Peter Read is a Professor in the Department of Physics, and Fellow and Tutor in Physics at Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK. In the Department he leads the Geophysical and Planetary Fluid Dynamics group, which investigates the fundamental dynamics underpinning the circulations of planetary atmospheres and oceans. He is additionally Joint Chair of the Oxford-Met Office Academic Partnership, which was launched formally in October 2013. In this role, Read works with various colleagues across the whole of the University to promote stronger links and collaboration between Oxford researchers and the Met Office and its other academic partners.
Bruce Fegley is a professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the McDonnell Center for Space Sciences at Washington University in St Louis. He studies chemical processes in protoplanetary accretion disks, during accretion of the Earth & Moon, in planetary atmospheres in our solar system and exoplanetary systems, and in brown dwarfs and cool stars. Professor Fegley is the author of over 140 refereed scientific publications and of three books: "The Planetary Scientist's Companion" with K. Lodders (OUP), "Chemistry of the Solar System" with K. Lodders (RSC), and "Practical Chemical Thermodynamics for Geoscientists" (Elsevier). He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, did postdoctoral work at Harvard with AGW Cameron, and has been at Washington University since 1991.
Steven Freeland is Dean of the School of Law and Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna; Permanent Visiting Professor at the iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen; Member of Faculty at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law; Visiting Professor at Université Toulouse1 Capitole; Adjunct Professor at University of Adelaide; Associate Member at the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University; and a former Marie Curie Fellow (2013-2014). He has been an expert assessor for Government Research Councils in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, and has taught at Universities in over 20 countries.
Shuanggen Jin is Professor at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS. He received the B.Sc degree in Geodesy from Wuhan University in 1999 and the Ph.D degree in Geodesy from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. His main research areas include Satellite Navigation, Remote Sensing, Satellite Gravimetry, Space/Planetary Exploration and Dyanmics. He has published over 300 papers in JGR, IEEE, EPSL, GJI, Icarus, JG, Proceedings etc. with more than 1700 citations, 7 books/monographs and 8 patents/software copyrights. Prof. Jin has been President of the International Association of CPGPS (2016-2017), Chair of IUGG Union Commission on Planetary Sciences (UCPS) (2015-2019), President of International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) (2013-2017),Vice-President of the IAG Commission 2 (2015-2019), Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Geosciences (2010-), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2014-), Associate Editor of Journal of Navigation (2014-), Associate Editor of Advances in Space Research (2013-), Editorial Board member of GPS Solutions (2016-), Journal of Geodynamics (2014-) and Planetary and Space Science (2014-). He has received four Provincial Awards of 2nd Prize, 100-Talent Program of CAS (2010), Fellow of IAG (2011), Fu Chengyi Youth Sci. & Tech. Award (2012) and Xia Jianbai Award of Geomatics (2014) etc.
Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College and teaches government classes at Harvard Summer School. She has served as a member of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, the Advisory Committee of the Secure World Foundation, on the faculty of the International Space University, and testified on space related matters before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions. She is the author of multiple books and articles on space, including Space Warfare in the 21st Century: Arming the Heavens (2016).
Dr. E.C. Krupp is an American astronomer and has been the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles since 1974. He first joined the Griffith Observatory in 1970, working as a part-time Planetarium Lecturer, and upon completion of his graduate degree, was appointed Curator in 1972. He is now recognized internationally as an expert on ancient, prehistoric, and traditional astronomy, and has visited nearly 1800 ancient and prehistoric sites throughout the world, regularly leading field study tours to exotic locations that have astronomical and archaeological interest.
Dr. Krupp is the author and editor of several books on the celestial component of human belief systems, and has written several astronomy books for children. He is a contributing editor with a monthly column in Sky & Telescope magazine; frequent lecturer and veteran leader of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension field study tours.
