Soft Matter in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Lisbon, December 4, 2018

Invited Speakers

University of Cologne


IA - FCUL/ULisboa

IA - FCUL/ULisboa

Rutgers University

Universität Duisburg-Essen

IDL - FCUL/ULisboa

Universität Duisburg-Essen

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9h00: Opening

9h10: "Exploring the atmosphere of Venus using a general circulation model", Gabriella Gilli, IA-FCUL

9h30: "Characterising Atmospheric Gravity Waves on the lower and upper cloud bank using Venus Express VMC and VIRTIS images", José Silva, IA-FCUL

9h45: "Granular charging at a distance", Troy Shinbrot, Rutgers University

10h20: "Electrostatics in the growth of aggregates in protoplanetary disks", André Matias, CFTC-FCUL


10h35: Coffee Break


11h10: "Comparative study of circulation regimes on planetary atmospheres", Pedro Machado, IA-FCUL

11h30: "Venus’ cloud top wind measurements with TNG/HARPSN (Doppler velocimetry) and coordinated Akatsuki observations", Ruben Gonçalves, IA-FCUL

11h45: "Collisions of Dust, Sand, and Pebbles in Planet Formation", Gerhard Wurm, Universität Duisburg-Essen


12h20: Lunch


14h00: "Physics of dunes on Earth and across the solar system", Eric Parteli, University of Cologne

14h35: "Ground-based Doppler Velocimetry: wind measurements in Saturn’s atmosphere with UVES/VLT", Miguel Silva, IA-FCUL

14h50: "InSAR Meteorology and the predictability of atmospheric storms", Pedro Miranda, IDL-FCUL

15h25: "Charged grains: clusters and discharge", Lothar Brendel, Universität Duisburg-Essen

16h00: "Simulations of soft matter: from sandstorms to granular electrostatics", Nuno Araújo, CFTC-FCUL


16h20: Coffee Break



Conference room:

C2 Building - Room: 2.2.14

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