"From Giotto to Rosetta"
  50th ESLAB Symposium


ESLAB is an annual meeting organised formerly by the Research and Scientific Support Department and now by the Scientific Support Office of the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. This year the meeting focuses on a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the C1P/Halley encounter by Giotto and also the ongoing Rosetta investigation of C67P.

30 years ago Giotto opened the window to the mysteries of comets. Rosetta has been able to open this window much wider through its long term escort and by deploying the lander Philae on a comet's surface. In this meeting, scientists from the numerous cometary missions will come together to compare and build upon their achievements.

The meeting will be organized in a series of plenary sessions focusing on the following themes:

1) Nucleus surface and interior
2) Process of cometary activity and nucleus-inner coma interaction
3) Coma composition and physical properties (dust, refractories, volatiles, plasma)
4) Cometary origins and evolution of the solar system
5) New and un-resolved questions in cometary science and how to resolve them.

The meeting will run from Monday 14 March to Friday 18 March 2016, with Wednesday afternoon dedicated to a Rosetta Science Working team meeting, to which all participants are invited.

The 50th ESLAB Symposium will take place on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Leiden at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

The symposium will feature both talks and posters. 

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