Space Education International Workshop
Organised from 18 to 22 October 2016 by the European Space Agency, the Galileo Teacher Training Program and Space Awareness

Every year, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises a training workshop for teachers in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP). In 2016, the event joins forces with the European Project, Space Awareness, for a five day workshop in space and education. The event will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 18 to 22 October 2016.


The Space Education International Workshop 2016 invites participants to explore best practices and innovative uses of astronomy and space sciences for education. The event covers the full spectrum of formal and informal education systems. Participants will meet and share ideas, practices, and resources that have been developed and implemented by Space Awareness, GTTP, ESA education, and their partners worldwide.

The workshop will address: the use of inspirational education material; the introduction of space related careers from a young age; and evaluating the impact of exposing children to motivational astronomy activities. Participants will also find out more about ESA Education activities, as well as the latest news from ESA space science and astronomy missions.

The workshop will include keynote speakers, presentations, discussions, and practical workshops.

The event is open to primary and secondary school teachers, educators, science communication professionals, and policy makers.

Registration is closed.


Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Participants are expected to cover the full cost of their travel to and from the Netherlands, their hotel accommodation, and meals, with the exception of one social dinner offered by the organisation.

The city of Leiden is located 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The workshop will be held in the city centre, within walking distance of Leiden Centraal train station. A list of hostels and accommodation will be published when registration opens.

Teachers are welcome to attend the workshop on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October if they are not able to come for the full programme.


ESA and Space Awareness will offer a limited number of grants towards the costs of hotel accommodation, transportation, and subsistence. Reimbursements will be made after the workshop. Application for a grant will be available as part of the registration process. Notifications will be sent to selected participants on 30 June 2016. Note that only primary and secondary school teachers of STEM-related subjects, residing and working, within any of the ESA Member States and Cooperating States * will be considered for ESA grants. Priority will be given to teachers who have not participated in previous ESA teacher workshops.

*ESA Member States in March 2016
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. 
Cooperating States 
Canada, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Main Topics

·         Why space for education?

·         Education tools and resources

·         Space science, transdisciplinary, and curricula

·         Space to foster diversity and inclusion

·         ICT and inquiry in space education

·         Evaluation and assessment

·         Introduction of space careers

·         Current space missions and global concerns

Download the final programme here: pdf


Chaired by Pedro Russo, Leiden University

13:30 – 14:00   Welcome coffee and registration

14:00 – 14:30   Opening talk UNAWE 10 years anniversary, George Miley (Leiden Observatory)

14:30 – 14:40   Space Awareness, inspiring the next generation of space explorers, Jorge Rivero Gonzalez (Leiden Observatory)

14:40 – 15:00   European Space Agency, Rebecca Barnes (ESA Science)

15:00 – 15:20   Galileo Teacher Training Programme, Rosa Doran (Nuclio)

15:20 – 15:45   Ice breaker activity, Rosa Doran (Nuclio)

16:15 – 17:30   Tour of the Old Observatory (1/2) - Group activity

                        Venue: Sterrenwachtlaan 11

17:30 – 18:15   Tour of the Old Observatory (2/2) - Group activity

                        Venue: Sterrenwachtlaan 11

19:00 – ...      Welcoming diner



Chaired by Milena Ratajczak, New Space Foundation and University of Wroclaw

9:30 – 10:30     Intercultural education on the example of the Space Awareness Islamic Heritage Kit, Cecilia Scorza (House of Astronomy)

10:30 – 11:00   Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30   Welcome and presentation by our host, Nina von der Assen (Utopa)

- Short presentations by teachers and educators sharing their experience of space education:

- Measure the height of lunar craters with salsa, J, Frederic Borgnon, Mathematic teacher in secondary school, Voiron, France, Member of "Astonomy in school"

- Kodak Rockets, Marina Reis Silva, Physics and Chemistry Teacher, Escola Secundária Jerónimo Emiliano de Andrade

- Mission: From Primary School to Space, Balint Mihaela Elena, primary school teacher/science teacher, Discovery Kids Primary School, Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania

- Meet the Solar System, Gülhanım Dursun, Primary School Teacher, Şenlik Primary School, Ankara, Turkey

- Andøya Space Center: A unique framework for teaching, Alexander Biebricher, Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education, Physicist/Teacher

- Space Education at an Art School, Dorina Marin, National College of Art” Octav Bancila” Iasi. Romania, primary teacher/educational counselor

- Astronomy in my school(s), Nikolaos Nerantzis, Physicist in Secondary Special Education

- Destination Discovery, Sotira Trifourki, Director, Artemis Space/Cyprus Space Office

- The messier object, Aleix Roig Mateu, Teacher of Science and headteacher in primary education, Escola GEM, Spain

- Rosetta Strato Mission Charity Campaign, Ryan Laird, Design & Data GmbH

12:30 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Discussion sessions:

- Rosetta mission: legacy for education and science, Rebecca Barnes (ESA)

