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The dates are fixed, and invitations have been sent out, for the workshop to be held from 15th-19th January by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland in conjunction with the MiARD project. The preliminary programme and futher details can be found at

According to ISSI, the aims of the workshop are:

  1. To review the progress made on multi-instrument data analysis after Rosetta Mission. This shall include
  2. Current status of the development of an integrated 3D shape model,
  3. Current status of the mapping of properties/measurements to surface facets of the 3D model,
  4. Current status and results from gas dynamics modelling including activity distributions using multiple data sets,
  5. Current status of dust emission and brightness modelling,
  6. Current status of analysis of surface physical structure and thermal balance,
  7. Current understanding of the coma and surface chemical composition,
  8. Placing the results in the context of other observations of comets.
  9. To assess and possibly revise current models of nucleus activity (including potential evidence for different mechanisms) and evolution.
  10. To assess our current understanding of risk from comets (through perturbation of nuclei by non-gravitational forces and particle impact on interplanetary spacecraft) including link to ground-based observations.
  11. To re-assess the (extensive) study work performed on possible comet nucleus sample return studies and provide guidelines as to how this work should be updated in the light of Rosetta’s results.

A number of papers arising from the workshop (and thus the MiARD project) will be published by Springer in the Space Sciences Series of ISSI, both in journal format and as a hard-cover book. We currently expect publication to take place in early 2019.

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