The European Community for Planetary Sciences

Europlanet Society Briefing
May 2021

In this Briefing

Word from the President

Dear Colleagues, 

Welcome to another issue of the Europlanet newsletter, which reveals just how much work we continue to do despite the circumstances we are still working under. Sadly there still appears to be little opportunity for face-to-face meetings and life in the ‘virtual world’ will have to continue a bit longer. EPSC2021, though virtual, is developing well with many exciting sessions – so please submit those abstracts! Registration will open on 1 July with an early-bird rate and reduced fees for Europlanet Society members – so please join the Society.  

We can also look forward to new funding opportunities with the forthcoming launch of the Horizon Europe programme. Europlanet is in dialogue with fellow space projects and other research infrastructures so we can discuss programmes with the European Commission. Look out for updates and more information in future newsletters.  

Nigel Mason
President, Europlanet Society
Coordinator, Europlanet 2024 RI

Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) News

Asteroid Photometry – Europlanet Virtual Summer School

16-27 August 2021

Europlanet 2024 RI is pleased to announce the virtual summer school Asteroid Photometry that will take place virtually between 16-27 August 2021. The school, hosted by Vilnius University (Lithuania) and A. Mickiewicz University (Poland), offers participants a thorough, multidisciplinary introduction into the ground-based and space observations of asteroids.
Know more here >>

Telescope network open call 

The Call for Observations for the Europlanet Telescope Network is a rolling call to which you can submit your proposal at any time. Decisions on the funding of any proposal should be made within just two months of submission. For further information on the Europlanet Telescope Network, its opportunities and how to apply, please visit the call page or email

Geology and Mapping Winter School videos online 

After the large success of the First Geology and Planetary Mapping Winter School that was held virtually 1-5 February 2021, the recorded materials are now freely available on the GMAP website. You only need an account on this website to access them. 

Find the videos here (you will be prompted for a login – register if you do not already have one). 

International Spring School: Hydrothermal Vents

Happening this week!

The first EANA online school to learn about hydrothermal systems from interdisciplinary perspectives at the interfaces of geology, biology and chemistry is taking place from 17–21 May 2021. Know more here>>

Registration is now closed but the talks are being recorded and will be available to everyone after the meeting. 

Virtual Workshop on the use of the Europlanet Telescope Network for amateur astronomers

On 15 May, 70 people from Spain, Portugal, France and also from Latin America actively participated in a virtual workshop on the Europlanet Telescope Network (ETN) and how amateur astronomers can access the network. The workshop was jointly organised by the Europlanet 2024 RI, the Europlanet Society Regional Hub of Spain and Portugal, the Spanish Astronomy Society (SEA) and the Federation of Astronomical Associations of Spain (FAAE) with the additional collaboration of Calar Alto Observatory in Spain.

Know more here>>
Sessions and results are available here>>

First Virtual Workshop on Fireball Databases and Machine Learning

11-12 June 2021

Europlanet 2024 RI is supporting a series of four workshops to bring together different networks of fireballs observers as well as machine learning experts over the next two years. This series aims to culminate with the development of a common data format and/or common entry point to the observational data of the different fireballs networks, and machine learning science cases for meteor observations.

Registration for the first workshop closes 31 May 2021.
Know more here >>

Europlanet Society News

EPSC2021 – Call for Abstracts

Last chance to submit your abstracts by 26 May 2021. 

The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC2021), the annual meeting of the Europlanet Society, will take place from 13-24 September 2021 as a virtual conference. The entire range of planetary sciences is covered through an extensive mix of oral and poster sessions, workshops and panel discussions. The event is a unique space for networking and exchange of experiences. 

The abstract submission deadline is 26 May 2021,13:00 CEST. This is a strict deadline and will not be extended.
Find out more here>> 

Join our SuperLuna! Observing Challenge

Share your pictures and you could win a prize

Spring 2021 is a season of ‘supermoons’, with the Full Moon in May coinciding within 10% of the closest lunar orbital distance to Earth. We would like to invite you to join the SuperLuna! Italian livestream, aired on 26 May on EduINAF’s main social channels from 9.30pm to 11pm (CEST).

