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Europlanet Science Congress 2022 - Final media invitation and details of media briefings

Solar system observations with Webb; Hera/Dart/LICIACube; Innovations in robotic exploration and visualization techniques

Meeting Announcement


Granada, Spain

image: Granada, Spain, will host the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 from 18-23 September view more 

Credit: José M. Bacaicoa

The 2022 Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) will take place at the Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain, from 18-23 September 2022. The meeting this year will take place as a joint event with the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA), bringing together planetary scientists and researchers working on the possibility of life beyond the Earth.

More than 1200 oral and poster presentations have been submitted and over 1000 planetary scientists from Europe and around the world have registered to attend the meeting. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the EPSC2022 meeting. Media registration is free. Any bona fide media delegates can register by e-mailing


To attend press briefings in-person, please make sure that you have received a TAN code waiver and registered as media for EPSC2022 by emailing To attend online, please follow the Zoom registration links below and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live stream.

Press Briefing on Monday, 19 September 2022

The press briefing on Monday, 19 September will cover two topics. The Zoom link is the same for both.

ESA Hera Mission: Investigating Binary Asteroid (65803) Didymos and the DART Crater 

14:15 CEST / 13:15 BST / 08:15 EDT

One week ahead of the impact by NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft with Dimorphos, the moon of binary asteroid (65803) Didymos, representatives of the European Space Agency’s Hera mission, the Italian LICIACube mission and DART will present a preview for the media on the mission and planned investigation of the crater resulting from DART’s kinetic impact.


  • Michael Küppers, Hera Project Scientist, European Space Astronomy Centre
  • Andy Rivkin, DART Investigation Team Lead, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Stavro Ivanovski, LICIACube Team, INAF Astronomical Observatory of Trieste
  • Adriano Campo Bagatin, Modelling of Dimorphos, Universidad de Alicante.

Solar System Observations with Webb 

15:00 CEST / 14:00 BST / 09:00 EDT


  • Giuliano Liuzzi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Sara Faggi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Ann-Carine Vandaele, Institut royal d'Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique
  • Geronimo Villanueva, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,


Press Briefing on Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Exploring the Planets: Innovations in Robotic Exploration and Visualisation Techniques.

14:00 CEST / 13:00 BST / 08:00 EDT


  • Sebastian Walter, Interactive Hiking Map of Jezero Crater, FU Berlin 
  • Patrick Bambach, ’LEAP’ (Legged Exploration of the Aristarchus Plateau), Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research 
  • Gerald Eichstäd, Observations of Jupiter Cloud Tops, Citizen Scientist 

Any updates to topics and the line-up of speakers will be published on the EPSC2022 media briefings page.

Details of the scientific sessions and the presentation abstracts can be found at the official EPSC2022 website.  

An overview of the programme can be found here.

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