News & Events
— November 27, 2017

Europlanet Webinar: “Diamonds – Precious time capsules from the deep Earth” with Dr Janne Koornneef 13th December 2017, 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET   Diamonds are gemstones made of pure carbon. On Earth, they can form only under the high pressure and temperature conditions deep within the Earth’s mantle. The diamonds that we find on (or near) […]


— November 19, 2017

Europlanet expert exchange for journalists and science communicators: Anastasia Kokori visits UCL In May, Europlanet issued a special call of its expert exchange programme with the aim of inviting journalists, science communicators or lecturers in journalism to spend a few days in a Europlanet 2020 RI laboratory. The objective of the programme is to enable participants […]


— November 19, 2017

We’ve said goodbye to Cassini. What comes next? Article byAnastasia Kokori, who has participated in a Europlanet expert exchange programme with the department of astrophysics at UCL. The Cassini mission, a collaborative effort between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, said goodbye on the 15th of September 2017. The mission reached […]


— November 5, 2017

Europlanet Webinar: Impact cratering – the most important geological process in our Solar System with Dr Anna Losiak 28 November 2017, 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET Impact cratering is currently the most important geological process in our Solar System and (most probably) on most of exoplanets. It is modifying planetary surfaces by creating gigantic scars on its surface, and […]


— October 27, 2017

Europlanet webinar: “Chasing the devil – what do dust devils on Earth tell us about Mars?” with Dr Jan Raack, Open University 31 October 2017, 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET Hosted by NUCLIO, Europlanet’s October 2017 webinar will discuss how Dr Jan Raack chased dust devils on Earth to understand Mars. When it comes to planetary science, […]


— October 27, 2017

Europlanet 2020 RI / Open University Press Release  **EMBARGOED until Friday 27 October 2017, 10:00 BST (09:00 UTC) ** Levitation key to long-debated mystery of how recent and present-day martian landscapes form Scientists from The Open University (OU) have discovered a process that could explain the long-debated mystery of how recent and present-day surface features on Mars […]


— October 20, 2017

PhysisArt – Photography of Danakil Exhibition The Danakil Depression – an extreme landscape between volcanoes and salty deserts – is the subject of a new photographic exhibition with images and works by the artist, Samantha Tistoni, who accompanied Europlanet researchers for a field trip to Danakil in January 2017. Dr. Barbara Cavalazzi, a researcher at […]


— October 4, 2017

Monitoring microbes to keep Marsonauts healthy To guarantee a safe environment for astronauts on long-duration space missions such as a journey to Mars, it is important to monitor how microorganisms such as bacteria adapt to the confined conditions onboard spacecraft, according to a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Dr Petra Schwendner, University […]


— October 3, 2017

Highlights from the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Another European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is over but our meeting in 2017 was truly memorable – for the science presented, for the public and political engagement activities around the event, and for all the fabulous people we met during the week. If you couldn’t make it […]


— October 1, 2017

EPSC 2017 Outreach Sessions – Abstracts and Presentations Once again, the 2017 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) had a comprehensive and well attended stream of outreach sessions. Below, you can find links to the abstracts, most of the presentations and some pictures of each of the sessions. OEP 1 – Policy & Sociocultural Aspects of Planetary […]