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The International Research School of Planetary Sciences is a non-profit organization devoted to research and post-graduate education. The School is an emanation of the Universita' d'Annunzio and hosted by Dipartimento di Scienze, but it is autonomously governed.
In 1996 a group of geologists working on Earth, as well as on other planetary bodies, started its activities in the Faculty of Sciences performing research studies on Mars and Venus and organizing courses within the Corso di Laurea in Scienze Geologiche as well as other short courses and workshops. The group steadily increased the research activities in the field of Planetary Geology (including geophysics, geochemistry, and petrography), and in 1998 it was decided to set up a more formal institution in order to pursue the development of Earth Sciences applied to the other bodies of the Solar System. The need in Europe for such kind of expertise is very strong because of the development of many space missions with targets on bodies where geology can provide a useful support.
The IRSPS is a small visiting institution with a limited number of untenured faculty positions, some of them provided by the Faculty of Sciences of the Universita' d'Annunzio. Many research scientists joined IRSPS for a variable amount of time as postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and senior professors. The aim of IRSPS is to constitute an enthusiastic, creative, and multi-disciplinary gathering environment.
Planetary research mainly deals with the sub-disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, and exobiology. However, the IRSPS is not limited to these subjects and it welcomes scientific contributions from any field of planetology. Also, the educational programs are not restricted to those fields and they will cover the entire spectrum of planetary disciplines by joint ventures and collaborations with other international institutions.
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