Meeting RoadMap (link) Location Dates 
RoadMap "Dust on Mars" Workshop Final Version Black Brussels, Belgium 19-21 September 2023
AGU Final Version Black San Francisco, CA, USA 11-15 December 2023
DPS-EPSC joint meeting Final Version Black San Antonio, TX, USA 1-6 Octobre 2023
IUGG General Assembly   Berlin, Germany 11-20 July 2023
20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference Final Version Black Almunecar, Spain 15-19 May 2023
EGU   Vienne, Austria 25-28 April 2023
54th DPS Final Version Black London, Canada 2-7 October 2022
EPSC Final Version Black Granada, Spain 18-23 September 2022
PFE-SPP 1992 Joint Meeting  Final Version Black Berlin, Germany 12-14 September 2022
COSPAR 44th Scientific Assembly   Athens, Greece 16-24 July 2022
XVII Congresso Nazionale di Scienze Planetarie Final Version Black  Napoli, Italy 20-24 June 2022
7th Mars Atmosphere Modelling and Observations Workshop Final Version Black Paris, France 14-17 June 2022
Mars Upper Atmosphere Network meeting Final Version Black Upsala, Sweden 2-5 May 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022 Final Version Black Vienna, Austria 3-8 April 2022
53nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)   Hybrid 7-11 March 2022
AGU Fall   New Orleans, USA 13-17 Dec (2021)
Venera-D: Venus Cloud Habitability System Workshop   Virtual 29 Nov-3 Dec (2021)
DPS   Vitual or Rhode Island Convention Center 3-8 October 2021
EPSC Final Version Black Virtual 19-24 September 2021
27th High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy Conference Final Version Black  Cologne, Germany-virtual 29 Aug - 3 Sept. 2021
JpGU   On site & online 30 May - 6 June 2021
vEGU Final Version Black  Virtual 19–30 April 2021
Rock, Dust and Ice: Interpreting planetary data   Virtual 23-26 March 2021
52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)   Virtual 15-19 March 2021



19-21 September 2023

From 19 to 21 September, the “Dust on Mars” final workshop was organised at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA- IASB) in Brussels (Belgium). The workshop was organized as a mix of invited lectures, oral presentations and poster sessions, and addressed different topics related to dust and clouds, their characteristics (dynamics, radiative), their characterisation in the lab, and detection using remote sensing instruments.

The workshop was co-funded by RoadMap and specifically addressed PhD and Master students.

Invited lectures:

  • Optical properties of Martian dust - I. Laboratory measurements, Olga Muñoz (IAA, Spain): presentation - recording
  • Optical properties of Martian dust - II. Modeling, Julia Martikainen (IAA, Spain): presentation - recording
  • Collisions of grains: From sticking to fragmentation, Gerhard Wurm (UDE, Germany): presentation - recording
  • Wind driven dust and sand transport, Jonathan Merrison (AU, Denmark): presentation - recording
  • Dust aerosol properties on Mars from spacecraft: A current perspective, Yannick Willame (BIRA-IASB, Belgium) & Mike Wolff (SSI, USA): presentation - recording
  • Light polarization and its use in retrievals of atmospheric particles (clouds, aerosols), Filip Vanhellemont (BIRA-IASB, Belgium): presentation - recording
  • Monitoring Martian dust storms by multi-satellite observations, Luca Montabone (SSI, USA): presentation - recording
  • GCM modelling of dust: transport and radiative effects, Lori Neary (BIRA-IASB, Belgium): presentation - recording

Other presentations:

  • Power attenuation of Mars rovers solar panels due to dust accumulation, Thomas Pierron (CNRS, France): presentation - recording
  • Compilation of the results of laboratory measurements at UDE, Tim Becker (UDE, Germany): presentation - recording
  • Aerosol climatology from NOMAD UVIS, Zachary Flimon (BIRA-IASB, Belgium): presentation - recording
  • Temperature retrievals from NOMAD-SO, Loïc Trompet (BIRA-IASB, Belgium): presentation - recording
  • Improving the dust vertical distribution in the Mars PCM: Successes and challenges, Antoine Bierjon (CNRS, France): presentation - recording

The workshop included an interaction with students from the LUCA School of Art who presented an updated version of their artistic visualizations of Martian dust and ice clouds, created during their “magnet week” in March. Some impressions



The 55th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Scieces (DPS-EPSC) was held in San Antonio, TX, USA, 1-6 October (2023). RoadMap partners presented the following presentations:

  • The Martian atmosphere and surface observed by NOMAD on ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, Vandaele et al.

Partners of the RoadMap project were involved in the organization of the 20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering International Conference, which was held at Almuñécar (Spain), 15-19 May 2023.

LOC members:          Julia Martikainen, Fernando Moreno, and Daniel Guirado

SOC member:            Ann C. Vandaele

Session conveners: Olga Muñoz, Karri Muinonen, and Gorden Videen

Also, RoadMap partners presented the following oral presentations:

  • The role of dust in the Martian atmosphere. Ann C. Vandaele (Invited)
  • Retrieving optical properties of dust particles from laboratory data: refractive indices and scattering matrix elements. Julia Martikainen 

The AGU Fall Conference was held in San Francisco, CA, USA, 11-15 December (2023). RoadMap partners presented the following presentations: