Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

17-22 September 2017: EPSC 2017, Riga, Latvia

17-22 September, 2017: Amateur collaborations in small bodies, terrestrial, giant and exo planets professional studies, Amateur Astronomy Session, EPSC 2017, Riga, Latvia, [website

17-22 September, 2017: Juno Ground-Based Support from Amateurs, Amateur Astronomy Session, EPSC 2017, Riga, Latvia, [website]

25-30 September 2017: "Geosciences for understanding habitability in the solar system", Azores, Portugal

19-22 October, 2017: Tools and Services for Planetary Observations and Image Analysis by Amateurs, IRAP and Pic du Midi, France

29 January - 1 February 2018: "Planetary Exploration 2061", Lausanne, Switzerland

26-30 March 2018: "Kuiper belt objects", Coimbra, Portugal

10-11 May, 2018: New Views of Jupiter: Pro-Am Collaborations during and beyond the NASA Juno Mission, Royal Astronomical Society, London, UK

Exchange Program Open Calls

Special call for Journalists/Science Communicators

Extended application submission deadline: 31st of August, 2017

Period of the Exchange Visit: 15th of August 2017  - 15th of February 2018


NA1: Innovation Through Science Networking

Innovation in the area of planetary science is driven by the demanding environments in which spacecraft and their instruments must work, by the large datasets and challenging observations that must be made to understand planetary systems, and by the sheer curiosity of humans as a species to understand their own world in relation to the others we have found and are finding. This WP provides the key scientific backbone of EPN2020 and focuses on the human resources of the  project itself and beyond - on researchers and engineers working in the field of planetary exploration in the ERA, contributing to overall capacity building in Europe. Our ambition is to integrate and network the providers of planetary science infrastructures with the users and with the wider European Planetary Science community and European Industrial partners. The activities will contribute to broaden international S&T cooperation as well. There will be 25 WS-type activities over the 4 years of the project.

Main objectives

  • integrate and network the providers of planetary science infrastructures with the users and with the wider European Planetary Science community and European Industrial partners.
  • activities will also contribute to broaden international S&T cooperation as well.
  • promote innovative measurement techniques in forthcoming planetary science/mission, with commercial and industrial companies including SMEs
  • integrate scientists from the Inclusiveness States into EPN2020
  • support the inclusion of amateur communities in European planetary science campaigns
  • engage young scientists with the European planetary science community
  • promote Open Access as a method and tool to disseminate data and research results
  • support the activities of EPN2020 with exchange of experts
  • link the Europlanet2020 RI with other Horizon 2020 activities.

NA1 activities

As an advanced infrastructure, a key objective will be widening participation of the 13 ?new? EU members, Portugal, Luxembourg, and some associated countries. Two major and five normal WS will be organised in Inclusiveness States. Two of current task leads are from these countries and they will also be included in all WS organising committees. Another new objective is the inclusion of industrial partners, e.g. from EUROSPACE, to develop new technology applicable in future space missions, providing a significant impact both for science and technology. Industrial partners will be included in all activities and as well as in the Exchange programme. The Exchange program facilitates short term visits and exchange of personnel and hosts workshops.

Each Task of the WP focuses on a special aspect of the WP. An integrated system of workshops, team meetings, and personnel exchanges will be established to improve the scientific and innovation impact of the infrastructure, and focus on important future strategic issues. A minimum 20% of the participants will be young scientists and we plan to organise tutorial-type WSs for the next generation.The knowledge consolidation and foresight activity will identify key science issues and produce integrated reference books on major science themes that will ?bridge-the-gap? between the results of present/past missions and the scientific preparation of future ones. Part of the working group activities will be devoted to integrate participants of other tasks; this WP will organise WS for the TA/VA WPs and their JRAs.

Abstract of the activities

  • Widening participation of the 13 ?new? EU members (IMS). Two major and five normal WS will be organisedin Inclusiveness States.
  • The inclusion of industrial partners, e.g. from EUROSPACE, to develop new technology applicable in future space missions, Industrial partners will be included in all activities and as well as in the Exchange programme.
  • The Exchange program facilitates short term visits and exchange of personnel and hosts workshops.
  • An integrated system of workshops, team meetings, and personnel exchanges will be established to improve the scientific and innovation impact of the infrastructure, and focus on important future strategic issues.
  • A minimum 20% of the participants will be young scientists and we plan to organisetutorial-type WSs for the next generation.
  • The knowledge consolidation and foresight activity will identify key science issues and produce integrated reference books on major science themes that will ?bridge-the-gap? between the results of present/past missions and the scientific preparation of future ones.
  • Part of the working group activities will be devoted to integrate participants of other tasks; this WP will organise WS for the TA/VA WPs and their JRAs.

Europlanet 2020 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208.