Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2021 will be virtual meeting – Helsinki meeting postponed to 2024

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The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) is the major European meeting on planetary science. In light of the COVID-19 situation, EPSC 2021, originally planned for Helsinki, will be held as a virtual meeting.

EPSC2021 is the second time that EPSC has been held as a virtual meeting. The virtual meetings are likely to play an increasingly important role in supporting science community, widening participation from under-represented groups and tackling the global challenge of climate change. Building on the success and learning lessons from our first virtual meeting in 2020, EPSC2021 will have a hybrid format of live sessions and asynchronous scientific presentations. The ethos for EPSC2021 is to create a simple, flexible, and inclusive virtual meeting that provides multiple opportunities for interaction, scientific discussion, and networking.

Helsinki EPSC postponed to 2024

Despite the EPSC 2021 Helsinki was cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic, Europlanet Society concluded to postpone Helsinki EPSC to the year 2024 and the venue will be, as would have been in EPSC 2021 Helsinki, the Finlandia Hall. The exact dates for 2024 EPSC are 15-20 September 2024.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the EPSC 2024 is formed by FMI and University of Helsinki. Taurus Hill Observatory is part of the Finnish amateur community that will contribute to the EPSC 2024 Helsinki. THO has presented its research work and observations in EPSC since 2010.

Future Meetings

  • EPSC 2022 will take place at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada, Spain from 18-23 September 2022
  • EPSC 2023 will be held jointly with the DPS at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas, from 1-6 October 2023.
  • EPSC 2024 will be held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland, from 15-20 September 2024.
  • EPSC 2025 will be held jointly with the DPS (European venue and dates TBC).

To maintain contractual agreements, EPSC 2022 will be held in Granada, Spain. The 2022 DPS meeting in London, Ontario, Canada will no longer be a joint DPS-EPSC meeting but the 2023 DPS meeting in San Antonio will now be held jointly with EPSC.

About EPSC

The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) is the major European meeting on planetary science. Originally known as the European Planetary Science Congress, the first EPSC was held in Berlin in 2006. EPSC is the main dissemination platform for the European planetary science community and is the annual meeting of the Europlanet Society.  EPSC meetings cover the entire scope of planetary sciences and have a distinctively interactive style, with an extensive mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for the community to meet.

Source: Europlanet Society

Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2021 logo. Figure: Europlanet Society.