Issue 3 – Take Off

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The spring of 2022 has a mixed outlook. On the positive side, the situation with Covid-19 is easing in many places in Europe and, with the start of the conference season, we finally have opportunities to meet again face-to-face. On the negative side, the war in Ukraine is ongoing and bringing us daily stories of tragedy, horrors and disruption.

In this third issue of the Europlanet Magazine, we look back to mourn the loss of two much loved and valued colleagues, and look ahead to exciting opportunities for our community as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) begins operations.

At midway through the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, we report on recent workshops, expert exchanges and emerging impacts from our mentorship programme. We also look at some of the creative ways that artificial intelligence and machine learning are being adopted by the planetary science community.

Throughout this issue, you will see multiple ways to get involved in Europlanet activities and opportunities to shape the community, particularly at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 in September. We look forward to seeing you in Granada! 

Anita Heward, Editor.

Europlanet Magazine

The official magazine of Europlanet, the European community for planetary sciences.

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Production Team

 Editor: Anita Heward and Thibaut Roger.

Production and planning: Eleanor Lester, Shorouk Elkobros and Victoria Southgate.


Gareth Davies, Ute Amerstorfer, Günter Kargl, Riccardo Pozzobon, Matteo Massironi, Luca Penasa, Nick Cox, Dan Le Corre, Giacomo Nodjoumi, Erica Luzzi, Melissa Mirino, Foivos Karakostas, Livia Giacomini, Federica Duras, Thibaut Roger, Anita Heward, Raphaël Peralta, Karolien Lefever, Stijn Calders, Hervé Lamy, Gražina Tautvaišienė, Šarūnas Mikolaitis, Leigh Fletcher, Brett Morris, Clémence Fontanive, Edita Stonkutė, Jen DeWitt, Ingo Waldmann, Michel Blanc, Marcell Tessenyi, Jeronimo Bernard-Salas, Helen Usher, Rytis Babianskas, Carlos Viscasillas Vázquez, Vix Southgate, Hannah Rüdisser, Maria Genzer, Frédéric Foucher, Keyron Hickman-Lewis, Victor Amir Cardoso Dorneles, Shorouk Elkobros and Nigel Mason.

Design and artwork: Pixooma Ltd


 Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.

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