The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (Europlanet 2024 RI) is the culmination of a series of projects funded by successive European Union Framework Programmes (FP6, FP7 and H2020) to build a research infrastructure for planetary science. From February 2020 to January 2024, Europlanet 2024 RI will deliver access to virtual services and transnational access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities.
The Europlanet Society, launched in 2018, was created for the advancement of planetary science in Europe and to provide a sustainable, ongoing structure for the outputs and resources from EU-Funded Europlanet projects, including Europlanet 2024. The Society is structured around 10 Regional Hubs to support local and regional communities and is managed by an Executive Office hosted by the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg. The focus of this new phase in Europlanet’s development is to build sustainable capacity and cascade expertise in stakeholder engagement through the European planetary community. EILST is responsible for the Policy aspects of the project: Europlanet will support evidence-based policy making by ensuring that policy makers are well-informed and engaged with the scientific, industrial and socio-economic impacts of planetary science, both at a European and a regional/national level. It will also work with the planetary science community to raise awareness of political developments and encourage groups and individuals to take an active role in engaging with policy makers.