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Science in tomorrow's classroom: exemplars from schools to post-graduate education and beyond
Convener: Eve Arnold  | Co-Conveners: Angelo Camerlenghi , Stephen Macko , Klaus Grosfeld , Annette Ladstaetter-Weissenmayer , Christina Klose 
 / Attendance Tue, 29 Apr, 17:30–19:00

This poster session presents novel approaches and new ideas for students and young people to appreciate the importance of science in their daily life. Teachers and educators need their knowledge base regularly updated with tools that will help their students critically evaluate scientific information transmitted via the media. The higher education system needs strategies to attract future scientists from across the globe to study the Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, cryosphere and hydrosphere, and scientists from all disciplines need guidance on how best to interact with schools so their contributions can be valued.

At the higher education level, graduate and post-graduate education demands a strong interdisciplinary and inter-institutional approach. New educational concepts are therefore essential for an excellent professional work force in research and/or commercial and public institutions. For example, the integration of climate observations and climate modeling requires networks and collaborations of experts and specialists in order to better understand climate impacts over a broad range of timescales. Furthermore, the involvement of social scientists is required for integrating the society’s behaviors.

This session addresses how we can best educate school students, under-graduates and post-graduates as well as the general public, government agencies and science stakeholders about key issues related to our changing planet in general, but with a focus on climate system sciences to meet the societal challenges ahead.

Via experiences and exemplars of best practice illustrated in poster format this session will present

* School teachers, university lecturers and researchers that describe their outreach efforts in the lab, field and geoscience classrooms to promote high-quality geoscience education at all levels.

* Insights into education programs at universities that build on the connection of scientists from the broad field of climate system sciences.

* The communication of climate change issues by teachers, scientists, engineers, the media, civil protection, government agencies, and a multitude other environmental agencies to the general public and among stakeholders.