Europlanet at EGU
April 9, 2018

Europlanet at EGU

From 9-13th April, Europlanet will be taking part in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

On Thursday 12th April 2018, from 08:30 – 10:00, Europlanet will hold a tutorial session on the Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access (VESPA) virtual observatory for planetary science in room 2.85 (Short Course number 1.12 – Solar System Virtual Observatory Hands-on session. Further details at: VESPA connects multiple planetary data sets, and provides modern tools to retrieve, cross-correlate, and display data and results of scientific analyses.

Information on activities of the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) and the launch of the new Europlanet Society will be available from Monday 9th to Friday 13th at the Display Booth X2D05 HEMERA/Europlanet (Hall X2, level -2). Participants at EGU are invited to come to the Booth on Thursday, 12th April at 15:00 to see the premiere of Europlanet’s latest animated video, “Space Detectives – the case of the rocks from Space”. The video, designed in a film noir style by the award-winning Science Office, is a creative look at how planetary scientists investigate meteorites and samples returned by missions to find out more about our Solar System and its origins, and how techniques developed to analyse planetary samples are used by the police to solve crimes and identify bodies.

Details will also be available on how to become involved in the Europlanet Early Careers Network and Diversity Working Group, as well as opportunities to participate in Europlanet prorammes that provide free access to laboratories and field sites, expert exchanges, workshops and meetings, including the Europlanet Summer School, “Space missions: ground-based observations and science communication”, from 1-10 August at the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory in Lithuania for early career researchers and amateur astronomers, and the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018, which will take place at the Technical University Berlin from 16-21 September.

Livia Giacomini
Europlanet 2020 RI

Notes for Editors

The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) is a €9.95 million project to address key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. The project was launched on 1st September 2015 and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208. Europlanet 2020 RI is led by the Open University, UK, and has 33 beneficiary institutions from 19 European countries.
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