Barcelona Workshop




Event Description

On September 30 and October 1, we will have a two day EU workshop, in Barcelona. Registration is now open, the workshop agenda will be available soon.


The location is at the headquarters of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). The address is

Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC)
Edifici Nexus
Gran Capita, 2-4
08034 Barcelona

The venue can be easily reached by taxi from the airport (15-20 min ride and 20-25€ cost) or by public transportation from the "Zona Universitaria" metro station (L3, green line), which is a 25 min ride from the central "Plaça Catalunya" station.

We will provide coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon. Lunch will be on own and there is a large selection of restaurant options around.





The accommodation options are plentiful. The most convenient and inexpensive one is the researchers residence "Torre Girona". They offer basic rooms with Internet connection and buffet breakfast for some 60€. The residence is conveniently located at a 5 minute walking distance from the venue.

There are many other accommodation options in the area and also downtown Barcelona. You will find lots of possibilities in the Internet.

This map shows the location of the venue (Nexus) plus the "Torre Girona" residence:

And this one gives information on the venue (Nexus):


On Thursday, the proposed timeline would be from 11:00 to ~13:10 in the morning and from 14:30 to 18:30 in the afternoon, with a break ~ 16:00.
The discussion will focus on the instrument and science baseline: we need to converge on a final (or close to final) solution.

11:00 Welcome to Barcelona, logistics (I. Ribas) 

11:10 Mission logo, formatting the proposal (V. Code' de Foresto, Florence Henry, Sylvain Cnudde)

11:40 Report from briefing meeting in ESTEC & Science "baseline" (G. Tinetti)

12:10 Target list (I. Ribas - G. Micela)

12:40 Instrument "baseline", report from IWG (M. Ollivier)

13:15   ------ Lunch break ---

14:30 Mission requirements for ECHO (B. Swinyard)

14:50 OBDP for ECHO (E. Pace)

15:10 Comparison with JWST (J.P. Beaulieu)

15:25 Discussion break

16:30 Observational strategy (V. Code' de Foresto)

16:45 Data processing (Van Boekel-J. Bouwman)

17:00 Interiors & atmospheres with ECHO (T. Guillot)

17:15 Upper atmospheres with ECHO (I. Mueller-Wodarg)

17:30 Atmospheric dynamics with ECHO (J. Cho)

17:45 Photochemistry of planets orbiting M dwarfs (L. Grenfell)

----- Final discussion until 19:00 ---


On Friday, we should work on the proposal: from 9:00 to 13:00 with a break from 10:30 to 11:00 and from 15:30 to 17:00. For a total of 6 useful hours.