EPEC New Frontiers and Future Research

EPEC New Frontiers and Future Research Working Group

The EPEC New Frontiers and Future Research Working Group is inspired by new research opportunities especially beyond Europe’s borders and especially in emerging countries with young space programs and strong motivation.

New Frontiers aims at building bridges between well-consolidated European realities and new realities worthy of exploration by weaving professional networks in order to offer unique opportunities and productive collaborations to Europe’s young scientists. This Working Group will link European institutions with the pioneers who are building solid Space and Planetary science projects all around the world.

Within the Europlanet organisation, through the Transnational Access (TA), facilities and grants are offered as support for campaigns for visiting Planetary Field Analogues (PFA), several of which are located in countries that we would define as new frontiers.


The main goal of this Working Group is to create synergies between EPEC (at large) and the TA facilities of Europlanet. The TAs gain unparalleled experience from being exposed to a cohort of users from all over the world and this can be beneficial for early career researchers e.g. by learning from other people’s successful experiences from beyond the boundaries of Europe. We will engage the TA’s leaders, especially those located in “new frontiers”, to organise seminars, workshops and other activities that can help to disseminate knowledge and best practice acquired through Europlanet.

International Network

Starting from the solid foundation given by the Europlanet Society, we are looking to build a world-wide network with institutions, academics and professionals in order to get to know, share and support interesting and fruitful collaborations.
A list of contacts and opportunities in new frontiers countries will be monthly updated, including:

  • ongoing research projects
  • potential collaborations
  • action taken toward the creation of space programs

A world map with the hot spots of Planetary and Space research in new frontiers countries will be uploaded on the page and constantly updated.

Reach us

This is a Working Group driven by stories from lands far faraway where planetary science is already a reality… It is our time to explore it. If you want to help us enlarging our international network, or if you are interested in sharing your experience and contacts, or if you are looking for experiences outside Europe, we are waiting for you!

Contact us at: epec.newfrontiers@gmail.com.


Fulvio Franchi
Botswana International University of Science and technology (BIUST), Palapye, BOTSWANA
Fulvio is a Senior Lecturer in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy with a strong interest in astrobiology and Planetary Science. Fulvio is engaged in the study of the Makgadikgadi salt pan and in drafting the first Space science and Technology Strategy of Botswana.

Erica Luzzi
Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Erica is currently enrolled as a PhD student in Planetary Geology at Jacobs University. Her PhD project is mainly focused on geological mapping on Mars (Planmap project) and terrestrial analogues (ESA – PANGAEA-X project).

Ottaviano Ruesch
ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Ottaviano is a planetary scientist and ESA fellow. His research field is addressing questions on the origin and evolution of planetary surfaces and minor bodies, through remote sensing geology and near infrared spectroscopy of Mars, Ceres and Vesta.