Outreach Best Practice

Europlanet is committed to sharing best practice in public engagement within the planetary science community. We will be holding a series of Outreach Innovation Days during the Europlanet 2020 RI project, as well as outreach sessions at our annual meeting, the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC).  The first Outreach Innovation Day will be held 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


Coral Hotel, 35 Possidonos Avenue, Paleo Faliron, 17561, Athens, Greece

Europlanet 2020 RI is holding a best practice meeting for outreach providers, science communicators and journalists working in engaging the public with planetary science. The meeting is free to attend.

During the first half of the day, outreach and communication experts will present the dissemination and/or engagement activities carried out by their institution, providing best outreach practices and methodologies, empirical evidence from research in science communication and case studies at a national and pan-European scale.

The second half of the day will be devoted to brainstorming sessions in small working groups with focused discussions on promoting planetary science in three areas:

  1. Engaging the public face-to-face and via social media
  2. Engaging journalists and media with planetary science
  3. Planetary science outreach through art

The aim is to 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 Groups, Brainstorming

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

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


To enquire about late registrations, please contact: Dr Eleni Chatzichristou: elthchatz@gmail.com

The Outreach Innovation Day is free to attend. A limited number of participants (40) will be accepted. Priority in selecting applicants will be given to widening participation, for those involved in engaging hard-to-reach audiences and working in EU Inclusiveness Member States. For more information, please contact Dr Eleni Chatzichristou: elthchatz@gmail.com

A public event to celebrate the arrival of the Juno mission at Jupiter will be held at the same venue the following evening.  Participants and members of the public are invited to attend. Find out more