Stephen Lewis is Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University and has taught natural and physical sciences at all levels at both the OU and previously Oxford University. His research interests include investigations of the dynamics and modelling of planetary atmospheres (including terrestrial, giant, extra-solar planets and paleoEarth) and the interpretation of spacecraft atmospheric observations, pioneering data assimilation techniques applied to Mars. He is a Co-Investigator for instruments presently orbiting Mars on both ESA/Roscosmos and NASA spacecraft. His work also includes entry, descent and landing studies for spacecraft. As part of his Open University work, he has been the Lead Academic for BBC television programmes on weather and planetary science and is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Stephanie Werner is a section leader for Comparative Planetology at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, where she is a geophysicist with supplementary background in astrophysics and planetary remote sensing. During her graduate and early post-doctoral years at Free University Berlin, Stephanie portrayed the evolutionary history and chronostratigraphy of Mars. Later at the Geological Survey of Norway, she studied cratering on Earth, modeled potential field data, specifically satellite gravity data over the Barents Sea, and tested modeling applications for dynamical processes on other planetary bodies. In 2009, she was recruited by the Center for Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) to advance Comparative Planetology activities at the University of Oslo, as the first scientist in this field in Norway. At PGP she established an ArcGIS database for all terrestrial planets and the Earth’s Moon, utilizing all data globally available. Stephanie continued studying the geological evolution of terrestrial planets, for example, she deciphered the volcanic evolutionary history of Mars and the formation of landforms mainly through fluvial activity. She studies cratering processes, crater morphologies, projectile populations and their flux evolution to advance the cratering statistics method – generally the only method to date planetary surfaces.
Frances Westall trained in Geology and Marine Geology at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cape Town. Her research then diversified to Geobiology and Astrobiology through positions at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the University of Bologna, the Johnson Space Center and the Lunar and Planetary Institute and, since 2002, the CNRS in Orléans where she took over the leadership of the Exobiology Group. Under her leadership the group’s activities have ranged from prebiotic chemistry, planetology, early Earth geology, microbial palaeontology, to the space missions and the development of space instrumentation. She was a key member of the science definition team for the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars mission and continues to play a leading role in the mission. She is past president of the French Exobiology group and present president of the European Astrobiology Network Association. She has received numerous awards from NASA for her contribution to space exploration activities and in 2016 she was awarded the André Dumont medal of the Belgian Geological Society.
Alexander Zakharov is a Secretary on science of the Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia. The main science interests are space plasma, dust dynamics in the lunar exosphere, the Martian moons, small bodies. He served as co-investigator of several space experiments on wave-particle interaction in the Earth`s magnetosphere, ion composition of plasma in the Martian magnetosphere and as a project scientist of the Phobos-2 mission. Currently he is a principal investigator of the experiment to study the lunar exosphere onboard the Russian lunar lander. From 2005 he is a member of the Council on Space of the Russian Academy of Sciences, from 2013 - an Editorial board member of the Solar System Research science magazine.
Dr. Oded Aharonson's research is broad and includes addressing questions in Mars surface geology, crustal structure, Mercury’s geophysics and magnetic field, impact cratering on various scales, Titan’s lakes and climate, and planetary ice. He is a member of various spacecraft investigations of solar system bodies, including the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Cassini mission to Titan, the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, and is the lead scientist for Israeli mission to the Moon, SpaceIL.
Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology. His academic interests encompass life in extreme environments, the interactions of microbes with minerals and the implications for earth system processes and the habitability of extraterrestrial environments. He received his first degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Bristol and his PhD (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in molecular biology. He then undertook a National Research Council Associateship at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California before working at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. He moved to the Open University to take up a Chair in Geomicrobiology in 2005. He is a Senior Editor of the journal, Astrobiology. Popular science books include ‘Impossible Extinction’ (CUP), which explores the tenacity of microbes on the Earth, and ‘Space on Earth’ (Macmillan) which looks at the links between environmentalism and space exploration. He is also author of the undergraduate text book, ‘Astrobiology: Understanding Life in the Universe’ published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is first or co-author on over 250 papers. He is Chair of the Earth and Space Foundation, a non-profit organisation he established in 1994 and was first Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Lindy Elkins-Tanton’s research is on planetesimals, the formation of terrestrial planets, and the relationships between Earth and life on Earth.
