EPSC 2015 – 2nd Media Invitation
September 22, 2015

The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2015 will take place at La Cité des Congrès, Nantes, France, from Sunday 27 September to Friday 02 October 2015. Around 750 scientists from Europe and around the world are expected to attend. EPSC is the major European meeting on planetary science and in 2015, the programme will include more than 55 sessions and workshops and more than 900 abstracts have been submitted.

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/

Press notices on presentations that may be of special interest to the media will be circulated during the meeting.


Two press briefings will be held on-site at the Club de l’Atlantique at La Cité des Congrès, Nantes during EPSC 2015. Live webcasts will be accessible via the meeting website and will be archived online (see links below). The panels and other members of the mission teams will be available for interview after each briefing.

Monday 28 September 15:00-16:30 CET (GMT+2) – New results from Rosetta

Panel: Matt Taylor (Rosetta Project Scientist, ESA); Matteo Massironi (OSIRIS Team, Univ Padova); Fabrizio Capaccioni (VIRTIS Principal Investigator, INAF-IAPS)


Wednesday 30 September 12:45-13:45 CET (GMT+2) – Dawn mission: latest results at dwarf planet Ceres. Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission: First investigation of a double asteroid and impact mitigation test.

Panel: Christopher Russell (Dawn Principal Investigator, UCLA); Carol Raymond (Dawn Deputy Principal Investigator, JPL); Patrick Michel (Lead of the European AIDA/AIM Investigation Team, Côte d’Azur Observatory, CNRS, France), Michael Küppers

(AIDA/AIM Project Scientist, ESA, ESAC Center, Spain)


EPSC 2015 is organised by Europlanet, and Copernicus Meetings. The conference 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.