Media Reminder: European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 8-13 September, UCL, London
September 4, 2013

From Sunday 8 to Friday 13 September, more than 800 scientists from around the world will gather at University College London (UCL) for the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2013. EPSC is the major European meeting on planetary science. The 2013 programme includes around 75 sessions and workshops covering the spectrum of research into our own Solar System and those orbiting other stars.

Session highlights include: – Comets on the Eve of Rosetta
– Space disasters: The exceptional fireball over Chelyabinsk region
– Outer planets systems
– Mars Science Laboratory
– The Search for Life beyond Earth and its Implications to Society
– Planetary science and the NewSpace entrepreneurs

Full details of EPSC 2013 can be found at the meeting website: An overview of the sessions can be found at:

Press releases on presentations of special interest to the media will be circulated before and during the meeting (these may be subject to embargo).


Two press briefings will be held on-site at UCL during EPSC 2013:

EPSC 2013 Media Briefing: Planetary Science and the NewSpace Entrepreneurs
Date: Tuesday 10 September 12:45-13:45 BST (GMT+1)
Location: Haldane Room, UCL, Gower Street, London

European Space Agency Media Briefing:
Getting Ready for Rosetta, Europe’s Comet Rendezvous and Landing Mission
Date: Friday 13 September 12:45-13:45 BST (GMT+1)
Location: Haldane Room, UCL, Gower Street, London

Further details of the programme for the press briefings and how media can join remotely will be circulated before the meeting.


Special sessions that may be of interest to the media include:

‘Our Living Solar System’ – Discussion Meeting of the Parliamentary Scientific Committee and Parliamentary Space Committee
Date: 14:00-16:00 Monday 9 September *
Location: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster
Speakers: Lewis Dartnell (University of Leicester), Michele Dougherty (Imperial College London), John Zarnecki (Open University, UCL), Fabio Favata (European Space Agency)
* Attendees for this session must pre-register with Veronika Raszler ( no later than 6 September 2013. Spaces limited.

ESA Community Meeting: Discussion with Alvaro Giménez, chaired by David Southwood
Date: Wednesday, 11 September, 09:00-10:30
Location: Jupiter Room – Bloomsbury Theatre
Agencies and Industries Panel Discussion
Date: Wednesday, 11 September, 11:00–12:30
Location: Jupiter Room – Bloomsbury Theatre
Panel: David Parker (UK Space Agency), Colin Cunningham (STFC), Sir Martin Sweeting (Surrey Satellites), Andy Stroomer (Astrium); chaired by Matt Perkins (UKspace Trade Association)


To complement the scientific programme, there will be a Festival of planetary-related public events held across London. Events include organised stargazing in Regent’s Park, a space-themed variety performance, a science fiction film night, exhibitions, art installations and public talks. Astronomers, space explorers and ‘Space-buskers’ will be on hand to meet the public.

‘The Festival of the Planets’ is organised by partner institutions including UCL, the Bloomsbury Theatre, the British Interplanetary Society, the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society.

Details can be found at:< /br> #FestofPlanets


Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 am on Monday 9 September through to 3 pm on Friday 13 September. Media registration is free. Any bona fide media delegates can pre-register by e-mailing Advance registration is not essential but encouraged*.

* Except for the Discussion Meeting in Portcullis House on Monday 9 September. Pre-registration for this event is required by Friday 6 September.


About the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2013

EPSC 2013 is organised by Europlanet, UCL and Copernicus Meetings. The event is sponsored by the UK Space Agency, UCL, Astrium and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Twitter: @epsc2013

About Europlanet

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 a member organisation, building on a €2 million Framework 6 Coordination Action and €6 million Framework 7 Research Infrastructure funded by the European Commission.
Europlanet Project website: Europlanet Outreach website: Follow #epsc2013 @europlanetmedia on Twitter

About UCL (University College London)

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine.

UCL is among the world’s top universities, as reflected by its performance in a range of international rankings and tables. According to the Thomson Scientific Citation Index, UCL is the second most highly cited European university and the 15th most highly cited in the world.

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