- Let's talk about Gender balance and inclusion through Space, Sara Anjos (Nuclio) and Ramasamy Venugopal (IAU-OAD)

- Art and Science building literacy in inquiring minds, Rosa Doran (Nuclio) and Sofoklis Sotiriou (Ellinogermaniki Agogi)

- Space Girl & Space Boy, Cátia Cardoso and Adelina Machado, (Ciência Viva / ESERO Portugal), and Evita Tasiopoulou (European Schoolnet)

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30   Parallel workshops 1:

- Navigation through the ages: a history of discoveries, Sara Anjos (Nuclio)

- Down2Earth and Mars, Paul Roche and team (ESA)

- Teaching with Inquiry, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki (Ellinogermaniki Agogi)

- Through the “eyes” of a satellite, Cátia Cardoso and Adelina Machado, (Ciência Viva / ESERO Portugal)

THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER at ESA-ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre)

Chaired by Rebecca Barnes (ESA)

7:45               Bus to ESA/ESTEC

8:30               Registration at ESTEC Gate (ID required)

9:00 – 11:00    Welcome - Introduction to ESA and ESA education and ESA science missions, Rebecca Barnes, Monica Talevi,  and invited speakers (ESA)

11:00 – 11:15   Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30   Workshops

12:30 – 13:00   Lunar exploration web documentary, Massimo Sabbatini (ESA)

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 17:00   Tour of ESTEC including a 3D visit of the ISS and the Erasmus center

17:00                 Return to Leiden


Chaired by Joseph Roche, Trinity College Dublin

9:30 – 10:30      Gaia: Surveying a billion stars, Jos de Bruijne (ESA)

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15   15 minutes presentations:

- New Space resources from the Ecsite Space group, Carmen Fenllosa (Ecsite) and Jose Gordillo (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

- Scientix, Adina Nistor (European Schoolnet)

- Big Ideas of Science and Interdisciplinary Learning, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki (Ellinogermaniki Agogi)

- Highlights in astronomy and astrophysics, Dellia-Raissa Fortu (Colegiul National August Treboniu Laurian)

- Tabletarium - Space, Alex Prokop (ESERO Czech Republic)

12:15 – 12:30   Space Education in the era of Anthropocene, Harald Lesch (University of Munich)

12:30 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Parallel workshops 2:

- Space Awareness: Our wonderful Universe, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki (Ellinogermaniki Agogi)

- Mars, Anu Ojha (UK National Space Academy)

- Space Scoop: astronomy news service for kids, Edward Gomez and Sarah Roberts (LCO and Cardiff University)


15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break and Science Fair

16:00 – 17:30   Parallel workshops 3:

- Space Awareness: Islamic heritage in astronomy, Cecilia Scorza (House of Astronomy)

- Astro Academy Principia, Anu Ojha (UK National Space Academy)

- Astro Party, Ivo Jokin (ESERO Bulgaria)

- Teaching Space Awareness Using a Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) Approach, Stephen Pompea (NOAO)

17:30 – 18:30   Science Fair - Exhibition of projects by participants

20:00 – ...          Evening public programme, Mark McCaughrean (ESA Science)

Saturday 22 October at Leiden Old Observatory

Chaired by Edward Gomez, Las Cumbres Observatory

9:30 – 10:30     Space as Inspiration: from children to policy-makers, Claus Madsen (ESO)

10:30 – 11:00   Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30   Parallel workshops 4:

- Space Awareness: the Climate Box, Markus Nielbock (House of Astronomy)

- ESA workshop, Rebecca Barnes (ESA)

- Gol-lab: Black Holes, Rosa Doran (Nuclio)

- Scientix, Adina Nistor (European Schoolnet)

12:30 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Parallel workshops 5:

- Hunting black holes in the variable X-ray sky (high schools), Stefano Sandrelli (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica)

- Astronomy and Astrology, Rosa Doran (GTTP)

- High-energy particles from space in the physics classroom, Julia Woithe (CERN)

- Rosetta Time Capsule, Wendy van den Putten (NEMO Science Centre)

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00   Closing session, exchanges, and discussions, Pedro Russo (Leiden Observatory)

About the organisers


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

The Galileo Teacher Training Program

The GTTP goal is to create a worldwide network of Galileo Ambassadors and Galileo Teachers. These Ambassadors train Teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula. Through workshops, online training tools and basic education kits, the products and techniques developed by this programme can be adapted to reach locations with few resources of their own, as well as computer-connected areas that can take advantage of access to robotic optical and radio telescopes, webcams, astronomy exercises, cross-disciplinary resources, image processing and digital universes (web and desktop planetariums).

Space Awareness

Space Awareness uses the wonders of the Universe and excitement of space science to raise the interest of children from 8 to 18 in science and technology and inspire them to become the new generation of space explores. It offers a range of activities to support the inclusion of space in formal and informal education for teachers in primary and secondary schools, science educators, and science communicators. Space Awareness is an international network with national contacts in 22 countries in Europe and Africa. Its resources are available in 8 languages.

Space Awareness