ExoOceans Study Group meeting

Science Strategy for Space Exploration of the Outer Solar System Icy Moons Oceans

13-14 November, Observatoire de Paris, France

The “ExoOceans” study will focus on  worlds that have the potential to harbor undersurface liquid water oceans and the implications to improve our understanding of the origin and development of life on Earth in ancient hydrothermal vents 4 billion years ago. This study involves participation and support from the European Marine Board, ISSI, Paris Sciences et Lettres and the National Academy of Sciences/Space Study Board.

The outcome of this activity will be a book within the Space Science Series of ISSI published by Springer on the science results and a science policy briefing detailing a science strategy for space exploration of the outer solar system icy moons oceans.

Agenda (pdf)


  • Dr. Coustenis, Athena (Chair)- Observatoire de Meudon, France
  • Dr. Cavalazzi, Barbara- University of Bologna, Italy
  • Dr. Cazenave, Anny- International Space Science Institute, Switzerland
  • Prof. de Leeuw, Jan- NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Flögel, Sascha- GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Dr. Hand, Kevin- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
  • Dr. Hayes, Alexander- Cornell University, USA
  • Prof. House, Christopher- Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Dr. Landgraf, Markus- European Space Agency - ESTEC, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Mees, Jan- Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee- Belgium
  • Dr. Olsson-Francis, Karen- Open University, UK
  • Dr. Postberg, Franck- Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Prof. Raulin, François- Université Paris Est Créteil, France
  • Dr. Rettberg, Petra- German Aerospace Center, Germany
  • Prof. Rodrigo, Rafael- International Space Science Institute, Switzerland
  • Dr. Sommer, Stefan- GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Dr. Sotin, Christophe- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
  • Dr. Tobie, Gabriel- Laboratoire de Planetologie et Geodynamique, France
  • Dr. Wenzhöfer, Frank- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Dr. Cabezas, Patricia- European Science Foundation, France
  • Mr. Walter, Nicolas- European Science Foundation, France