
15:00-15:15 European Commission Space Science E.C. Representative

Coffee break

15:30-16:15 Open Discussion Chairman: R. Pellinen
(Chair, Science Programme Committee - SPC)
16:15-16:30 Concluding remarks G. Bignami
(SSAC Chair)

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