Workshop – 2014 Planetary Rings

Workshop – 2014 Planetary Rings

image courtesy: Josh Colwell, NASA/JPL/University of Colorado.
image courtesy: Josh Colwell, NASA/JPL/University of Colorado.

August 13-15, 2014

CU-LASP, Space Science (SPSC) Building, 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO

This workshop will be open to all interested parties, and any observational or theoretical research on the properties, dynamics, origin or evolution of any planetary ring system is appropriate. This meeting will highlight the latest Cassini results. We plan on predominantly oral talks, but posters will be considered. Ample time will be allowed for discussion. Previous workshops were held in Ithaca (2011), Paris (2008) and Whitefish, MT (2006). Planned program includes an opening reception Tuesday evening, a workshop dinner on Wednesday, and working lunch on Friday. The meeting will end Friday evening.

Hosted by Larry Esposito

Key Dates

  • First announcement: 12 May
  • Second announcement: 5 June
  • Registration opens: 5 June
  • Abstracts Due: 1 July
  • Hotel deadline: 13 July
  • Registration closes:  25 July
  • Final program posted: 1 August
  • No refunds on workshop or dinner after 6 August

Please email Laura Bloom at if you would like to be placed on our mailing list and receive a direct email invitation once registration opens.

Hotel—Millennium Harvest House (1345 28th St.)

**July 13, 2014 is the deadline for the room block**

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE RESERVATIONS OUTSIDE THOSE DATES (including staying Friday the 15th and checking out the 16th), please contact the hotel directly. They will honor the discounted rates two days before and after the block dates (but availabilty is not guaranteed):

Rooms cost 149/night for one or two guests ($159 for three and $169 for four).


Register for the workshop, reception ($74.84 including fee) and/or group dinner ($32.64 including fee) at


Transportation and maps for getting to LASP can be found on the Visitors Information page on the LASP website.

You might like to rent a car as you will be free to enjoy Boulder’s many great restaurants for lunch the first two days of the workshop; dine and stroll on the the famous Pearl Street Mall in the evenings; or take a drive into the beautiful foothills. (There are a couple restaurants within walking distance of the workshop for lunch.) If you don’t get a car, the Millennium hotel is within walking distance of LASP (~20 min), the Wed. dinner (~15 min). The reception is at the hotel.

Here is an additional map, for the area right around LASP and the hotel, including walkable restaurant areas and directions to walk the Boulder Creek Path from the hotel to LASP.


Send abstracts (in MS Word) to by July 1.


Download workshop program here:  Planetary_Rings_Aug_13-15_2014-Program


Download the presentations from this Presentations page. [To come]

Group Photo

Here is a group photo from the workshop.

STANDING: Luke Dones, Mark Showalter, Yuki Yasui, Shawn Brooks, Linda Spilker, Sheng-Yi Ye, Nicole Albers, Todd Bradley, Glen Stewart, Maryame El Moutamid, Tom Spilker, Rebecca Haribson, Larry Esposito, Jeff Cuzzi, Phil Nicholson, Richard Jerousek, Sascha Kempf, Estelle Deau, Mitch Gordon, Tracy Becker, Paul Estrada, Miodrag Sremcevic, Essam Marouf, Morgan Rehnberg, Stuart Pilorz, Britt Scharringhausen, Dick French, Rob French, Josh Elliott, Julien Salmon.
SITTING: Keiji Ohtsuki, Ryuji Morishima, Josh Colwell, Laura Bloom, Mike Evans, Sean Hsu, Matt Tiscareno, Radwan Tajeddine.

More photos can be found here (although this is Laura’s personal album so may not be up forever. If you want photos, please download them.)

Nature Article from the Workshop

Alexandra Witze, a reporter for Nature Magazine, attended the workshop and wrote a subsequent article:  “Dust reveals ancient origin for Saturn’s rings“.


Please join us at a reception Tuesday evening Aug. 12, 5:30-7:30pm, in the back courtyard of the Millennium Hotel. There will be light snacks and a cash bar.
This is free for all attendees. But, we ask that you register so we can order enough food.

Dinner – $32.64 including fee.

We will host a workshop group dinner Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6:30pm at Cantina Loredo, at 1680 29th Street (In the 29th Street Mall—see additional map link above). You may bring a guest. You will choose from the Menu when at your table. (Let us know about any dietary restrictions at registration.)
To attend, pay for this event via the registration page. Please bring your ticket to the dinner (It will be called “Registration Summary” in your confirmation).


Workshop attendees are on their own for lunch on Wed. and Thurs (see Logistics above). Friday lunch will be catered and included in the workshop fee. (Please note any dietary restrictions when you register for the workshop.)