The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration works in concert or leads both research and training initiatives involving colleagues and students from universities across the nation and spanning the globe.

Highlighted Collaborations

NSERC CREATE - Technologies and Techniques for Earth and Space Exploration

“Technologies and Techniques for Earth and Space Exploration” is an NSERC CREATE program led by CPSX Associate Director Dr. Gordon Osinski, with ten Co-Investigators at UTIAS, York University, Queen’s University, Memorial University and the University of British Columbia. Engineers and scientists train and work side-by-side, and unique opportunities for sharing expertise within and among institutions are provided by means of short courses, interdisciplinary co-supervision of students, Blackboard Collaborate! webconferencing software, internships, annual meetings and the CSA analogue deployment program. Our goal is to prepare Canadian trainees to enter the fields of planetary science, robotic engineering, economic geology and instrumentation development by taking advantage of unique resources and expertise found in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit

The Canadian Astrobiology Network

The Canadian Astrobiology Network (CAN) is a cohort of institutions and researchers across Canada which is actively engaged in astrobiological research. The CAN builds on the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program – a six-year ~$1.5M program funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through the Collaborative Research and Training Program. The goal of CAN is to foster collaboration and integration between Canadian scientists and NAI (NASA Astrobiology Institute) partner institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

The Canadian Lunar Research Network

In July 2008, the Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN) became the first international affiliate partner of NASA’s new Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Its mission is to foster collaboration amongst Canadian researchers and promote integration with other NLSI partner institutions, both in the U.S. and around the world. The overarching goal of this network is to train highly qualified personnel and develop expertise in lunar science and exploration. Additionally, the CLRN hopes to extend our enthusiasm of lunar exploration to the general public though outreach.