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Division on Planetary and Solar System Sciences

President: Stephanie C. Werner (
Deputy President: Özgür Karatekin (

The aim of the Planetary & Solar System Sciences Division of the EGU is the promotion of all fields of planetary sciences, ground-based and space mission exploration of the solar system and beyond,  and related models. PS covers papers on both fundamental and applied topics regarding the exploration of the Solar System. The Division, devoted to Science applications in Space, hosts interdisciplinary contributions on the origins and the evolution of the Solar System and the exoplanetary Systems, as well as ideas for future exploration while largely contributing to outreach and educational activities for all audiences.


Science Flash

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Principle?: Present your research in 180s with only one slide in a fun and original way!

When?: September 20, 2017

Registration?: Send an e-mail with your name, your institution and the title of your presentation to

For more details, check the  flyer (337.3 KB)

Workshop for early career scientists!

In the framework of a two days workshop entitled "Space Exploration - Pushing the Frontiers", we will create an exhibition on planetary exploration. The exhibition will travel with the participants to be shown at their university/institution. In groups, we will develop different stations of the exhibition concerning the different planetary bodies, the according space missions, the future plans etc. We imagine the exhibition consisting of posters, videos, multimedia and texts, but there is no limit to the creativity of the participants. Share your knowledge in your area of expertise with other young space scientists, and with laymen, children and colleagues.



When? The weekend before the EGU General Assembly 22/23 April, 2017.

Where? The University of Vienna.

More information and registration here (1.0 MB)


Cosmo Paint


This year at the EGU General Assembly 2017, a drawing contest will be organized for the children staying at the child care.

More information: here (492.8 KB)

Recent awardees

Bruno Bézard

Bruno Bézard

  • 2018
  • David Bates Medal

The 2018 David Bates Medal is awarded to Bruno Bézard for his pioneering analysis of spectroscopic observations to characterise planetary atmospheres.

Yves Langevin

Yves Langevin

  • 2018
  • Runcorn-Florensky Medal

The 2018 Runcorn-Florensky Medal is awarded to Yves Langevin for his excellent contributions to a number of space missions in which he has played a decisive role from the very beginning.

Cédric Gillmann

Cédric Gillmann

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Cédric Gillmann for opening up new perspectives for atmospheric and thermal evolution of planets.

Ruilong Guo

Ruilong Guo

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Ruilong Guo Observation of flux ropes in dayside magnetosphere at Saturn

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Current issue of the EGU newsletter

The meeting programme for the EGU 2018 General Assembly (8–13 April, Vienna) is now published online. With close to 18,000 abstracts and around 950 scientific sessions, debates, short courses and side events, it promises to be a very exciting meeting. If you have not yet registered, please do so by 1 March to get reduced registration rates.

In parallel with the publication of the General Assembly programme, the EGU has also issued a statement stressing that all scientific presentations at its annual meeting have equal importance, independent of format.

In addition to EGU conference news, we also advertised a series of vacancies this month. Would you like to help EGU further its outreach, education and early-career-scientist (ECS) programmes? The EGU Outreach Committee is looking for a new chair and new members, the Committee on Education is seeking a new chair, and a number of divisions are searching for new ECS representatives.

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