Europlanet Outreach Innovation Day, Athens

Europlanet 2020 RI held an Outreach Innovation Day to coincide with the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) in July 2016.

‘Planets Meeting the Public’, Outreach Innovation Day, Athens, Greece, Monday 4th July 2016

On 4th July 2016, Europlanet 2020 RI organised a best practice meeting for outreach providers, science communicators and journalists working in engaging the public with planetary science.  The aim of the workshop was to help boost the effectiveness of science communication and the promotion of planetary science and build networks to support outreach providers and share resources.



9:30-9:50 Anita Heward (Outreach Coordinator Europlaner RI 2020): Europlanet Outreach and Media Centre

9:50-10:10 Magda Stavinschi (Honorary Researcher, Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy): History of science, a challenge for mass media

10:10-10:30 Zdenek Urban (Freelance Science Writer): How to Catch Them: Fishing for Attention of Media Staffers in Relation to Planetary Topics

10:30-10:50 Catalin Mosoia (Science Journalist Ziarul Stiintelor): Planets Between Science and Journalism. Looking for the best practices of communicating science

10:50-11:20 Coffee Break 

11:30-11:50 Manos Kardasis (Electronic Engineer, Hellenic Amateur Astronomy Association): Planetary Science Outreach by the Hellenic Amateur Astronomy Association

11:50-12:10 Konstantina Moutsouroufi (MSc student, University of Athens): The Space Gates Team

12:10-12:30 Eleni Chatzichristou (Astronomer, Outreach Team Europlaner RI 2020): Feeling the Science Thinking about Art

12:30-12:50 Efstratios Koufos (Amateur Astronomer, Rhodes Greece): Archaeoastronomy: Education and Popularization

12:50-13:10 Thilina Heenatigala (Social Media Manager, Europlanet 2020 RI): Social Media for Science Communication

13:15-14:30 Lunch Break 

14:30-15:00 Panel Discussion – (Zdenek Urban, Catalin Mosoia, Thilina Heenatigala, Eleni Chatzichristou)

15:00-16:00 Working Group Brainstorming Session

  • Engaging the public face-to-face and via social media (led by Thilina Heenatigala and Eleni Chatzichristou)
  • Engaging journalists and media with planetary science (led by Zdenek Urban and Catalin Mosoia)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Reporting of Working Groups and General Discussion