Outreach Best Practice

Outreach Best Practice

Outreach has been a core part of Europlanet since the project started in 2005, but our activities are just a tiny part of a huge community of enthusiastic and dedicated science communicators across Europe doing fantastic work to engage members of the public, schools and teachers with planetary science.

To help share best practice in public engagement within the planetary science community, we are holding a series of best practice workshops and Outreach Innovation Days during the four years of the Europlanet 2020 RI project (2015-2019), as well as outreach sessions at our annual meeting, the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC).

Upcoming activities

The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga has a strong programme of outreach events, including four sessions in the Outreach, Education and Policy stream:

  • OEP1: Policy & Sociocultural Aspects of Planetary exploration/Networking of European planetary science communities/Citizen Science with Big Data
  • OEP2: Education, capacity building and training with Planetary Research
  • OEP3: Planetary science and exploration outreach through Arts
  • OEP4: International lunar decade – towards a self-sustaining space economy

In addition, there will be a breakfast event on Thursday 21st September from 8-9 am in the Radisson Blu Latvja to discuss the needs of the outreach community in developing outreach tools.

Past Activities

An outreach best practice session was held during the Europlanet Summer School 2017 on 25th July 2017.

A session on “Making the case for European astronomy and space science: public and political engagement” was co-convened by the Royal Astronomical Society and Europlanet during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2017 in Prague on 28-29th June 2017.

Europlanet Outreach Innovation Day was held to coincide with the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2016 in Athens on 4th July 2016.

Outcomes

An outcome of the brainstorming session at the Europlanet Outreach Innovation Day in Athens in 2016 was the need to provide training for both scientists and journalists on their respective priorities and requirements in order to foster better communication.  As a result of the workshop, Europlanet issued a special call for journalists, science communicators and lecturers in journalism to participate in an expert exchange of up to one week to visit Europlanet facilities and find out more about the scientific process.