What’s new since October?

Last post on September 29th! Long time no see… What has happened since?


Early October, I was at the francophone conference ESRI SIG 2014 in Versailles, as mentionned previously. I discovered some things currently done in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I met some people with very different backgrounds, which is always nice. My talk went well but there were not many people…

I also prepared two lectures for Anton Ivanov‘s course Introduction to Planetary Science. As last year, one was on asteroids and one was on water on Mars (last year’s slides can be found here and here respectively). We also had to prepare the Earth and Space Symposium, organized by our lab.


In November, still a busy schedule. I prepared an additional lecture on planetary atmospheres. And it’s harder when you’re not an expert! The symposium took place on November 5th. I presented a poster on remote sensing of terrestrial planetary surfaces (pdf here).

I also participated in the GIS Day in Nyon, hosted by ESRI Switzerland. I did a talk on GIS in planetary exploration, in front of about a hundred people. It’s great to see so many people interested!

And to complete November’s activities, I had to prepare some “dossiers de qualification”. This is required in France before any further application as Maître de Conférences (roughly equivalent to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor). I applied in three sections related to astronomy/astrophysic (section 34), structure and evolution of the Earth and other planets (section 35), and geography (section 23) respectively. Results are due late February.


The significant event for December is the AGU Fall Meeting which is held every year in San Francisco. With more than 24000 participants, it’s the biggest conference in geosciences. And it was my first time! I presented a poster on Vesta (pdf here) with the results from the Nature‘s paper. Very fruitful session with a lot of discussions!

Finally, until the very beginning of January I worked on my CNRS application. I submitted a project on terrestrial remote sensing, focusing on the study of coastal environment using hyperspectral cameras onboard UAVs. This project is a continuation of the activities I’ve recently started with the TOPO lab at EPFL and the LDO lab in Brest. The first commission, deciding if I go to the interview, will be in February.

What else?

One must continue parallelly the usual work, with some science (planetary and terrestrial, which will be the topic of a next post), papers’ review (one for Planetary and Space Science and one for European Journal of Remote Sensing), and of course some papers writing…