The Indian Planetary Science Association (IPSA) is hosting the 4th Indian Planetary Science Conference (IPSC-2023) at the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. It is a three-day conference scheduled for March 22-24, 2023.
In the context of upcoming planetary missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, and other planetary bodies that will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), DOS, IPSA was established to promote planetary science activities in India with an important task to create a much-needed planetary science community in India. With the participation of all stakeholders, IPSA will encourage Indian scientists and academies to develop a long-term vision.
The primary goal of IPSC is to provide a single platform for planetary researchers to present and discuss their research accomplishments and thus drive India’s planetary exploration. The IPSC-2023 conference will discuss the Indian planetary missions that have already been launched, and the science that has been derived from them, and provide a framework for future Indian missions and related challenges in instrument development and exploration.
The conference aims to highlight recent advances, results, and studies related to the atmosphere, surface, and interior of solar system planetary bodies, as well as planetary processes and early solar system evolution. Around 200 delegates from various academic and research institutes across the country, as well as the ISRO/DOS centres, will attend the conference, which will include young researchers, distinguished scientists, and engineers.
S. Somanath, Chairman, ISRO & Secretary, DoS, will inaugurate the IPSC-2023 and deliver the inaugural talk on “Indian Capabilities for Space and Planetary Exploration” on 22 March morning. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Former Chairman ISRO/Secretary DOS, and currently the Chairman of the PRL Council of Management, will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural function.
Lunar Science and Exploration, Martian Atmosphere and Surface Processes, Space and Planetary Instrumentation, Solar System Processes, Meteorites and Small Bodies, Venusian Atmosphere and Surface Processes, and Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, and Exoplanets are among the sessions on the scientific programme.
As part of the 5th PRL-IAPT Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Lecture, a public lecture will be held on March 22nd at 6 PM.