ERC Research Project
: European Research Council Advanced Grant (Contract Number 290568) 2012-2018 invites you to attend the

"Accretion and Early Differentiation of the
Earth and Terrestrial Planets"
Saint Paul Hotel,  Nice, May 29 - June 3, 2017

This workshop will be a follow up to the one that we organized in Nice in May 2014. We expect around 120 participants, including a significant number of students and young scientists. The topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

1) Chemistry of small bodies in the early solar system and their relation to meteorites
2) Early dynamos in small bodies
3) Dynamical models of terrestrial planet formation and evolution of the Earth-Moon angular momentum
4) Moon formation models
5) Core-mantle differentiation
6) Delivery of volatile elements, including water
7) Nature and timing of the "late veneer"
8) Consequences of impacts
9) Geodynamics in early terrestrial planets including the onset of the geodynamo, mantle convection and plate tectonics.
10) Geophysics of extra-solar Earths and super-Earths

The workshop will be held at Le Saint Paul Hotel which is located on the sea front close to downtown Nice - see Participants will arrive on Monday May 29, 2017 and depart on Saturday June 3, so that scientific sessions (talks and posters) will be scheduled over a period of 4 days. The aim is, of course, to have lots of productive discussions!

Limited funding will be available from our ERC "ACCRETE" project and from the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR 170 , which we will use mainly to provide support, when necessary, for young scientists.

We have invited a number of scientists who have made major contributions to a range of scientific disciplines within the overall theme of the workshop and the following have confirmed that they will attend:
C. Alexander, H. Becker, M. Bizarro, J. Day, C. Dorn, L. Elkins-Tanton, L. Hallis, J. Hernlund, M. Hirschmann, T. Kruijer, S. Labrosse, S. Lock, S. Marchi, B. Marty, S. Mojzsis, S. Mukhopadhyay, M. Nakajima, F. Nimmo, J. O'Rourke, S. Raymond, J. Siebert, A.Shahar, P. Tackley, T. Gerya, N. Tosi, J. Wade, B. Weiss, B. Wood, H. Palme.

The total number of participants is limited to 120. Scientists who wish to attend the workshop should complete the application form as soon as possible and send it to Upon being accepted as a participant, a registration fee of 150 Euros (125 euros for CNRS employees, exempted from VAT) should be paid in order to confirm registration, covering the banquet and the welcome cocktail.
The payment should be done before February 28, using this secured CNRS link:

Abstract deadline is also 28th February 2017. (Abstract form)

40 Rooms have been blocked until April 1st, 2017 for individual reservations at Le Saint Paul Hotel at the price of 115 euros/night (sea view) or 95 euros/night (garden view). Each room is a double bed room (in the case of sharing, the cost per person is 50% of the above figures). When you reserve these rooms, please specify that you will be attending the meeting. Alternatively, participants can book accommodation in nearby hotels.

Travel information

From the airport : Take bus no.98 from terminal 1 to the stop "Port". Fare is 6 Euro and tickets should be purchased at the terminal 1 bus office before entering the bus. The bus runs every 20 minutes. By foot, the "Port" stop is 5 minutes from the Ibis and Kyriad hotels and 20-25 minutes from Saint Paul Hotel/Maison du Séminar.

To Saint Paul Hotel (formerly Maison du Séminaire) from the Port:

By foot: 20-25 minutes

Bus. 20. Take it at the port. See where the stop is shown on the map
Get off at Nice - Parc Vigier. See where it is on the map
Saint Paul Hotel/Maison du Seminaire is 50 meters further along the coast, on the left-hand-side of the road.

Bus. N. 30. Take it at the port. See where the stop is on the map.
Get off at La reserve. Maison du Seminaire is just across the street.

Bus 20 runs about every 20min and bus 30 about every 25 min.
To see the timetable for these buses for the day of your arrival, go to
then enter the number of the bus (20 or 30) in the box "Fiche horaire - Ligne.." in the column on the right hand side. For bus 20 choose direction Saint Sylvestre. For bus 30 chose the direction Riquier.

The link to the complete bus map of Nice is

An important reminder - there is a cocktail reception (with food) on Monday 26 May, starting at 19:30, at Saint Paul Hotel (formerly Maison du Séminaire).

Locations of nearby restaurants - see map