The EIROforum teacher schools are based on CERN’s long-running physics teacher programmes, more than 20 of which are organised each year. The three-day physics teacher programmes are run in English for teachers from all over Europe, and they include seminars, visits and educational activities. The national teacher programmes are similar, but are held in the national language of the participants from CERN member states. The high-school teachers programme in summer is an international three-week course held in English. Details of all courses are available on the CERN websitew2.
The Joint European Torus (JET)w5 is Europe’s largest nuclear fusion research facility, operated under the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA).
Both EFDA-JET and many of the other fusion research institutes in the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) have their own outreach programmes, which often include lectures, as well as visits to schools and research facilities. Details of the individual research institutes are available on the EFDA websitew6.
Educational materials, including booklets, CD-ROMs, images and movies, are available via the EFDA website. The website also provides basic and more advanced information about fusion science.
Amongst other education activities, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) organises 2-3 day workshops for European secondary-school teachersw7, to introduce them to state-of-the-art molecular biology. The courses consist of lectures by EMBL scientists, practical activities suitable for schools, tours of the research facilities, and the chance to share science-teaching ideas with each other and the scientists.
The European Space Agency (ESA) offers a range of hands-on projects for schools (including a current competition to design a satellite – the ten best satellites will be launched into spacew8). Via its European Space Education Resource Offices in several countriesw9, ESA also offers support to local teachers, developing materials appropriate for the national education systems. Many more educational resources – including teaching materials, images, DVDs and much more – can be downloaded or ordered from the ESA Education websitew10. The ESA Kids’ websitew11, available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish, offers quizzes, pictures, animations and space-related news for children.
In support of astronomy and astrophysics education, especially at the secondary-school level, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) produces teaching material, such as education sheets about the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope project, which accompany the planetarium show about ALMA, ‘In search of our cosmic origins’w12. Another set of exercises, which use real data from telescopes such as the ESO Very Large Telescope, is produced in collaboration with ESAw13. ESO has also collaborated with the European Association for Astronomy Education (EAAE)w14. More information about ESO’s education and outreach activities, as well as comprehensive galleries of astronomy-related image and video material, is available on the ESO websitew15.
ESRF and ILL
To be opened in 2013, the visitors’ centre on the ESRFw16 and ILLw17 site in Grenoble, France, will introduce the general public and school students to neutron and photon science, through hands-on activities, an exhibition and tours of the research facilities.