Europlanet - Research Infrastructure 2020-2024


The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (EPN-2024-RI) will provide the pan-EU infrastructure needed to address the major scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science and strengthen Europe’s position at the forefront of space exploration. EPN-2024-RI builds on the foundations of a series of highly successful EU-funded projects that have created the leading Virtual Observatory for planetary data and the largest, most diverse collection in the world today of field and laboratory facilities capable of simulating and analysing planetary environments. EPN-2024-RI will provide Transnational Access (TA) to an enhanced set of world-leading field and laboratory facilities, Virtual Access (VA) to state-of-the-art data services and tools linked to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and Networking Activities (NA) to widen the user base and draw in new partners from Under Represented States (URS), non-EU countries, industry and interdisciplinary fields, and to train the next generation of RI leaders and users. With 56 beneficiaries, from both industry and academic sectors, providing access to 31 TA facilities on 5 continents and 4 VA services linking over 100 data services and catalogues, EPN-2024-RI represents a step-change in ambition for planetary science worldwide. Innovations include the establishment of a ground based observation network to support space based missions, the launch of an interactive mapping service to provide virtual exploration of planetary surfaces, and the development of machine learning tools for data mining to fully exploit and analyse planetary data sets. EPN-2024-RI will establish global collaborations and an international userbase for the RI through inclusion of partners in Africa, Asia and South America. Ultimately, EPN-2024-RI will support the transition of this unique infrastructure to a sustainable future within the structure of the Europlanet Society.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Barbara Cavalazzi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

The University Of Kent, Canterbury(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Univerzita Komenského V Bratislave - Comenius University Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
Manaud Nicolas Jean Roger (France)
Isotoptech Nuklearis Technologiai Es Szolgaltato Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag (Hungary)
ATOMKI-Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Atommagkutato Intezete-Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
Korea Basic Science Institute (Korea, Republic Of)
Armagh Observatory And Planetarium (United Kingdom)
The Natural History Museum - London (United Kingdom)
Institut Royal D'Aeronomie Spatialede Belgique (Belgium)
University Of Mekelle (Ethiopia)
Observatoire De Paris (France)
Universität Passau (Germany)
Universita Degli Studi "Gabriele D'Annunzio" Di Chieti-Pescara (Italy)
The Dill Faulkes Educational Trust Limited (United Kingdom)
Know-Center Gmbh Research Center For Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics (Austria)
Botswana International University Of Science & Technology (Botswana)
Ustav Fyziky Atmosfery Av Cr (Czech Republic)
Istituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica (Italy)
Uniwersytet Im. Adama Mickiewicza (Uam) W Poznaniu - Adam Mickiewicz University In Poznan (Poland)
Moscow State University 'Lomonosov' (Russian Federation)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) (Spain)
University College London (United Kingdom)
Blue Skies Space Ltd (United Kingdom)
Medizinische Universität Graz (Austria)
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS-Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Office National D'Etudes Et De Recherches Aerospatiales-Onera (France)
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany)
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA WIGNER FIZIKAI KUTATOKOZPONT-Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
The Open University (United Kingdom)
Fondation Europeenne De La Science-European Science Foundation
Peking University - Pku (China)
Centre National De La Recherce Scintifique - Cnrs (France)
Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft - Und Raumfahrt Ev (Germany)
Vilniaus Universitetas - University Of Vilnius (Lithuania)
Stichting Vu-Vumc (Netherlands)
CENTRUM BADAN KOSMICZNYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK-Space Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Luleå Tekniska Universitet (Sweden)
Osterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften (Austrian Academy Of Sciences) (Austria)
National Space Science Center (China)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
Evropaiko Institouto Dikaiou Epistimis Kai Technologias (Greece)
Matis ltd (Iceland)
Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain)
Institutet For Rymdfysik (Sweden)
University Of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Shandong University (China)
Jacobs University Bremen Ggmbh (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Eth) (Switzerland)
University of Stirling (United Kingdom)
China University Of Geosciences (Beijing) (China)
Acri-St Sas (France)

Total Eu Contribution: EUR 10.000.000,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/02/2020
End Date: 31/01/2024

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149