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First Workshop on Titan – Observations, Experiments, Computations, and Modeling

February 5, 2007 - February 7, 2007

Saturn’s moon Titan is the only solar system body besides Earth with a thick atmosphere and is widely considered as a natural laboratory on the planetary scale to understand the prebiotic chemistry on proto-Earth. The Cassini-Huygens mission to Titan has opened a new chapter in Solar System exploration and extraterrestrial atmospheric chemistry. On January 14, 2005, the Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan and safely landed on its surface. An extraordinary new world has been unveiled. The scientific data obtained by the Huygens experiments and by the Cassini Orbiter – currently being archived and analyzed are far from being understood.

This workshop is part of the NSF-Collaborative Research in Chemistry (CRC) Network “Chemistry of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons in Titan’s Atmosphere and the first in a series of annual meetings aimed to better understand the chemistry taking place in the atmosphere and on the surface of Titan. It brings together atmospheric modelers, astronomical observers, mission specialists, planetary scientists, physical chemists (dynamics, kinetics, photochemistry), theoreticians (electronic structure, dynamics calculations), astrobiologists, and organic chemists (hydrocarbon and nitrile chemistry). By exploring the current boundaries of planetary science and chemical knowledge, we can more effectively design new laboratory experiments under well-defined conditions (and recommend promising directions for further observational searches) and upcoming Solar System missions to resolve hitherto unanswered aspects of molecular synthesis in our Solar System.

The workshop features invited (40 min + 10 min discussion) as well as contributed talks (15 min + 5 min discussion) and is limited to 50 participants. A special session is dedicated to needs for laboratory, computational, modeling, and observational data. Registration forms and abstracts shall be submitted as outlined in the attachments (deadline: December 31, 2006). Abstract are only accepted in electronic form (doc/pdf; titan@gold.chem.hawaii.edu Additional information on speakers, the conference venue, and accommodations will be added on the web site as they become available (http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/Titan2007.html). For additional questions, please email to titan@gold.chem.hawaii.edu.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Honolulu.


February 5, 2007
February 7, 2007
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