The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL / Birkbeck


CPS Summer Meeting 2021

This year's Summer Meeting will be held on Thursday 9 September 2021 as a virtual event.

The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck is delighted to host our 11th Summer Meeting on Thursday 9th September 2021, for CPS colleagues and associates.

With the success of the online event last year and uncertainties about when everyone will return to a fully-open campus, we have decided to adopt a virtual format again. 

The online format is also an opportunity to share our research with a wider audience, so please contact the meeting organiser (joanna.fabbri at ucl.ac.uk) for the meeting link if you have not received this already and are interested in attending.

Please find the schedules for the morning and afternoon talk and poster sessions below. 

The programme and abstracts can also be found in the following document, together with Zoom meeting guidance for attendees on the day:

Morning Session: Talks (10:00 - 12:30)
10:00 - 10:10

Dr Dominic Papineau

CPS Director, UCL Earth Sciences / LCN

10:10 - 10:30

Prof Geraint Jones

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Comet Interceptor Mission
10:30 - 10:50

Qasim Afghan

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Gaps in the dust tails of comets C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS) and C/2002 F1 (Utsunomiya)
10:50 - 11:10

Dr Will Dunn

MSSL / Harvard CfA

Mostly: Orbyts – Planetary Science Research-with-Schools Projects

But also: X-rays from Jupiter and Uranus Highlights
11:10 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Affelia Wibisono

Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Jupiter's X-ray aurora during UV dawn storms and injections as observed by XMM-Newton, Hubble, and Hisaki
11:40 - 12:00

Prof Nick Achilleos

UCL Physics and Astronomy

The Magnetodisk Regions of Jupiter and Saturn
12:00 - 12:20

Dr Dimitrios Millas

UCL Physics and Astronomy
Compressibility of the Jovian magnetosphere
Morning Session: Posters (12:20 - 12:30)
12:20 - 12:25

Matthew Cheng

UCL Physics and Astronomy

Automated bow shock and magnetopause boundary classification at Saturn using statistics of magnetic fields and particle flux
12:25 - 12:30

Zuri Gray

MSSL / Armagh Observatory

Polarimetry of Comet 67P

12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK 
Afternoon Session: Talks (13:30 - 16:00)
13:30 - 13:50

Dr Dominic Papineau

UCL Earth Sciences / LCN

The search for evidence of extraterrestrial life guided by biosignatures in sedimentary rocks from the Early Earth
13:50 - 14:10

Dr Shahab Varkouhi

UCL Earth Sciences

Biogenic silica diagenesis and anomalous compaction in deep-sea depositional systems
14:10 - 14:30

Dr Lauren McKeown

Birkbeck Earth & Planetary Sciences

Spiders on Mars
14:30 - 14:40COFFEE BREAK 
14:40 - 15:00

Richard Haythornthwaite

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Deriving Cassini spacecraft potentials, cross-track and along-track ion velocities in Titan’s ionosphere using measurements from CAPS ELS and IBS
15:00 - 15:20

Alexandra Thompson

MSc Planetary Science student, UCL P&A

Characterising the Effects of Active Host Stars on Exoplanet Transmission Spectra
15:20 - 15:40

Prof Andrew Coates

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

PanCam: the ‘science eyes’ of the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars 2022) rover
15:40 - 16:00

Lorenzo Pica Ciamarra

Summer student, UCL P&A
Unified transit and eclipse atmospheric retrievals yield better-constrained chemical abundances and TP profiles


Abstract submission: Now closed

CPS colleagues are invited to send an abstract for consideration, of no more than one A4 page, stating your preference for a talk or poster, which should be emailed to joanna.fabbri at ucl.ac.uk, by Friday 20 August