Science Communication Training

Europlanet is offering free communication training to planetary scientists. The first workshop will be held to coincide with the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) in July 2016 and will focus on engaging with schools.  Further workshops will focus on engaging with additional audiences, including the media, the public and policy makers.

‘Engaging with Schools: Training for Researchers’, Athens, Greece, Tuesday 5th July 2016


Coral Hotel, 35 Possidonos Avenue, Paleo Faliron, 17561, Athens, Greece

Engaging with schools
School science project presentation in the Netherlands.

Astronomy, space and planetary sciences offer an inspiring context for science and technology lessons in the classroom. Students are captivated by the fascinating universe: from galaxies and planets, to space travel, satellites and the search for extraterrestrial life. By engaging with schools, researchers can have a positive impact on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

This July, Europlanet RI 2020 offers a free one-day training for researchers aiming to develop their skills and experience in engaging with education, schools and teachers during EWASS 2016 in Athens, Greece.



Workshop Overview

The one-day workshop will provide an opportunity for scientists to come in contact with best practices in school engagement, encourage them to build communication skills and confidence to engage with schools, and develop their own engagement session based on their field of interest. Furthermore, the workshop will equip participants with the knowledge needed to plan and execute engaging school activities effectively. Finally, the Dutch project managers of the European project Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries (TEMI) will introduce a method for inquiry based science education (ISBE) in both informal and formal education.

By participating in this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify a variety of approaches for engaging with schools
  • Explore key ingredients needed for a high-quality school engagement activity
  • Discover tools and resources to use in their engagement with schools
  • Prepare an educational session based on their personal research interests
  • Gain practical experience by engaging with teachers
  • Get an introduction to Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)
  • Learn how inquiry based learning can be incorporated in science education


Introduction to the day/presenters
Engaging schools – a practical approach
Getting teachers on board

Coffee Break

Examples of successful school engagement activities
Tools and resources to promote real research in classroom

Lunch break

Introduction IBL & TEMI Methodology
Big Science Mysteries
Create education scenario in groups

Coffee break

Group activity: present scenarios and peer review
Conclusion: Tips and Tricks for School/Researchers long lasting collaborations

The Trainers
Rosa Doran is an astronomy educator and a leader of the global teacher training programmes in astronomy, Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP) and Global Hands On Universe (GHOU).

TEMI_logoWouter Schrier is an astronomer, currently active as study advisor for the Leiden University astronomy Institute and as project manager for international science education programmes like Universe Awareness and TEMI.

Iris Nijman is a biomedical scientist and science communicator, working for the Leiden University astronomy institute as project manager for international science education programmes like Universe Awareness and TEMI.



Registration for the workshop is now closed. A few late registrations may be accepted. For more information, contact Rosa Doran:

Celebrating Juno’s Arrival at Jupiter: Tuesday, 5 July 2016, Athens

The training workshop will be followed by a public event to celebrate the arrival of the Juno mission at Jupiter. Participants and members of the public are invited to attend.  Find out more