From Stardust to Extrasolar Planets:

Dynamics of Exoplanetary and Solar System Bodies

Inverness and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

15 - 27 August 2022

Programme Calendar

Participants will stay for 12 nights: 9 days of study (3 days in University of the Highlands and Islands UHI Inverness, 6 days in UHI Skye), plus 2 days dedicated to extra-curricular activities (1 day of which will be tour of the Highlands historic sites en route from Inverness to Skye), and arrival and departure days.
August 15 - 27, 2022
  Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday   Saturday   Sunday
15 Inverness
Travel to Inverness
16 Inverness 17 Inverness 18 Inverness 19 Skye
Travel to Skye
20 Skye 21 Skye
22 Skye 23 Skye 24 Skye 25 Skye 26 Skye 27 Depart 28
Arrival and Departure
Study day
Extra-curricular activities

Programme Schedule

Each lecturer will give a 2 hour course spread over two days of the school. Lectures total 38 hours. Hands-on practical computer lab. sessions will be held on the utilisation of online software systems and databases available for asteroid/NEO/space missions research. Activities will run between 09:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:30, with evening poster sessions and social activities. Apart from the four hours of lectures planned for each day, 1·5 hours will be reserved for workshops/seminars, lab. sessions, poster sessions and individual research talks by the participants.

Student Seminars and Posters

Students will have the opportunity to present their own research during daily seminar discussion sessions in which lecturers and their fellow participants will discuss and provide feedback on their work. Participants can also use the evening poster sessions to present their work.

Collaborative Working

Ample time and opportunities will also be available for informal interactions between lecturers and participants and for researchers to develop their collaborative projects. Following its success at the last summer school 2017, we will organise a 3 minute research networking round in the first week, followed by a 5 minute research presentation evening event in the second week - enabling collaborative working, networking and presentation skills.

Professional Development Opportunities

We will also deliver the following sessions:

Writing and Peer Review: The GCU Graduate School will run their academic writing retreat for writing PhD theses, book chapters and journal papers. Also, a Peer Review Panel Q&A session led by Chief Editor of the Journal of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Prof. A. Celletti.

Careers Development: An evening Q&A Round Robin event where participants meet colleagues in a range of career roles - academia, spinoff companies, space agencies, space technology. The lecturers/research fellows/ECRs will give insight on their career paths and top tips for success. Includes discussion with EDI role models on EDI issues and the confidence/impostor phenomenon.

Public Outreach with the Local Community and Public Outreach Development Opportunity: Dr Ettore Perozzi, renowned Italian author, will present his acclaimed Rock Around the Moon to participants and the local community. He will also lead a School workshop on developing successful public outreach.

Balanced Researcher and Researcher Well-Being: We will run a workshop on top tips for balancing research, work and life, which leads to discussions on how we can build a culture of support and well-being, and moving through Covid-19 times.


All participants/lecturers will receive a copy of the lectures. Lectures will be video-recorded and presentations made accessible online. A Graduate Textbook will be created from the invited lectures. Original research presented by the participants will be published in the Journal of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, following peer review.

[End of document, updated to 9-MAY-2022]