The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL / Birkbeck


About us

CPS members play key, and sometimes leading, roles in planetary space missions such as Cassini Huygens, ExoMars Rosalind Franklin, JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Exoplanet Large-survey), PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) and Comet Interceptor. The Centre continues to be involved in the European Union-funded Europlanet project that brings together Europe's major planetary science centres.

The CPS is a centre of excellence for research in planetary sciences, based on a collaboration between three UCL departments and Birkbeck:

Physics and Astronomy

Earth Sciences

Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory - MSSL)

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck

The CPS is primarily a "virtual" research centre, and comprises researchers within the following groups at UCL and Birkbeck:

(Exo)Planetary Systems Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, UCL

Imaging Group, Dept of Space & Climate Physics, UCL (MSSL)

Planetary Science Group, Dept of Space & Climate Physics, UCL (MSSL)

Some researchers from the following groups in the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL: Crystallography and Mineral Physics; Deep Volatiles; The London Geochemistry and Isotope Centre; Micropaleontology; Precambrian Research; Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory.

Crystallography and Mineral Physics Group, Dept of Earth Sciences, UCL

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck  



The Europlanet Society

The Europlanet Society promotes the advancement of European planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the community and is open to individual and organisational members. Anyone with an active interest in planetary science (whether academic or industrial, professional or amateur) is welcome to join.

Many of our CPS colleagues are already members of the Europlanet Society and Prof Nick Achilleos is the current Chair of the Society's Ireland and UK Hub.

Europlanet RI 2024

The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) provides free access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities, data services and tools, a ground-based observational network and programme of community support activities.

The Centre, via it's UCL departments of Physics and Astronomy and Space and Climate Physics, continues to be involved in the European Union-funded Europlanet project that brings together Europe's major planetary science centres. 


Europlanet 2020 RI

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Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.