Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop
Convener: Carlo Laj 
Oral Programme
 / Mon, 03 May, 08:15–12:00  / 13:30–18:00  / Room 29
 / Tue, 04 May, 08:30–12:00  / Room 29
 / Wed, 05 May, 08:30–10:15  / Room 29

Energy is one of the great challenges for our society, because of the choices which it implies. This is particularly true since the relatively recent realization of the environmental problems that each form of energy may create. For an objective comparison of the different means of energy production it is, therefore, necessary to examine for each of them the advantages and the drawbacks, as well as the constraints and the limits.

To achieve these objectives, the GIFT-2010 workshop, after an initial general conference on the present and future energy needs on a global scale, will comprise 3 different parts:

In the first part, the « classical » means of energy production,( coal, oil and nuclear energy) will be discussed, with emphasis on their future evolutions. Prestigious speakers have already confirmed that they will address the teachers on these topics. In addition, at the end of this first part, a « round table » will permit the teachers to ask specific questions to the speakers.

In the second part, the renewable energy sources, (eolian, solar and geothermal energies) will be discussed in detail. Hands-on activities will be presented, particularly related to eolian (wind) energy. For this second part, as well, leading scientists have already accepted to address the teachers.

Finally, the third part will be dedicated to education in secondary school in the domain of renewable energy and sustainable development, which is the most important way to form future adults and possibly decision making people.

Teachers :
you can download the application form to GIFT-2010 from any of the following web pages, or write directly to Carlo.Laj@lsce.ipsl.fr