Water during planet formation and evolution 2018

Interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Zurich, Feb 12–16 2018
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The workshop will focus on processes governing the delivery of water to planetary bodies in solar and exoplanetary systems, during their formation and long-term evolution. The respective roles of water (ice) inheritance from the interstellar medium, condensation in the protoplanetary nebula and processing and delivery during accretion will be discussed. We will further consider in detail the implications of the late-stage impact phase and long-term consequences for the remarkable diversity of processes affecting the water budget during the evolution of a planetary body. The goal of the workshop is to critically assess the interplay of theory and observations/experiments on the effects of water on planets and establish new research directions.


Water and ...

The ISM and protoplanetary disk Dust, ice and planetesimals
Evidence from the meteoritic record Laboratory experiments
Ice lines and disk dynamics Solar System formation
Gas & ice giant planets Protoplanetary collisions
Mantle-atmosphere feedback Observational prospects
Population synthesis Biomarkers & 'habitability'
The workshop schedule will be announced in December 2017. It will start on Monday noon, February 12, and end on Friday, February 16, in the afternoon.


Registration & abstract submission
Registration deadline November 15, 2017
Program announcement Early December 2017
Workshop February 12–16, 2018
If you want to update your registration information or abstract before the registration deadline, please use the link provided with the confirmation email.

More questions? Contact us at: waterzurich@gmail.com


Conference venue

The Workshop will take place at the Irchel Campus of the University of Zurich (postal address: Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich) in room Y24-G-55.

Travel to Zurich

Zurich can be reached by plane, train, international bus, or car. The international Zurich Airport (ZRH) is located about 8 km from the conference venue. Trains and buses arrive at Zurich main station (Zurich Hauptbahnhof), located in the city center, about 4 km from the conference venue. To find train connections, go to the website of Swiss railways: www.sbb.ch. For international buses, you can check: www.checkmybus.com.

Arrival from the airport

When you arrive at Zurich airport, look out for signs to the bus/tram station. Depending on which terminal you arrive at, this will be 5-10 mins walking. There will be blue ZVV ticket machines there and you can buy a one-way ticket to Zurich for 6.80 CHF. The ticket machines take cards and coins, but no banknotes. You need to take the tram no 10 in direction "Zürich, Bahnhofplatz/HB" until the stop called "Universität Irchel" (takes ~20 mins). From the tram stop, you need to cross the park to get to the campus.

Arrival from the main station

If you arrive at Zurich main station, you can take tram 7 or 14 to the stop called "Milchbuck" (takes about 10 mins) and then cross the park to get to the campus. Single tickets cost 4.40 CHF and can be purchased at the blue ZVV machines that accepts cards and coins (again, no banknotes). Up-to-date information about local transportation system is available here: www.zvv.ch


Please book hotel rooms on your own. We can recommend the following hotels, ordered by ascending distance to the workshop venue. If you are in search for someone to share a hotel room with please send us an email. We can potentially match you up with someone if enough people contact us.

Leonardo Hotel Rigihof
Swiss Youth Hostels (Schaffhauserstrasse)
Hotel Krone Unterstrass
Hotel Oerlikon Inn
Hotel Sunnenhus
Swiss Star Apartments (Zürich-Oberstrass & Oerlikon)
Hotel Züri by Fassbind

More pricy, but close to the workshop venue, are these:
Accademia Apartments
Hotel Coronado Zürich
Leoneck Swiss Hotel

Bonus tip: on many sites (for example on booking.com) you can reserve a room without prior payment and the option to cancel your reservation without any fees.


Coffee and snacks will be provided during the course of the workshop. Lunch can be taken at the mensa or restaurant of the university at Irchel campus. The workship dinner will need to be paid by the participants. We estimate the costs to be on the order of ~60–80 CHF per person. You have to indicate whether you want to participate in the dinner during your registration.


One afternoon will be free, which can be used as free time or for meetings/discussions. Alternatively, we will offer a local activity during which you can explore parts of Zurich together with the group.


The workshop will be limited to 50 participants. The list of participants will be announced together with the workshop schedule.

Funding by the University of Zurich Graduate Campus via a GRC Grant is gratefully acknowledged.
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