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

University Of Kent(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Blue Skies Space Ltd (United Kingdom)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Manaud Nicolas Jean Roger (France)
Università  degli Studi G.D'Annunzio di Chieti - Pescara (Italy)
Ucl University College London (United Kingdom)
Medizinische Universität Graz (Austria)
China University Of Geosciences (Beijing) (China)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
Observatoire De Paris (France)
Dlr Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft Und Raumfahrt E.V. (Germany)
Wigner Fizikai Kutatokozpont (Hungary)
Universidad Del Pais Vasco (Spain)
The Dill Faulkes Educational Trust Limited (United Kingdom)
National Space Science Center (China)
University Of Mekelle (Ethiopia)
Jacobs University Bremen Ggmbh (Germany)
CENTRUM BADAN KOSMICZNYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK-Space Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Armagh Observatory And Planetarium (United Kingdom)
Oesterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften (Austria)
Shandong University (China)
Acri-St Sas (France)
Institute of Biomedical and Neural Engineering Reykjavik University (Iceland)
Korea Basic Science Institute (Korea, Republic Of)
Moscow State University 'Lomonosov' (Russian Federation)
Know-Center Gmbh Research Center For Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics (Austria)
Peking University - Pku (China)
ATOMKI-Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Atommagkutato Intezete-Institute of Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
Università  degli Studi di PADOVA (Italy)
Vilniaus Universitetas (Lithuania)
Stichting Vu (Netherlands)
The Open University (United Kingdom)
The University Of Stirling (Su) (United Kingdom)
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology (Botswana)
Ustav Fyziky Atmosfery Av Cr (Czech Republic)
Office National D'Etudes Et De Recherches Aerospatiales-Onera (France)
Evropaiko Institouto Dikaiou Epistimis Kai Technologias (Greece)
Isotoptech Nuklearis Technologiai Es Szolgaltato Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag (Hungary)
Institut Royal D'Aeronomie Spatialede Belgique (Belgium)
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Switzerland)
University Of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
The Natural History Museum - London (United Kingdom)
Comenius University In Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
Universität Passau (Germany)
Inaf - Istituto Nazionale Astrofisica (Italy)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Lulea Tekniska Universitet (Sweden)
Institutet For Rymdfysik (Sweden)
Finnish Meteorological Institute-Ilmatieteen Laitos (Finland)
European Science Foundation (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (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