You can also participate in the SuperLuna! Observing Challenge by uploading your pictures to this Flickr group and posting them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SuperLuna. You may also submit your pictures via the form here.
Know more here >>
Image © Valeriano Antonini – EduINAF - Associazione AstronomiAmo

Mars Collection of Educational Resources

Now available online

Europlanet 2024 RI has produced a set of school resources exploring the possibilities of life on the Red Planet. The resources link areas of the curriculum with research into past and present conditions on Mars and how we can study these conditions via planetary field analogue sites here on Earth.

The Mars Collection of educational resources, which includes teaching packs, video demonstrations and information on planetary analogues, is now available online.
Know more here >>


#InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest 2021

Deadline: 6 September 2021

The Europlanet Society Congress 2021 (#EPSC2021) is inviting schools and space enthusiasts of all ages to get creative and share their artworks and performances on the theme of 'Ingenuity' in the #InspiredByOtherWorlds contest.

Find out more here >>
Contest FAQs>>

Europlanet Community Corner

EPEC Profiles

Safoura Tanbakouei

Safoura Tanbakouei is a planetary science researcher working as a Postdoc in the Division of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.
EPEC Profiles - Call for Submissions
If you are an early career professional and want to showcase your research in an EPEC Profile: 
Find out how to participate here >>

Inspiring Stories

The Brilliant Club

In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Melissa Mirino, a Doctoral Candidate at the Open University, describes engaging school students with her thesis. Read it here >>

The Europlanet Magazine - Coming soon! 

Read it soon on the Europlanet Society website  

Look out for the first issue of the Europlanet Magazine. The magazine will be issued every six months to highlight and feature the latest Europlanet stories and activities. 

We are delighted to publish the first issue in the next few weeks. Stay tuned! 

EPSC 2020 Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon

Adriana Ocampo

The EPSC2020 Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon, organised by the Diversity Committee of the Europlanet Society in collaboration with Women in Red and WikiDonne, aims to highlight diversity within the planetary science community. The Edit-a-thon has continued since EPSC2020, with new and translated Wikipedia profiles of planetary scientists continuing to be added.

This month, we are sharing the story of Adriana Ocampo, whose profile is now available in French, thanks to the Edit-a-thon participants.

Adriana Ocampo, born in 1955, is a Colombian planetary geologist and a Science Program Manager at NASA Headquarters. During high school and graduate studies, she worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she served as the science coordinator for many planetary missions (Viking, Mars Observer, Voyager, Galileo, etc). She was the first to recognise, using satellite images, that a ring of cenotes or sinkholes, is the only surface impression of the buried Chicxulub crater. This research contributed significantly to the understanding of this impact crater.

Read the Wiki page >>
Find out more here >>

Events & Opportunities

RED'21 Astrobiology Introductory Course

Online: 21-25 June 2021

The RED’21 Astrobiology Introductory Course Training School will be organised online from 21-25 June 2021. 
Registration is free but mandatory. Please register here.

Virtual Conference: The Moon and Early Earth

Online: 29-30 November 2021

The virtual conference on the topic of ‘The Moon and Early Earth’ will be co-hosted by the Geological Society and the Royal Astronomical Society on 29-30 November 2021 under the theme of ‘2021 Year of Space’.
Please note that the abstract deadline is Wednesday, 1 September 2021.
Full details of the meeting>>

Early Careers Training and Education Platform

Search for your next opportunity on Europlanet's Early Careers Training and Education Portal, with information on PhD positions, job opportunities, summer schools, and meetings relevant to early career professionals working in planetary science and related fields.
Find out more here>>

Early career opportunities should be mailed to

The Europlanet Mentorship programme is looking for new mentors and mentees. We are particularly looking for mentors in fields related to:
  • Exoplanets and brown dwarfs
  • Planetary science, exploration missions, mission instrumentation
  • Space medicine, digital health, impact of space research on human life on Earth, life in extreme environments
  • Space debris observation and mitigation
  • Simulations/modelling
  • Observational astronomy.
Find out more or sign up here>>

Planetary Science Highlights

Scientists Find CORich Liquid Water in Ancient Meteorite

Science Advances

by Akira Tsuchiyama, Akira Miyake, Satoshi Okuzumi, Akira Kitayama, Jun Kawano, Kentaro Uesugi, Akihisa Takeuchi, Tsukasa Nakano and Michael Zolensky

In this groundbreaking study, scientists detect small pockets of carbon dioxide-rich liquid water in a meteorite dating from the early Solar System. This research provides key evidence for the dynamics of the Solar System's formation.
Find out more here>>

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Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.