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Europlanet Society Briefing
September 2021

In this Briefing

**Don't forget to submit your EPSC2021 presentation by 2nd September**
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Word from the President

Dear Colleagues, 
        I hope you have all managed to enjoy something of a summer break. The second virtual edition of the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) will soon be upon us and we look forward to welcoming you to the meeting. Clearly virtual conferencing is now part of the scientific landscape and new tools and platforms are being developed to meet this demand.  EPSC2021 takes advantage of these and has an updated format in response to your feedback from 2020. 
        The Europlanet Research Infrastructure (RI) continues to offer opportunities for you to conduct research through virtual and physical visits to facilities (see reports from the recent Greenland expedition below). We are also now looking for new data and tools to be made accessible through our unique VESPA service and portal. 
        In recent months, we have also seen the launch of the Horizon Europe programme, Europe’s largest investment in R&I. The Europlanet Society is hosting a series of webinars to help its members understand the programme, identify opportunities and submit competitive proposals. Please look out for announcements of these briefings.
        Finally please encourage your colleagues and students to join the Europlanet Society. The more members we have the stronger our voice with funders and politicians and the more funding we will have to offer members. EPSC2021 will be an opportunity for you to connect with the Society's Regional Hubs, Early Careers Network and other committees and to get involved. The Society is for you and we need members to not only help run it but to determine its future direction – so join us for the General Assembly on Thursday 23 September and be part of it!

Nigel Mason
President, Europlanet Society
Coordinator, Europlanet 2024 RI

Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) News

2020-21 VESPA Open Call Announcement

The 2021 Open Call for VESPA services is out now!

The VESPA activity in the Europlanet 2024 RI programme aims to make Planetary Science and Solar System data accessible and searchable through an interoperable system following the principles of Open Science. 

In the combined 2020-21 VESPA Open Call, up to 10 projects will be selected to enlarge the data content accessible via the VESPA interface.
Know more here >>

Transnational Access Insights

Visiting the Kangerlussuaq Planetary Field Analogue site in Greenland 

Researchers from Spain, Sweden and Italy visited the Kangerlussuaq Planetary Field Analogue site in Greenland through the Europlanet 2024 RI Transnational Access programme from 19-29 July 2021. Team members have been sharing their experiences through guest posts on the Europlanet website:

Investigating Fingerprints of Life on the Greenland Ice Sheet

By Laura Sánchez García

Laura Sánchez García of the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) describes her team's investigation into molecular and isotopic fingerprints of life on Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) cryo-ecosystems with astrobiological interest for icy worlds.
Read it here >>

Digging into the Story of Dust in Greenland

By Ramona Schneider 

Ramona Schneider of Uppsala University describes how her team investigated the story of wind-blown particles of mineral dust and its role in arctic climate change since the end of the last Ice Age.
Read it here >>
Watch Video >>

Europlanet Society News

Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2021 Virtual Meeting

13 – 24 September 2021

The 2021 Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) will take place as a virtual meeting from 13-24 September 2021. The EPSC2021 programme covers the full spectrum of planetary science and technology across 43 sessions. More than 840 oral and poster presentations have been submitted by planetary scientists from Europe, the US and around the world.

The deadline for submitting scientific presentations (10-minute oral video or virtual poster presentation file) is Thursday, 2 September 2021. You should also provide a single slide for your one-minute live pitch by 2 September.

Read presentation guidelines >>
Upload your presentation >>

Central Europe Hub - Calling for a new chair

Submit your interest by 23 September 2021

An opportunity to become the next Central Europe Hub chair. The Central Europe Hub was established in 2018 to promote planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenian, Slovakian and wider European community, within the Europlanet Society.

If you're interested in applying, please reach out to the Central Europe Hub team

Europlanet Society - Treasurer Election 2021

Vote before September 23rd 

Dr Didier Moreau has been nominated for the position of Treasurer of the Europlanet Society. The results of the election will be announced at the General Assembly on 23 September 2021, during the virtual EPSC 2021.

If you are a Europlanet Society member, you have received instructions on how to vote by email. Please vote before September 23rd. 


#InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest 2021

**Deadline extended to 31 October 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

José Eduardo Silva

José Eduardo Silva is a PhD Candidate in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) in Lisbon, Portugal. He works with spacecraft imaging data of Solar System planets in order to study the dynamics and features of their atmospheres. 
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

#PlanetaryScience4All: A Video Contest for Virtual Science Communication

In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Melissa Mirino (doctoral candidate at The Open University and of the Chair EPEC Communications Working Group) shares how the extraordinary experiences of 2020 inspired her to launch a contest to bring together the early career community. This story is an extract from the first Issue of the Europlanet magazine. Read it here >>

The winners of the #PlanetaryScience4All contest 2021 will be announced at EPSC2021 on Friday, 24th September.

EPSC 2021 Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon

The Diversity Committee of the Europlanet Society, in collaboration with Women in Red and WikiDonne, is organising a second edition of the Planetary Science Wiki Edit-A-Thon, which was first held during EPSC2020. The 2021 Edit-A-Thon will continue to create and translate Wikipedia profiles to highlight diversity within the planetary science community. 

Find out more and sign up here >>

Lidiya Tseraskaya

Participants from the EPSC2020 Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon have continued to meet monthly over the past year, adding new and translated Wikipedia profiles of planetary scientists.

This month, we are sharing the story of Lidiya Tseraskaya, whose profile is now available in Italian, thanks to the Edit-a-thon participants.

Lidiya Tseraskaya worked at the Moscow Observatory, where she discovered 219 variable stars; among them (1905) RV Tauri variable and recognized its uniqueness. The Venusian crater Tseraskaya was named after her. Her academic papers were published as "W. Ceraski. 

Read the Wiki page >>

Events & Opportunities

ELSI Master-PHD Course on origin of life and Astrobiology

The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) is launching a new Master-PhD course on origin-of-life science and astrobiology at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The five-year ELSI course is open for domestic and international students who wish to tackle fundamental questions in natural science such as the origin and evolution of living planets. ELSI will provide financial support (as a salary of a research assistant) for all the students, except for ones who are going to be supported by JSPS DC fellowships (Japan) or equivalent fellowships.
Register to attend orientation webinars>>

Workshop: The Star-Planet Connection

25-29 October 2021 | Online

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is pleased to announce that the 'Star-Planet Connection' conference will take place online from 25 to 29 October 2021. The deadline for abstract submission is 20 September 2021 and for registering to the conference on 15 October 2021.
Learn more>>
Register here>>

Postdoctoral position in the planetary science group of Observatoire de Paris (LESIA)  

Applications are open for a Postdoctoral Research position within the planetary science group of LESIA at Observatoire de Paris, France. The position is available for two years, starting anytime between Oct. 01, 2021 and February 01, 2022. 

To apply send a brief statement, CV and publication list to Dominique Bockelée-MorvanThierry Fouchet, Emmanuel Lellouch
More information>>

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

Dancing around Venus

A close flyby of the planet Venus between 9 and 10 August, led to an (almost) meeting of the Euro-Japanese BepiColombo and the Euro-American Solar Orbiter (SOLO) spacecrafts. Venus isn’t the final destination of either mission but the approach to the planet made it possible to collect valuable data for future studies.

SOLO will use Venus’s gravity multiple times to get closer to the Sun and to change direction to get a good look at the Sun’s poles (a first for a spacecraft), while BepiColombo needs gravitational help from Earth, Venus and Mercury itself to reach its destination. 
Find out more here>>

Finding the Cause of a Fatal Problem in Rocket Engine Combustors

Physics of Fluids

by Hiroshi Gotoda 

Researchers have used advanced time-series analyses based on complex systems to find out the fatal high-frequency oscillations that plague the combustion chambers in rocket engines. These combustion oscillations can cause fatal damage to rocket engines, aero engines, and gas turbines.
Find out more here>>

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Society Members' Area

Interested in applying for a Research Fellowship?

Join the webinar on September 8th, 2021

Europlanet Society members are invited to attend a special webinar with our President, Prof Nigel Mason, who will describe how to write a Fellowship proposal and assemble the evidence that provides the referees and selection panel with the information they need to award you a Fellowship.
Register here>>
Read the note on UK Associated Status in Horizon Europe>>

Funding Opportunities and Policy Reports

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