Community Support, Dissemination and Engagement
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Community Support, Dissemination and Engagement with Stakeholders 

Europlanet 2024 RI aims to develop an inclusive and culturally-diverse environment and a community that embraces cross-scientific and -cultural communication and industry-academia partnerships.

Its main networking activity (NA1) is structured around a series of tasks, each directed towards a specific stakeholder/audience:

Industry aims to build and support an active network of industry interested in working with the planetary community and using the RI services. Two Industry Officers, one from the upstream technology sector (BSSL) and one from downstream services (ACRI-ST), will identify key research groups, build closer links with industry associations, such as Eurospace, and validate and maintain Europlanet’s database of EU space sector companies relevant to planetary science.

Widening Participation aims to support and develop capacity within communities and states that are currently under-represented in planetary science. The Widening Participation Officer will proactively raise awareness and facilitate cooperation with individuals and institutions from URS through workshops and meetings.

Global Collaboration & Integration Development will establish a network of “Europlanet Ambassadors” to promote European planetary science globally, and generate international collaborations and networks through training workshops, meetings and conferences at national and international levels. This task will also scope out and pilot a reciprocal and sustainable transnational access programme with Asian partners in China and Korea..

Expert Exchanges will mobilise the community to share expertise and best practice and to prepare new facilities and data services for integration into Europlanet’s research infrastructure in the future.

Early Careers Training and Education will organise summer schools and workshops to train early career professionals as the next generation of research infrastructure users and leaders in the community. It will work closely with Europlanet Society’s Early Career network, EPEC, to support the EPEC Annual Week and establish a web-based mentoring programme.

Media Centre will promote the scientific, societal and socioeconomic impact of the Europlanet 2024 RI project through the international media and social media, and enhance multi-lingual dissemination channels through national and local support from the Europlanet Society’s Regional Hubs. 

Policy Engagement will support evidence-based policy making by informing and engaging policy makers with the scientific, industrial and socio-economic impacts of planetary science, both at a European and a regional/national level. Europlanet 2024 RI will also ensure the planetary science community is aware of political developments and takes an active role in engaging with policy makers.

Outreach and inspiration aims to cascade outreach and engagement expertise through the planetary community. The Education Officer will work with Europlanet 2024 RI activities and the Europlanet Society’s Regional Hubs to develop planetary-related educational resources that are relevant to curricula and easy to use in the classroom. Europlanet’s successful seed-funding scheme and prize will support the planetary community in developing projects to engage the public, teachers and schools with planetary science. Europlanet will capitalise on the highly visual nature of project outputs by distributing self-build “Planets in a Room” spherical projectors to Hubs, amateur groups and key outreach partners, and developing new materials for public and school engagement. 


Coordinator: Anita Heward, University of Kent/DFET/Europlanet Society.

Europlanet 2024 RI Community Support, Dissemination and Engagement with Stakeholders is led by the University of Kent with input from Blue Skies Space Ltd, ACRI-ST, Wigner, IWF-OEAW, University of Bologna, FMI, Dill Faulkes Educational Trust, European Institute for Law, Science & Technology, Lulea Technical University, University of Vilnius, INAF and the European Science Foundation.

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