News & Events
— December 3, 2016

A core activity for Europlanet is to engage with policymakers in the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels. We aim to raise awareness about European planetary science activities, how our community contributes to Europe’s role as a world leader in cutting-edge science and commercial innovation, and how space can inspire the next generation of […]


— November 16, 2016

What do you think a comet smells like? We’ve been giving out Rosetta smelly comet postcards in the European Parliament and asking people what they think a comet smells like. We’ve added the responses to our list from the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 in Manchester, back in July. The answers are wide and varied: Madrid Airport. […]


— November 11, 2016

During a press tour of JPL, we were given an overview of the Mars 2020 mission by its Principal Investigator, Ken Farley. Mars 2020 is NASA’s next flagship mission to the Red Planet. It has four main objectives: to determine whether life ever arose on Mars; to characterise the climate of Mars; to characterise the geology […]


— November 11, 2016

Anita Heward is the press officer for Europlanet 2020 RI and the joint DPS-EPSC meeting. The highlight of my trip last month to Pasadena for the Joint DPS-EPSC Meeting 2016 was a tour of the legendary Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which celebrated its 80th anniversary on Halloween this year. The tour kicked off in the […]


— November 10, 2016

Looking back at a joint success – DPS-EPSC 2016 Last month, the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) took place in the US for the first time, as part of a joint meeting with the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science. The meeting took place in Pasadena (the city that’s home to JPL and Caltech) […]


— October 22, 2016

Archived DPS-EPSC 2016 Daily Press Briefings Click on the images to watch the daily press briefings that took place at the Joint Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) and European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2016 in Pasadena from 17-20 October. 12:45 PDT, Monday, 17 October 2016 – Venus, Mars and Rosetta’s Comet Recently Active Lava Flows on […]


— October 20, 2016

With the conclusion of the international Cassini mission set for September 15, 2017, the spacecraft is poised to soon begin a thrilling two-part endgame. Cassini will enter the first part of this denouement on November 30, 2016, when the spacecraft begins a series of 20 passes just beyond the outer edge of the main rings. […]


— October 20, 2016

Farinella Prize 2016 awarded to Greek researcher, Kleomenis Tsiganis, for work on planetary system dynamics Press release issued by the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) Dr Kleomenis Tsiganis, a Greek researcher and associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), has been awarded the sixth Paolo Farinella Prize in 2016 for his studies of the […]


— October 20, 2016

The Call for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2017 and Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2017 is now open. Are you looking for funding to kickstart an outreach project related to planetary science?  Or have you run a successful outreach project for which you deserve some recognition?  Applications are now open for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme […]


— October 20, 2016

Unexpected Discoveries on a Metal World Press release issued by the University of Arizona to coincide with presentation at the joint 48th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and 11th annual European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). Summary – Psyche, a large asteroid thought to be the metallic […]