Europe's planetary scientists meet MEPs, thanks to STS student
4 February 2011
STS Year 3 undergraduate Veronika Raszler has just organised a dinner debate at the European Parliament in Brussels for the Europlanet network of European planetary scientists.
Europe is now recognised as a valued partner in planetary exploration by
the American space agency NASA, and its expertise is much in demand by
Japan, China and India, countries that are fast developing their own
The dinner organised by Veronika (on February 2) was attended by Members
of the European Parliament, Europlanet members from across the EU, and
representatives of the European space and exploration industry. Britta
Thomsen MEP, who hosted the dinner, said: “Europe's space programme is a
standard-bearer for European research in all fields. European planetary
science is in front when considering innovation and development of
Veronika has learned a lot from her experience with the dinner debate.
"Organising the Europlanet Dinner Debate at the European Parliament was
a great - challenging but highly rewarding - experience, giving me
incomparably useful insight into the work of the EU institutions, as
well as EU-funded scientific organisations.
"Things I have seen and learned will definitely come handy for my
postgraduate studies and future career."
Steve Miller, Head of STS and Europlanet coordinator at UCL, said:
"Veronika has done an amazing job. Before she started making contacts last year, Europlanet knew no one in the European parliament. Now we are recognised as a force to consider in shaping European research policy, and we have a permanent welcome in the Parliament."