2020 In Situ Science and Instrumentation Workshop for the Exploration of Europa and Ocean Worlds

Dates of Workshop: Full meeting postponed to late 2020; Half-day virtual conference in late April
Location: JPL/Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Update as of March 12, 2020

Dear workshop attendees:

It will likely come as no surprise, but we are nevertheless very sad to report that we have decided to postpone the “2020 In Situ Science and Instrumentation Workshop for the Exploration of Europa and Ocean Worlds.” Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, postponing this conference is the right thing to do.

We will maintain this list of 362 registrants (wow!) and update you all in the days to weeks to come. We will almost certainly not host the in person meeting until after the launch of Mars 2020 (mid/late-July), and we will try to host it before the end of January 2021.

In the meantime, we actually have some GOOD NEWS….in lieu of hosting the full in person meeting, we are working on a plan to host a four- to six-hour HALF-DAY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE during which we present some of the talks relevant to the mission and technology development work that is ongoing at JPL, GSFC, APL, MSFC, and Sandia. On the “Program” page linked from the top of this site, you will find the agenda that we had recently refined for the full workshop. The talks that we will present during the virtual conference will be a subset of these. We will not have any invited talk sessions during this half-day event.

We are still working on the logistics of which day (April 28th, 29th, or 30th) makes the most sense for the virtual conference, so please keep those days clear for now. We will likely run the virtual conference from 9 AM Pacific until 3 PM Pacific so that a wide range of time zones can join in without too much of a burden on your daily lives.

We have been thrilled by the excitement and interest in this conference and we thank you for your hard work on abstracts, talks, and posters. We hope to see you at JPL/Caltech when we reschedule the conference, and we look forward to getting you engaged with the future of in situ science on Europa, and all of the ocean worlds.

For more information on the Europa Lander mission concept, including the overview presentations from the AbSciCon workshop, please visit:

For more information, please contact: Europainsitu.workshop@jpl.nasa.gov

Europa Lander concept art