The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s VORTICES program and the Lunar and Planetary Institute are conducting a Planetary Science Engagement Institute for planetary scientists interested in engaging public audiences in planetary science and solar system exploration. Content will include common solar system misconceptions, techniques for addressing controversial topics, simple activities and demonstrations for engaging audiences, connecting with local museums and astronomy clubs, and more.

This free event starts at 1pm on Friday, December 14, continues after dinner until 8pm, and concludes at 3 pm on Saturday, December 15. There will be an optional tour of APL on Friday morning (tour is for U.S. Citizens Only); more details will be added as they become available. Institute registration is free, and includes dinner on December 14 and lunch on December 15. Limited travel stipends of $500 to $1,000 are available for US citizens, depending on the distance traveled.

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