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A stratigraphy field trip for the visually impaired was one of the winning projects in 2016 (Credit: Miguel Gomez-Heras)

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Applications open for EGU Public Engagement Grants

15 November 2016

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. The deadline for applications is 15 February.

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
Phone +49-89-2180-6703

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


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