News & Events
— January 13, 2017

Workshop: “Planetary Mapping and Virtual Observatory” – Roscoff, France, 19 – 21 April 2017 Mapping of planetary surfaces is well established with both practice and standards. Neighboring areas, from interiors to magnetospheres are suitable for cross-disciplinary science using the Virtual Observatory (VO) approach and tools, specifically targeting Planetary Science (VESPA). The workshop aims at bringing together […]


— December 15, 2016

Europlanet 2016 Highlight Reel It’s been a busy year for Europlanet. Here are the outreach team’s picks of some of the project highlights from the past 12 months. December – Discussing the most extreme environment on Earth A highlight for December was the Europlanet workshop on the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, held in the stunning Sala Rossa, Scuola […]


— December 14, 2016

Europlanet Webinars – Your Web-Based Link to Europe’s Planetary Researchers Ever wanted to hear a first-hand account of what planetary researchers are actually working on and what their research is all about? How about the opportunity to ask them directly and have them answer your questions? Europlanet is offering monthly webinars with topics ranging from current […]


— December 14, 2016

EuroVenus – Studying Earth’s Twin Planet EuroVenus is a sister-project to Europlanet that focused on studying Venus using a combination of space-based and ground-based observatories. The main space-based observatory used is Venus Express, the European Space Agency’s Venus orbiter, but some other space-based telescopes have been used particularly for observing the transit of Venus. EuroVenus […]


— 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: Dusty hi-fi. […]


— 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 […]