Final media announcement and details of press briefings at European Planetary Science Congress 2017
September 15, 2017

Final media announcement and details of press briefings at European Planetary Science Congress 2017

The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 ( will take place at the Radisson Blu Latvija in Riga, from Sunday 17 to Friday 22 September 2017. Around 800 scientists from Europe and around the world are expected to attend the meeting and will give around 1,000 oral and poster presentations about the latest results on our own Solar System and planets orbiting other stars.
EPSC is the major European annual meeting on planetary science and in 2017 will take place for the first time in the Baltic States. The EPSC programme covers the full spectrum of planetary science and technology. A full programme of scientific sessions can be found here.

Two press briefings will be held during the meeting:
Tuesday, 19th September, 13:00-13:40 Eastern European Time (UTC+3) –
Pushing the Boundaries of Planetary Exploration

  • Answers to questions from asteroid miners – JL Galache, Aten Engineering
  • Asteroid touring nanosat fleet – Pekka Janhunen, Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • A population study of hot Jupiter atmospheres – Angelos Tsigaris, University College London

Thursday, 21st September, 13:00-13:40 Eastern European Time (UTC+3) –
Cassini/Comet Siding Spring encounter with Mars

  • Cassini – Scott Edgington, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Cassini/Dust in the Outer Solar System as measured by Cassini-CDA – Nicolas Altobelli, European Space Agency
  • Energetic particle showers over Mars from Comet Siding-Spring – Beatriz Sanchez-Cano, University of Leicester
  • Interaction between Mars’s induced magnetosphere and the Comet Siding Spring – Mats Holmström, Swedish Institute of Space Physics
  • The Metals Delivered by Comet Siding Spring to Mars – Matteo Crismani, University of Colorado at Boulder

The live stream from the meeting, which will include selected talks from sessions, can be accessed at:

World-wide live broadcast of the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 is provided by Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) – telecommunication industry leader and of the most innovative companies in Latvia. Live broadcast and video archive of the congress is available in the app LMT Straume and on the Internet.

Additional details may be posted at:

Press notices on presentations that may be of special interest to the media will be circulated during the meeting. The meeting hashtag is #EPSC2017.

The theme for EPSC 2017 is ‘Widening Participation’ and the programme will include sessions and associated events to promote the engagement and integration of new communities in Europe (and beyond) with planetary science.
Details of the Congress and a full schedule of EPSC 2017 scientific sessions and events can be found at the official website:

EPSC 2017 is organised by Europlanet and Copernicus Meetings. The Local Organising Committee is led by Baltics in Space, a not-for-profit organisation that is supporting 25 members centred around nine Baltic space facilities for the conference. The meeting is sponsored by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, Finnish Meteorological Institute, The Estonia-Latvia programme, The Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, the Planetary Science Institute, Latvijas Universitate and The Division for Planetary Sciences of the AAS.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference from 9 am on Monday 18 September through to 3 pm on Friday 22 September. Media registration is free. For further details, contact or

Anita Heward
EPSC 2017 Press Officer
+44 07756 034243

Livia Giacomini
EPSC 2017 Press Officer


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. Europlanet is the parent organisation of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC), and the EPSC Executive Committee is drawn from its membership.

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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Baltics in Space
The philosophy of the nonprofit organization, Baltics in Space, is to “Inventory, Identify, and Integrate” with a sprinkling of Inspiration to build a space product greater than the sum of its parts. The best resource in the space business is people. With an eye to strengthening the triple helix links (Industry, Education, Research), its planned outcomes are integrating Baltic-wide space events, compiling catalogs of skill-sets for prospective users and Baltic space project development with distributed teams and Baltic space education.