Fermor Meeting, 19-20 May, 2014: Comparative Planetology

Fermor Meeting 2014: Comparative Planetology

A great deal of new data on the terrestrial planets and moons has been produced recently from numerous planetary orbiters, together with rovers. This meeting is planned to bring together scientists who are studying aspects of planetary science on terrestrial planets in the inner solar system. Presentations will fall under three broad themes:

  • Planetary crusts and interiors,
  • Planetary surfaces
  • Surface processes (including volcanism, tectonic activity, sedimentation, and impact cratering), and planetary climates and atmospheres.

Links between the three themes will be investigated, to develop ideas of exchange between the interior, exterior and atmosphere of planetary-scale bodies.


Topics for discussion

• Internal structures
• Volcanism
• Tectonics
• Sedimentation
• Cratering 
• Analogues
• Samples, 
• Rovers 
• Remote sensing

Invited Speakers

Dr David Catling (University of Washington, Seattle USA) – Atmospheric evolution on Rocky Planets;
Dr Mary Bourke (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) – Blows and flows on Martian dunes;
Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial, London, UK) – Recent explorations of the Curiosity rover;
Dr Nick Tosca (St Andrews, UK) – Alien surfaces: interpreting the mineralogical record of early Earth and Mars

David W Mittlefehldt (JSC Houston) – Dawn at Vesta


Professor Hilary Downes FGS
Professor Ian Crawford FRAS
Dr Peter Grindrod FGS, FRAS


There is a registration fee for this meeting and RAS Fellows are eligible for the same rate as GSL Fellows. You can register either online or by downloading the PDF registration form from the ‘Downloads box’, and sending a completed copy to Naomi Newbold. To apply online or download form please visit: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/fermor14

To receive the GSL Fellow rate online please ensure that you are logged in as a Fellow. RAS Fellows need to select the ‘Other Societies’ option. Please note that the registration fees do not include accommodation.

Further information about how to book accommodation will be sent with your registration confirmation details.

A draft programme will be available shortly.



More information can be found at: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/fermor14