The Ibn Battuta Centre is a Field Facility of the Europlanet Research Infrastructure. Europlanet 2020 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208. One of the activities of Europlanet is to provide access to the field facilities by supporting field work. A yearly call to perform field work in the analogue sites of the Ibn Battuta Centre will be issued by Europlanet: both scientific and technological proposals are welcome.


Two field areas are offered:


The Moroccan sites of Ibn Battuta Centre


The Northern Danakil Depression (Ethiopia)

including Dallol hydrothermal site, dry and hypersaline lakes, fan deltas, ephemeral streams, alluvial fans, desert environments. The Danakil Field Campaign is a joint activity between Europlanet, IRSPS Italy, the University of Mekele Ethiopia and the Centro de Astrobilogia Spain.


The Moroccan sites will be available for field work throughout the year and applicants can select the time slots. The Danakil activity is usually concentrated in a single expedition in the second half of January.


Europlanet and the Ibn Battuta Centre offer several grants to perform field work in Morocco (there are more field and laboratory opportunities in the Europlanet Programme). Anyone interested in applying can view the Atlas of Moroccan analogues in our web page.


Visit the links below, and/or contact Gian Gabriele Ori (giangabriele.ori@unich.it) or Kamal Taj-Eddine (taj-eddine@uca.ma).


The 5th Europlanet Call for Ibn Battuta Centre and Danakil Field Campaign is now out. Other TA facilities are also available.

Deadline 26 October 2018, 14:00 CEST

To apply visit the web page




Link to Europlanet


Link to Danakil Field Campaign


You can also visit the Atlas of Morocco that shows some of the analogue sites that are available in the Ibn Battuta web site and in the Facebook page, which is continuously updated and gives additional information:



Link to the Atlas of Morocco


Link to the Facebook page


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