Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

The call for the Europlanet Prize 2019 is open! The closing date is 31st January 2019.

Have you run a successful outreach project for which you deserve recognition? The Europlanet Prize is awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication and whose efforts have significantly contributed to a wider public engagement with planetary science.

2018 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science

2018 Europlanet Prize Winner, Dr Amara Graps. Credit: Anrijs Pozarskis

The 2018 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science has been awarded to Dr Amara Graps for her far-reaching work to inspire and promote space activities in the Baltic region within the scientific and industrial communities, in education and in wider society. Dr Graps, who is based in Riga, Latvia, is the founder of the not-for-profit organisation, Baltics in Space, Lead Scientist at the University of Latvia and Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, based in Tucson, Arizona.

The activities of Baltics in Space in support of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017, which took place in Riga from 17-22 September last year made a significant contribution to raising the profile of space in Latvia and the Baltics with audiences ranging from members of Parliament, business, the media, educators and schools. By compiling a catalogue of the skills and space capabilities in the region, as well as organising a showcase exhibit at EPSC, Baltics in Space facilitated opportunities for researchers and industry based in the Baltics to build new and competitive space collaborations with each other and with the international space community. An exhibition on the Solar System was visited by 600 local schoolchildren during EPSC and has since been visited by 10,000 children at the Zinoo Science Centre in Cesis. The Europlanet Prize, which includes an award of 4000 Euros, was presented during the European Planetary Science Congress 2018 in Berlin, Germany, on Monday 17th September. Read the full press release.

About the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

prize_certificateThe Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science is awarded annually*. Through the Prize, Europlanet aims to recognise achievements in engaging European citizens with planetary science and to raise the profile of outreach within the scientific community. It is awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication and whose efforts have significantly contributed to a wider public engagement with planetary science.

*Prizes were awarded annually from 2010-2013 and will be awarded from 2016-2019. No prizes were awarded in 2014 and 15.

Rules

  • The prize recognizes and honours outstanding communication to the general public in planetary science by an individual or an institution. It is to be awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication, and whose efforts are contributing significantly to a wider public engagement with, and enthusiasm for, planetary science.
  • For purposes of this prize, planetary science shall be understood to refer to the multidisciplinary study of our solar system and its members, as well as other planetary systems and their members.
  • Candidates for the prize may be of any EU Member States or Associated Countries nationality, or located in EU Member States or in Europlanet participating and associated countries.
  • The recipient of the prize will be selected by the Europlanet 2020 RI Outreach Steering Committee following the above mentioned criteria. The Committee has the sole authority to select winners, as well as the option not to award the prize in any year, at its discretion.
  • The prize will consist of a cash award of 4000 €. The winner will be invited to the European Planetary Science Congress to attend an award ceremony and share Best Practice Techniques with the Outreach Community.

When to Submit a Nomination:

The call for nominations for the Europlanet Prize 2019 is open now and will close on 31st January 2019.

How to Submit a Nomination:

  • Download the nomination form.
  • Email the completed form, along with three supporting letters from people other than the nominator, to Régis Courtin, Observatoire de Paris (Regis.Courtin@obspm.fr).

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Past Prize winners

Contact: Régis Courtin, Observatoire de Paris (Regis.Courtin@obspm.fr).