Elkins-Tanton received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT. She spent five years as a researcher at Brown University, followed by five years on MIT faculty, culminating as Associate Professor of Geology, before accepting the directorship of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science. In 2014 she moved to the directorship at Arizona State University.
Elkins-Tanton is a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. She won a National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize. She has written a six-book reference series, The Solar System. In 2013 she was named the Astor Fellow at Oxford University, and in 2015 Cambridge University Press published a volume she co-edited, titled Volcanism and Global Environmental Change. In 2016 she became a Fellow of the American Geological Union.
Nader Haghighipour is a professor of Astronomy at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. Haghighipour's research includes the formation and dynamical evolution of planetary systems, terrestrial and habitable planet formation in solar and extrasolar planetary systems, habitability, and astrobiology. Haghighipour is widely known for his research on the detection, formation, characterization, and habitability of planets in binary and multiple star systems.He is the co-discoverer of 12 planets using ground-based observations and 11 circumbinary planets using the data from the Kepler telescope. Haghighipour is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several books in planet formation, planetary dynamics, and astrobiology including a volume on extrasolar planets in the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, and the widely used and only available textbook on planets in binary star systems. In 2012, Haghighipour received a Humboldt Award for Senior Researchers from the German Humboldt Foundation for his contribution to the advancement of the field of planets in binary stars. Haghighipour is a member of several working groups related to the Kepler and TESS missions and has served at different leadership capacities at the International Astronomical Union (IAU). He is currently the president of the Division of Planetary Science and Astrobiology of the IAU.
Dr. Ram S. Jakhu possesses professional experience of over 30 years in the field of international and national Space Law and Policy as well as in providing consultation to several private and governmental entities and drafting national laws and regulations in various countries.
Shuanggen Jin is Professor at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS. He received the B.Sc degree in Geodesy from Wuhan University in 1999 and the Ph.D degree in Geodesy from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. His main research areas include Satellite Navigation, Remote Sensing, Satellite Gravimetry, Space/Planetary Exploration and Dyanmics. He has published over 300 papers in JGR, IEEE, EPSL, GJI, Icarus, JG, Proceedings etc. with more than 1700 citations, 7 books/monographs and 8 patents/software copyrights.
Prof. Jin has been President of the International Association of CPGPS (2016-2017), Chair of IUGG Union Commission on Planetary Sciences (UCPS) (2015-2019), President of International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS) (2013-2017),Vice-President of the IAG Commission 2 (2015-2019), Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Geosciences (2010-), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2014-), Associate Editor of Journal of Navigation (2014-), Associate Editor of Advances in Space Research (2013-), Editorial Board member of GPS Solutions (2016-), Journal of Geodynamics (2014-) and Planetary and Space Science (2014-). He has received four Provincial Awards of 2nd Prize, 100-Talent Program of CAS (2010), Fellow of IAG (2011), Fu Chengyi Youth Sci. & Tech. Award (2012) and Xia Jianbai Award of Geomatics (2014) etc.
Özgür Karatekin is a Research Scientist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium and Visiting Scientist at the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Former Director of Center for International Science and Technology Policy, Space Policy Institute; current Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr. Logdson is an expert on Space policy, security, space technology and history.
Patrick Michel is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique), leader of the team TOP (Theories and Observations in Planetology) of the Lagrange Laboratory at the Côte d'Azur Observatory in Nice (France), and Leader of the European team of the AIDA space projects. He is a specialist in the origin and evolution of asteroids and collisional processes. His awards include the European Planetary Science Congress Paolo Farinella prize (2013) and the American Astronomical Society’s Carl Sagan medal (2012). From 2009-2012 he was Secretary of the Planetary Science Division of the International Astronomical Union. That same union honored Dr. Michel by naming Asteroid 7561 after him.
