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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Earth and Beyond - A cosmic perspective
Coordinator: Birger Schmitz, Lund University (Sweden)

Some of the world's most renowned scientists highlight recent developments in planetary research, providing a new understanding of our place in the universe. Topics include the search for Earth-like planets in other solar systems, the role of asteroids and comets for the evolution of life on Earth, water on Mars and its possible significance for extraterrestrial life, the meteoritic perspective on the condensation of the solar nebula, volcanism and impact cratering in our solar system, and the ultimate question: How might Earth's habitability come to an end, making it no longer Earth-like?

Geoscience program

08:30-08:33  Introduction
                    Birger Schmitz
Lund University (Sweden)

08:33-09:00  From gaseous giants to rocky planets: Search for extraterrestrial planets
                    Michel Mayor
University of Geneva (Switzerland)

09:00-09:30  A meteoritic perspective on the formation and early evolution of asteroids 
                    and terrestrial planets

                   Thorsten Kleine
ETH-Zürich  (Switzerland)

09:30-10:00  Volcanism in the Solar System
                    Alfred McEwen 
University of Arizona (USA)

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:00  Impact cratering on Earth and other planets
                    Christian Koeberl 
University of Vienna (Austria)

11:00-11:30  Asteroids, comets and the evolution of life
                    Walter Alvarez 
University of California, Berkeley (USA)

11:30-12:00  Mid Ordovician asteroid break-up and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification

                    Birger Schmitz
Lund University (Sweden)

StatoilHydro lecture

12:00-12:45  Water on Mars: Past and present
                    Maria Zuber 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)


Earth and Beyond