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Europlanet Outreach Newsletter #14 - EPSC 2017 Special Edition

Welcome to a special edition of the Europlanet outreach newsletter packed with news from the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga. If you weren't able to make it to the meeting, the outreach session presentations are now online and you can catch up on the livestream archive of talks and press conferences. The Calls for the 2018 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement and Outreach Funding Scheme are now open, and our latest video on Astrobiology is out now! We have started work on development of Europlanet's new evaluation toolkit for outreach activities - please tell us what you would like to see included. If you missed our September webinar about the end of the Cassini mission, you can watch now on YouTube. News from partners includes a workshop on astronomy education in Addis Ababa from Space Awareness, and an invitation to contribute outeach news and features on the A&G Forum site of the Royal Astronomical Society.   

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!

Image: Latvian Finance Minister, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, being interviewed at EPSC 2017. Credit: Mareks Matisons / LMT

Updates from Europlanet Outreach
Astrobiology - a new video from Europlanet

We love our new Europlanet video, Astrobiology, produced by our partners, Science Office. We've already had more than 13K views on Facebook since we launched the video at EPSC 2017. Help us spread the word! 

Catch up on EPSC 2017!

If you couldn't make it to Riga, there are plenty of ways that you can catch up on what you missed. Read our highlights of EPSC 2017 on the Europlanet outreach website.

The Opening Ceremony, Public Event and more than 100 of the scientific talks were streamed, thanks to our sponsor, LMT. The archive includes sessions on Cassini, Ceres and Vesta – 10th anniversary of Dawn, asteroid miningInterplanetary nanosatellites, CubeSats/SmallSatsMars Interior and Surface and Site selections for lunar outposts and permanent bases. At present, recordings of the whole sessions are available. We are currently reviewing these and will be picking our favourite talks to highlight individually. More details will follow in future newsletters.

We issued eight press releases on science presented at EPSC 2017, which were covered by the media worldwide. You can also watch our two press briefings on 'Pushing the boundaries of Planetary Exploration' and 'Cassini/The Encounter of Comet Siding Spring at Mars'.

It was a great meeting and we hope you will be able to join us for EPSC 2018 at the TU Berlin in Germany from 16-21 September 2018!

Outreach Sessions at EPSC 2017

If you missed the outreach sessions at EPSC 2017, we have collated the abstracts, most of the presentations, plus some of your pictures from social media, so that you can catch up now!
Outreach Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluating outreach activities is essential to help us all identify our sucesses, learn what could be improved, and celebrate the impacts of our work. In the coming months Europlanet will be developing a dedicated evaluation tool kit to empower outreach providers and educators in measuring and appraising the impact of their activities.

We kicked off discussions at EPSC 2017 but there is still time to tell us what you think would be helpful for you in evaluating your outreach activities and what should (and shouldn’t!) go into that toolkit. If you have ideas, or can help us identify existing areas of good evaluation practice within the Europlanet network that can be showcased within the toolkit, please contact

Calls now open for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement and Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme
Congratulations to Ulrich Köhler and Dr. Ekkehard Kührt, of the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, who accepted the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2017 on behalf of the “Comets – The Rosetta Mission: Journey to the Origins of the Solar System” exhibition curation team. Credit: Mareks Matisons

Are you looking for funding to kickstart an outreach project related to planetary science? Or have you run a successful outreach project for which you deserve some recognition? Applications are now open for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2018 and Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2018.

Europlanet awards grants of between 5 000 and 15 000 Euros to fund projects to engage the public with planetary science. Through the funding scheme, Europlanet aims to encourage new ways of bringing planetary science to audiences across Europe and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The 2018 Call for Applications is now open and closes on 31st January 2018.

The Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement recognises achievements in engaging European citizens with planetary science. The Prize of 4000 Euros is awarded annually 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. The 2018 Call for Nominations for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2018 is now open and closes on 31st January 2018.
Europlanet Webinar - Catch up on Cassini Huygens and the Lord of the Rings, with Dr Sheila Kanani

Did you miss our September Europlanet webinar? You can catch up on YouTube with Dr Sheila Kanani, the Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society and former Cassini researcher. Sheila talked to us about the amazing Cassini mission and some of the breathtaking discoveries it has made, including a hexagonal storm that rages at Saturn's north pole and an icy moon that could harbour life.

Details of our October webinar are coming soon on Twitter and Facebook.

Updates from Partners
Space Awareness High Level Workshop, 7th October, Addis Ababa

The Space Awareness High Level Workshop, organized by the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU OAD), European Union Space Awareness project, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and the Ethiopian Regional Office of Astronomy for Development will take place on the 7th of October in Addis Ababa. His Excellency Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria, the Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology will address a gathering of officials, dignitaries, education experts and teachers from Africa and Europe. The event is held during World Space Week, the largest public space event on Earth that celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Learn more here

Share your outreach expertise on the A&G Forum

Our Universe AR App

A&G Forum is a showcase for Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society, who number 3,900 astronomers and geophysicists including 1,200 based outside the UK. The A&G Forum provides a place to share news about astronomy, planetary science, solar–terrestrial physics and geophysics, as well as related outreach activities, educational initiatives, images, videos, animations and links to non-commercial websites.

The site is free for all to read. To contribute directly to the site, you must be a Fellow of the RAS, but if you are not a Fellow and have news or activities that you think would be of interest to the A&G Forum's readership, you are warmly invited to contact its editor, Sue Bowler:


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