Panels

The ESSC is currently chaired by Professor Chris Rapley (University College London, United Kingdom) and includes 29 members across four panels: Astronomy and Fundamental Physics, Earth Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Solar System and Exploration.

Astronomy and Fundamental Physics Panel - AFP

  • Nabila Aghanim - Panel Chair (Université Paris-Sud, FR), cosmology CMB, reionisation, galaxy clusters
  • Ravit Helled (Center for Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology, University of Zurich, CH), exoplanets
  • Saskia Hekker (HITS, Zentrum für Astronomie, University of Heidelberg, DE), stellar physics
  • Michael Perryman(University College Dublin, IE), astrophysics
  • Manolis Plionis (National Observatory of Athens, GR), cosmology, galaxy formation
  • Juri Poutanen (Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku, FI), astrophysics
  • Floris van der Tak (SRON,NL), infrared & instrumentation

Earth Sciences Panel - ESP

  • Maarten Krol - Panel Chair (Wageningen University, NL), atmospheric physics. & chemistry, climate
  • Camilla Brekke (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, NO), remote sensing, synthetic aperture radar, marine and sea ice applications
  • Anny Cazenave (Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales, LEGOS, FR), oceanography, hydrology and climate, altimetry & space gravimetry
  • Michaela Hegglin (University of Reading, UK), Earth observations, atmospheric composition & transport, chemistry-climate coupling
  • Yann Kerr(CESBIO,FR), SMOS mission, land hydrology, land surfaces
  • Sindy Sterckx(VITO, BE), optical instrumentation and cal/val

Life and Physical Sciences Panel - LPS

  • Dominique Langevin - Panel Chair (University Paris Sud, FR), fluid physics and foams
  • Alexander Chouker - Chair Elect(Hospital of the Ludwig Maximilian University, DE), integrated physiology
  • Sarah Baatout (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, BE), biology  
  • Kai Bongs(School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK), quantum physics, atom interferometry, optical clocks
  • Marc Heppener (Consultant, FR), human spaceflight and exploration
  • Ann-Iren Kittang Jost(CIRiS, NTNU Social Research, NO), plants, interdisciplinary research, payload integration, operation
  • Zita Martins (Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, PT), astrobiology, cosmochemistry

Solar System and Exploration Panel - SSEP

  • Mahesh Anand - Panel Chair (The Open University, UK), moon
  • Vinciane Debaille, (ULB, BE), solar system composition, geochemistry, exploration
  • Sonia Fornasier, (LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, FR), small solar system bodies
  • Mauro Messerotti(INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, IT), space-geospace interactions, space weather, solar radio physics and radio astronomy
  • François Raulin (LISA, FR), planetology
  • Nicole Schmitz (DLR, DE), planetary geology, instrumentation, rover operations, analogues
  • Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber (University of Kiel, DE), heliophysics

The previous ESSC Chairs were Doctor Athena Coustenis (France, 2014-2020), Professor Jean-Pierre Swings (Belgium, 2007-2014), Professor Gerhard Haerendel (Germany, 2002-2007), Professor John Leonard Culhane (United Kingdom, 1998-2002),  Professor François Becker (France, 1994-1997), Professor Heinrich J. Völk (Germany, 1987-1993), Professor Johannes Geiss (Switzerland, 1979-1987), and Professor Harry Massey†, founder (UK, 1975-1979).

The Chairperson is assisted by the ESF Office: Dr Emmanouil Detsis (ESSC Executive Scientific Secretary), Ms Mariette Vandermersch (ESSC Administrator), Ms Shorouk Elkobros (Communication Officer), Dr Mari Kolehmainen (Junior Science Officer), Dr Jonas L'Haridon (Junior Science Officer), and Mr Nicolas Walter (ESF Chief Executive Officer).