Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement

2016 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science

The Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2016 has been awarded to Stéphane Le Mouélic and François Civet for their development of immersive virtual reality techniques to experience martian landscapes, including through a ‘cave’, through VR headsets (Occulus Rift etc) and through mobile phones (Google Cardboard). The prize was awarded at the joint DPS-EPSC meeting in Pasadena on 20th October 2016. Read the press release

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.

Rules

  • 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 2017 Europlanet Prize was announced on 20th October 2016 and will close on 31st January 2017.

How to Submit a Nomination:

  • Download and fill in the form
  • Email your submission to Thierry Fouchet, Observatoire de Paris (Thierry.Fouchet@obspm.fr) before the closing date of 31 January 2017.

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Past Prize winners

Contact: Thierry Fouchet, Observatoire de Paris (Thierry.Fouchet@obspm.fr)