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Education Planet Press overview

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European Geosciences Union

Planet Press overview

You can find all Planet Press texts, including print versions and translations, in the Articles section.

What is it?

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The EGU began producing science press releases in February 2012 to help raise awareness of exciting and relevant geoscience research published in one of the EGU’s open access journals spanning the Earth, planetary and space sciences.

Press releases are aimed at journalists to help them digest the scientific research quickly and write up their own stories for media outlets – newspapers, television and online. Most science journalists however have a background in science, or at least a lot of experience dealing with cutting-edge scientific research, so we wanted to produce a version of our press releases that could be understood by everyone – even kids!

So say hello to Planet Press, the new bitesize press releases for kids, parents and educators to get to grips with the latest geoscientific research going on across the world.

Planet Press is an initiative aimed at getting kids (mainly 7–13-year olds), parents, and educators interested in and engaged with up to date scientific research and news. Each Planet Press is reviewed by two scientists and one educator to ensure the content is scientifically accurate and that the language used is appropriate for the 7–13 age range.

How to use Planet Press

We have designed our Planet Press releases to be used by kids, parents and educators at home or at school as a learning aid, inspirational tool or simply as news pieces to help you keep up to date with exciting new science.

If you are an educator these press releases can be used in the classroom to aid teaching about current subjects such as climate change or earthquakes and tsunamis, to make lessons more interesting and relevant by taking into account modern science and developments. Use Planet Press releases in conjunction with other educational resources we have on offer through our educational database.


Planet Press is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, with some commercial uses allowed (e.g. textbooks or other educational uses). Email for more information. The texts can be used free of charge by teachers in their classrooms, by parents, and educators and can be distributed freely for any educational purpose. Credit: European Geosciences Union (EGU).

Space Scoop by UNAWE

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Planet Press was inspired by Space Scoop, an initiative by UNAWE, the EU-Universe Awareness organisation.

Space Scoops are short news articles about astronomical discoveries, written in a child-friendly language and accompanied by a stunning astronomical image. Space Scoop makes a wonderful tool that can be used in many different settings to teach, share and discuss the latest astronomy news.


If you’d like to help write, translate or review Planet Presses, or have any questions about the project, please contact EGU's Media Relations Manager:

Asmae Ourkiya
Asmae Ourkiya
Media and Communications Officer
Phone +49-89-2050-76340