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The European Community for Planetary Sciences

Europlanet Society Briefing November 2019

In this Briefing
> Europlanet Society News
> Open Calls for applications
> Featured Events
> Europlanet Community Corner
> Planetary Science Highlights

Word from the President


Dear members, 
 
I am pleased to report that the new Executive Board has met and that plans for the year ahead are well underway. After the success of the EPSC 2019 in Geneva, we are looking forward to EPSC 2020 in Granada. We are pleased to confirm that once again we will be providing bursaries for Early Career
researchers and researchers from under-represented countries (open only to members). Similarly, we will open a call for requests for support of meetings and activities organised or co-sponsored by the Europlanet regional hubs. Since we wish to support a wide range of meetings/activities across the Society, support for each event will be limited and must be endorsed by the appropriate Hub or another committee of the Society. Stay tuned for further details on the Society website.

Nigel Mason

Europlanet Society News

Meet the Europlanet Society's Executive Board

Ann Carine Vandaele is the Head of the Planetary Aeronomy Division of the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. Her main scientific expertise lies in the development of remote sensing instruments, spectroscopy and radiative transfer modelling through atmospheres. As Vice President of the Europlanet Society and Chair of the Benelux regional Hub, Ann Carine is passionate about promoting collaboration and exchange between researchers in Planetary Sciences. For her it is important to encourage relations between education, research and industry to increase the visibility and impact of planetary science. A role that the Europlanet Society can definitely play with success.

Europlanet 2020 RI final report now online

The report concludes that the EC funded "Europlanet 2020 RI" project (ran from September 2015 until  August 2019) has produced a step-change in research by providing the largest open-access research infrastructure for planetary science in the world. The project, which was recognised by the European Commission as a Horizon 2020 success story, has established the structures for longterm collaborations both within the European community and between Europe and international partners.
Download the report >>

Open Calls for Applications

Scientific data exploitation 

The EC H2020 programme has announced the next call for supporting the data exploitation of European missions and instruments, in conjunction, when relevant, with international missions. Europlanet supported the announcement of this call so we are keen to see a good response. Please let us know if you plan a bid!

Featured Events

Science on Stage Festival 2019 

Cascais, Portugal, 31 October - 3 November 2019

More than 400 science teachers from all over Europe shared their projects during the largest European educational fair for STEM teachers. Europlanet Executive Board member, Livia Giacomini, and EPEC’s Anastasia Kokori represented the Europlanet Society and they reveal to us the ins and outs of the event!

Ice Giants Systems 2020

London, UK, 20-22 January 2020

The planetary community is invited to attend an international conference on Ice Giant exploration at the Royal Society in London. The meeting will consist of two days of plenary talks and a third day of splinter workshops, focusing on the future exploration of the Uranus and Neptune systems.
Numbers are limited, and the deadline for registration and abstract submission is December 10th.  Read full details >> 

Italian Planetary Science Congress

Padua, Italy, 3-7 February 2020

The largest annual gathering of planetary scientists in Italy, co-organized by the University of Padua and INAF, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, will cover the full spectrum of planetary science and technology topics: from the study of planets and minor bodies of our Solar System to the discovery of planetary systems beyond our own. Moreover, it will host a seminar for journalists to introduce them to planetary science and space exploration.
Europlanet Society is endorsing the event through the collaboration with the Europlanet Italian Regional Hub that will present its activities during the Congress. Scientists and students wishing to attend can register via the event's website.

Europlanet Community Corner

Motivational Journeys – the new video series from EPEC

“Don’t give up”! This is the message of Dr Thérèse Encrenaz of CNRS / Observatoir de Paris to young women researchers while reflecting on her early career days and how she managed work-life balance.
📽️ Join the journey and let the interview motivate you!
 

Lecturers without borders!

We are aware of doctors without borders· we are aware of reporters without borders. But ... Lecturers Without Borders? Learn more in this inspiring story by Athanasia Nikolaou, researcher at the German Aerospace Centre.

Planetary Science Highlights

Transit of Mercury at Canary Islands 

On 11th November, all telescopes on Earth observed the Mercury transit, weather permitting. In the Canary Islands, the Italian TNG of the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma) and the French telescope Themis of the Teide Observatory (Tenerife) recorded some stunning imagery and videos of the astronomical event.
During the passage of planet Mercury on the Sun, the surface of the planet is in the shadow but both the terminators are visible, allowing measurements of the exosphere density and composition, making the transit a precious occasion for collecting scientific data. 
If you want to (re)live these moments, INAF-IAPS created a video compilation based on all videos streamed by online telescopes. Here is also an amazing photo gallery of this rare event, as we will have to wait until 2032 for the next Mercury transit!  

Isotopic analysis of rare planetary samples

Read in this case study by Europlanet 2020 RI how enhancement of techniques used in isotopic analysis of rare planetary samples affects the wider spectrum of analytical chemistry, with applications also by non-planetary users, e.g. in “non-destructive” analysis of archaeological and art objects.
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