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European Planetology Network

EuroPlaNet Logo Launched on January 1st 2005, The European Union-funded project "European Planetology Network" (EuroPlaNet, Project 001637 Integrating Activity Implemented as Coordination Action) will provide an important added value to the European Planetology Community and the science produced by the international planetary missions. During four years, EuroPlaNet will strengthen the networking of the European Planetary Sciences community by promoting the exchanges between its different partners and providing a support to the planetary exploration missions. The primary objective of the network will be to support the >Cassini-Huygens mission. In the meantime, this project will take a particular attention to associate through specific outreach activities the European citizens to the planetary exploration programme in Europe. EuroPlaNet co-ordinates activities in Planetary Sciences in order to achieve a long-term integration of this discipline in Europe.

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Science Objectives

The objectives are to:

  1. increase the productivity of planetary projects with European investment, with emphasis on major planetary exploration missions
  2. initiate a long-term integration of the European planetary science community
  3. improve European scientific competitiveness, develop and spread expertise in this research area
  4. improve public understanding of planetary environments
These objectives will be achieved by:
  1. maximizing synergies between different fields contributing to planetary sciences: space observations, earth-based observations, laboratory studies, numerical simulations, data base development
  2. co-ordinating the design and development of an Integrated and Distributed Information Service (IDIS) providing access to the full set of data sources produced by these complementary fields. EuroPlaNet integrates most of the European planetary exploration work, with initial focus on the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan, operative between 2004 and 2008. The considerable involvement of the European science community in this mission, the broad diversity of its research objectives and the urgent need to achieve a balanced share of data analysis and its results with American colleagues make Cassini/Huygens an ideal test-bed for the development of activities and tools which will contribute to the optimal exploitation of subsequent planetary missions
In addition to overall co-ordination, 6 further activities N2-N7 will be carried out over a 4-year period:

o N2 discipline working groups
< N3 co-ordinate Earth-based observations to support and complement space missions
< N4 develop an outreach strategy
< N5 exchange of personnel
< N6 EuroPlaNet-specific meetings and conferences
< N7 definition of the basic requirements for future implementation of IDIS for planetary sciences


MPS contribution

MPS is co-ordinating activity N2 (discipline working groups) in collaboration with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The objective of this activity is to initiate a long-term integrating force that will allow the coherent and effective use of large European space- or ground-based facilities. It is the major task of discipline working groups to bring the experts in the different science areas of planetary sciences together to co-ordinate and maximize the outcome.

List of discipline working groups and group members

PDF N2 annual reports



Within activity N2, meetings of the discipline working groups are conducted.


< Europlanet-ISSI workshop 2
Icy satellites
November 17-21, 2008
ISSI, Bern, Switzerland

< EPSC 2008
European Planetary Science Congress 2008
September 22-26, 2008
University of Münster, Germany

> Europlanet N2-N7 Meeting 4
June 30-July 2, 2008
University of Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth, Wales
Meeting Pic 2 Meeting Pic 3

< Europlanet coordinator meeting
June 19-20, 2008
ESA headquarters, Paris, France
PDF Krupp_EPN_Paris_June2008_N2status_1.pdf


> Europlanet N2 Meeting - 3
Oct 29-31, 2007
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Helsinki, Finland
Meeting Pic 1 Meeting Pic 2

< EPSC 2007
European Planetary Science Congress 2007
August 19-24, 2007
Kongress Hotel am Templiner See, Potsdam, Germany

< Europlanet-ISSI workshop 1
Planetary Electricity
July 23-27, 2007
ISSI, Bern, Switzerland

< Europlanet N2-N7 Meeting 3
May 2-4, 2007
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
Meeting Pic 1 Meeting Pic 2

o Europlanet N2-N7 Meeting 2
March 5-6, 2007
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau
PDF EPN_N2-N7_March5-6_2007_Agenda+Participants.pdf
PDF EPN_N2-N7_MPS-Lindau_2007-03-05_minutes.pdf
PDF EPN_N2-N7_MPS-Lindau_2007-03-05_N7status.pdf
PDF EPN_N2-N7_N4Outreach.pdf
PDF EPN_N2-N7_new_plan_for_IDIS.pdf
PDF Inputs needed from the users for resource submission.pdf

o Europlanet General Assembly & Strategic Workshop
February 26-27, 2007
ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
PDF krupp_N2_GA_2007.pdf

o Europlanet coordinator meeting
January 25-26, 2007
CNES, Brussels, Belgium
PDF krupp_N2_annual_report_2006.pdf


o Europlanet coordinator meeting
December 18-19, 2006
CNES, Paris, France

o Europlanet N3 Aurora workshop
November 11-12, 2006
London, UK
PDF Krupp_EPN_N3_Nov2006.pdf

o Europlanet N2-ISSI meeting
October 18-19, 2006
ISSI, Bern, Switzerland

< EPSC 2006
European Planetary Science Congress 2006
September 18-22, 2006
ESTREL Hotel, Berlin, Germany
PDF Krupp_EPSC_Aurora_Sep19_1430.pdf

o Europlanet coordinator meeting
September 4-5, 2006
CNES, Brussels, Belgium

> Europlanet N2 Meeting - 2
Aug 21-23, 2006
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Helsinki, Finland
Meeting Pic 1 Meeting Pic 2

o Europlanet Coordinator Meeting, ESA HQ, Paris
May 22-23, 2006
During the face-to-face Europlanet coordinator meeting at ESA HQ in Paris on May 22-23, 2006 the N2 coordinators Norbert Krupp, Ari-Matti Harri and Bjoern Grieger presented the pdf status of N2 for the first 17 months of the project.

o ISSI science commitee results
May 18, 2006
Workshop topics "selected" from ISSI
(Outcome of ISSI science committee meeting, May 2006)
For 2007

For 2008
  • Exchange processes from the deep interior to the surface of icy moons (Grasset)
  • Quantifying the Martian geochemical reservoirs (Toplis)
in addition possible:
  • Planetary aurorae and their electrodynamic drivers: solar wind vs. internal processes (Krupp)

> ISSI Workshop Proposals
May 12, 2006

> Europlanet N2-N7 Workshop - 1
April 24 - 26, 2006
Villafranca, Spain
Meeting Pic 1 Meeting Pic 2


> Europlanet N2 Meeting - 1
Nov. 21-23, 2005
Waldhotel Gesundbrunnen
Northeim, Germany
Meeting Pic 1 Meeting Pic 2



Dr. Norbert Krupp



< EuroPlaNet Homepage
> Europlanet N2 Meeting - 1
> Europlanet N2-N7 Workshop - 1
> ISSI Workshop Proposals
> Europlanet N2 Meeting - 2

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