This session will focus on contributions by scientists to public interest in, excitement about and understanding of our planet and its future, particularly within the context of the IYPE (International Year of Planet Earth). The IYPE has from 2007 to 2009 provided us an opportunity to test a variety of approaches for raising the consciousness of the knowledge and science that can be used to make Earth a safer and healthier place. This session is planned as an impetus for identifying effective successor activities to those carried out as part of IYPE. Within the context of IYPE, abstracts from individuals in every country are welcomed. Contributors should describe what has been learned from IYPE activities in their own country and how the experience might inform the development of future programming that could be effective and sustainable.
Contributions solicited: Ed de Mulder, Laszlo Szarka