Betreff: ESPERE - Newsletter Nov 2006
ESPERE Newsletter – November 2006
The newsletter on global Earth Science Education
1 – GIFT workshop Vienna
2 – ESPERE / ACCENT
3 - Emissions from Africa
4 – OOMPH and primary schools
5 - Science and Education
6 – An inconvenient truth
1) GIFT workshop Vienna
The European Geosciences Union and supporting sponsors invite again about 60 teachers from all over Europe to a three days workshop for teachers in Vienna. The workshop takes place during the EGU assembly in April 2007. The participation of teachers is financially supported. You find more details at:
We would be very grateful if you could forward this information to all teachers who could be interested to participate. We would be in particular happy to disseminate the information in new member countries of the EU, but we have hardly contact addresses.
If you know anybody we could ask for help (scientists, teachers, teacher trainers in the new EU member countries) please let us know (e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org) With many thanks.
2) ESPERE / ACCENT
For the ESPERE Climate Encyclopaedia ( http://www.espere.net ) we can fortunately report that the pages will be stable on the present server. In spring 2007 the next IPCC report on the state of the world's climate and the respective research is expected. An update of the Encyclopaedia on this occasion would be desirable. So far however, we did not yet find funding options.
The ACCENT Global Change Magazine ( http://www.accent-network.org/schools ) is continued in its online and offline resources and offers new editions about interesting topics. (see example: Emissions from Africa)
3) Emissions from Africa
More than 50% of the people world-wide use still firewood for cooking. This is certainly an important but often neglected source of emission and often also a health risk. Since most of the households are not connected to infrastructure research in this field is not easy and published information is poor. For the ACCENT Global Change Magazine we brought the reality in Africa a bit closer to the schools and every interested reader:
4) OOMPH education - a trial to address also primary schools
The leader of the OOMPH project (EU funded network on oceanic emissions from phytoplankton) agreed in closer co-operation with the ESPERE Association. We would like to draw your attention on a first trial to develop material for primary schools, telling the picture story of Agatha Alga:
5) Science and education at EGU
The task "Training & Education" in ACCENT is going to convene an Educational Session at the spring meeting of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2007 in Vienna (15-20April 2007) http://meetings.copernicus.org/egu2007/.
Integrating Activities in Environmental Science Education - Approaches and Perspectives
Evi Schuepbach, University of Berne, Switzerland (email@example.com)
The call for abstracts is now open until January 15, 2007
We encourage you to submit abstracts and participate in this Session, if you have plans to come to Vienna.
6) An inconvenient truth
Al Gore's movie "an inconvenient truth" claims to be the climate change movie of this year. The content has the disadvantage that it is more a lecture shown in the cinema than a real movie. On the other hand it has the advantage that it is very close to science and much farer away from fiction than "The day after tomorrow". For to get a quick and well illustrated overview of the present state of science it can be recommended. Please visit:
With our best wishes for the approaching Christmas time
The ESPERE team