Europlanet Early Careers Network (EPEC) News
— January 20, 2020

For the fourth interview in our series of Motivational Journeys, we talk to Dr. Linda Spilker of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Linda is the Cassini Project Scientist at JPL. She was inspired by the Gemini and Apollo mission during her early childhood to pursue a career in astronomy. When she joined JPL, she had […]


— January 13, 2020

Inspiring Stories – Motivational Journeys In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Rutu Parekh, a second year PhD student at the DLR Institute of Planetary Science and Chair of the EPEC Diversity Working Group, tells us about a recently launched EPEC project entitled ‘Motivational Journeys’.  ‘Motivational Journeys’ is a collection of interview recordings which I started together […]


— December 23, 2019

AbGradEPEC 2020 – Registration now open Deadline for abstract submission: 15th January. Deadline for registration: 1st Feburary 2020. The registration for the first AbGradE event in 2020 is now open – a joint symposium/workshop with the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Network. The event will take place in the days immediately before the first BEACON conference and will offer young […]


— December 20, 2019

Motivational Journeys – Nader Haghighipour For the third interview in our series of Motivational Journeys, we talk to Dr. Nader Haghighipour of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawai’i. Dr. Nader Haghighipour is an astronomer who specialises in binary star systems and teaches students at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, USA. In this […]


— December 13, 2019

Inspiring Stories – Astrobites In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Elena González Egea and Joanna Ramasawmy are PhD students at the University of Hertfordshire and part of the Astrobites collaboration. Here they share with us their experiences writing blogs about the latest astronomy research. Astrobites is a postgraduate student-run blog, featuring short summaries of recent […]


— November 20, 2019

Motivational Journeys – Thérèse Encrenaz For the second interview in our series of Motivational Journeys, we talk to Dr Thérèse Encrenaz of CNRS/Observatoire de Paris. Thérèse Encrenaz studied astronomy/astrophysics and has been involved in various missions including Vega 1 & 2 to Comet Halley, Galileo to Jupiter, the Phobos and Mars Express missions to Mars, […]


— November 12, 2019

Inspiring stories – Lecturers without borders In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Athanasia Nikolaou, guest researcher studying the magma ocean stage of planetary formation at the German Aerospace Centre, tells us how, together with other researchers, she has set up a network that links travelling scientists with local communities. Scientific conferences on many disciplines take place […]


— October 21, 2019

Motivational Journeys – a new video series from EPEC The EPEC Diversity Working Group is made up of young researchers and scientists who come from diverse environments and cultures. However, we all have one thing in common: we all grew up hearing about how humankind landed on the Moon and this has helped motivate us […]


— October 17, 2019

Inspiring stories – Painting the unseen In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Mai Wada from the University of the Arts London tells us how she has been working with two early career astronomers to enhance our understanding of the universe. Painting the unseen is an effort to combine scientific data with art to visualise celestial objects, […]


— September 12, 2019

Inspiring Stories – Sharing Science through Social Media Talking to young people in their own language. In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Jan Lukačevič from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Czech Academy of Science tells us how to reach out to a young generation with science through social media! In previous Inspiring Stories we […]