Supported by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, the first Sino-German Youth Forum on “From Kuiper Belt Objects to Jupiter-family Comets: Small Icy Bodies in the Solar System” was held in the city of Nanjing from May 20th to 25th, 2019.
The forum was coordinated by Dr. Yuhui Zhao from Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Xian Shi from Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research. It has drawn high interest among young researchers from both China and abroad. During the week of the conference, researchers from 17 institutes in China, Germany and United states carried out extensive and lively discussions on cutting-edge topics in various fields of small body research.
Focused on the evolution of small icy bodies in the Solar System, participants made 39 presentations, which cover theoretical modeling, experimental investigation, ground-based observation, as well as spacecraft data analysis. In particular, the forum reviewed European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet mission and latest studies using its data. At the same time, the forum also looked into China's future small body exploration program. Connections between Chinese and foreign researchers were established, laying the foundation for future collaborations that will contribute to advancing our understandings of the Solar System.