The Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme
The Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme aims to develop new ways of bringing planetary science to audiences across Europe. Each year, Europlanet will award grants of between 5000 and 15000 Euros for public engagement activities relating to planetary science.
In 2012, three projects were funded: Europlanet has awarded a grant of 7 500 Euros to the Széchenyi István Gimnázium, Sopron, Hungary, to make a series of films 'Back into the Future - Observing the Transit of Venus Now and Then'. Students from the school followed in the footsteps of Hungarian astronomers, János Sajnovics and Miksa Hell, who observed the Transit of Venus in of the 1769 from the Arctic Circle. Europlanet has also awarded 7 000 Euros to the Centro de Astrobiología for 'Meteorology of Mars in Schools' a project to build weather stations in schools and contrast the data with measurements from the REMS weather instrument on NASA's Curiosity Rover. Finally, Europlanet has awarded 5700 Euros to Eötvös Loránd University for 'Virtual Planetary Globes', a project to create global maps of the terrestrial planets, the Moon, the Jovian Satellites, Titan, Iapetus and Enceladus (photomosaic and topographic if data available) in a virtual Globe format.