EPSC 2015 – 1st Media Invitation
September 4, 2015

The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2015 will take place at the La Cité des Congrès, Nantes, France, from Sunday 27 September to Friday 02 October 2015.

EPSC is the major European meeting on planetary science and in 2015, the programme will include more than 55 sessions and workshops, with more than 900 scheduled abstracts for oral presentations and posters sessions. Last year’s conference, held in Portugal, attracted almost 600 scientists participating from 27 different countries in Europe and around the world.

Highlights of the meeting will include results of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission obtained at comet 67P/Churuymov-Gerasimenko, which will be presented in a special session on Tuesday 29 September and in other sessions during the week. The scientific programme will cover the entire spectrum of planetary science, including results from the Dawn space mission at Ceres, commercial exploration of asteroids and comets, the search for exoplanets and the emergence of life in the Universe.

To complement the scientific programme, the city of Nantes will also host a public exhibition, “Voyages Planétaires”, from 28 September to 04 October in the congress centre. Following the path of a comet, visitors will find out about space probes and large spacecraft that have been launched in recent decades. Educational workshops and conferences will also be organised for the public to discover all about the Solar System and its origins.

An overview of the programme can be found at: http://www.europlanet-eu.org/images/epsc2015/epsc2015_programme_overview.pdf . Details of the Congress and a full schedule of EPSC 2015 scientific sessions and events can be found at the official website: http://www.epsc2015.eu/

Further information will be circulated before the meeting, including press notices on presentations that may be of special interest (subject to embargo) and details of press conferences.

EPSC 2015 is organised by Europlanet, and Copernicus Meetings. EPSC has a distinctively interactive style, with a mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for discussion.

The Congress is sponsored by CNES, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space. “Voyages Planétaires” is sponsored by Nantes Métropole and Region Pays de la Loire.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend.
Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference from 9 am on Monday 28 September through to 3 pm on Friday 02 October.
Media registration is free. Any bona fide media delegates can pre-register by e-mailing Livia.giacomini@iaps.inaf.it or anita.heward@europlanet-eu.org (advance registration is not essential but encouraged).

Since 2005, the Europlanet project has provided European’s planetary science community with a platform to exchange ideas and personnel, share research tools, data and facilities, define key science goals for the future and engage stakeholders, policy makers and European Citizens with planetary science.


Anita Heward
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Livia Giacomini
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