Scientific Rationale

The conference aims at bringing together experts from different disciplines (tectonics, geodynamics, geophysics, structural geology, remote sensing, and geological mapping among others) to discuss the general topic of geology, physics, and chemistry of planetary environments, both in the Solar System and beyond. The growing body of geophysical data collected in the last decades represents the proper tool to improve our understanding of the main topics of the conference, namely rocky, icy and ocean worlds.

The main goal is to prepare the next generation of planetary geologists, (geo)physicists and astronomers to embark on this exciting and challenging research field. Multidisciplinary contributions dealing with studies, observations, experiments/modelling on planetary surface environments (including terrestrial analogues), planetary geodynamics and interactions between endogenous and exogenous processes are warmly welcome. PhD students, post-Docs and young researchers are encouraged to submit and present their studies, the results of their research as well as ideas or projects. The Scientific Organizing Committee will select talks and posters by young presenting authors preferentially that will be published in the workshop proceedings. The contribution of invited experts, the discussions during the scientific sessions, and the comparison between different methodologies of investigation will allow for the development or strengthening of synergies also between scientists and young researchers of different fields.

The interactions will be also favoured in the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the medieval location Antico Spedale del Bigallo, close to Florence, Tuscany, during breaks, social events, and a round table.

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