EU grant of € 9.95 M for Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure

Gareth Davies (Geology and Geochemistry, Earth Sciences) is one of the coordinators of the Advanced Infrastructure, Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (EPN2020-RI) that has been awarded €9.95 M by the EU.

04/14/2015 | 3:58 PM

The RI will address key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across Europe. Its Transnational Access activities will provide access to world-leading laboratory facilities that simulate conditions found on planetary bodies as well as specific analogue field sites for Mars, Europa and Titan.

Davies: “EPN2020-RI builds on the foundations of successful FP6 and FP7 Europlanet programmes. These programmes established the ‘Europlanet brand’ and built structures that will be used in the Networking Activities of EPN2020-RI to coordinate the European planetary science community’s research.” A total of 33 institutions from 17 countries participate in the RI. Funding to the VU will allow international researchers to apply for access to the state-of-the-art isotope geochemical facilities and the experimental petrology lab led by Wim van Westrenen. In addition, funding will allow research to further improve the handling, characterisation and analysis of unique samples such as meteorites and material returned from space missions, such as comets.

False HiRISE colour image showing eroded features at the bottom of Valles Marineris