EPEC Annual Week 2022 – Call for Applications

4th Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Annual Week 2022 – Call for Applications

EPEC is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its training school for early-career scientists who work in the field of planetary/space science and engineering.


Dates: 13-16 June 2022
Venue: Virtual
Deadline for registration: 31 May 2022

The school is organised by EPEC, the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) network. One of the main objectives of EPEC is to form a strong network of young professionals by organising early-career-relevant events and by engaging in different projects through the nine EPEC Working Groups. The EPEC community aims to bring a young voice into the Europlanet Society to shape the future of planetary and space sciences and engineering. More information on EPEC can be found here.

The programme for this year’s EPEC Annual Week will cover:

Introduction, Fundings & How to… Sessions, Social Events, Mental Health, Transnational Access, EPEC Working groups, and much more!

The training school is an opportunity for the EPEC community to better get to know each other and to brainstorm how to further develop the network and the activities of its Working Groups. It is also an opportunity to enhance the interaction with members of the Europlanet Executive Board, who will be invited to give talks throughout the week. The school brings together young scientists from across the EU and beyond, and provides a networking platform where scientific discussion and collaboration can be stimulated via a series of group activities. Download more details of the week’s schedule.

Applicants must either be in their final year of an MSc course (or equivalent), be currently enrolled in a PhD program in the field of planetary/space science or have obtained their PhD qualification not earlier than 2015 (or an equivalent period allowing for parental leave, serious illness and similar delays).

Note that in order to apply to the training school you are NOT required to be a member of EPEC, although this is encouraged. If you fulfil the requirements to be a member and wish to become one, please send an email to epec.network@gmail.com, including ‘EPEC application’ in the subject.

To register for the EPEC Annual Week 2022, please complete this form by May 31st 2022.

Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail within two days after the submission deadline. In case of any queries or problems related to the application procedure, please send an email to epec.network@gmail.com, including ‘EPEC Annual Week application’ in the subject.

We look forward to seeing you at the virtual meeting!

EPEC Annual Week Organising Team

Erica Luzzi, Jacobs University Bremen (Chair)
Melissa Mirino, Open University
José Eduardo Silva, Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa

Past EPEC Annual Weeks

3rd EPEC Annual Week 2021, Virtual, 7-11 June 2021

2nd EPEC Annual Week 2018, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 20-24 May 2019
EPEC Annual Week 2019 Report
EPEC Annual Week Programme 2019

1st EPEC Annual Week 2018, ISU Strasbourg, 11-15 June 2018

International Spring School: Hydrothermal Vents

EANA International Spring School: Hydrothermal Vents

17-21 May 2021

Application deadline: 14 May 2021 at 23:59 CEST. Registration form

Hydrothermal systems are crucial environments for astrobiology: they are thought to be the theatre of life’s origins, host unprecedented polyextremophilic biodiversity, and are key targets in the search for life throughout the Solar System, especially on Mars and icy moons.

Join the first EANA online school to learn about hydrothermal systems from interdisciplinary perspectives at the interfaces of geology, biology and chemistry. From May 17th–21st, 2021, there will be one or two talks each day on a particular aspect of hydrothermal systems.

The school is free of charge and is an ideal opportunity to discover or deepen your understanding of these unique environments. For more information about the lecturers and to register for the school, please visit http://www.eana-net.eu

The workshop is supported by Europlanet 2024 RI.

Organising Committee

Barbara Cavalazzi, EANA and EUROPLANET
Ruth-Sophie Taubner, EANA and AbGradE
Lena Noack, EANA
Anita Heward, EUROPLANET
Nina Kopacz, AbGradE
Keyron Hickman-Lewis, AbGradE
Frederic Foucher, EANA

Europlanet launches Early Careers Training and Education Portal and Mentoring Services

Europlanet launches Early Careers Training and Education Portal and Mentoring Services

Europlanet has launched a suite of new services to support early career professionals in the planetary community:

Early Careers Training and Education Portal

The Early Careers Training and Education Portal provides information on PhD positions, job opportunities, summer schools, and meetings relevant to early career professionals working in planetary science and related fields. 

Please send any information on PhD positions, job opportunities, summer schools, and meetings relevant to early career professionals working in planetary science and related fields to mentors@europlanet-society.org.

Early Career Training and Education Portal

Europlanet Mentorship Platform

The Europlanet Mentorship Platform aims to help early career scientists to develop expertise, ask questions and discuss career plans with the support of more established members of the planetary community.

We are actively recruiting now! It is important for us to understand the need in the community for the Europlanet Mentoring Platform, so we encourage you to sign up now and let us know whether you would be interested in becoming a Mentor or Mentee.

The Europlanet Mentoring Platform will start with a pilot programme from September – December 2020, with a full service launched in January 2021.


Mentoring@EPSC aims to provides support for early career scientists in navigating the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020 virtual meeting

Although virtual events offer a lot of advantages, one major disadvantage they have is that it is difficult to get to know other people, particularly those in a more advanced stage of their career. Mentoring@EPSC will fill this gap by enabling one-to-one meetings between novice conference attendees and postdocs and experienced researchers.

If this is your first international conference or you are unsure about how to attend such an event virtually, join us as an EPSC Mentee here. If you are an experienced researcher and would be willing to support an early career professional and share some of your tips and knowledge, please join us as an EPSC Mentor here. The registered Mentors and Mentees will be able to meet via online meetings, organized at their own convenience, during the conference weeks.

The deadline to sign-up to the Mentoring@EPSC program is September 4, 2020.

Europlanet Society Congress (EPSC) 2020 Virtual Meeting

The Early Careers Training and Education Portal and Europlanet Mentorship Platform are run by Vilnius University as part of the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure, in collaboration with the Europlanet Society and Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) network.

Mentoring@EPSC is run by the EPEC-EPSC Working Group.

Early Careers Training and Education Portal