Europlanet Outreach and Education
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 2024 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.
Europlanet offers the following services to support outreach within the planetary science community:
- Science communication training: we run workshops to equip planetary scientists with the skills to convey their work effectively to different audiences.
- Best practice: we coordinate sessions and workshops to share knowledge within the community.
- 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: browse our education and outreach resources.