Education and Engagement Events

There are a variety of education and engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and educators at the 2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Participate in Education and Engagement Poster Sessions —
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Town Center Exhibit Hall
There will be several education and engagement poster sessions on the evening of Tuesday, March 21. All conference attendees are invited to join us to discuss our efforts!

Participate as a Mentor or Presenter
The LPI invites young and senior planetary scientists to volunteer as mentors, reviewers, and presenters for student and educator workshops on Sunday afternoon, March 19. Mentors may also be invited to meet with undergraduate students before conference presentations on Monday morning, March 20. Please e-mail [email protected] to volunteer as an undergraduate mentor or reviewer or as a workshop presenter.

Education Workshop and Scientist Engagement Sessions
The LPI will be conducting sessions on Sunday afternoon, March 19, and Monday morning, March 20, for planetary scientists, students, and educators.

LPSC Insights:  Get Connected, Stay Connected
Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30am, Indian Springs Room
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 Monday morning, March 20, 2017, attending sessions and networking together. All participants will meet in the Indian Springs Room of The Woodlands Waterway Marriott at 7:30am. Interested students may register at Experienced LPSC attendees wishing to be paired with a student may register at The deadline for students to register is 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, March 10, 2017. Questions? Contact Andy Shaner at [email protected].

Early Career Presenters Review
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Shenandoah Room
All early career scientists preparing to present research at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present their LPSC 2017 oral or poster presentation and receive feedback from senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. The Early Career Presenters Review will take place Sunday afternoon, March 19, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. CDT in the Shenandoah Room at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Early career scientists wishing to present must register at Registration is limited to 15 participants and the deadline to register is Monday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Presenters and scientists wishing to participate as reviewers are encouraged to contact Andy Shaner at [email protected] with any questions.

Planetary Science Palooza
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:30pm – 4:00pm, Waterway Ballrooms 7/8
Students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and their families are invited to the first LPSC Planetary Science Palooza, which will be held on Sunday, March 19, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Explore hands-on activities, hear the latest findings from experts, and ask questions about their research, how they explore our solar system, and what motivates and challenges them in their work. Free registration is available now at For more information, contact [email protected].