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Global Hands-On Universe Conference – August 22-28, 2020

Message from the Organisers

We heartily welcome all teachers, students, educators, and other scientists to join us on our amazing journey with Global Hands-On Universe.  Over the past decades, we have proven many times with Global HOU materials and well-trained teachers, students tend to learn more, teachers are re-energised about their discipline, students can do real science, students are inspired about careers in STEM disciplines, students learn IT skills, etc.  There is little not to like about GHOU. Come join us!

How is this conference special

Online Conference

Truly Global



Key Activities at GHOU 2020

The Conference opening will be a live 24-hour webcast on August 22-23. Join our YouTube channel to watch a series of inspiring presentations from leading science educators.

Submit an abstract and present your work on the many conference topics!

Keynote talks by leading specialists from all continents.

Submit an abstract and present your work on the many conference topics! Presentations can be up to 60 minutes long.

Have a great idea for teaching STEM in the classroom? Want to share your favourite resource? Propose an online workshop and share your skills with fellow educators from around the globe. 

Join forces with your peers and discuss hot topics of education in a roundtable.

Words from the HOU founder

This Global HOU is a world’s first in many ways.

1) We have developed inspiring, engaging, and effective science education materials, and now we have the means and marketing capabilities to share them with all peoples.

2)  We will  be seen by any teacher or student with Internet Access in the world!

3) We will save all of our workshops and proceedings and talk on Zoom, so they can be seen by people who missed the synchronous event.

4)  All of our materials now are in amazing shape, and we just have to organize and build very easily accessible learning materials around them.  That is, we have fantastic image processing software, fantastic activities, and fantastic trainers.

Carl Pennypacker, GHOU

Keynote speakers

We have an exciting lineup of keynote speakers for the conference! The list is being continually updated.

Astronomy Inclusion in Brazil

Alan Alves-Brito (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil)

I will show and discuss in this conference how some of our projects in Brazil, focused
on astronomy education and communication, are changing our local reality by promoting the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, generation and class in the Physics and Astronomy field, involving universities, schools and communities.

An inclusive approach to astronomy outreach and education

Amelia Ortiz-Gil (University of Valencia Astronomical Observatory – Spain)

Everybody benefits from an inclusive and accessible outreach and educational environment, not only people with disabilities. But sometimes the lack of materials and knowledge on how to proceed to achieve their inclusion holds us back when having the chance to reach for special publics. Our group and others around the world have been developing inclusive resources and tools that can be used in astronomy outreach and education to include publics with functional diversity. Moreover these special tools make astronomy more accessible and fun to everyone regardless of their physical condition. In this talk I will dwell a little on the benefits of inclusion and I will show some examples that have been successful in the field of astronomy outreach and education.

National Schools’ Observatory: Robotic Telescopes and STEM engagement 

Andy Newsam (National Schools’ Observatory – England)

For nearly two decades, the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) has used astronomy and access to robotic telescopes to support STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), working with thousands of schools and children of all ages. In recent years the NSO team has expanded into other areas of engagement, working with under-represented and so-called “hard to reach” groups by collaborating with artists, theatre companies, community groups and more. In this talk, I will describe some of the lessons learnt, the importance of evaluation, the impact of what we do and some of the exciting possibilities for the future. 

Together on the Moon and Mars

Bernard Foing (ESA – France)

EuroMoonMars is an ILEWG programme following up ICEUM declarations as a collaboration between ILEWG, space agencies, academia, universities and research institutions and industries. The ILEWG EuroMoonMars programme includes research activities for data analysis, instruments tests and development, field tests in MoonMars analogue, pilot projects , training and hands-on workshops , and outreach activities. EuroMoonMars includes a programme of grants for Young Professional Researchers. EuroMoonMars field campaigns have been organised in specific locations of technical, scientific and exploration interest. Field tests have been conducted in ESTEC, EAC, at Utah MDRS station , Eifel, Rio Tinto, Iceland, La Reunion, LunAres base at Pila Poland , and HiSEas base in Hawaii. These were organised by ILEWG in partnership with ESTEC, VU Amsterdam, NASA Ames, GWU in Utah MDRS (EuroGeoMars 2009, and then yearly for EuroMoonMars 2010-2013). EMMIHS campaigns (EuroMoonMars-IMA International Moonbase Alliance- HiSEAS) in 2018-2020 took place on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii .

Astronomy for Development: the Importance of Inclusion Globally

Kevin Govender (OAD/IAU – South Africa)

The Office of Astronomy for Development was established in 2011 and since then has coordinated 160 projects targeting over 100 countries, with 11 regional offices and language centres forming part of global management structure. In 2019, based on the experience gained from projects and input from regions, and informed by special OAD projects, partnerships and international trends, five themes emerged to be developed into flagship projects: (i) Stimulating economies e.g. astro-tourism, observatories for communities, etc; (ii) Science diplomacy e.g. peace, post-conflict, partnerships, policy, etc; (iii) Knowledge and skills from astronomy e.g. data science, teacher training, schools, etc; (iv) Technology from astronomy e.g. software, water, solar, dark skies, etc; (v) Addressing inequality e.g. gender, geographic, ability, etc. This talk will focus on addressing inequality, and the importance of inclusion globally.

Astronomy for everyone: engaging the public through access, communication and international cooperation

Lina Canas (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Abstract soon!

Listening to Einstein’s Universe: the Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics

Prof. Martin Hendry (University of Glasgow – United Kingdom)

In September 2015 the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration made the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes more than a billion light years away – a discovery that was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics.  Less than five years later the new field of gravitational-wave astrophysics is now firmly established as one of the most vibrant research topics in all of physics – with a dozen more confirmed detections, a further 56 candidate events from the upgraded detectors’ third observing run, and a range of results that are bringing important new insights for cosmology, astrophysics, nuclear physics and relativity.    Join LIGO astrophysicist Professor Martin Hendry, from the University of Glasgow, as he charts the story so far – and what lies ahead – for this exciting new field.

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Sharing Experiences

By utilizing modern telecommunication, computer, and software capabilities, we can truly share our experiences from many of our schools and many nations.  The sharing and learning that will take place in this conference should be very good!

How Teachers Benefit

Teachers will learn that they are part of a powerful global system that really works, has energy, and can change their lives and their students' lives for the better.  And we have many field-tested, classroom-ready materials, and you will learn how to succeed with them, many times over.

Truly Global

This conference features an 24-h opening webcast, followed by 5 days of regional sessions. These sessions are hosted in 3 different time zones spread 8 hours apart from each other. Presentations can happen in a variety of languages. 

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