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Scientists across the different research themes of the Centre for Planetary Sciences work on a wide variety of public engagement activities across the UK. We give talks to astronomical societies, schools, science festivals, science centres, music festivals, and other venues.

 

We are part of: ORBYTS

Original Research By Young Twinkle Students (ORBYTS) is an educational programme in which secondary school pupils work on original research linked to the Twinkle space mission under the tuition of PhD students and other young scientists.

Public engagement: Professor Giovanna Tinetti

Scientists and engineers in the Centre for Planetary Sciences offer public and school talks on a wide variety of subjects that are accessible to a range of audiences: exoplanets, atmospheric and planetary science, space missions.


MSSL Podcast: Thinking Space
 

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The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) podcast, Thinking Space, reports on the exciting engineering and research work carried out at MSSL, including work by CPS planetary scientists based there. You can subscribe to the podcast through many services, including iTunesTuneInPocketCasts, and Stitcher, and they have a dedicated page on Soundcloud

Space Cartoons: Astrojots

Prof Geraint Jones is currently funded as an STFC Public Engagement Fellow to produce cartoons explaining concepts in space and astronomy. In space, no-one can hear you scribble... Visit astrojots.com to download the free strips!  

An Evening with the Planets: Pluto and Charon
 

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Pluto and Charon - A Planetary Waltz was a collaboration between composers Catherine Kontz and Minna Orvokki Nygren. The work was commissioned by the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck and performed by pianists Valentina Pravodelov and Kerry Yong at our annual outreach event 'An Evening with the Planets' in 2015.

 

Public engagement: Professor Geraint Jones 

Scientists and engineers in the Centre for Planetary Sciences offer public and school talks on a wide variety of subjects that are accessible to a range of audiences: Planetary magnetospheres; interactions with rings and moons, comet- and dust-solar wind interactions, Cassini-Huygens and Rosetta space missions, proposed ESA Comet Interceptor mission, Astrojots [Twitter].

Festival of Astronomy & Particle Physics: Your Universe

Your Universe is an annual festival of astronomy and particle physics at UCL. It is held every year in March and open free of charge to all who are interested. Free Public lectures, demonstrations and presentations, meet scientists and talk about their research, try out telescopes and observe the Sun, the Moon and planets (weather permitting).

Public engagement: Professor Ian Crawford

Scientists and engineers in the Centre for Planetary Sciences offer public and school talks on a wide variety of subjects that are accessible to a range of audiences: planetary science and space exploration, especially lunar exploration, astrobiology (the search for life in the universe).


Public engagement: Professor Andrew Coates

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Scientists and engineers in the Centre for Planetary Sciences offer public and school talks on a wide variety of subjects that are accessible to a range of audiences: Exploring the Solar System, Weather in Space, the Cassini Mission, Exploring Mars [Twitter].