Engaging with policy makers, Panel Discussion
Convener: Robert Massey  | Co-Convener: Anita Heward 
Oral Program
 / Mon, 03 Oct, 13:30–15:00  / Room Mercure Room
Poster Program
 / Attendance Tue, 04 Oct, 17:30–19:00  / Poster Area

The need to engage with Europe's policy makers is more crucial now than ever. MEPs' understanding of the contribution and importance of planetary science to European research, industry, culture, education and job-creation may have major implications for both the direction of research and future funding for Europe's planetary science community. The mid-term review of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme is currently in progress and these discussions will feed into the drafting of Framework Eight. With space-going nations around the world redefining priorities, Europe may have an opportunity to take a lead in planetology on a global scale. This should be taken into account when considering planetology within the frameworks of the European Space Policy.

The session will be held as a Panel Discussion to be introduced by short presentations to be given by invited speakers.