European Planetary Science Congress 2017
17–22 September 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija | Riga | Latvia

Diversity and widening participation

Europlanet is committed to tackling diversity issues in the European Planetary Science Community. The following statement is proposed for inclusion in the updated version of the Europlanet Consortium Memorandum of Understanding, and will be presented for approval at the Europlanet General Assembly during EPSC 2017 on Thursday, 21 September 2017:

"The Europlanet Consortium is committed to building a diverse, inclusive planetary science community in Europe and to ensuring that individuals within that community experience equal opportunity, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or socioeconomic background."

Diversity breakfast (CE8)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 08:00–09:00, D'Vine Lounge

Going forward, Europlanet plans develop a full policy on Diversity. To kick off this process, there will be a breakfast from 8:00–09:00 on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 in the D'Vine Lounge at the Radisson Blu Latvija. Please come along for an informal discussion on diversity issues facing the planetary science community and how Europlanet can support people of all backgrounds to pursue careers in planetary science.

For more information, or if you would like to get involved, please contact

Inclusiveness lunch (splinter meeting SMW1.1)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 12:45–13:45, Mercury room

There will be a brainstorming session on the integration of currently underrepresented countries into the mainstream of European space research. There are several programs at the moment offering different grants, but according to the statistics these countries do not or cannot take real advantage of them.

You are warmly invited to come and take part in the discussion or just listen.

Participants are encouraged to introduce the situation of space research of their (inclusiveness) countries, identify the difficulties and eventually suggest any ideas how money could help them in a sustainable way. We anticipate talks of 5-10 minutes. If you intend to take part in the debate please send a very short introduction of yourself to the convener, Melinda Dosa (