March 31, 2020

Covid-19 – Impacts on Europlanet Society and Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure

Europlanet is monitoring the global Covid-19 outbreak, with the aim of supporting international efforts to slow the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of individuals and communities.

31 March – new update on Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020: The EPSC Executive Committee is monitoring the situation with Covid-19 closely. Today (31 March 2020), the Committee has taken the decision to suspend temporarily the call for abstracts for EPSC2020 while various options for the meeting are considered. The Committee will announce a revised timetable for submissions as soon as possible on this page and the EPSC2020 website.

Europlanet Society Executive Office and Europlanet 2024 RI Office: The teams in both Europlanet Offices are working remotely and will endeavour to respond to any queries you may have about the impact of Covid-19 on the Europlanet Society or Europlanet 2024 RI.

Europlanet 2024 RI Transnational Access Call for Applications: The closing date for applications will remain 05 May 2020 at 14:00 CEST (Brussels, Paris time). However, as the situation with Covid-19 may stretch over the summer 2020, the time period during which the TA visits can be undertaken has been extended to the end of 2021.

Europlanet Society Committee Funding Scheme: The closing date for applications will remain 31st March. The review panel will take into account the possibility of timelines in submitted proposals changing due to Covid-19.

Europlanet Early Careers (EPEC) Annual Week 2020: The EPEC Annual Week has been postponed from June 2020. New dates will be announced closer to the time.

Europlanet 2024 RI: Where possible, meetings and workshops are being held virtually. Other events and programmes requiring travel will be delayed until a time when it is safe for them to go ahead. If severe restrictions continue into autumn 2020, many deliverables and activities of the project will be disrupted. The Europlanet 2024 RI Management team will continue to monitor the changing situation and revise plans where necessary to maximise support for the community over the duration of the project, while ensuring the safety of those involved.

Education and outreach: Europlanet is starting to compile and translate educational materials that can support home-schooling in various languages. The call for nominations for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement and the call for applications for the Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme will go ahead as planned in Spring 2020.

Stay safe and healthy.

Nigel Mason, President, and all the team at the Europlanet Society and Europlanet 2024 RI.