At the beginning of September 2015 a new 9.95 Million Euro Project funded by an EU Horizon 2020 grant started. The aim of Europlanet 2020 is to foster research and the networking of the international planetary science community in Europe. Amongst the 34 partners from 19 EU countries is the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Europlanet is providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and scientists already for ten years. The project partners are supported to use scientific tools, research facilities and databases in an effective and shared way. Within the project, an exchange between research, industry, stakeholders, politics and the general public is organised.

As a partner in the NA1 work package the IWF is organising international workshops to bring scientists from all over Europe together. A focal point is the organisation of observation campaigns to support ongoing and planned space missions like e.g. the Rosetta mission.

Additionally the IWF is contributing to the creation of a Virtual Observatory and the integration of the amateur observer community into the observation campaigns.

Europlanet 2020 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208.