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 […]

Let us see the planets through your eyes
Europlanet Outreach & Education
November 23, 2020

Public vote now open for #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest: People’s Choice for best artwork As part of the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, the #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest invited schools and space enthusiasts of all ages […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
November 12, 2020

Online seminar: Theatre as a Tool for Science Outreach This online seminar by Dr Andrea Brunello of Jet Propulsion Theatre (JPT) and is supported by the Europlanet Society Benelux Hub. Organisers: Dr Andrea […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
September 21, 2020

#InspiredByOtherWorlds Contest – Gallery The Europlanet Society Congress 2020 (#EPSC2020) invited members of the public, schools  and space enthusiasts of all ages to get creative and share their artworks and performances inspired by other worlds in a […]

Europlanet 2024 RI logo

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
— 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 […]


— November 25, 2020

Hayabusa 2 Outreach Panel Discussion ‘Hayabusa 2 Outreach Panel Discussion’ will feature scientists involved with the mission to present the expectations of returned samples, how to handle them, the importance […]


— November 23, 2020

Public vote now open for #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest: People’s Choice for best artwork As part of the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, the #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest invited schools and space enthusiasts of all ages […]


— November 12, 2020

Inspiring Stories – Unlocking the Secrets of Enceladus with a homemade video In this EPEC Inspiring Story, Grace Richards, a doctoral student at The Open University (UK), describes how she […]


— November 12, 2020

Online seminar: Theatre as a Tool for Science Outreach This online seminar by Dr Andrea Brunello of Jet Propulsion Theatre (JPT) and is supported by the Europlanet Society Benelux Hub. Organisers: Dr Andrea […]


— October 12, 2020

Inspiring Stories – Make the wonders of space accessible to all In this EPEC Inspiring Story, Ines Belgacem and the Sens’Astro team describe how they are creating resources to share the […]


— October 7, 2020

Soapbox Science: women scientists in Belgium speak about their research live on social media On Saturday October 10, from 2 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., seven women scientists in Belgium will tell you […]


— September 22, 2020

Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2020 awarded jointly to Dr Sheila Kanani and The Travelling Telescope The 2020 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science has been awarded jointly […]