Europlanet Outreach & Education
February 5, 2021

Training in Storytelling and Theatre as a Tool for Science Outreach The Europlanet Society’s Committee Funding Scheme provides awards of €1000-5000 to supports projects that further the aims of the […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
December 24, 2020

A few days ago, on December 21st, the entire world has raised its eyes to the sky to admire the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, popularly and somewhat erroneously […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
December 21, 2020

Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – 21 December 2020 Over the last months of 2020, Jupiter and Saturn have dominated the night sky. Now, as the year ends and […]

Moon. Credit: Kosmas Gazeas, University of Athens Observatory, Greece
Europlanet Outreach & Education
December 1, 2020

“Planets In Your Hand” – in lockdown but still active in outreach This guest post is from the “Planets in Your Hand” project, which received funding from Europlanet 2020 RI […]

European Researchers' Night
Europlanet Outreach & Education
November 27, 2020

European Researchers Night 2020 The European Researchers’ Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, is a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the general public. The Night showcases 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
— February 5, 2021

Training in Storytelling and Theatre as a Tool for Science Outreach The Europlanet Society’s Committee Funding Scheme provides awards of €1000-5000 to supports projects that further the aims of the […]


— January 8, 2021

Inspiring Stories – Instagram Infographics to Share Space Science In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Lanre Logan, Space Exploration Systems Masters student at the University of Leicester, tells us how to share […]


— January 7, 2021

The INAF-Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Rome, Italy) is seeking applicants for one “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” in the context of the research project “Analysis of Oxia Planum from remote […]


— December 24, 2020

A few days ago, on December 21st, the entire world has raised its eyes to the sky to admire the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, popularly and somewhat erroneously […]


— December 23, 2020

#InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts contest 2020: the winners are… The winning artworks for the #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest 2020 were announced during a virtual award ceremony on 22nd December. The winners are listed […]


— December 21, 2020

Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – 21 December 2020 Over the last months of 2020, Jupiter and Saturn have dominated the night sky. Now, as the year ends and […]


— December 9, 2020

Inspiring Stories – using science fiction to teach astrobiology In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Julie Nováková from the Charles University in the Czech Republic and the European Astrobiology Institute […]


— December 2, 2020

Soapbox Science Brussels, a first experience in Belgium This guest post has been contributed by Lê Binh San Pham, Karolien Lefever, Arianna Piccialli, Christine Bingen, Marie Yseboodt and Lucie Lamort […]


— December 1, 2020

“Planets In Your Hand” – in lockdown but still active in outreach This guest post is from the “Planets in Your Hand” project, which received funding from Europlanet 2020 RI […]


— November 27, 2020

European Researchers Night 2020 The European Researchers’ Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, is a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the general public. The Night showcases the […]