The European Community for Planetary Sciences

Europlanet Society Briefing
June 2020

In this Briefing

Word from the President
Dear Members,

There are only a few days left until the EPSC 2020 abstract submission deadline at 13:00 CEST on 24th June. We hope very much that you are planning to join us for our first virtual meeting and look forward to seeing your contributions! Please note that some bursaries will be available to support early career researchers and members of our community from under-represented states.

The format that we have developed for EPSC 2020 blends short, real-time sessions with offline, asynchronous content (pre-recorded video presentations, virtual posters, and discussion boards), ensuring ease of participation irrespective of time-zones. An online meeting has many advantages from an environmental perspective and will enable members of the planetary community around the world to join the meeting at a lower cost than normal. We hope that we will be able to incorporate some of these innovations into future physical meetings to provide ongoing options for virtual access.

In these difficult times, the Europlanet Society values more than ever the importance of EPSC as a forum to bring our community together. By sharing scientific results, discussing plans for the future and participating in networking events at EPSC 2020, we can work together to start to address the many challenges facing us in this rapidly changing world.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Nigel Mason
President, Europlanet Society
Coordinator, Europlanet 2024 RI
The teams in both Europlanet Offices are working remotely and will endeavour to respond to any queries you may have about the impact of Covid-19 on the Europlanet Society or Europlanet 2024 RI.

Europlanet Society News

Meet the Europlanet Society's Executive Board

Dr. Leigh Fletcher

Dr. Leigh Fletcher is a Planetary Scientist at the University of Leicester, specialising in the exploration of our Solar System’s giant planets via robotic spacecraft missions and ground and space-based astronomical facilities.  He works as part of the Cassini, Juno, and JUICE mission teams exploring Jupiter and Saturn, and is a passionate advocate for future exploration of the Ice Giants. Having worked on both sides of the Atlantic on mission advocacy, ground-based observing, and planetary missions, Leigh likes to aid the community in developing and communicating its priorities, capabilities, and strategy, including both ESA’s Voyage 2050 process and the next US planetary decadal survey. 
Follow his research on Twitter: @LeighFletcher.
Bursaries to Support Europlanet Society Members at EPSC 2020 Virtual Meeting

The Europlanet Society has secured sponsorship to support up to 40 bursaries for researchers from under-represented states and early career (within 7 years of last degree) at the EPSC 2020 Virtual Meeting.

Successful bursary applicants will be able to reclaim the EPSC2020 abstract processing fee of 50€. A call for applications will be announced following the issue of letters of acceptance for abstracts for EPSC2020. To be eligible, applicants should be a member of the Europlanet Society.

Europlanet Research Infrastructure News

Europlanet Telescope Network launched

This new world-wide collaboration between telescopes should provide coordinated observations and rapid, efficient responses in support of planetary research.
Professional and trained amateur observers now have access to telescopes located all around the globe! The network also plans to build new collaborations in under-represented regions in the planetary science community. Discover the network

Open Calls for Applications and Nominations

Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme

Call for Applications - Extended deadline: 3 July 2020

Europlanet awards grants of between 5.000 and 15.000€ to fund an outreach or education project related to planetary sciences. Two more weeks to submit your project!

Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

Call for Nominations - Extended deadline: 3 July 2020

Have you developed innovative and socially impactful practices in planetary science communication and education? Don't miss the call for nominations!

ESA call for ideas for the Moon

Call for Ideas - Deadline: 3 July 2020

What would you do with a Large European Lander on the Moon? ESA calls for ideas for missions to the Moon that could credibly be undertaken between the late 2020s and late 2030s. A great way to build teams and to mature ideas throughout the submission process.

Featured Events

EPSC2020 - Call for abstracts

Virtual meeting, 21 June - 9 October

The programme and full details of the format of the meeting are now available. Abstracts submission deadline: 13:00 CEST on 24 June.
Find out more on the  EPSC2020 website >> 

12th Serbian-Bulgarian Astronomical Conference

Sokobanja, Serbia, 25-29 September

Due to the pandemic, this annual May conference has been postponed to September. The new deadline for registrations and abstract submissions is 1 July

7th Solid Earth Doctoral Training

Les Houches, France, 19-30 October

For this Covid-19 edition, participants can attend the school on site (registrations are open here) or remotely, through interactive live broadcast (free but upon registration), or passive live broadcast (free). The programme includes six lectures and research seminars, all in English.

Europlanet Community Corner

EPEC Profiles

Joana Marques Oliveira

Joana is currently studying for a PhD at the Paris Observatory, using occultations to study the atmosphere of Triton and find out if it has changed in any way between 1989 and 2017. She has also been very involved in outreach programmes and in the Occultations group. She supports EPEC as Chair of the Finances Group.  Read Joana's full profile

EPEC Profiles - Call for submissions

The EPEC Communications Working Group is offering a new opportunity to early career professionals to showcase their research. Each month, Europlanet will share on the Society website and on social media a short biography and a summary of your experiences.
This initiative aims to raise awareness about EPEC members’  involvement in the space sector and highlight their research and important contribution to the planetary community. Find out how to participate.

Voyage 2050 Viewpoints

EPEC Future research Working Group has a new series of interviews! Meet three early career planetary science researchers who are lead authors on the Voyage 2050 white papers. They will be sharing  about how they got involved and what they think planetary science will look like in 2050...
Don't miss this month's interview with Dr Ali Sulaiman whose white paper was on  “Enceladus and Titan: Emerging Worlds of the Solar System.”

Inspiring Stories - Science to go!

In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story,  Billy Edwards of UCL describes how he is bringing cutting-edge exoplanet research into UK classrooms.  The programme allows secondary school pupils to work on new, exciting research linked to the Twinkle Space Mission under the tuition of PhD students and other young scientists.

Motivational Journeys – the video series from EPEC

Interview with Carol Raymond

For this final interview meet Dr. Carol Raymond, Manager of JPL’s Small Bodies Program. She has served as Deputy Principal Investigator (PI) on the NASA Dawn Discovery Mission to Vesta and Ceres, two protoplanets in the Main Asteroid Belt, and as Dawn’s PI for the second extended mission.
Her key piece of advice is to stay flexible in following the path of your interest. She also shares the positive experience of how collaborative teamwork can make great things can happen.

📽️ Join the journey and let the story motivate you!


PhD Position - Molecular astrophysics and astrochemistry

Institude of Physics, Rennes, France

The Institute of Physics in Rennes is offering a fully-funded PhD position for 3 years on the ERC Advanced Grant Project CRESUCHIRP, starting from October 2020.
The PhD position will conduct experimental research in fundamental chemical physics and reaction kinetics, with particular application to molecular astrophysics and astrochemistry.
Deadline for application: 31 July 2020, but applications will be studied as they are received!

Professionalisation Research Grant

Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, Italy

The Astronomical Observatory of Trieste in Italy is offering a Research Grant on "Climate, habitability and atmospheric bio-markers in rocky exoplanets" to young PhD holders, research fellows or fix-term employees. The contract is for one year with a possible extension to 2 years.
Deadline for Application: 31 July 2020

Planetary Science Highlights

ExoMars Rover Upgrades

The second ExoMars mission, scheduled for launch to the Red Planet in 2022, is taking advantage of the extra time to upgrade some of the rover’s instruments and get ready for the next parachute high-altitude drop tests. Read more

Society Members' Area

Funding Opportunities and Policy Reports

The Europlanet Society will be providing 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
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