49th LPSC Education and Public Engagement Activities

There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the LPSC 2018 conference.

Submit an Abstract

The LPSC abstract deadline is Tuesday, January 9, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time. In addition to abstracts on a variety of planetary science topics, we are soliciting abstracts for Education and Public Engagement posters. College faculty are encouraged to assist their undergraduate and graduate students in submitting planetary research abstracts, and all are invited to submit abstracts sharing their education and public engagement efforts. For more information on submitting an abstract, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/abstract-submission/.

Participate as a Mentor, Reviewer, or Presenter

LPI invites planetary scientists to volunteer on Sunday afternoon, March 18, as mentors and reviewers for the Early Career Presenters Review and to present their science or conduct hands-on activities at Planetary Palooza. Volunteers are invited to mentor undergraduate students, meeting before conference presentations on Monday morning, March 19. Please e-mail [email protected] to volunteer as an undergraduate mentor or reviewer, or as a presenter.

Scientist and Public Engagement Sessions

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be conducting sessions on Sunday afternoon, March 18, for planetary scientists, students, and educators.

Early Career Presenters Review

All students, post-docs, and other early career scientists preparing to present research at the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present their LPSC 2018 oral or poster presentation and receive feedback from experienced scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. Details and free registration will be available mid-January. Presenters and scientists wishing to participate as reviewers are encouraged to contact Andy Shaner at [email protected] with any questions.

Planetary Scientist Workshop:  Communicating Your Science

Giving presentations or conducting activities for school groups, families, or adult learners? Learn about the different needs of various audiences, identify your audience’s goals, and assess your efforts in this free two-hour session on Sunday, March 18. Details and free registration will be available by mid-January. For more information, contact [email protected].

Planetary Science Palooza

All members of the public, including students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and their families are invited to the LPSC Planetary Science Palooza! Explore hands-on activities and hear the latest findings from experts attending the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference! More details will be available by mid-January. For more information, contact [email protected].


Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].