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

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 10.000.000,00
Project Duration in months: 54
Start Date: 01/02/2020
End Date: 31/07/2024

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

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