Europlanet Outreach & Education
April 29, 2021

Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 7. pH of Mars In this lesson, we will be looking at the pH of certain environments of Mars and how this can affect its […]

Mars Collection Lesson 6: Evaporation and states of matter
Europlanet Outreach & Education
April 22, 2021

Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 6. Evaporation and States of Matter In this lesson, we will be looking at the development of salt beds and the potential for their habitability. […]

Brines on Mars. Mars Collection of Educational Resources 5.
Europlanet Outreach & Education
April 15, 2021

Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 5. Brines on Mars In this lesson, we will be be delving into how saturated brine solutions affect the habitability of Mars. Overview Activity Outline: […]

Martian Chemistry educational resource (The Mars Collection)
Europlanet Outreach & Education
April 8, 2021

Mars Collection of Educational Resources: 4. Martian Chemistry In this lesson, we will be looking at the chemistry of Mars and how this can affect its potential habitability Overview Activity […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
April 1, 2021

Europlanet Mars Collection: 3. Volcanoes on Mars In this lesson, we will be looking at the volcanoes of Mars and how they may have contributed to the habitability of the […]

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Europlanet Outreach and Education

Objectives of Europlanet outreach and public engagement

The Europlanet Society’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 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, and planetary science research in general, are funded through public money and are publicly accountable.

Why engage with planetary science?

Planetary science 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, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Europlanet aims to create and curate high-quality teaching resources and activities for use in classrooms and informal learning settings.

Outreach Services

The Europlanet Society and Europlanet 2024 RI offer the following services to support outreach and education initiatives within the planetary science community:

  • Training: we run workshops to equip planetary scientists with the skills to convey their work effectively to different audiences. In 2021, we plan to hold a “train-the-trainers” workshop at the Moletai Astronomical Observatory in Lithuania, where we will support members of the community to develop their own training workshops to deliver via the Europlanet Regional Hub network.
  • Best practice: we coordinate sessions and workshops to share knowledge within the community. Our annual meeting, the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC), includes several sessions related to different aspects of outreach and education in planetary science.
  • Prize: we award an annual prize for public engagement in planetary science.
  • Funding Scheme: we provide seed funding for new and innovative outreach projects.
  • Europlanet Evaluation Toolkit: we have developed easy-to-use evaluation tools to help assess the impact and outcomes of education and outreach activities.
  • Resources: We are collating some of the best outreach and education resources related to planetary science to share with the community. From 2020-2024 will also be developing new educational resources related to the activities of Europlanet 2024 RI and the planetary science community, with the aim of making these accessible in multiple languages.
Europlanet Outreach & Education News
— September 24, 2021

Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2021 awarded to Dr James O’Donoghue The 2021 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement has been awarded to Dr James O’Donoghue for his work in creating […]

— September 16, 2021

Announcing the Contenders for the #PlanetaryScience4All Video Contest 2021 Earlier this year, the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Communication working group invited all early career researchers, including PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s […]

— July 26, 2021

Outreach at EPSC2021 EPSC2021 has put together an active programme of outreach activities to share the fascination and inspiration of planetary science with people around the world and to build […]

— July 15, 2021

Inspiring Stories – #PlanetaryScience4All: A Video Contest for Virtual Science Communication In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Melissa Mirino (doctoral candidate at The Open University and of the Chair EPEC Communications Working Group) […]

— July 7, 2021

Calls for Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme and Prize 2021 Are you looking for funding to kickstart an outreach or education project related to planetary science? Or have you run a […]

— June 30, 2021

Inspiring Stories – Roving with Rosalind In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Sara Motaghian, a doctoral student at the Natural History Museum (London), tells us about her experience organising ‘Roving […]

— June 18, 2021

SuperLuna! Challenge: And the Winner is… The ‘supermoon’ on 26th May was the closest Full Moon of this year. To mark the occasion, Edu INAF and Europlanet challenged the public to observe […]

— June 11, 2021

We just launched the Europlanet Magazine! The official magazine of Europlanet, the European community for planetary science. We are delighted to share with you the first issue of the Europlanet […]

— June 9, 2021

Commkit Shorouk Elkobros is Europlanet Magazine’s columnist on science communication topics and tools. Read article in the fully formatted PDF of the Europlanet Magazine. Since the pandemic started, I expected social […]

— June 9, 2021

The Fall of the Winchcombe Meteorite Sara Russell (Natural History Museum, London) describes the first UK meteorite fall recovery in thirty years.  Read article in the fully formatted PDF of the […]