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Europlanet Society Briefing
February 2022

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Word from the President

Dear Colleagues, 
            As we celebrate two years since the launch of the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI), we report in this newsletter on many of the activities taking place thanks to the dedication of members of our community.

We are looking forward to EPSC2022 in Granada in September, where we hope to be able at last to meet and interact once more. The call for sessions for EPSC2022 is now open so please propose topics. We will open the call for abstracts on 23 March alongside details of the bursary programme. Let’s make EPSC 2022 an event to remember!

January, February and March see many deadlines for the first Horizon Europe calls and it appears that the planetary science community will be making several exciting bids. News on the next calls, including Fellowships, will follow in forthcoming newsletters. As part of the Europlanet Society’s webinar series, we will give tips to help you to prepare proposals. These webinars are only open to Society members so please make sure your membership is up to date to receive details on how to sign up.

Nigel Mason
President, Europlanet Society
Coordinator, Europlanet 2024 RI

Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) News

Expert Exchange: Raman spectroscopy training

Europlanet 2024 RI’s Expert Exchange Programme aims to support the planetary community to share expertise and best practice, and to prepare new facilities and services. The programme provides funding for short visits (up to one week). 

The main objective of this Expert Exchange visit was to provide training on theoretical and practical aspects of Raman micro-spectroscopy and imaging, in order to support development of the Bologna lab facility and to reinforce collaboration between the groups.

For details>>

Transnational Access UpdatesEuroplanet 2024 RI provides FREE access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities and field sites. All participants are requested to submit a report on their visit. You can now read the publishable summaries of visits that have taken place to date here.

Europlanet Society News

EPSC2022 Call For Sessions

Submit by March 2nd, 2022

We hereby invite you, from now until 2 March 2022, to take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the EPSC2022 conference.

Please suggest new sessions, with conveners and a description, within a programme group.

Find out more>>









Anticipating Planetary Science

With the James Webb Space Telescope

What are Jupiter and Saturn made of? Are there still open mysteries about these two giant planets? How will the James Webb Space Telescope help investigate them? Find out with Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester, UK and member of the Europlanet Society Board) in this interview by Claudia Mignone (EDU INAF, Italy).

Watch the Interview>>









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Europlanet Community Corner

EPEC Profiles

Luca Nardi

Luca Nardi is currently a PhD student in Information and Communication Technologies at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.






EPEC Profiles - Call for Submissions
If you are an early career professional and want to showcase your research in an EPEC Profile: 
Find out how to participate here >>





Károly Szegő


We are deeply saddened to hear that Károly Szegő DSc, Scientific Advisor and  Professor Emeritus of the Wigner Research Centre, died unexpectedly on 22 January 2022, at the age of 78.

Read the obituary here>


Events & Opportunities

Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon
Laurel L. Wilkening

The Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon adds new and translated Wikipedia profiles of planetary scientists to highlight diversity within the planetary community. The project, which was launched at EPSC2020 and continued at EPSC2021, is organised by the Diversity Committee of the Europlanet Society, in collaboration with Women in Red and WikiDonne. 

This month, we are sharing the story of Laurel L. Wilkening, whose profile is now available in German, thanks to the Edit-a-thon participants.

Laurel L. Wilkening was an American planetary scientist and college professor. Her research focused on comets, meteorites and moon rocks. As a doctoral student, she studied Rock Number 17, one of the first lunar samples released from quarantine.
Read the Wiki page >>

Call for medium-size & fast mission opportunity in ESA Science Programme

The ESA Director of Science solicits the scientific community in ESA's Member States for proposals for both a "Fast" mission opportunity (to be launched in the 2030-2031 timeframe) and for a Medium mission opportunity (to be launched around 2037). Find out more>>








Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Grants at CNES

Apply by March 31st, 2022

 grants  are awarded in science fields for engineers (orbital systems, space transport systems) and sciences using space assets (Universe science, Earth science, Microgravity science) to young French and foreign students interested in space activities.

Learn more>>









EGU 2022

Registration is now open!

Registration for EGU22 is now open! The General Assembly will take place 23–27 May 2022. All presentations will be short orals that can be delivered and viewed both virtually or on-site.

On-site registration is open until 14 April 2022, 13:00 CEST. More information>>









Early Careers Training and Education Platform

Search for your next opportunity on Europlanet's Early Careers Training and Education Portal, with information on PhD positions, job opportunities, summer schools, and meetings relevant to early career professionals working in planetary science and related fields.
Find out more here>>

Early career opportunities should be mailed to

The Europlanet Mentorship programme is looking for new mentors and mentees. We are particularly looking for mentors in fields related to:
  • Planetary geology
  • Life in extreme environments.
Find out more or sign up here>>

Planetary Science Highlights

The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words  

By: Virginia Trimble and David A. Weintraub

An inspiring anthology of writings by trailblazing women astronomers from around the globe, including Europlanet 2024 RI participant, Gražina Tautvaišienė (Vilnius University).

Read the book here>>

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Society Members' Area

Funding Opportunities and Policy Reports

The Europlanet Society provides policy news and information about upcoming calls and funding opportunities relevant to planetary science and space on its website. Members should log into their account to access details on funding opportunities and the full monthly policy reports.

2022 Monthly Webinars

The Europlanet Society is hosting monthly webinars around relevant planetary sciences topics. Europlanet Society members can participate live or watch the webinars on the website. The webinars will take place on the last Tuesday of each month at 14:00 CET.

Sign up for the February webinar: Pathway to Writing Proposals with Impact

Watch the January webinar with Niklas Nienass MEP: Europe and the Space Race.

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