The GeoPlaNet project

The spectacular and steady progress of space exploration during the last 30 years has allowed the development of a discipline that had hitherto remained limited in the world of planetary science: Planetary Geosciences. These are characterised by a particularly fertile and increasing involvement at the international level, of specialists of the Earth (geologists, geophysicists, geochemists) in understanding evolutionary processes of other planets. Planetary Geosciences is an interdisciplinary approach combining expertises in observation, experimentation and modelling.
 
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However, the training in Planetary Geoscience suffers from a currently lacking international structuration, at least at the European level. In this context, the LPG of Université de Nantes elaborated with its partners world-wide the GeoPlaNet project, in 2016, with local funding from the Région Pays de la Loire and focusing on the international structuration of research and training in Planetary Geosciences.
 The GeoPlaNet consortium worlwide in 2021
 
  • A Consortium of 5 European Universities (Universities of Coimbra and Porto in Portugal, Universities of Chieti-Pescara and Padova in Italy and University of Nantes in France) and a start-up (VR2Planets, Nantes, France), was created and won a Strategic Partnership Erasmus + Project in 2020. The GeoPlaNet Strategic Partnership project will take place between Sept. 2020 and 2023 for a duration of 3 years. That's the second phase of the project and the purpose of this website.
 
  • The third step is the elaboration of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in the coming years with the same 5 European universities. Associated partners will be the start-up and the broad GeoPlaNet Consortium. Partners are currently working on the Master project and will submit it in February 2021.