Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

2019 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science

Dr Amelia Ortiz-Gil with the 3D tactile model of Mars exhibited at the Science Museum “Principe Felipe” in Valencia. Credit: M. Pallardó

The 2019 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science has been awarded to Dr Amelia Ortiz-Gil in recognition of her pioneering work in developing educational and outreach resources for people with a range of physical and cognitive special needs.

Dr Ortiz-Gil has more than 15 years’ experience working in outreach at the University of Valencia (Spain), and has led numerous initiatives to promote accessibility in astronomy, including the development of tactile 3D planetary globes of the Moon, Mars and Venus. In 2013, she led the development of “A Touch of the Universe”, the first project to create a kit of astronomical resources accessible to the blind and visually impaired. To date, 30 kits have been distributed to educators and teachers in South America, Asia and Africa and the resources are also available under a Creative Commons license at:

Read the full press release and interview with Amelia Ortiz-Gil.

About the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

prize_certificateThe Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science is awarded annually*. Through the Prize, Europlanet aims to recognise achievements in engaging European citizens with planetary science and to raise the profile of outreach within the scientific community. It is awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication and whose efforts have significantly contributed to a wider public engagement with planetary science.

*Prizes were awarded annually from 2010-2013 and will be awarded from 2016-2019. No prizes were awarded in 2014 and 15.


  • The prize recognizes and honours outstanding communication to the general public in planetary science by an individual or an institution. It is to be awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication, and whose efforts are contributing significantly to a wider public engagement with, and enthusiasm for, planetary science.
  • For purposes of this prize, planetary science shall be understood to refer to the multidisciplinary study of our solar system and its members, as well as other planetary systems and their members.
  • Candidates for the prize may be of any EU Member States or Associated Countries nationality, or located in EU Member States or in Europlanet participating and associated countries.
  • The recipient of the prize will be selected by the Europlanet 2020 RI Outreach Steering Committee following the above mentioned criteria. The Committee has the sole authority to select winners, as well as the option not to award the prize in any year, at its discretion.
  • The prize will consist of a cash award of 4000 €. The winner will be invited to the European Planetary Science Congress to attend an award ceremony and share Best Practice Techniques with the Outreach Community.

When to Submit a Nomination:

The call for nominations for the Europlanet Prize 2019 is now closed. Details of any future call will be published on the Europlanet Society website.

How to Submit a Nomination:

  • Download the nomination form when the call opens.
  • Email the completed form, along with three supporting letters from people other than the nominator, to Régis Courtin, Observatoire de Paris (

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Contact: Régis Courtin, Observatoire de Paris (