European Geosciences Union: Public Engagement Grants

Applications open for EGU Public Engagement Grants

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is opening applications to EGU Public Engagement Grants, which aim to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The grants are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project that aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community. Two applicants who are judged to have proposed the most innovative and effective project will each be awarded a grant of €1000 to help further develop the idea and put it into practice. There will also be a short award ceremony at the 2017 General Assembly, where the recipients will be acknowledged.

There are no restrictions on the format of the applicant’s project or proposed activity. If you have an idea for a comic, podcast, documentary, set of experiments, or some other form of effective science communication that you want to promote, then please fill in the online application form and let us know why your project deserves to be funded.

We particularly encourage applications for projects aimed at engaging with hard-to-reach audiences, i.e., people or communities who are not generally interested in science or who tend to ignore mainstream scientific expertise.

Applications for the two EGU Public Engagement Grants are open from 15 November 2016 until 15 February 2017. All proposals will be evaluated by April 2017, with the winners being notified during the EGU General Assembly in Vienna and by email.

Please note that only active EGU members, who either have a regular, student, emeritus or complementary membership for 2016 or 2017, or who are life or honorary members of the EGU, are eligible to apply for the grants. To become a member or renew your membership please check You are also encouraged to register to attend the forthcoming EGU General Assembly, where the grant winners will be announced.

The grants are for a period of 12 months and are awarded in full in April/May 2017. After six months the winners are expected to submit an interim report on their projects, which will be evaluated by the EGU Outreach Committee. At this stage, the winners can request further (non-financial) help from the EGU, such as assistance in liaising with scientists or in further advertising their products. Winners are also expected to submit a final report at the end of the grant.

The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the project, but should be given full access to these products for further dissemination via its communication channels. Further, the winners should make clear when using their products that they were supported through a Public Engagement Grant from the European Geosciences Union.

To apply for the grant, please use the application form at



Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-2180-6703

Sam Illingworth
Lecturer in Science Communication
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, UK
Tel: +44-161-2471203


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Special Event: Astrophysics & Space Research Group invite you to celebrate exciting Gravitational Waves discovery

Dear friends of the University of Birmingham Observatory,

Many of you will have seen the exciting news about the hunt for gravitational waves. For those of you who have not—can you stay spoiler free until Wednesday? The University of Birmingham, alongside colleagues around the world, have played an important role in the work of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and we would like to share the latest news with you all!

On Wednesday 17 February we are holding a special event. We will have talks followed by a question and answer session with our local experts. There will, of course, be the chance to chat with our researchers and enjoy some of our science demonstrations afterwards. Talks will start at 7 pm, so please arrive a little before then.

As for all the events organised by the Astrophysics & Space Research Group, this is event is free, but we ask you to register

We expert that this will be extremely popular, so please do sign up promptly to avoid disappointment!

This is an exciting time, and a special occasion as we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of general relativity (and Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves). We have been marking this in our regular Astronomy in the City events, the final one for this season will be 9 March when Dr Graham Smith will be talking about Einstein’s greatest blunder. More details can be found on the Astronomy in the City website

We hope that you will enjoy discovering the fantastic work done here in Birmingham (and across the world).

Best regards,

Christopher Berry

For further information regarding the…

Dr Christopher Berry: Dr Christopher Berry’s blog