EMC 2017

The European Mars Society Conference

The European Mars Conference 2017 (EMC17) is the annual meeting of the European Mars Societies focussing on human and robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The 17th EMC offers a communication and discussion platform for disciplines ranging from engineering, science, mission programmatics and space operations, space policy and arts. As in the past years scientists and people with a passion for Mars exploration will meet in order to learn more about Mars and exchange experience, information and views.

Highlights include updates on current and future Mars missions, expert panels, a student forum and the science and operations behind the major international Mars analog simulation “AMADEE-18” in Oman.

This year’s EMC17 is hosted by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and the University of Innsbruck.

  • 15Jun2017: Early bird registration deadline
  • 30Jul2017: Student forum submission
  • 31Jul2017: Abstract submission for both posters and oral presentations
  • 24Aug2017: EMC2017 Programme release
  • 22-24Sep2017: EMC2017 in Innsbruck, Austria

Programme to follow

Registration for conference

Limited capacity. All conference tickets are transferable and non-refundable. All payments are made to OeWF.


30 €
up to 30 years of age *


40 €
until 15Jun2017


65 €
full registration fee

Conference dinner

39 €
optional, incl. transportation

* formally registered student at a school or university up to 30 years of age, please present your student ID upon arrival at the conference

Fields marked with an * are required

I would like to present a

If you've checked poster or oral presentation, please download the abstract template and send it via email to emc17@oewf.org.
Deadline: 31. July 2017


Guided tour of the OeWF spacesuit laboratory incl. Aouda.X spacesuit simulator

We are offering 2 tours with 20 visitors max on first come, first serve basis.


Please pay the conference fee in advance via Paypal or bank transfer (incl. all possible bank expenses). The early-bird rate is only eligable if payed until 15June2017.

You'll find payment details in the next step and in your confirmation email.

ECM17 Student Forum

On Friday, 22Sep2017, students between 15-25 years will have the opportunity to present in 15min oral presentations their scientific work on Mars and space exploration. Topics can range from engineering, natural sciences, observations, experimental activities to human factors.

The student presentations will be given to a panel of space experts and will receive a constructive feedback on their presentations. The best three presentations will then be presented a second time in the main conference to the international audience.

Presentations will be assessed by their originality, scientific or engineering soundness and presentation style. The winning students will also be invited to the official conference dinner on Saturday, 23Sep2017, their contributions will also be highlighted in the official conference communication.

EMC17 Student Forum
EMC17 Student Forum

Find all details & registration for the student forum on 22Sep2017 in Innsbruck in our folder.


University of Innsbruck, Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck. (EMC17 auditorium: lecture hall 5)

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Gernot Groemer, Austrian Space Forum, Austria
  • Gian-Gabriele Ori, D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, IRSPS Department and Ibn-Battuta Center, Italy/Morocco
  • Jean Pierre Paul De Vera, DLR Institut für Planetenforschung, Germany
  • Michaela Musilová, Slovak Organisation for Space Activities, Slowakia
  • Akos Kereszturi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Astrophysical and Geochemical Laboratory, Hungary
  • Jesús Martínez-Frías, Instituto de Geociencias, Ciudad University, Spain

Organizing Team

Host: Austrian Space Forum (OeWF)


  • Gernot Groemer (OeWF)
  • Thomas Ussmueller (Univ. of Innsbruck)
  • Silvia Prock (Univ. of Innsbruck)
  • Sophie Gruber (OeWF)

Questions or feedback? Contact the team: