Meeting Location and Dates
We are happy to announce the Seventh International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration scheduled for January 13–17, 2020 at Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas (CADIC), Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Tierra del Fuego was chosen as the site of the conference with the goal of expanding the Mars polar community to researchers in South America and because of its proximity to unique polar geomorphic terrains, including piedmont glacier moraines, maars and lahars, Cenozoic volcanic terrain and associated glaciations, subglacial eruptions, and the large discharge glaciers of the South Patagonian Ice Cap.
CADIC is the southernmost scientific research facility outside of Antarctica, and it will host the ICMPSE in the southern hemisphere for the first time since the conference was conceived. Expert guidance from local scientists at CADIC will assist in the organization of multi-day, pre- and post-conference field trips along with options for a one-day, mid-conference field trip.
Purpose and Scope
The Seventh International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration is the latest in a continuing series of conferences intended to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the polar regions of Mars. This group is international and interdisciplinary, and we welcome any interested scientist with relevant theoretical, experimental, or field experience.
The conference is designed to highlight and define the current state of Mars polar research, pulling together expertise from many fields, including geology, atmospheric science, and climate science. Primarily, the aim is to focus on advances made since the sixth conference, and to give attendees the opportunity to share their research with like-minded colleagues. The focus will also be on terrestrial analogs that can enhance our interpretation of remote sensing data from Mars, and on concepts for future missions. Several optional field trips before, after, and during the conference will highlight the beauty of Patagonia and its relevance as a terrestrial analog to the polar and ice-populated regions of Mars. With the overarching goal of fully understanding the polar environments on Mars and contributing to the advance of planetary science, we will synthesize outstanding questions and developments in a publication dedicated to the results of this conference.
Another goal of this conference is to define options and science priorities for future missions and to serve as an important resource for scientists wishing to develop instruments, propose spacecraft, or participate as members of a science team in response to future Announcements of Opportunity. During the technical sessions, outstanding questions and methods to address them will be recorded and published at a later date. There will be time dedicated to preparing for the upcoming Decadal Survey, and for discussion of white papers leading up to that process.