Second Announcement

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Dear colleagues,

The 2016 edition of Global Hands-On Universe (GHOU2016) conference and Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) international workshop will take place in Stord, Norway from 22 to 27 August 2016 in collaboration with Stord/Haugesund University College, Norway.

GHOU 2016 conference will create a platform for professional astronomers and educators to meet and share hands-on minds-on learning in the framework of Global Hands-on Universe network, bridging the cultural and political divides. Sessions will cover;

  • Robotic and remote telescopes for education
  • Challenges of astronomy education in developing countries
  • Social media for science education
  • Science and art collaborations for education
  • Science with ICT learning in the classroom
  • Assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning outcome
  • GHOU best practices and reports on astronomy for development
  • Impact of learning games in STEM education

Abstract Submission:
GHOU creates a platform to share your local efforts, introduce best practices, and way to collaborate with peers. We encourage you to submit an abstract within the scope of the conference theme at:

Teacher Training:
If you are a teacher or an educator, we encourage you to register for series of workshop sessions to be held at GHOU throughout the week.

There will be limited number for support to participate in the conference in the form of travel, fee waivers, and accommodation. To apply for a grant, please register with an abstract for a talk, poster, or workshop at: and send in a letter of motivation to

The letter should not more than 250 words and should clearly state the purpose of the support needed and how attending the meeting will impact your work. Please also state the minimum level of support required to allow you to attend the conference. If you are a student, please include that information on the email requesting the support.

Please submit before 31 May 2016 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 June 2016.

Conference fees:
You may pay the conference fees via PayPal at or at the door preceeding the conference.
Please remember there is a 50% reduction for the conference and the workshops if you pay your membership dues for 2016. This can easily be complete by reviwing, clicking the appropriate link at the bottom of the page and completing the PayPal form.

GHOU LOC has reserved 40 rooms at the Grand Hotel ( in Leirvik, situated approximately 5km from the venue. NOK 795 (approx. 85 EUROS) for single rooms and NOK 895 (approx. 95 EUROS) for double rooms, with breakfast included in all rooms.

To reserve your hotel room, please contact the LOC at:

Excursion and Social Dinner:
Social dinner of the conference will be a barbeque party at the campus, giving a relaxed, and enjoyable opportunity for the participants to interact leisurely. Social event fee is 30 EUROS per person.

Conference excursion is a visit to beautiful Engesund fish farm facility with an opportunity to taste the delicious fish soup. Excursion fee is 50 EUROS per person.

Above fees can be paid in advance or at the venue. Please indicate your interest in the registration form or sending an email to LOC:

Best regards,

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