Second Announcement

International Colloquium and Workshop
"Ganymede Lander: scientific goals and experiments"
Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, Russia
4-8 March 2013

The international Ganymede Lander Colloquium and Workshop (GLCW) has the status of COSPAR Colloquium, and COSPAR and Russian Foundation for Basic Research(RFBR)act as the event's co-sponsors. GLCW will be hosted by the Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, from 4 to 8 March 2013. It will last 5 days (including the days of arrival/departure and some sightseeing events) and consists of several scientific sessions (3 days on March 5-7, 2013).

The GLCW will continue the discussion of the science problems specific to the surface experiments on Galilean satellites started at Europa Lander Workshop in 2009. The Europa Lander Roscosmos mission was planned in parallel with EJSM NASA/ESA mission to the Jupiter system. In 2011 the EJSM was dismantled, the ESA part of the mission becoming the JUICE mission with the emphasis on Ganymede. In the meanwhile the Roscosmos studies of the Europa Lander Mission have shown the incompatibility of both the Europa Lander and a small telecommunication Europa Orbiter with a single Proton launch. In order to optimize expenses, the Ganymede Lander study was initiated, and cooperation/synergy with JUICE Ganymede orbital mission is being discussed between ESA and Roscosmos. The main goal of the GLCW is to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of this transfer from Europa to Ganymede.

The main topics of the Colloquium/Workshop will be:

  • The current knowledge about Ganymede (interior, surface and exosphere). Results from previous missions (Pioneers, Voyagers, Galileo, New Horizons) and Earth-based observations; 
  • Ganymede or Europa? Astrobiology vision of Ganymede;
  • The Lander project including radiation protection issues;
  • Scientific payload for Ganymede Lander: scientific goals, scientific requirements, resources needed, technical aspects. Applicability of instrument proposed for Europa to Ganymede;
  • Synergy with JUICE mission spacecraft. Orbital constraints, radio relaying options;
  • Landing site selection priorities.

•  First announcement


Jim Head, Michel Blanc, Robert Pappalardo, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Lev Zelenyi, Maxim Martynov, Oleg Kuskov, Dmitri Titov, Alexander Basilevsky, Vladimir Zharkov, Senske David, Michele Dougherty, Hauke Hussmann, Kevin Hand.


Registration can be made using the online registration form. Important! Please register before December 17, 2012 if you need visa support from IKI. Accompanying persons are also asked to register.
The publication of proceedings is planned in a Special Issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) after the meeting. Please submit your abstract before 21 January 2013. Abstracts cannot exceed 2 pages (with figures) and can be submitted as MS Word doc, docx or rtf files. The maximum accepted file size is 2 MB. Abstracts must include the title (uppercase, 14pt), authors, affiliations, text (10pt), as shown in the template. Abstract files must be named according to the following example: "AuthorLastName_GLCW_Session.doc/rtf/pdf", where Author is assumed to give a talk at GLCW. You can upload your abstract after registration using abstract submission form (available for logged-in registered participants).
If you don’t need the visa support from LOC and you are not going to submit an abstract, the final registration deadline is extended until February 15, 2013.
• Abstract template download


The workshop will take place in Space Research Institute (IKI) located near the Kaluzhskaya metro station (Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line N6 (orange line on the Moscow metro map on the southwest of Moscow city. The plan to access to IKI from the metro station can be found here.


LOC provides a list of hotels located close to Space Research Institute (IKI). You can choose a hotel and book it using a corresponding website.
•  List of the hotels


A visa to enter Russia is required for most foreign participants. LOC provides visa support for participants registered before December 17.  For participants from EC before the end of 2012 LOC will send out official invitations to be submitted to Russian consulates in January. For  participants from other countries (for example: USA, Japan, China) Russia hasn’t the simplified visa  procedure and  we kindly ask them to register as early as possible, otherwise we cannot guarantee to send out official invitations before February 10, 2013.
Alternatively, a touristic visa to Russia can be obtained with a prepaid voucher from many hotels (see the list of Moscow hotels). Participants are encouraged to apply for the visa well in advance in order to avoid last minute problems.


  • 17 December, 2012: Registration deadline (for people with a visa application)
  • 21 January, 2013: Deadline to abstract submission
  • 4 February, 2013: Program released
  • 15 February, 2013: Final registration deadline
  • 4-8 March, 2013: Workshop in Moscow


Lev Zelenyi (IKI, Chair), Oleg Korablev (IKI), Alexander Zakharov (IKI), Anatoly Petrukovich (IKI), Leonid Ksanfomaliti (IKI), Maxim Martynov (Lavochkin Association), Michael Marov (Vernadsky Institute and Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics), Vladimir Zharkov (Shmidt Inst.), Igor Alekseev (SINP MSU), Valery Galchenko (Institute of Microbiology), Alexander Basilevsky  (Vernadsky Inst.), Oleg Kuskov (Vernadsky Inst.), Garry Popov (NIIPME MAI), Michel Blanc (IRAP-CNRS), Michelle Dougherty (Imperial College), Dmitri Titov (ESA), Jim Head (Brown Univ.), Robert T. Pappalardo (JPL), Kevin Hand (JPL), David Senske (JPL), Olga Prieto Ballesteros (Centro de Astrobiologia-INTA-CSIC), Hauke Hussmann (DLR).


L. Zelenyi (Chair), O. Korablev (Deputy Chair), K. Marchenkov (Secretary), O. Roste, D. Moiseev, E. Antonenko, N. Evdokimova, A. Ustinov.