The Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) provides free access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities, data services and tools, a ground-based observational network and programme of community support activities. The project is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and runs for four years from February 2020 until January 2024. The Europlanet 2024 RI consortium is led by the University of Kent, UK, and has 53 beneficiary institutions from 21 countries in Europe and around the world, with a further 44 affiliated partners.
DFET hosts and manages the Europlanet Media Centre and the Education sub-task for Europlanet 2024 RI under the Networking Activity (NA1) Work Package 11: "Community Support, Dissemination and Engagement with Stakeholders".
Since its foundation in 2006, the Europlanet Media Centre has disseminated Europlanet and planetary activities and results to the media, generating coverage across Europe and around the world. We support the press office for the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC), the largest meeting in Europe dedicated to planetary science. Our Social Media team supports the @europlanetmedia Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts. In 2020, we oversaw Europlanet's first internship programme for five early career researchers and communications professionals in supporting the social media coverage for the EPSC2020 virtual meeting.
Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149
DFET's 20 years' experience in working with schools and educators is supporting Europlanet 2024 RI to develop a sustainable
education programme in Europe and around TA sites in Africa. The education team is developing a comprehensive range of educational materials that are designed for easy translation and adaption to curricula around Europe. The team is also providing training for Early Career researchers, educators and outreach providers across Europe. In addition, through provision of access to the Faulkes Telescopes and LCO network, DFET will support the collaboration of schools in the Europlanet Telescope Network and assist with dissemination to amateurs through its networks.