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The Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) comprises the two departments of the University of London located in Bloomsbury: the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London, and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck College London. We are committed to staff engagement in knowledge transfer, exchange and enterprise to maximise the impact, reach and value of its expert knowledge and key research findings.



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ARIEL selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission

Giovanna Tinetti, a member of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, and her team at UCL are leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission. More...

Published: Mar 20, 2018 1:08:00 PM

Dr Ingo Waldmann

ERC Starting Grant awarded to Dr Ingo Waldmann

Many congratulations to Dr Ingo Waldmann (Physics & Astronomy, UCL) who has recently been awarded a €1.5M European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for a project entitled: ExoAI - Deciphering super-Earths using artificial intelligence. The project will run for 5 years, starting in January 2018. More...

Published: Nov 21, 2017 3:42:26 PM

Hot Jupiter exoplanets

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres

A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected according to a UCL-led team of European researchers. More...

Published: Sep 26, 2017 4:50:54 PM

Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn

Cassini’s legacy and a final farewell

Many researchers at the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences said a fond farewell to the Cassini spacecraft when it was plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017, after 13 years of exploring the giant planet and its moons, leaving an enormous legacy of data. More...

Published: Sep 18, 2017 2:46:00 PM

John Guest

Guest crater on the Moon

A crater on the Moon has been named after the late John Guest (1938-2012), a pioneer in volcanology and planetary science, who inspired generations of colleagues and students at UCL for over half a century. During his time at UCL, John established the emerging disciplines of planetary geology and physical volcanology and, in 1980, he founded the first NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility outside the USA.  More...

Published: Aug 17, 2017 4:21:32 PM


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