EnVision Paris Conference 12-14 Feb 2020

EnVision Paris Conference
12-14 Feb 2020

Abstract submission is now open : <click here>

Scope of the conference

The conference will welcome all presentations related to the EnVision mission’s payload and its science investigations.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Thomas Widemann, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, France  (Chair)
  • Veronique Ansan, LPG, University de Nantes, France
  • Francesca Bovolo, CICT, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  • Doris Breuer, DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
  • Lorenzo Bruzzone, Università di Trento, Italy
  • Bruce Campbell, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
  • Anne Davaille, FAST, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France
  • Caroline Dumoulin, LPG, Université de Nantes, France
  • Alice le Gall, LATMOS, IPSL, France
  • Cedric Gillmann, Free University of Brussels, Belgium 
  • Richard Ghail, Dpt. Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Jörn Helbert, DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
  • Scott Hensley, NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • Walter Kiefer, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
  • Goro Komatsu, IRSPS, Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy
  • Mikhail Ivanov, V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Emmanuel Marcq, LATMOS, IPSL, France
  • Philippa Mason, Dpt. Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Pascal Rosenblatt, LPG, Université de Nantes, France
  • Takehiko Satoh, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, Japan
  • Christophe Sotin, NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • Aymeric Spiga, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), IPSL, France
  • Ann Carine Vandaele, Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA/IASB), Belgium
  • Colin Wilson, Dpt. Physics, University of Oxford, UK


Abstracts may cover all aspects of Venus science related to EnVision mission’s science goals. We are not inviting proposals for new payloads, but instead invite proposals for science investigations to be carried out, or targets to be observed, with the existing payload.

Abstract submission – click for instructions

Key dates

  • 8 Nov 2019 – First announcement released
  • 15 Nov 2019 – Abstract submission opens
  • 14 Dec 2019 – Abstract submission due
  • 30 Dec 2019 – Notification of abstract acceptance & draft programme schedule
  • 10 Jan 2020 – Final program schedule released
  • 11 Feb 2020 19:00-21:00 Welcome reception, Paris Observatory
  • 12-14 Feb 2020 – EnVision International Conference

Provisional session list

  • EnVision mission overview
  • Surface
  • Interior
  • Activity detection
  • Atmosphere
  • Evolution


The conference will take place in central Paris at CNES headquarters, salle de l’Espace (maximum 128 participants). The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) is the French government space agency. CNES is jointly operated by the French Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Research and Higher Education.

Link to google map here

CNES Paris headquarters entrance, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75001 Paris
CNES Paris headquarters Salle de l’Espace seats 128.

Airport transportation

The simplest and fastest way from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris is the City train RER line B (about 45 min). This not an easy walk across the airport if you are not familiar with it. Once at the train station’s large atrium, follow escalators down to Paris city trains (RER B) and Grandes Lignes trains (TGV intercity trains) to buy Paris train tickets. Be sure to use the Paris Ile-de-France box machines and not the SNCF TGV vending machines. Also note that the RER B platform sign also reads Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, it’s simply the name of the station as a whole. Your RER train ticket is also good for connections onto the Paris Metro and other RER train lines once you’ve arrived in Paris. Useful sites give you directions and recommendations, such as this one.


We are working on a block of rooms at the Novotel Paris Les Halles, adjacent to CNES headquarters and convenient RER/Metro connections at Forum des Halles. You may of course find cheaper rates online at this or other hotels.

Welcome reception / registration

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 19:00-21:30

The welcome reception / registration will take place at Paris Observatory’s historical building. Established in Dec. 1666 by Louis XIV and designed as “une forteresse à la conquête des cieux” (a fortress to conquer the skies), Paris Observatory is world’s oldest astronomical institution operated continuously since its foundation, with famous figures such as Cassini, Huygens, Römer, Arago, Humboldt, Le Verrier, Foucault, Fresnel, Fizeau. Perfectly oriented North-South, it was designed by architect Claude Perrault (1613-1688) as a Prime Meridian and Universal time reference until international adoption of the Greenwich Meridian at the turn of 20th Century.

Paris Observatory, established 1666 and build 1667-1672 under the reign of King Louis XIV, is still operated today and is the oldest institution of its kind

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