Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 – 23 September 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 September – 23 September 2022

Session programme


EP – Europlanet Events


Europlanet 2024 RI Council Meeting (by invitation only)

Sun, 18 Sep, 10:00–16:00 (CEST)|Room Andalucia 3
Mon, 19 Sep, 17:30–20:15 (CEST)|Room Splinter Sala de Prensa

The Europlanet Policy & Industry Session is taking place in September 22, at the Europlanet Science Congress EPSC2022, on the theme:

Working with Europe's Planetary Exploration programme to fuel innovation, growth and competitiveness in Europe's space ecosystem (Research, Education and Commercial).

The Session aims to foster a debate on the future of planetary and space research in Europe, focusing on:
• the essential role of space as a strategic asset for Europe, in the landscape of planetary research
• how Europe’s planetary exploration program could drive innovation and competitiveness and impact society
• successful industry-academia collaborations and the associated benefits
This high-level event will feature short interventions and a panel discussion with the participation of policymakers, MEPs, and industry representatives, as well as, the Policy and Industry Officers of the Europlanet Society Regional Hubs.

Public information:

Session 1: Views from the Hubs (10:00 ot 11:30)

Chair: Marcell Tessenyi

  • Industry and Policy teams: Session welcome and Europlanet Industry/policy overview
  • Didier Moreau: What is the role for Europlanet on the future of European space industrial landscape?
  • Severine Robert: Reaching policy makers in the Benelux hub
  • Akos Kereszturi: Involve companies in next missions - experiences in Hungary
  • Jonathan Merisson: Perspectives of working with industry from the Northern European Hub
  • Harri Hauka: Northern European hub views on the planetary exploration programme focusing on the research, education and commercial aspects
  • Eleni Chatzichristou: Academia-Industry collaborations in the space sector and the new Hellenic Space Center
  • Elena Benedetto: The Swiss PlanetS Technology and Innovation Platform
  • Andrés Catalán: Spanish R&D initiatives in space and the opportunity of the new Spanish Space Agency

Coffee Break (11:30 to 12:00)

Session 2: Panel discussion (12:00 to 13:30)

Chair: Nigel Mason

Block 1

  • MEP Niklas Nienass (European Parliament): Advancing awareness: The importance of space research and programmes
  • Guenther Hasinger (European Space Agency):  Scientific and technological leadership from ESA's scientific programme
  • Fabio Favata (European Space Agency): Challenges in funding a European space science programme
  • Gernot Groemer (Austrian Space Forum):  Space as a strategic asset for Europe
  • Eleni Chatzichristou (European Research Council Executive Agency):  Funding space research in Europe - the ERC perspective
  • Dominique Tilmanns (Eurisy): We must get off the beaten track!
  • Questions Block 1

Block 2 -discussion

  • Cecilia Hernandez (Centro para el Desarollo Tecnologico Industrial)
  • Juan Francisco Martin-Albo (Airbus Defence and Space)
  • Higinio Alavés (EMXYS)
  • Guillem Anglada-Escude (IEEC Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia):  Planetary exploration and human settlements beyond Earth as a driving force for innovation
  • Questions Block 2

Marcell Tessenyi (BSSL) and Jeronimo Bernard-Salas (ACRI-ST):
Session wrap-up

Conveners: Eleni Chatzichristou, Marcell Tessenyi, Jeronimo Bernard-Salas
Thu, 22 Sep, 10:00–13:30 (CEST)|Room Splinter Sala de Prensa

The Europlanet General Assembly is the annual forum for Europlanet Society members (and non members) to learn about the activities of the Europlanet Society which also runs EPSC and is integral to the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure. To learn about our activities, plans for the future and how you can get involved in the Society's activities please come along to the General Assembly.

A limited number of lunch bags will be provided to General Assembly attendees after the assembly.

Thu, 22 Sep, 13:45–15:15 (CEST)|Room Manuel de Falla

This community event provides EPSC attendees with the opportunity to hear from representatives from NASA, ESA, the EC and other agencies about future missions, the selection of scientific priorities and strategy reviews. The presentations will be followed by discussions and a Q&A session. All welcome.

Convener: Nigel Mason
Thu, 22 Sep, 20:00–21:30 (CEST)|Room Manuel de Falla

Europlanet Project Advisory Board Meeting (by invitation only)

Conveners: Gareth Davies, Angelo Pio Rossi, Nigel Mason
Fri, 23 Sep, 15:30–18:30 (CEST)|Room Seminar 8

One week ahead of the impact by NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft with Dimorphos, the moon of binary asteroid (65803) Didymos, representatives of the European Space Agency’s Hera mission, the Italian LICIACube mission and DART will present a preview for the media on the mission and planned investigation of the crater resulting from DART’s kinetic impact.


- Michael Küppers, Hera Project Scientist, European Space Astronomy Centre
- Andy Rivkin, DART Investigation Team Lead, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Stavro Ivanovski, LICIACube Team, INAF Astronomical Observatory of Trieste
- Adriano Campo Bagatin, Modelling of Dimorphos, Universidad de Alicante.

Convener: Anita Heward
Mon, 19 Sep, 14:15–14:55 (CEST)|Room Seminar 2 (Press conference room)


- Giuliano Liuzzi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Sara Faggi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Ann-Carine Vandaele, Institut royal d'Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique
- Geronimo Villanueva, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Convener: Anita Heward
Mon, 19 Sep, 15:00–15:50 (CEST)|Room Seminar 2 (Press conference room)


- Sebastian Walter, Interactive Hiking Map of Jezero Crater, FU Berlin
- Patrick Bambach, 'LEAP' (Legged Exploration of the Aristarchus Plateau), Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
- Gerald Eichstäd, Observations of Jupiter Cloud Tops, Citizen Scientist

Convener: Anita Heward
Wed, 21 Sep, 14:00–14:50 (CEST)|Room Seminar 2 (Press conference room)