Europlanet Society Statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
The Europlanet Society is committed to building a diverse, inclusive planetary science community in Europe and to ensuring that individuals within that community experience equal opportunity, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or socioeconomic background.
Europlanet Diversity Committee
The Europlanet Diversity Committee acts as a strategic task force to advise, coordinate and champion activities across the Europlanet Society that further the Society’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.
Chair: Vic Pearson (Open University)
Vice-chair: Lena Noack (Freie Universität Berlin)
Secretary/EPEC Representative: Rutu Parekh (DLR)
Regional Hub Diversity Officers:
Benelux Hub: Arianna Piccialli (BIRA-IASB)
Central Europe Hub: Anna Łosiak (University of Exeter)
Since 2010, Europlanet has had an active programme of engaging policy makers with the cutting-edge science and technological challenges of planetary science and exploration. We have organised one-to-one briefings, dinner debates and other events aimed at Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials and key industry and policy groups.
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The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) is the major European meeting on planetary science.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, EPSC 2021, originally planned for Helsinki, will be held as a virtual meeting.
EPSC2021 is the second time that EPSC has been held as a virtual meeting. We believe that virtual meetings are likely to play an increasingly important role in supporting our community, widening participation from under-represented groups and tackling the global challenge of climate change. Building on the success and learning lessons from our first virtual meeting in 2020, EPSC2021 will have a hybrid format of live sessions and asynchronous scientific presentations. The ethos for EPSC2021 is to create a simple, flexible, and inclusive virtual meeting that provides multiple opportunities for interaction, scientific discussion, and networking.
The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) is the major European meeting on planetary science. Originally known as the European Planetary Science Congress, the first EPSC was held in Berlin in 2006. EPSC is the main dissemination platform for the European planetary science community and is the annual meeting of the Europlanet Society. EPSC meetings cover the entire scope of planetary sciences and 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.
EPSC 2022 will take place at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada, Spain from 18-23 September 2022
EPSC 2023 will be held jointly with the DPS at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas, from 1-6 October 2023.
EPSC 2024 will be held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland, from 15-20 September 2024.
EPSC 2025 will be held jointly with the DPS (European venue and dates TBC).
To maintain contractual agreements, EPSC 2022 will be held in Granada, Spain. The 2022 DPS meeting in London, Ontario, Canada will no longer be a joint DPS-EPSC meeting but the 2023 DPS meeting in San Antonio will now be held jointly with EPSC.
For over a decade, Europlanet had actively engaged with both policy makers and Industry and Academia groups. We continue to leverage collaborations, synergies with experts and policy makers to engage them with the cutting-edge science and technological challenges of planetary science and exploration.
For more information about our Policy and Industry activities:
Italy participates as a beneficiary of the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project with different institutions: INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) Universita Degli Studi Gabriele D’annunzio di Chieti-Pescara Università di Bologna University of Padova
Members of the Committee of the Italy Hub:
Chair: Maria Cristina De Sanctis (INAF)
Vice Chair: Stavro Ivanovski (INAF)
Advisor: Maria Teresa Capria (INAF)
Industry Officer: Laura Gatti (ALTEC / Thales Alenia Space Italia)
Outreach Officers: Livia Giacomini (INAF) and Federica Duras (INAF)
About the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI)
The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) provides free access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities, data services and tools, a ground-based observational network and programme of community support activities.
The project is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and runs for four years from February 2020 until January 2024. The Europlanet 2024 RI consortium is led by the University of Kent, UK, and has 57 beneficiary institutions from 25 countries in Europe and around the world, with a further 44 affiliated partners. The project draws on the resources of the Europlanet Society to disseminate activities and outcomes and develop a more diverse community of users.
Europlanet 2024 RI provides:
Transnational Access to 24 laboratories in Europe and six field sites, as well as addtional facilities in South Korea and China.
If you have recieved funding from Europlanet 2024 RI, please add the official acknowledgement below to each publication and dissemination activity:“Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.”
Objectives of Europlanet outreach and public engagement
The Europlanet Society’s outreach activities aim to raise the profile of planetary science amongst European citizens, policy-makers, industry and the media, and support planetary scientists in engaging different audiences with their research. The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, and planetary science research in general, are funded through public money and are publicly accountable.
Why engage with planetary science?
Planetary science has a direct relevance to our understanding of our own planet, its origins, its past and future evolution, the conditions needed for life, and threats from our space environment, such as solar storms or Near-Earth Asteroids. Europlanet aims to engage European citizens in dialogue about this research and to communicate the scientific, social, economic and cultural impact of planetary science.
Exploration and planetary science can act as a hook to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Europlanet aims to create and curate high-quality teaching resources and activities for use in classrooms and informal learning settings.
The Europlanet Society and Europlanet 2024 RI offer the following services to support outreach and education initiatives within the planetary science community:
Training: we run workshops to equip planetary scientists with the skills to convey their work effectively to different audiences. In 2021, we plan to hold a “train-the-trainers” workshop at the Moletai Astronomical Observatory in Lithuania, where we will support members of the community to develop their own training workshops to deliver via the Europlanet Regional Hub network.
Best practice: we coordinate sessions and workshops to share knowledge within the community. Our annual meeting, the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC), includes several sessions related to different aspects of outreach and education in planetary science.
Prize: we award an annual prize for public engagement in planetary science.
Funding Scheme: we provide seed funding for new and innovative outreach projects.
Europlanet Evaluation Toolkit: we have developed easy-to-use evaluation tools to help assess the impact and outcomes of education and outreach activities.
Resources: We are collating some of the best outreach and education resources related to planetary science to share with the community. From 2020-2024 will also be developing new educational resources related to the activities of Europlanet 2024 RI and the planetary science community, with the aim of making these accessible in multiple languages.
The Northern Europe Hub was established in 2019 to promote planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Swedish and wider European community, within the Europlanet Society.
Members of the Committee of the Northern Europe Hub are:
Chair: Jonathan Merrison (Aarhus)
Vice-Chair: Andris Slavinskis (University of Tartu)
Outreach Officer: José Antonio Gordillo Martorell
Early Career Officer: Iaroslav Iakubivskyi (ESTCUBE)
Early Career Officer: Nils Prieur (University of Oslo)
Industry Officer: Harri Haukka (Finnish Meteorological Institute)