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Apply for the 2020 ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops

10/02/2020 9329 views 60 likes
ESA / Education / Teachers' Corner

Applications for the 2020 ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops are now open. The summer edition will take place from 7 to 10 July, and the autumn edition from 1 to 4 October. Both workshops take place in the Netherlands and are geared toward both primary and secondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers.


Applicants are kindly requested to note that, depending on the evolution of the corona virus situation in Europe, and in line with the recommendations of ESA's Director General on travel restrictions for health and safety reasons, the ESA Education Office reserves the right to cancel a teachers' workshop, to limit potential exposure of participants or employees to the virus. In case of cancellation, applicants or selected participants will be notified individually.

What to expect

Teachers exploring exoplanets
Teachers exploring exoplanets

The workshops, identical in both summer and autumn editions, will feature keynote lectures from top-level space experts and visits to the ESA ESTEC facilities. Over the course of a four-day programme, participants will engage in practical training sessions that demonstrate how to use space in the classroom as an inspirational context. 

The workshops also represent a unique opportunity for teachers to network with their peers and space experts from across Europe.

Who can apply?

The workshops are open to primary and secondary school teachers of STEM-related subjects residing and working within any of ESA’s Member States, as well as Canada and Slovenia.

Please note that priority will be given to teachers who have not participated in previous teacher workshops given by ESA.

How and when to apply

Teachers wishing to participate in one of the workshops should complete the application form. Teachers are selected based on the information provided. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for both workshops is 12 March 2020

Successful applicants will be informed before 24 March 2020. 


Workshop details

Teachers visiting ESTEC facilities
Teachers visiting ESTEC facilities

Both workshops will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, close to ESA’s ESTEC establishment.

Attendance to the entire workshop is mandatory.

The summer workshop will begin on Tuesday 7 July at 09:00 CEST and will conclude on Friday 10 July at 16:30 CEST. 

The autumn edition will begin on Thursday 1 October at 9:00 CEST and will end on Sunday 4 October at 16:30 CEST. On the last day, workshop participants will visit ESTEC and take part in the ESTEC Open Day 2020. 

The working language of the workshop is English. The workshop is therefore only open to participants who have proficient knowledge of the language. 

Sponsorship and costs

There is no fee to participate in the workshop. ESA will arrange and sponsor the cost of hotel rooms for 4 nights, necessary local transport during the workshop, lunch and refreshments, as well as one social dinner.  

Participants are expected to cover the full cost of their travel to and from Leiden, the Netherlands, and the cost of evening meals, with the exception of the social dinner offered by ESA.