Since 2010, Europlanet has had an active programme of engaging policy makers with the cutting-edge science and technological challenges of planetary science and exploration. We have organised one-to-one briefings, dinner debates and other events aimed at Members of the European Parliament,  European Commission officials and key industry and policy groups.

Briefing Sheets

Impact of European Union Funding on Planetary Science (April 2018)
Europlanet Background (April 2018)
Europlanet Project Summary (April 2018)
Europlanet Participants (April 2016)

Exhibition in the European Parliament

Europlanet took part in an exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of a week of events for the 8th European Innovation Summit (8th EIS) and the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Annual Lecture from 14-18th November 2016. The Europlanet display included a model of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (contributed by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, BIRA-IASB) and a Virtual Reality experience for exploring the sights and sounds of the surface of Mars using real data from NASA missions (contributed by VR2Planets).

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Dinner Debates

24th April 2018
Planetary Exploration: Inspiring European Innovation
Hosted by MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu

27th April 2016
The Impact of the EU on Planetary Science’
Hosted by MEP Clare Moody

27th February 2013
‘Not just from Venus – Women in Planetary Science and Exploration’
Hosted by MEPs Britta Thomsen and Vittorio Prodi

 29th May 2012
‘Planetary Science as a Driver for Job Creation and Innovation’
Hosted by MEPs Britta Thomsen and Vittorio Prodi.

2nd February 2011
‘Europe’s challenge: to lead the New Age of Space Exploration’
Co-hosted by MEPs Britta Thomsen and Teresa Riera Madurell