Europlanet 2024 RI – Project Summary

Abstract: The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) will provide the pan-EU infrastructure needed to address the major scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science and strengthen Europe’s position at the forefront of space exploration.

Europlanet 2024 RI builds on the foundations of a series of highly successful EU-funded projects that have created the leading Virtual Observatory for planetary data and the largest, most diverse collection in the world today of field and laboratory facilities capable of simulating and analysing planetary environments. Europlanet 2024 RI will provide Transnational Access (TA) to an enhanced set of world-leading field and laboratory facilities, Virtual Access (VA) to state-of-the-art data services and tools linked to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and Networking Activities (NA) to widen the user base and draw in new partners from Under Represented States (URS), non-EU countries, industry and interdisciplinary fields, and to train the next generation of RI leaders and users.

With 53 beneficiaries, from both industry and academic sectors, providing access to 29 TA facilities on 5 continents and 4 VA services linking over 100 data services and catalogues, Europlanet 2024 RI represents a step-change in ambition for planetary science worldwide. Innovations include the establishment of a ground based observation network to support space based missions, the launch of an interactive mapping service to provide virtual exploration of planetary surfaces, and the development of machine learning tools for data mining to fully exploit and analyse planetary data sets. Europlanet 2024 RI will establish global collaborations and an international userbase for the RI through inclusion of partners in Africa, Asia and South America. Ultimately, Europlanet 2024 RI will support the transition of this unique infrastructure to a sustainable future within the structure of the Europlanet Society.

Grant agreement ID: 871149

Start date: 1 February 2020

End date: 31 January 2024

Funded under: H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

Overall budget: € 10 921 583,75

EU contribution: € 10 000 000

Coordinated by: UNIVERSITY OF KENT, United Kingdom

Contact: europlanet2024ri@kent.ac.uk