A FACILITY OF THE                                                        RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE



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 Research Campaign is a joint activity between Europlanet, IRSPS Italy, University of Mekele Ethiopia, 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 will be concentrated in a single expedition in January 2018.


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


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


The Call is now open. You can find the Call here.


The next TA call deadline is 30st March 2017. Please see here for further details.



Link to Call


Link to Application Form


Link to Europlanet


Link to Danakil Research Campaign


You can also visit the Atlas of Morocco of some analogue site are available in the Ibn Battuta web site, and in the Facebook page, which is continuously updated and give additional informations:



Link to the Atlas of Morocco


Link to the Facebook page


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