CD Murray is a professor at the Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in all aspects of the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital evolution of dust particles to the stability of planetary orbits. His research in recent years has been dominated by work on Saturn's rings and their gravitational interaction with the small natural satellites orbiting nearby. He is also a member of the Imaging Science Subsystem Team on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and has worked on the project since 1990.
Raymond T. Pierrehumbert is the Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, having previously served as the Louis Block Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, and held faculty positions at Princeton and MIT. His interests are in the area of exoplanet climate and Early Earth climate, with continuing interests in climate questions relating to other Solar System planets as well. He is the author of the textbook Principles of Planetary Climate. Pierrehumbert is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (awarded by the Republic of France for accomplishments in science).
Tilman Spohn is director of the Institute of Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, Germany, and Professor of Planetology at the Westfa¨lische Wilhelms-University Munster, Germany. He specializes in the Thermodynamics of Planetary Interiors and in the physical problems of Astrobiology. He has numerous peer-reviewed articles to his credit and is author of several books, including lead editor for the Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd edition He has served as chairperson and member of significant working and advisory groups, including chair of the European Space Agency’s space science advisory committee, president of the planetary science section of American Geophysical Union, and editor for the journals Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Reviews of Geophysics, and the Treatise on Geophysics. He is the recipient of the 2013 European Geosciences Union Runcorn-Florensky Medal and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of humankind. In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the Time 100 list. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. During his NASA tenure, a record 10 major new flight projects were started and deep reforms of NASA’s scientific research and the education and public outreach programs were put in place. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute. Dr. Stern has over 30 years of experience in space instrument development, with a strong concentration in ultraviolet technologies. He has been a Principal Investigator (PI) in NASA's UV sounding rocket program, and was the project scientist on a Shuttle-deployable SPARTAN astronomical satellite. He was the PI of the advanced, miniaturized HIPPS Pluto breadboard camera/IR spectrometer/UV spectrometer payload. Dr. Stern is also the PI of the Alice UV Spectrometer for the ESA/NASA Rosetta comet orbiter, launched in 2004, and served as the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009. Dr. Stern's academic research has focused on studies of our solar system's Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon.
Professor Strobel is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences of The Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is on the Principal Professional Staff of Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the author of approximately 200 journal publications and 25 book chapters. Professor Strobel is currently the Cassini Mission Orbiter Interdisciplinary Scientist for Aeronomy and a Co-Investigator on the New Horizons Pluto Kuiper-Belt Mission. Previously, he served as Co-Investigator/Science Team Leader of the Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment on the Voyager Mission. Professsor Strobel was a member of the Outer Planets Study Team of the NAS-ESF Joint Working Group on Planetary Exploration, 1983, that constructed plans for the Cassini-Huygens Mission and wrote its science objectives.
Robert Strom is Professor Emeritus of planetary sciences in the Department of Planetary Sciences and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is also the former Director of the Space Imagery Center; a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility. His main fields of expertise are planetary geology and geophysics, impact craters and global warming. Strom has been a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of London Observatory, and visiting professor at the Institute for Space Astrophysics in Rome, Italy, and at the Dept. of Science, University d’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy.
Strom has been a member of the Lunar Operations Working Group for the Apollo missions to the Moon, Deputy Team Leader of the Imaging Team for the Mariner 10 mission to Venus and Mercury, a member of the Imaging Team for the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and a member of the science team for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. He has served on many NASA advisory committees, and has been active in planetary exploration, research and teaching for over 50 years. He is the recipient of six NASA awards, and the Career Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Arizona. Strom has written over 100 papers for scientific journals, and numerous invited chapters for books about the planets. He has also written a book on global warming and two books on Mercury.
Lev Matveevich Zeleny, a distinguished Russian space physicist, has since 2013 served as Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and, since 2003, as Director of the Space Research Institute of the RAS. Other honors in Russia include current Chair of the Space Council of the RAS; from 2003-2013, Chair of the Solar System Studies section of the Space Council of the RAS; and recipient of a Presidential award for outstanding contributions to space science education. He is scientific leader of the Russian Lunar Program, and is well published in Russian, American, and international journals.