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Europlanet Outreach Newsletter - Summer 2020
Welcome to the Europlanet Outreach Newsletter for Summer 2020. In this issue:

In news from partners, we have reminders to register for the  ESA – GTTP 2020 – A Journey to Space Exploration Missions training course, the IAU Symposium 367 on 'Education and Heritage in the era of Big Data in Astronomy' and details of how to access new comics and a board game to explain seismology.

If you would like to share your news, resources, events, or any other outreach-related information with the group in the next newsletter, please email us!

Updates from Europlanet Outreach

EPSC 2020 #InspiredByOtherWorlds Arts Contest

The Europlanet Society Congress (EPSC) 2020 is inviting schools  and space enthusiasts of all ages to get creative and share their artworks and performances in a contest called #InspiredByOtherWorlds.

Let your imagination take us on a voyage through our Solar System and planets around distant stars! Show us how you have been inspired to create drawings, storytelling, pictures, videos, models, craft works or art installations at home. 

Find out more about #InspiredByOtherWorlds

EPSC 2020 Goes Live for Schools

For the first time, the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020 is opening its doors to schools and will give students a glimpse of how contemporary science is done.

Teachers and students are kindly invited to join us virtually with their classroom or educational institute (suggested age range: 12-18 years old or older).

Q&Α sessions, in which students can question experts, will be broadcast live. Supporting workshops will be organised by both experienced and young researchers on planetary topics.

Find out more about EPSC 2020 Goes Live for Schools


EPEC-EPSC #PlanetaryScience4All video contest

The Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Communication working group is giving all PhD students and early career researchers involved in planetary science the opportunity to showcase their research through a 4-minute video contest called #PlanetaryScience4All.

Videos will be shown during a dedicated session during the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020. The winner of the competion will receive a free registration for EPSC 2021 in Helsinki,

Find out more about #PlanetaryScienceForAll

EPSC 2020 Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon

The Diversity Committee of the Europlanet Society, in collaboration with Women in Red and WikiDonne, are organising an Edit-a-thon during EPSC2020 to highlight diversity within the planetary science community.

We are compiling a list of planetary scientists who meet the Notability criteria but are currently missing from Wikipedia, with a special emphasis on women and under-represented groups.

Find out more about the Wiki Edit-a-thon

Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020 Outreach Sessions

The programme for the outreach sessions at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020 is now online.  EPSC 2020 will take place as a virtual meeting from 21 September-9 October. 

The Outreach, Diversity and Amateur Astronomy Programme Group includes the following sessions:

Results of Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2020

The Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2020 received a record number of applications this year. The Outreach Jury has chosen to fund three projects:

  • 8,000 Euros for “Amanar: A refuge in the Stars”, an outreach project to inspire the Sahrawi community through the wonders of our Universe and promote peace, mutual understanding and a sense of global citizenship under the same sky. The Amanar project is led by GalileoMobile.
  • 6,960 Euros for “Sense the Universe”, a project to create re-producable resources for home and school environments targeted at people with special educational needs (SEN). Sense the Universe is led by Cardiff University.
  • 5,000 Euros for MOMSTER: MObile Meteor STation for Education & outReach, a resource for STEM teachers in secondary schools to observe and to learn all about meteors and their impact on the Earth’s atmosphere and the planet. The MOMSTER project is led by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB).
Look out for updates on our website and in future Europlanet Outreach Newsletters to find out more about these projects.

EPEC Inspiring Stories – Explaining Seismology Through Comics 

In this EPEC Inspiring Story, Dr. Petr Brož, a researcher and space communicator at the Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, describes a project to develop comics about seismology for teenagers.

For details of how to order the comics, see below.

You can catch up on all the Inspiring Stories and find out more about the Europlanet Early Careers (EPEC) Outreach Working Group here.

To submit your inspiring outreach story, or if you haven't done any outreach yet and you need some advice, write to

News from Partners

IAUS367: 'Education and Heritage in the era of Big Data in Astronomy.

The IAUS367 Symposium is going virtual, with support by the IAU and all the involved institutions. The primary goals of this Symposium are to give a global vision of Education and Heritage in the framework of the goals as presented in the IAU 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, to propose a road map and a global Astronomy education agenda for the next decade, while honouring the education from the past. The deadline for registration is 20 September 2020, at 23:59 (UTC). Find out more

ESA – GTTP 2020 – A Journey to Space Exploration Missions

Due to the ongoing situation and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESA – GTTP 2020 – A Journey to Space Exploration Missions Course will be held online. 

This course is organised in the framework of teacher training activities of the European School Innovation AcademyThis year’s program is focusing on important topics of space exploration – Earth Observation, Mars Exploration, The Sun, Science and Society, Innovative and Inclusive STEAM education and more. 

The course will be offered online using videoconference software. The working language will be English. The course duration is 25 hours and it is free to participate! The training is supported by the CESAR (Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research) team, the resident educational team at ESAC, and by a team from the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), the Faulkes Telescope Education Team,  National Schools’ Observatory and NUCLIO (the coordinator of the Galileo Teacher Training Program).

Registration will be open until 10th October. Find out more.

New comics about seismology 

A new educational tool explaining the propagation of seismic waves through our planet is out. The Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences prepared an English version of the comics accompanied with a board game which are designed as handy materials for science communicators and teachers to explain the basics about the seismology and seismic wave propagation to adolescents.

Both the comics and the board game have been released under a Creative Commons license allowing them to be freely used for all outreach purposes.

Materials can be downloaded from - both for home printing as well as for professional printing. For details contact
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