Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020
Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020

Session programme


IV – Interviews


Today’s interview session will focus on what’s coming up at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, the role of the meeting for the planetary community and look ahead to EPSC 2021 in Helsinki and 2022 in Granada.


Nigel Mason - President, Europlanet Society
Harri Haukka - Chair EPSC2021 LOC, Helsinki
Luisa Lara - Chair, EPSC2022 LOC, Granada

Mon, 21 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview session will focus on the services provided for the planetary community by the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, a 10 million Euro project funded by EU under H2020. Launched in February, Europlanet 2024 RI provides free access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities, data services and tools, a ground-based observational network and programme of community support activities.

Gareth Davies - Transnational Access Facilities Coordinator for Europlanet 2024 RI-
Angelo Pio Rossi - Virtual Access Services Coordinator for Europlanet 2024 RI-
Manuel Scherf - Europlanet Telescope Network Coordinator-

Tue, 22 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview session will focus on the upcoming BepiColombo flyby of Venus on 15 October and the observational campaign in support of the encounter.

Johannes Benkhoff - Project Scientist, BepiColombo, European Space Agency
Javier Peralta - Coordinator of the professional global ground-based support campaign for the Solar Parker Probe Venus flyby
Ricardo Hueso - Coordinator of amateur ground-based support campaigns for the Venus BepiColombo and Parker Solar Probe flybys

Wed, 23 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview session will focus on how the scientific community is adapting to the pandemic and a rapidly changing world. How has publishing been affected by Covid-19? What are the longer-term implications? Will the move towards virtual meetings lead to a more environmentally sustainable conference programme in the future?

May Chiao - Chief Editor, Nature Astronomy
Ken Hiltner - Nearly Carbon Neutral Conference/ University of California at Santa Barbara

Thu, 24 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview session will focus on planetary science in the field and the lab, including the search for and characterisation of meteorids, the anaologue opportunities of the Makgadikgadi salt pans, as well as art and music inspired by a visit to the analogue field site at the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia.

Giovanni Pratesi - Università degli Studi di Firenze
Fulvio Franchi - Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST).

Fri, 25 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview session will focus on ESA's Voyage 2050 planning cycle, both from the perspective of those overseeing the process and those submitting White Papers.

Chris Arridge - Co-Chair, Voyage 2050 Senior Committee
Patricio Becerra - Voyage 2050 White Paper Co-lead

Mon, 28 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today's interview session will investigate the benefits for both sides of academia - industry collaborations.

Giovanna Tinetti - PI of the Ariel mission
Jeronimo Bernard-Salas - ACRI-ST
Anna Szkulmowska - AM2M

Tue, 29 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today's interview session will focus on inclusion, accessibility and diversity in the planetary community.

Solmaz Adeli - DLR, Europlanet Diversity Committee member, EPEC-EPSC Working Group Chair
Stefano Biagini -University of Kent
Melinda Dosa - Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Europlanet Widening Participation Officer

Wed, 30 Sep, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today’s interview will focus on Mars exploration, in the context of the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars, and looking ahead to ExoMars, MMX and sample return missions.

JA Manfredi - Centro de Astrobiologia, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial,
Madrid, Spain
Elliot Sefton-Nash - ESA

Thu, 01 Oct, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)

Today's interview will discuss the upcoming DPS meeting from 26-30 October 2020 and look ahead to ESA’s plans for lunar exploration

James Carpenter - ESA Exploration Strategy Officer
Amanda Hendrix DPS (video) - Chair, DPS

Fri, 02 Oct, 10:20–10:40 (CEST)