Steering Committee

  • Mamdouh Mamdouh ADEEM, Egypt,
    National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences Egypt. Cairo (Egypt)


  • David BARATOUX, France, david.baratoux@ird.frDavidI am a planetary scientist, with more than 15 years of experience about the exploration of the solar system. I am working for the Institute of Research for Development since 2014 and I am currently based in Dakar, Senegal. I am willing to share my  experience in geophysics, remote sensing, and geomorphology of planetary surface  and focus my energy in the next decade to participate to the efforts of emerging groups in planetary and space sciences on the African continent.
    Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
    Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, Toulouse, France.


  • Roger GIBSON, South Africa, University of Witwatersrand School of Geosciences Wits (South Africa)
  • Maram KAIRE, Senegal,
    President of ASPA (Senegalese Association for the Promotion of Astronomy),  P.I.   Space Bus – Senegal
    Technical Adviser of the Minister of Higher Education and Research of Senegal.
  • Suniti KARUNATILLAKE, U.S.AKarunatillakeSPortraitA vision to explore, discover, and share the frontiers of planetary science, in the pursuit of life beyond Earth, underpins my work as the principal investigator of the Planetary Science Lab (PSL) at Louisiana State University’s Geology and Geophysics Department. I support this with a mission to explore processes on planetary bodies extending from the weathering of surfaces to the depths of igneous evolution. In this context, surface observations act as windows to geology and habitability, most of which I access as publicly available data of successful missions, particularly 2001 Mars Odyssey. Many of the observations I use relate to geochemistry and geomorphology, derived from diverse methods of varying sensitivities and resolutions. Examples include gamma ray spectroscopy (GRS), alpha particle X-ray spectroscopy (APXS), near infrared reflectance spectroscopy, and thermal infrared emission spectroscopy (TES). The diversity of data that supports my work results in a planetary exploration strategy of synthesizing data at micro- and macro- scales. This often involves GIS, numerical, statistical, and computational method development with relevance to natural resource and computer vision applications in industry.
    Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Meriem El YAJOURI, Morocco,
    Ph.D. student from Morocco, Paris Observatory
    P.I. of Space Bus – Morocco
  • Bernard NJOM, Cameroun,
    Université de Yaoundé.
  • Pierre ROCHETTE, France,
    CEREGE, Aix En Provence 13545 (France)