What new insights might come from a synergistic approach to planetary studies, where exoplanet and solar system scientists share data sets, develop and tune models jointly, and encourage postdoctoral fellowship and faculty positions that transcend the exoplanet and solar system divide?

Join us in Quy Nhon for a unique conference

“Planetary Systems: A Synergistic View”

19-25 July 2015

With exciting new results coming from both exoplanet observations and solar system exploration missions, it sometimes seems that the two fields of “planetary studies” aren’t talking to each other. This conference will bring together exoplanet and solar system specialists to address the major new observational projects and what we expect to learn over the next decade. The conference will be organized along the following major themes:

  • Lessons from Solar Systems and Exoplanets
  • Comparative Studies of Planet Formation
  • Criteria for Habitability and Lessons from our Solar System
  • Future Missions

Since 1993 the Rencontres du Vietnam, which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organised international scientific conferences and thematic schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world.

The International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE <http://rencontresduvietnam.org/>) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam)  has the ambitious objective to focus on developing science and education, helping young Asian students and scientists to meet with the international science community, bringing the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge by attending lectures and sharing ideas with overseas high-level counterparts.

ICISE Location(Click on the picture to locate ICISE on Google Maps with satellite view,  or click here for standard view.)

The Rencontres du Vietnam on 

Planetary Systems: A Synergistic View

will focus on the newly emergent, but already mature, science of planetary research and aim to bring together solar system and exoplanet researchers for a truly synergistic view of how planetary systems form and evolve.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited indepth oral presentations (review talks and talks on specific specialised topics), and contributed papers, in the form of relatively short oral papers or posters. We will aim to achieve a balance between review talks, provocative talks given by recognized specialists, and shorter contributions, special emphasis being placed on active participation by younger researchers and post-docs. Parallel sessions are foreseen, and are being organised as the need arises.

This will be the 11th meeting in this series of topical international multidisciplinary meetings, created by Jean Trân Thanh Vân and which has in the past covered many topics in physics, astrophysics and biology. All sessions take place in the newly created International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education, in the university town of Quy Nhon, in Vietnam. Meals are served in the center to all participants, in order to enhance interaction between scientists at all levels. Participation is limited to about 150 persons.

Links to other recent meetings in this series may be found at http://vietnam.in2p3.fr.

The meeting will be articulated around the results and their impact on planetary science from major new observational projects which have recently been commissioned, or are being projected – the leitmotif of the meeting will be what are we likely to learn over the next decade.

The detailed scientific programme is currently in the works; if you urgently need information which is currently not available on this site, you may contact Kathy May, at the email address: [email protected].

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Organizing Institution

Rencontres du Vietnam
Jean Tran Thanh Van


International Advisory Committee

Roger Blandford
Stanford University, USA

Adam Burrows
Princeton University, USA

Michael Turner
University of Chicago, USA


Scientific Program Committee

Jonathan Lunine (Chair)
Cornell University, USA

Bethany Ehlmann
Caltech, Pasadena, USA

Heidi Hammel
AURA, Washington, DC, USA

Lisa Kaltenegger
Cornell University, USA

Jim Kasting
Penn State University, USA

Heather Knutson
Caltech, Pasadena, USA

Eduardo Martin
CAB, CSIC-INTA, Madrid, Spain

Yamila Miguel
OCA, Nice, France



Supporting Institutions

Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam/NAFOSTED

Rencontres de Moriond/ARISF


Contact Us

For questions regarding the scientific program, please contact:

Jonathan Lunine ([email protected])
Cornell University, USA

Kathy May ([email protected])
Cornell University, USA

For administrative information, please contact:

Aimie Fong ([email protected])
Secretary of the Rencontres du Vietnam

BP 33, F-91192, Gif sur Yvette, France
Tel: 33 (0)1 69 28 51 35 / 33(0)7 81 29 44 15