LPS 2022 Climate Detectives School Award

ESA is proud to announce the second edition of the LPS Climate Detectives School Award.  Teams of students, from 12 to 15 years old, participating in the ESA Climate Detectives school project, will have the opportunity to participate in the Living Planet Symposium (LPS 2022), one of the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world, to meet scientists and discover their work.

A jury of ESA experts will select the best four final projects and invite the award-winning teams to present their findings to an international audience at the ESA 2022 Living Planet Symposium, at the School Award Ceremony.

Who can participate?

The award is open to teams of students, from 12 to 15 years old, participating in the ESA Climate Detectives 2021-2022 school project.

How to apply?

Climate Detectives teams who want to participate in the LPS 2022 Climate Detectives School Award will have to share their project during phase 3 of Climate Detectives (from 5 April 2022 to 25 April 2022) on the project sharing platform. Teams must ensure they submit their final projects and results, and express interest in the award by the deadline (25 April 2022).

Teams will have to share a summary of the investigation that should include the following:

Project title
Research question
Summary of the project: A brief description that summarises the local problem investigated and that explains its relation to climate. If experimental work was carried out, teams should describe the design of the experiment and include any pictures or diagrams as part of the explanation. If data was analysed, teams should describe the source of the data and the type of data.
Main results and conclusions: A summary of the investigation’s main results, what they mean and a summary of the main conclusions. Results can be presented in the form of charts, tables or graphs. The conclusions should try to answer the research question.
Actions to make a difference and help minimise the problem: An overview of the actions taken to help lessen the problem and/or raise awareness in the local communities.
A video (or other multimedia presentation) of maximum 3 minutes to present the project.


The Living Planet Symposium(LPS) will take place on 23 –27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany. The School Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 and during the day, teams can explore the exhibition areas and talk with leading scientists to learn about their work. Students will also participate in the LPS 2022 School Lab programme where, though practical interactive sessions aimed at school children, it will be presented how Earth observation satellites are used to monitor and research our planet.

         Important dates

•25 April 2022:Last day for teams to apply to the LPS 2022 Climate Detectives School Award.
9 May 2022:Winning teams are publicly announced.
24 May 2022:Winning teams participate at the LPS 2022, participate in Award Ceremony, and present their project and results with an oral presentation.

Rules for participation 

Only teams of students, from 12 to 15 years old, who are participating in the Climate Detectives project are eligible to apply for the LPS 2022 Climate Detectives School Award.
Maximum 6 student team members can attend the Symposium.
One teacher/mentor must accompany the student team
The participants must be available to participate in the Living Planet Symposium (LPS) 2022 on 24 May, in Bonn, Germany.
Presentations have to be in English.

Sponsorship and costs

ESA will book and sponsor the cost of hotel rooms for two nights. For each team, including the teacher, there will be available two rooms for three persons and one room for two persons.
Travel expenses will be covered by ESA up to a maximum of 250€ per team member.
ESA will arrange and sponsor necessary local transport to the symposium venue.
Costs for meals are covered for breakfasts on 24 and 25 May, lunch on 24 May, dinners on 23 and 24 May. Participants are expected to cover the costs of any other meals.

Teams are responsible for arranging their own COVID-19 tests (if required), passports, visas, and any additional insurance required.
Further practical details will be communicated directly to the winning teams.


Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to participate in a scientific conference and discover how Earth observation plays a key role in our daily lives and is benefiting society and humankind!

The 2022 Living Planet Symposium is organised by ESA with the support of German Aerospace Center (DLR). You can find more information about the Symposium on the official website.

Winning Teams LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award