PPOSS is a collaborative, three-year Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission’s H2020 Programme (H2020/Grant Agreement n° 687373). The project is co-ordinated by the European Science Foundation.

Project summary

The Planetary Protection of Outer Solar System (PPOSS) project tackles the science, technology and policy making components relating to biological and organic contamination of outer solar system bodies - in particular, icy moons. 

This intensive three year programme provides a dedicated international platform and forum where science, industry and policy actors meet to promote discussions, exchange knowledge and produce policy recommendations related to planetary protection. 

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to shaping the future of planetary protection policy related to the exploration of outer solar system bodies. With this aim, PPOSS is identifying new learnings and best practices, and considering and defining state of the art solutions to the problems posed by planetary protection issues. 

Project consortium

  • European Science Foundation: Mr. Nicolas Walter and Dr. Patricia Cabezas –Co-ordinators
  • Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Dr. Jean-Louis Fellous
  • EUROSPACE: Mr. Jean-Jacques Treuet
  • The German Aerospace Center (DLR): Dr. Petra Rettberg
  • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (IC): Prof. Mark Sephton
  • National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) : Dr. John Roberto Brucato
  • Space Technology Ireland Ltd. (STIL): Prof. Susan McKenna-Lawlor

Role of ESF

ESF has been involved in a variety of key European initiatives to advance space research and exploration, and is the coordinator of the PPOSS project. It is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the work plan as well as all administrative and financial aspects of the project. ESF also has the specific tasks of developing the project’s international partnerships and leading the integration of PPOSS’s findings into strategic advice and recommendations on planetary protection policy.

Timeline & Funding

As of 1 January 2016, PPOSS operates with European Commission’s support H2020 programme (Grant Agreement n° 687373), a three-year project with a total budget of approximately €1M. 

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