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Europlanet Outreach Newsletter - Summer 2022
Welcome to the Europlanet Outreach Newsletter for Summer 2022. In this issue: Community news:

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
Teacher and science communicators... we need you!
In recent years, the education and outreach teams in the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, the Europlanet Society’s Outreach Working Group and the Europlanet Early Careers (EPEC) network have developed a number of resources to support teaching of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) subjects. Among these, we have created ready-to-use planetary science and astrobiology lessons and associated hands-on activities. As teachers, educators, and science engagement practitioners, we need your expertise and opinion on the most recent resources we have developed. We would also like to understand your interests and use of planetary science resources, and if/how your needs and practices have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find out about our teaching resources and help us improve the content we offer.

Please take this short survey (it's available in 8 languages).

EPSC2022 Outreach activities

The Europlanet Science Congress 2022 (EPSC2022) has an active programme of outreach activities to share the fascination and inspiration of planetary science with people around the world and to build links with new communities. And this year we will have the bonus of meeting people in presence!  

Follow us and check the EPSC2022 outreach page for updates on EPSC Goes Live For Schools and the EPSC2022 Planetary Wiki-Edit-a-thon, and get ready to submit your applications for the #InspiredByOtherWorlds arts contest 2022

Do not forget that the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Communication Working Group is giving all Bachelor's, Master's and PhD students involved in planetary science the opportunity to showcase their research through a 4-minute video contest called #PlanetaryScience4All

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2022. Submit your entry now.

 International Observe the Moon Night 2022

We encourage you to support International Observe the Moon Night 2022!

The International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide public engagement program that has been held annually since 2010. Every autumn, hundreds of thousands of individuals all around the globe participate in the event as a collective whole, learning about lunar science and exploration, taking part in celestial observations, and honouring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. People participate in numerous ways, including hosting or attending virtual or in-person events and observing the Moon from home. 

Join the Observe the Moon Night 2022 by recording a short video clip in your native language, inviting people to observe the Moon, sharing your favorite thing about the Moon and other Moon-related content.

Selected clips may be featured in this year’s NASA TV broadcast, on social media, and/or in future International Observe the Moon Night video content.

Guidelines here.
Europlanet Magazine Issue 3

The latest issue of the Europlanet Magazine includes a number of articles on outreach and education, including:
  • A report on an African outreach roadshow, Togo Under the Stars, by Raphaël Peralta (SpaceBus France).
  • An update by Helen Usher (Faulkes Telescope) on how the #InspiredByOtherWorlds arts contest has led to scientific collaborations with a young Lithuanian astronomer and an exhibition in schools.
  • A feature on the MOMSTER (Mobile Meteor Detection Station for Education and Outreach) project by Karolien Lefever, Stijn Calders and Hervé Lamy (BIRA-IASB), describing how schools are becoming involved in meteor research.

"Outreach and Public Engagement after Covid" Session at EAS 2022

At the European Astronomical Society (EAS) 2022 Annual Meeting in Valencia from 27 June - 1 July, the astronomy outreach community took the opportunity to come together and discuss some of the issues and lessons learned around public engagement since the start of the pandemic. You can find a report on the meeting and presentations from the session here.

Europlanet was joined on a stand in the exhibition by its sister EU-funded project, EXPLORE, which is developing machine learning tools to exploit planetary and space data, as well as Planets In A Room (PIAR), the low-cost spherical projection system developed by Speak Science and INAF with Europlanet funding.

EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2022

ESOF 2022, held in Leiden from 13-16 July, was the tenth edition of the largest European interdisciplinary science conference. Europlanet organised a session ‘To Mars and Beyond’ in Pieterskerk, attended by around 50 delegates, on July 14 and took part in the exhibition throughout the meeting, giving participants and opportunity to hold some real rocks from space. Find out more
Shortly before ESOF began, the very first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) were released. A stand curated by the University of Leiden dedicated to the powerful space observatory was one of the main attractions inside the Pieterskerk, the late-Gothic Protestant church and nerve center of ESOF, piquing the interest of members of the public and distinguished participants, such as theoretical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, Minister of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands.

In this video from Media INAF, Claudia Mignone talks about JWST with Ewine van Dishoeck, full professor of astrophysics at the University of Leiden, and with Lucas Stapper, Pranjal Samarth and Yuan Chen, PhD students in astrophysics at the University of Leiden.

News from the community

Il Cielo in Salotto: the incredible SuperMoon of the year


The latest episode of EduINAF's "Il cielo in salotto" livestream took place on 13th July 2022. The main focus of the livestream was the beautiful SuperMoon of the year. The event was a rich hour of telescope observations, outreach highlights, virtual reality and intriguing discussions. If you weren't able to see the live events, find them on EduINAF's YouTube Channel.

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