Central Europe Hub

Dried out river valley network on Mars, ESA/DLR/FU Berlin CC

Central Europe Hub

Prominence erupts off the Sun’s surface, NASA/GSFC/SDO

Central Europe Hub

Titan Moon Orbits Saturn, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Central Europe Hub

Gaia’s sky in colour, ESA/Gaia/DPAC CC

Dear Central European space scientists, space engineers, amateurs, teachers and students, Welcome in Europe, welcome on our website!

Europlanet aims to open and promote discussion and collaboration between the European planetary research community, research institutes and companies active in planetary research.

We are a group of voluntaries from Central European countries coming together regularly through telecons and brainstorming about possible activities that could promote Central European space research. We are organising workshops and networking events in order to connect industry and academia, to help early career scientists and promote outreach.

The more people and ideas we have, the better! Don't hesitate to join our hub by sending an email to: centraleurope@europlanet-society.org

The member states of Europlanet's Central European Hub include Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Further Europlanet hubs can be found here.

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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Space Physics Research Group at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics

From: Zoltan NEMETH and Andrea OPITZ

The Space Physics Research Group at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow. Our group is mainly focused on Space Plasma Physics, we study both heliospheric and planetary plasma processes. We are involved in the EU H2020 EUROPLANET project, we lead an "Inner Heliosphere" research project funded by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, and we participate on Co-I level in ESA space missions such as BepiColombo, Solar Orbiter and JUICE. The successful candidate will join these activities. We expect the candidate to publish the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and to participate actively at international conferences.

Conditions for application:

  • PhD degree or equivalent in a related field
  • Good spoken and written English language skills
  • Maximum 8 years in full-time research or development position after obtaining the doctoral degree
  • Minimum 3 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals

Advantage is given to:

  • Previous experience in working with measured or simulated heliospheric data
  • Good programming skills (e.g. IDL, Matlab, Python)
  • Organizational skills (workshops, conferences, collaborations)

The position will be located in Budapest, Hungary. The position is temporary employment, the contract is for two years, and will begin on 1st September 2021.

The application deadline is on 9th June 2021 15:00 CET.

For details of the application CLICK HERE

For questions please contact Dr. Andrea OPITZ (opitz dot andrea at wigner dot hu) with a copy to Dr. Zoltan NEMETH (nemeth dot zoltan at wigner dot hu).

Geographic Pocket Atlas of Mars

"Mars 36", published for Mars Year 36 and supported by the Europlanet Central Europe Hub, is the first Mars atlas with a geographic approach. It shows a planetary surface with physical geographic thematic layers. The forms created by lava, wind, water, and ice are shown separately on a topographic base map. It also includes the first Martian climate charts and climate maps. The structure and themes of the Atlas follows that of 20th-century school atlases. At the same time, the atlas also follows in the footsteps of the planetary mapping school in MIIGAiK, Moscow, which was in its heyday in the 1980s and was founded by Kira Shingareva.

The map editor, Henrik Hargitai graduated from the Department of Geography at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He began his planetary mapping carreer in an intership at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and then in the Cosmic Materials Space Research Group of Szaniszló Bérczi at ELTE, Budapest. Mapping works began in 2016 at NASA's Ames Research Center where he worked as postdoctoral fellow.

The atlas was distributed in Hungarian astronomical clubs free of charge: in January, groups of children, explorers of the future, could apply for the publication, in connection with the Perseverance landing. The students also received a transparent Hungary outline as a scale for the maps and fun activites via a QR code.

The Atlas is published in three languages: English, Hungarian and Czech.

It will be first presented to the scientific community at the March 2021 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Online: https://www.etsy.com/listing/955444239/mars-36-pocket-atlas