The Wigner Research Centre for Physics is a Beneficiary of the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (1st February 2020 - 31st January 2024) project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149. The aim is to provide free and wider access to European planetary research insfrastructure established in the past and to be established in the future, e.g. data services and tools, ground-based observational network, etc. As part of the Networking Activities 2 (NA2) workpackage the Widening Officer is Andrea Opitz and she is helped by Máté Tomasik. Their task is to promote space and planetary science activities in the European underrepresented states.

The SPIDER workpackage is led by the French CNRS and by Wigner RCP with input from INAF, IRF, ONERA, UCL and the Observatoire de Paris. It is a unique infrastructure that will provide contextual information including predictions and alerts for science data analysis and spacecraft operations.


The Europlanet Society promotes the advancement of European planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the community. It has a regional hub structure in order to support the development of planetary science at a national and regional level. Hungary belongs to the Central Europe Hub, where Andrea Opitz from Wigner RCP is the Chair and our other team member, Anikó Timar is the Early Career Representative. Currently, the majority of Central European countries is underrepresented in the European space and planetary science community. We aim to raise awareness in our region about possibilities, funding calls, conferences and workshops available to everyone.

Archive news

  • May, 2020

Melinda Dósa had a talk at the online EGU conference (European Geosciences Union) about geographic diversity and uneven representation of the different regions.

The pdf of the talk and the forum discussion is available here

Hungarian proposal winning Committe funding

  • Jun, 2020

The proposal of Henrik Hargitai (ELTE, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media and Communication) titled "Creating and Printing the Atlas of Mars for students and astronomy club members in Central Europe" has won 2000 EUR support. The maps will be translated into Slovak, Czech, Polish and Romanian, eventually into further languages and will be available online and in print during EPSC conferences.

Astronomy book for young children

  • Sep, 2019

A book about teaching astronomy in kindergarten by authors Iharka Szűcs-Csillik and István Csillik has been published in 3 languages (Romanian, Hungarian, English) and was presented at the EPSC conference in Geneva in 2019. Publication was sponsored by Europlanet RI 2020. A few more Hungarian copies are still available. If you are interested, please send an email to:

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Last updated on February 29th, 2024