Our Code of Conduct

Welcome to Nice and to the HoRSE workshop!

  • We are committed to make this meeting an enjoyable and scientifically productive experience for everyone, regardless of their gender, race, religion, belief, etc. As such, we will not tolerate harassment of participants or other manifestations of intolerance.
  • Be considerate, be professional, be kind to others. When you choose your language, imagery, or actions, do not only think about your intentions, but also about the potential impact on others.
  • Participants breaking this code of conduct will be asked to rectify their behaviour immediately and, if necessary, to leave the workshop.
  • Any participants can report a violation of the code to the co-chairs, SOC, and LOC members. Reports will be strictly confidential.

Official conference hashtag is #NiceExoplanets

Scientific Rationale

The search for signs of life elsewhere in the Universe requires the remote detection of molecules in the atmospheres of exoplanets. Progress with high-resolution spectroscopy with ground-based instruments has led to detections of atomic (Na) and molecular species (CO, H2O) in the atmospheres of hot giants. From the Doppler shift of the planet spectral lines, it has been possible to constrain atmospheric winds, planet rotation, and even the orbital inclination of non-transiting planets. Not only do current detections inform us about the composition and thermal structure of planetary atmospheres, but they also have the potential to constrain the universal mechanism for planet formation (preferential birth location of the planet in its protoplanetary disc, etc.). However, the planet-hosting stars are covered with a complex and stochastic patterns associated with convective heat transport (i.e., granulation). The resulting stellar activity, associated to other phenomena such as magnetic spots and rotation, can bias the detection and characterization of exoplanetary signals. The synergy between stellar physics and planetology is essential to interpret and quantify exoplanet spectra. 

The advent of new high-resolution spectrographs at large and medium-size telescope facilities (CRIRES+, GIARPS, SPIRou, IGRINS, iSHELL, etc...) with unprecedented throughput and spectral range will extend the sample of exoplanets that can be targeted with this technique towards cooler and smaller planets. Given the high degree of complementarity between high-resolution spectroscopy from the ground and low-resolution spectroscopy from space, coupling measurements from the two techniques will be crucial for the next stage of comparative exo-planetology, especially on the targets found by the TESS mission. When finally implemented at Extremely Large Telescopes, high-resolution spectroscopy will have the potential to identify biomarkers in the atmospheres of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of M-dwarf stars.

Important Dates


  • January, 2018: First announcement. Registration is CLOSED
  • April 30th, 2018: Deadline for financial support request check here for information 
  • June 30th, 2018: Deadline for registration and abstract submission 
  • October 1st, 2018: The workshop starts



This workshop is a crossroad between planetology and stellar physics. 
The SOC includes people from both communities.

- Lionel Bigot (OCA, France) - Stellar Physics
- Jayne Birkby (UvA, The Netherlands) - Planetology
- Matteo Brogi (University of Warwick, UK), co-chair – Planetology

- Tiago Campante (University of Porto, Portugal) - Stellar Physics
- Andrea Chiavassa (OCA, France), co-chair - Stellar Physics
- Ian Crossfield (MIT, USA) - Planetology
- Dainis Dravins (Lund Observatory, Sweden) - Stellar Physics
- Luca Fossati (Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute, Austria) - Stellar Physics
- Tristan Guillot (OCA, France) - Planetology
- Mercedes Lopez-Morales (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard, USA) - Planetology
- Elisabeth Newton (MIT, USA) - Stellar Physics
- Emily Rauscher (University of Michigan, USA) - Planetology
- Nuno C. Santos (University of Porto, Portugal) - Stellar Physics
- Alessandro Sozzetti (Osservatorio astronomico di Torino, Italy) – Planetology


- Andrea Chiavassa, (OCA, France) 
- Lionel Bigot (OCA, France) 
- Sophie Rousset (OCA, France)
- Isabelle Lapassat (OCA, France)
- Christine Delobelle (OCA, France)



For any information, please contact horse@sciencesconf.org


Online user: 1