Europlanet Society Committee Funding Scheme

Europlanet Society Committee Funding Scheme

The Europlanet Society offers calls for funding proposals (1000 to 5000 €) submitted through its Regional Hubs, Committees and Working Groups in support of their activities or those of the Society Membership.

  • Proposals for financial support can only be submitted via the Committees and Working Groups of the Europlanet Society, including the Regional Hubs, the Diversity Committee, the EPEC Committee, the Industry Working Group and the Outreach Working Group.
  • Members of the Society may approach their Regional Hub (or any of the other Committees or Working Groups) with suggestions for projects, which may be submitted on their behalf.
  • Each Committee/Working Group may submit more than one proposal per call, but they should rank them in order of preference.
  • The scope of the funding scheme is deliberately broad to enable the community to propose diverse and innovative projects.
  • The proposals should further the aims of the Europlanet Society and actively involve Society members.

Submission

Before submitting an application, please read the full guidelines on the application page (please note this page is only accessible to Europlanet Society Members).

The call for the Committee Funding Requests is currently closed. Check back for future calls.

**ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY A COMMITTEE OR WORKING GROUP OF THE EUROPLANET SOCIETY WILL BE REVIEWED. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY AND WISH TO PROPOSE A PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL HUB OR THE RELEVANT COMMITTEE.**


Projects Funded through the Scheme

The following projects have been funded through the Europlanet Society Committee Funding Scheme:

Projects funded in 2021

Support for community development and awareness around inclusion (Proposed by the Diversity Committee)

  • A virtual workshop on bystander training, to be delivered by Moses Milazzo from Other Orb.
  • Online screening of the documentary by award-winning filmaker Kendall Moore, ‘Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color’ followed by a Q&A with Kendall.

EPEC – Stairway to Space, the EPEC podcast (Proposed by the EPEC Communications Working Group)

  • The EPEC podcast will serve as a tool for MSc-PhD students and PostDocs to promote their research through series of interviews, raise important issues that concern diversity and inclusion in the research institutions through sharing of experiences and by hosting specialists, offer coverage of the major events for planetary science in Europe and eventually worldwide (depending on EPEC members participation), and strengthen the ties of the Europlanet new generation with the regular production of episodes.

Spain and Portugal Hub – Light Fingerprints (Proposed by the Spain-Portugal Hub)

  • This exhibition will illustrate the concept of spectroscopy and how it can be used to tackle several astrophysical problems, from measurements of composition and wind in the atmosphere of our Solar System planets, to the detection of exoplanet atmospheres.
  • The installation will be placed in the entrance hall of Porto Planetarium, which is a “Ciência Viva” center dedicated to Astronomy and Space Sciences.

Projects funded in 2020

Theatre as a Tool for Science Outreach and Storytelling

(Proposed by the Benelux Hub Committee)

Participants in the 'Planetary Atmospheres Accessible to All' storytelling workshop
Participants in the ‘Planetary Atmospheres Accessible to All’ storytelling workshop

Just as fiction can make imaginary worlds seem real, stories can help people of all ages reach a deeper understanding and appreciation of science and the experiences of scientists.

‘Planetary Atmospheres Accessible to All’ is a project organised by the Europlanet Society’s Benelux Hub that aims to foster collaborations between researchers, performers and storytellers to use performing arts techniques to engage public audiences.

The project kicked off with an online seminar ‘Theatre as a tool for science outreach and storytelling’ in November 2020. Dr Andrea Brunello and Dr Pierre Echard of Jet Propulsion Theatre introduced various approaches used to blend science and theatre, including staged performances called ‘augmented lectures’. The seminar was followed up by a series of online workshops for 10 Europlanet researchers to provide them with practical tools to become scientific storytellers for general audiences or students. Over three half-day sessions in the run-up to Christmas, participants defined and prioritised main themes for their planetary science story and their target audiences, connecting the scientific questions to societal issues. Each participant had the chance to prepare one short story on their topic of interest and present it to an audience of invited artists.

Ongoing collaborations are being explored between arts-science pairs to co-create augmented lectures and further enhance the project.

JPT is a collaboration between the Arditodesìo Theatre Company and the University of Trento. Planetary Sciences for All was organised by Dr Andrea Brunello (JPT), Dr Ann Carine Vandaele (BIRA-IASB), Dr Arianna Piccialli (BIRA-IASB), Dr Karolien Lefever (BIRA-IASB), Dr Pierre Echard (JPT).

A Pocketful of Mars

(Proposed by the Central Europe Hub Committee)

Double spread of Tharsis region of Mars (Mars Chart 09) from the Pocket Atlas of Mars 36. Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/ESA/DLR/FU/H. Hargitai
Double spread of thematic map of Tharsis region of Mars (Mars Chart 09) from the Pocket Atlas of Mars 36. The scale of the map is 1cm=107 km. Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/ESA/DLR/FU/H. Hargitai.

The Pocket Atlas of Mars 36 is a new collection of maps that present the physical geography of the Red Planet in thematic layers on a topographic base map, as well as albedo, cloud cover, weather and climate maps and climate diagrams. Already in its second edition, due to high demand, the atlas has been created by Henrik Hargitai of ELTE University (Planetary Perspectives, page 16) for use in astronomy clubs and schools. The first edition, which is available in English, Hungarian and Czech, was funded by the Europlanet Society through the Central Europe Hub.The main part of the atlas consists of a series of double spreads showing 30 cartographic quadrangles covering the whole surface of Mars. Landing sites and landforms created by water, ice, wind, lava and tectonic forces are highlighted, including features such as dune fields, mountain peaks, volcanic calderas, caves, ancient dried-up lakes and deltas. The climate maps describe the climatic zones, and the climate diagrams illustrate the variation in temperature through the martian year. Weather maps show the temperature at ground level across the western hemisphere of Mars at the two annual solstices, and the albedo maps reveal the amount of sunlight reflected from the surface. A one-page calendar for Mars year 36, covering the period from February 2021 to December 2022, explains the milestones in the seasonal changes on Mars

The second, extended edition of the atlas includes additional information on people that have contributed to the mapping of Mars, missions, ideas for activities, a ‘tourist guide’, and exercises on how to read the martian landscape. http://bit.ly/MarsAtlas