Budget: 281.019,11 €
Financing: FECYT, MINECO (25.000,00 €), TVE-Canarias (251.269,11 €), Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias, INVOLCAN (4.750,00 €)
Reference: FCT-15 – 10482
Lead researcher(s): David Calvo
Teleplaneta is a science education project established in 2009 in collaboration with the national public broadcaster (RTVE) in the Canary Islands. It consists of a television programme lasting 20 minutes in which various scientific topics are discussed, including natural hazards, science and technology, and is broadcast nationally by RTVE’s Canal 24 Horas channel, as well as the international channel, and regionally by RTVE’s La1 channel. The initiative provides direct mass media access to science news and discoveries of a scientific and technological nature, thereby offering the opportunity to enable the viewer to enrich their knowledge in these areas.
Teleplaneta, which is presented by the geologist David Calvo, was made entirely in the Canary Islands for the world, with the overarching aim of establishing itself as a programme that falls into the RTVE’s “public service” category, helping to raise public awareness of the relationship between humanity and Planet Earth. The steering committee of the 12th edition of the government’s “Science in Action” initiative in the area of short scientific programmes, educational materials and public awareness work, unanimously agreed to award Teleplaneta the prize for short scientific programmes, citing its relevance and importance in raising awareness of the risks of natural disasters and the measures that can be taken to protect ourselves from them. The “Science in Action” programme is an initiative of the government’s scientific research council (CSIC), the Live Science (Ciencia Viva) initiative, the Spanish societies of physics (RSEF) and geology (SGE), and the national distance education university (UNED).