Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement
About the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement
The Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science is awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative and socially impactful practices in planetary science communication and education.
Through the Prize, Europlanet aims to:
- Recognise achievements in engaging European citizens with planetary science, promoting inspiration, learning and social responsibility.
- Raise the profile of public engagement and education as valued activities within the scientific community.
The Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science was established in 2010 and is awarded annually*.
* No prizes were awarded in 2014 and 15. The Prizes awarded in 2020 have been supported by the University of Kent. The Prizes in 2021 are supported by the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust Ltd.
When to Submit a Nomination:
The call for nominations for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2021 is now open.
How to Submit a Nomination:
- Complete the online form and upload three supporting letters.
- You can nominate yourself or another person. However, the three supporting letters should be from people other than the nominee.
- The prize recognizes and honours outstanding efforts by an individual or an institution in public engagement and/or educational activities related to planetary science.
- It is awarded to individuals or groups who have developed innovative practices in planetary science communication/education, and whose efforts have contributed significantly to a wider public engagement with planetary science.
- For the purposes of this prize, planetary science refers to the multidisciplinary study of objects in our Solar System and those orbiting other stars (exoplanetary systems).
- The recipient of the prize will be selected by the Europlanet Outreach Jury 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 1500 €. The winner will be honoured at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) and will be invited to share experiences and best practice by delivering an online prize lecture on Friday 23 September. If the winner is unable to present during this live session, they will have the option to pre-record a lecture.
- The winner will be notified by 3 September 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact Federica Duras, Chair of the Europlanet Outreach Jury (federica.duras<at>inaf.it).
Find Out More:
2020 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science
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 to Dr Sheila Kanani and to the team behind The Travelling Telescope, Susan Murabana and Daniel Chu Owen.
Dr Sheila Kanani is a planetary physicist, broadcaster, comedian, author and teacher, with a background in research as part of the Cassini science team, studying Saturn’s magnetosphere. She is the co-founder of the STEMMsisters charity, a STEM ambassador and a representative of ScienceGrrl. Since 2014, she has been the Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), where she has transformed the public engagement activity of the Society, delivering a comprehensive programme across the UK, concentrating on areas of socioeconomic deprivation and cultural diversity. She has written five non-fiction books for children, including two space themed books, and has just signed to write a further two science books for children.
Since establishing The Travelling Telescope in 2014, Susan Murabana and Daniel Chu Owen have enabled hundreds of thousands of children to engage with planetary science and astronomy by bringing a portable 12-inch telescope, an inflatable planetarium and outreach resources to remote and underserved regions of Kenya. In January 2020, they completed the construction of the first digital planetarium in East Africa. The Nairobi Planetarium has been built in a low-cost and environmentally sustainable way using bamboo harvested at the site. Susan Murabana is the president of the newly formed Africa Planetarium Association and the United Nations Space4Women mentor 2020.
Read the full press release and watch the prize lectures by Sheila Kanani, Susan Murabana and Daniel Chu Owen on Vimeo.