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 […]

Europlanet Outreach & Education
March 25, 2021

Europlanet Mars Collection: 2. A Brief History of Mars 2. A Brief History of Mars For this lesson, we will be looking through the history of Mars to find out […]

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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
— 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. […]


— 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: […]


— April 14, 2021

Supermoons rising Spring 2021 is a season of ‘supermoons’, with the Full Moon in April and May coinciding within 10% of the closest lunar orbital distance to Earth. These luminous […]


— April 12, 2021

Life Beyond Us unites scientists and science fiction authors Life Beyond Us, a new anthology by the European Astrobiology Institute and Laksa Media, depicts the timeless quest for finding alien life […]


— 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 […]


— April 7, 2021

Inspiring Stories – The Brilliant Club In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Melissa Mirino, a PhD student at the Open University, describes engaging school students with her thesis. My strong enthusiasm for […]


— 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 […]


— March 25, 2021

Europlanet Mars Collection: 2. A Brief History of Mars 2. A Brief History of Mars For this lesson, we will be looking through the history of Mars to find out […]


— March 25, 2021

Mars Collection of Educational Resources: Support for Educators To support educators in using the new Europlanet Mars Collection of teaching resource packs, we are releasing a series of short videos […]


— March 18, 2021

Europlanet Educational Resources – The Mars Collection Europlanet 2024 RI has produced a set of school resources exploring the possibilities of life on the Red Planet. The resources have been […]