EPEC Future Research Working Group

EPEC Future Research Working Group

Let’s get early career researchers to the frontline of new science opportunities

What do you think the future of planetary science should look like? The path to a new successful science mission is often mysterious to young researchers because it involves different disciplines, priorities, constraints and stakeholders. Furthermore, recent trends in spaceflight could change the way things work. Want to be prepared for the future? Then come and join us on the frontline of new science.

Goal: The Future Research Working Group will shed light on the diversity of opportunities for future research (e.g. in different space agencies, governments, private enterprises…) and help early career scientists understand the process of developing future research and prepare them to play an active part in it (e.g. how to get from scientific question to flying future space mission). 


Starting 2019, the EPEC Future Research Working Group is organising two events per year, one coinciding with the EPEC Annual Week and one with EPSC. We aim to address the following questions: What lessons can the young generation draw from previous missions? How are the major space agencies currently implementing their research program? How will new trends like commercial spaceflight and satellite miniaturisation change planetary science? And most importantly, how do you as a young researcher get involved? 

If you want to be involved: contact  epec.futureresearch@gmail.com

Voyage 2050 Viewpoints

The EPEC Future Research Working Group talked with three early career planetary science researchers who are lead authors on these white papers to find out more about how they got involved and what they think planetary science will look like in 2050. We hope that their insight will also prove useful to any early-career researchers looking to get involved with NASA’s Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032.

EPEC Future Research Working Group chairs

Ottaviano Ruesch (Research Fellow ESA/ESTEC)

Hans Huybrighs (Research Fellow ESA/ESTEC)