Titan Through Time IV Workshop

Greenbelt, Maryland
Monday, April 03, 2017


The workshop "Titan Through Time 4" will be held at NASA GSFC during April 3-5th 2017. This is a continuation of a highly successful workshop series on Titan fundamental science begun in 2010 at GSFC, and continued in 2012 at GSFC and 2014 at JHU APL. This workshop aims to bring together a diverse spectrum of researchers working on all aspects of Titan science – Cassini scientists, laboratory investigators, ground-based observers and theoretical modelers – to focus interdisciplinary attention on solving the 'big questions' related to Titan's origin, evolution and fate:

  • How and when did Titan form? At the same time as Saturn or later?
  • Why is Titan the only moon with a substantial atmosphere?
  • Is Titan's atmosphere stable over geologic timescales, and what is its ultimate fate?
  • How does the atmosphere interact with surface, including clouds, rains, rivers, lakes, seas, dunes, erosive processes, and interaction with the crust and deeper levels?
  • What is the astrobiological potential of Titan?
  • What sorts of missions and instruments should be flown on future missions to Titan?

The spring of 2017 provides an especially important window to consider Titan science, as the Cassini mission returns its last year of data, while other major facilities are beginning to focus attention on Titan, and future mission are being formulated through the New Frontiers program.

Local and Scientific Organizing Committees

Science Organizing Committee:

  • Dr. Conor Nixon, NASA GSFC (Chair)
  • Dr. Ralph Lorenz, JHU APL
  • Prof Sarah Horst, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Scot Rafkin, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder
  • Dr. Kathy Mandt, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
  • Prof Catherine Neish, University of Western Ontario

Local Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Conor Nixon, NASA GSFC (Chair)
  • Mary Floyd, Ingenicomm, Conference Coordinator

Social Media Policy

In line with other similar events, our workshop policy is not to photograph, video record or post pictures from oral sessions to social media (twitter, facebook). However ‘live texting/tweeting’ in purely textual form is permitted. This is intended to strike a balance between disseminating results to a wider audience than are able to attend in person, but also to respect the prerogative of presenters to control the wider distribution of key figures, graphs and pictures/images that may not have been made fully public.

At poster sessions, we ask that you request permission of authors/presenters before photographing or posting images of posters. At coffee, lunch and other times, please exercise reasonable judgement when taking and posting informal pictures of attendees to social media, respect privacy where need be, and ask for permission if unsure.

Code of Behavior

Meeting attendees will be expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. NASA has strict policies governing standards of workplace behavior, and harassment of any kind is subject to referral to Goddard protective services division, and may result in disbarment from further attendance on center, or other actions. A good guide to appropriate standards of behavior at professional astronomy meetings is here:


See also the letter from former NASA Director Bolden to grantees:



Payment Instructions

    Due to room capacity attendance will be limited to the FIRST 80 PEOPLE enrolled.
    For questions concerning the Workshop please contact:
    Conor Nixon

    For questions concerning registration and abstract submission please contact:
    Mary Floyd
    Abstract Submission:
       Submission Closed
    Registration for Non-US Citizens:
       Friday, February 24, 2017

    Registration for US Citizens:
       Friday, March 24, 2017

    NASA Conference Tracking System (NCTS) Number: #27498-17
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