1st Media Announcement for the EPSC-DPS Join Meeting 2011
July 22, 2011

Date: 22nd July 2011 Ref. PN: EPSC-DPS 11/01
Issued by:

Anita Heward
Europlanet Press Officer
Phone: +44 (0) 7756 034243
E-mail: anita.heward@europlanet-eu.org

Vishnu Reddy
DPS Press Officer

02 – 07 October 2011
La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, Nantes, France

The Joint Meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences (EPSC-DPS) 2011 will take place at La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, Nantes, France from Sunday 02 October to Friday 7 October 2011.
The EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 represents the first cooperation between the Europlanet Research Infrastructure and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The meeting is being organised in association with the European Geosciences Union and with the support of the Université de Nantes.
The 2011 meeting programme will cover a wide range of planetary topics, including early results from Dawn at Vesta, the latest results from Venus Express and MESSENGER, and new findings at Enceladus and Titan. More than 1700 abstracts for oral presentations and posters have been submitted.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 am on Monday 03 October through to 2 pm on Friday 07 October. We expect to hold daily press briefings over the lunch period each day so as to avoid conflict with the scientific presentations, which will also be open to members of the press. Light snacks and refreshments will be available during the briefings for registered members of the press. The briefings will be webcast live from 12:15 CEST. The venue has a wireless network.
Media registration is free. Any bona fide media delegates can register online by e-mailing anita.heward@europlanet-eu.org or reddy@space.edu (advance registration is not essential but encouraged).

Details of the congress can be found at the official website:
EPSC-DPS 2011 will provide a platform for the worldwide planetary sciences community to exchange and present results, develop new ideas and network. It will have a distinctively interactive style, with an extensive mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for the community to meet. The meeting will cover the entire scope of the planetary sciences.
The detailed scientific programme can be found at:
A session overview is available at:

Further information will be circulated a few weeks before the meeting, including details for accessing the press briefing webcasts.



The Europlanet Research Infrastructure is a major (€6 million) programme co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The Europlanet Research Infrastructure brings together the European planetary science community through a range of Networking Activities, aimed at fostering a culture of cooperation in the field of planetary sciences, Transnational Access Activities, providing European researchers with access to a range of laboratory and field site facilities tailored to the needs of planetary research, as well as on-line access to the available planetary science data, information and software tools, through the Integrated and Distributed Information Service. These programmes are underpinned by Joint Research Activities, which are developing and improving the facilities, models, software tools and services offered by Europlanet

Europlanet Project website: www.europlanet-ri.eu


The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is the largest organization of professional planetary scientists in the world. The DPS was formed in 1968 as a sub-organization within the AAS devoted to solar system and extrasolar planet research. Today it is the largest special interest Division of the AAS.

DPS Website: http://dps.aas.org