Public and Scientist Engagement Events at the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

At the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, a variety of engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public will take place during LPSC. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

Planetary Palooza
March 15, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m., Montgomery Ballroom A

The public is invited to attend this free event with hands-on activities and presentations about ongoing solar system exploration. Scientists, members of NASA’s Science Activation Community, and public engagement specialists are welcome to participate in this year’s event. LPSC attendees who wish to participate may contact Christine Shupla ([email protected]).

Early Career Presenters Review
March 15, 1:30–5:00 p.m. (orals only)
March 16, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (posters only)
March 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. (orals only)
March 18, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (posters only)
Location for each date is TBD.

Students, post-doctoral fellows, and other early career scientists preparing to present research at LPSC 2020 are invited to receive feedback from senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. Registration is required, and space is limited. Register at If you have any questions or would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please contact Andy Shaner ([email protected]).

LPSC Insights:  Get Connected, Stay Connected
March 16, 12:00–1:15 p.m. Montgomery Ballroom Foyer

Are you a student attending LPSC for the first time? Are you unsure how to navigate the conference? Are you nervous about networking? The LPSC Insights:  Get Connected, Stay Connected program is here for you! First-time student attendees who register for this program will be introduced to an experienced LPSC attendee, and the pair will spend time attending sessions and networking together. Registration will open after the LPSC program has been posted; check the LPSC website for the registration link. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Andy Shaner ([email protected]).

Meet with educators from the NASA Science Activation Program
Throughout the conference

Members of the NASA Science Activation Collaborative will be present at LPSC with posters and at a booth. Come hear about NASA SMD activities and resources and discuss ways to partner and incorporate your science into these projects.

Planetary Scientist Workshop:  Sharing Planetary Science
March 19, 12:00–1:15 p.m., Montgomery Ballroom

It can be challenging to communicate when your audience’s experiences are different from your own. Explore models, metaphors, and analogies that do not rely on specific cultural experiences, and learn about making culturally relevant connections. Planetary scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free workshop. For more information, please contact Christine Shupla ([email protected]).

Live from LPSC
March 19, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Grogan’s Mill

The public is invited to join this teleconference to hear about the hot topics and ongoing research presented at LPSC. We will be joined by planetary scientists who will share their thoughts about this year’s presentations and discussions and respond to questions.

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].