Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 – 24 September 2021
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 September – 24 September 2021

Session programme


CE – Community Events

Thu, 16 Sep, 09:30–09:50 (CEST)

This lecture is jointly held by Eugenia Covernton, LeWiBo, and Marina Molla, teacher, and is organised by the Europlanet Diversity Committee. It will be an opportunity to hear the speakers' stories about the initiative ‘Lecturers without borders’ and their experiences with bringing these lectures and EPSC to schools to make planetary sciences more accessible to the wider society.

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"Lecturers without borders is a project launched by a group of international scientists. The headquarters of the project are in Paris and Munich. The creators of the project are scientists and university and school professors who use their travel opportunities (when attending scientific conferences, going on holidays, etc.) to give free outreach-lectures in local schools and universities. The main target is to inspire the high school students and to raise their motivation in learning science. As of today the project has already over 190 lecturers and can approach up to 8 000 schools in Europe and Asia."

Co-organized by CE
Convener: Marina Molla | Co-convener: Nigel Mason
Thu, 16 Sep, 09:50–10:20 (CEST)

How do we deal with situations or comments that we know aren’t right? How should we react to jokes that are harmful instead of funny, to gossiping or other harassing behaviour? When does an intervention help and how do we best interrupt inappropriate behaviour?
This short course offered by Dr. Moses Milazzo will provide participants with tools and skills to help to step up, safely intervene in potentially harmful situations, and start (or continue) difficult conversations about situations or behaviours that are harmful to individuals or to a team as a whole.
No previous registration for the short course is needed, and a link to the short course will be provided here shortly before the start of the short course.

Convener: Lena Noack
Thu, 16 Sep, 17:30–19:30 (CEST)

Bring your packed lunch and join the EPSC2021 Social Event for an opportunity to catch up with past acquaintances, make new friends and join informal activities in the EPSC2021 platform.

Mon, 20 Sep, 12:45–14:15 (CEST)

The Paolo Farinella Prize is awarded annually at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC). The Paolo Farinella prize was established to honour the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000). The winner of the prize is selected each year on the basis of their overall research results in a chosen field, among candidates with international and interdisciplinary collaborations, not older than 47 years, the age of Farinella when he passed away on 25 March 2000.

Prof Diana Valencia, a physicist working at the Department of Physical Sciences and of the University of Toronto, and Prof Lena Noack, a planetary scientist working at Department of Earth Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, have been awarded jointly the 2021 Paolo Farinella Prize, for their significant contributions in our understanding of the interior structure and dynamics of terrestrial and super-Earth exoplanets.

Mon, 20 Sep, 16:15–17:00 (CEST)

The Europlanet Industry & Policy Session aims to bring together policymakers, planetary researchers, and entrepreneurs to debate on the future of planetary and space research in Europe. Europlanet strongly encourages collaborations between the planetary science community and industrial partners across Europe, in particular with SMEs and partners located in Widening Participation countries. The session this year will focus on raising awareness of the opportunities to fully develop and exploit the potential of European Space Programmes in the context of Horizon Europe and to showcase the benefits of the industry-research collaboration for society and growth.

Public information:

11:45-11:50  Nigel Mason (University of Kent, President Europlanet Society) Painting the landscape of Planetary research in Europe
11:50-12:00  Niklas Nienass (MEP Germany) Bringing our 12 Stars to the Stars – Europe's future Space industry
12:00-12:05  Andreas Jenet (Joint Research Center, European Commission) Open Access to JRC Research Infrastructures
12:05-12:10  Marcell Tessenyi (Blue Skies Space), Jeronimo Bernard-Salas (ACRI-ST) Europlanet Industry Community survey results
12:10-12:15  Jeronimo Bernard-Salas (ACRI-ST) Industry and planetary science collaboration on data services
12:15-12:20  Antonio Caciolli (University of Padua, INFN Padua) Experience and challenges setting industry/academic collaborations (TBC)
12:20-12.25  Luca Montabone (PanEureka) My experience on building a planetary science research and training company in Europe
12:25-12:30   Discussion, Q&A

Convener: Marcell Tessenyi
Tue, 21 Sep, 11:45–12:30 (CEST)

16:15 –16:45 - Space agency representatives:

- Lori Glaze (NASA Planetary Science Division Director)

- Luigi Colangeli (ESA Head of the Science Coordination Office)

- James Carpenter (ESA Exploration Strategy Officer)

16:45–17:15 Discussion and questions from community

Convener: Angelo Pio Rossi
Wed, 22 Sep, 16:15–17:00 (CEST)

Europlanet Society General Assembly

Thu, 23 Sep, 11:45–12:30 (CEST)

Let us show you how the EuroPlanet Society and its regional hubs can serve you. We will present you the benefits of joining the hubs and will gladly hear about your needs.

12:45 Welcome (Séverine Robert)

12:50 Why am I a member of the EPS? (Miguel Lopez Valverde)

12:55 Funded project: Mars Atlas (Henrik Hargitai)

13:05 Why am I a member of the EPS? (Jonathan Merrison)

13:10 Funded project: Storytelling workshop (Arianna Piccialli)

13:20 Why am I a member of the EPS? (Nicholas Achilleos)

13:25 Collaborative framework: Europlanet Telescope Network (Manuel Scherf)

13:35 Why am I a member of the EPS? (Lena Noack)

13:40 General discussion: What do you want the EPS to do for you? (All Panelists)

14:10 Wrap up (Séverine Robert)

14:15 End of meeting

Convener: Séverine Robert
Thu, 23 Sep, 12:45–14:15 (CEST)

Other prizes will be presented during this special session at EPSC, including:

• The Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2021, which is awarded to Dr James O’Donoghue (JAXA) for his high-quality animated visualisations of planetary topics and social media engagement. James will be available for a live Q&A during this session.
• The EPEC-EPSC #PlanetaryScience4All Contest
• The Ariel Data Challenge 2021

Fri, 24 Sep, 14:20–14:50 (CEST)
Fri, 24 Sep, 16:15–17:00 (CEST)

Join us for a screening of the film series "Can we talk?" by Dr. Kendall Moore, which focuses on the issue of 'social belonging' in the context of STEM and the effect it has on the lives of underrepresented people of color. In a follow-up discussion, we will talk about the barriers that those from minority backgrounds still encounter when entering the Planetary Science community, and explore ways in which institutions and individual researchers can change this reality. These difficult conversations must be conducted now in order to make our field as welcoming and diverse as it can be.

Conveners: Lena Noack, Victoria K Pearson, Joao Faria
Tue, 21 Sep, 18:00–20:00 (CEST)

Please join us for this networking event to discuss diversity and inclusiveness in the planetary science community. The meeting is organized by the Europlanet Diversity Committee. Everyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend.

Conveners: Victoria K Pearson, Lena Noack
Thu, 23 Sep, 18:00–20:00 (CEST)

The Diversity Committee of the Europlanet Society, in collaboration with Women in Red and WikiDonne, are organising a second edition of the EPSC Edit-A-Thon that was first held during EPSC2020 to continue to highlight diversity within the planetary science community.

Public information:

To sign up, please fill the google form here:

Convener: Arianna Piccialli
Fri, 17 Sep, 17:30–19:00 (CEST)