**The call for nominations for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2019 and the call for applications for the Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme are now open! The closing date is 31st January 2019.**
Objectives of Europlanet outreach and public engagement
Europlanet’s outreach activities aim to raise the profile of planetary science amongst European citizens, policy-makers, industry and the media, and support planetary scientists in engaging different audiences with their research. The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure project, and planetary science research in general, are funded through public money and are publicly accountable.
Why engage with planetary science?
Planetary science research has a direct relevance to our understanding of our own planet, its origins, its past and future evolution, the conditions needed for life, and threats from our space environment, such as solar storms or Near-Earth Asteroids. Europlanet aims to engage European citizens in dialogue about this research and to communicate the scientific, social, economic and cultural impact of planetary science.
Exploration and planetary science can act as a hook to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Europlanet aims to create and curate high-quality teaching resources and activities for use in classrooms and informal learning settings.
- Science communication training workshops to equip planetary scientists with the skills to convey their work effectively to different audiences
- Prize: and awards an annual prize for public engagement in planetary science
- Funding Scheme: Europlanet provides seed funding for new and innovative outreach projects