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Programme Announced for the EU-UNAWE International Workshop
25 March 2012

The programme is now available for the first EU Universe Awareness (EU-UNAWE) international workshop, which will take place throughout next week in Leiden, the Netherlands. This important event will be the biggest international workshop dedicated to astronomy education.

The focus of the workshop will be on early child development, as EU-UNAWE’s target group is children aged 4-10 years, particularly those from disadvantaged communities. Topics covered will include tailoring curricula to different ages, culture in astronomy education and global capacity building.

On 26 March, several high-profile figures, including MP E N N Ngcobo, Chair of the South African Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology, will open the workshop in an event held in the restored Old Observatory in Leiden. The opening will have a video link between the workshop delegates at the Old Observatory and young children in Sutherland, South Africa.

Registration for the workshop has already closed, but footage of the workshop’s seminars will be streamed on this website (username: lc password: beeld). Remote participants are invited to contribute to the talks and discussions by tweeting with the hashtag #UNAWE

Furthermore, the afternoon sessions on Thursday, 29 March are open to the public. Here is the programme for the public session:


13:30 – 15:30:  PechaKucha 20x20 presentations on Case Studies and New Ideas: a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds, with the slides forwarding automatically.

  • Deirdre Kelleghan (Ireland): Action Sun
  • Jaya Ramchandani (India): Universe in a box
  • Grace Kimble (UK): Research and Evaluation with children
  • Angela Perez (Colombia): Astronomy Clubs for Children

14:00 – 14:10: Break

  • Claudio Paulo (Mozambique): Astronomy education in Mozambique
  • Cristina Olivotto (Italy/Netherlands): Space Camps for Children
  • Catalina Movileanu (Romania): UNAWE Romania
  • Premysl Velek (Belgium): Scientix 

15:15 – 15:45: Coffee Break

  • Eric Chisholm (Canada): Astronomy & Art projects for Children
  • Avivah Yamany Ryadi (Indonesia): Transit of Venus 2012 and Children
  • Thilina Heenatigala (Sri Lanka): UNAWE Sri Lanka
  • Mponda Malozo (Tanzania): UNAWE in Tanzania
  • Carla Natário (Portugal/The Netherlands): Transit of Venus 2012 UNAWE Project in Timor-Leste

Venue: Leiden University, Gorleaus Laboratory, Havinga Room



Poster of the EU-UNAWE Lorentz Center International Workshop
Poster of the EU-UNAWE Lorentz Center International Workshop