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Education Introduction to GIFT

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Introduction to GIFT

Le Pichon, father of plate techtonics, addressing GIFT teachers
EGU General Assembly 2019 GIFT Workshop
Le Pichon, father of plate techtonics, addressing GIFT teachers (Credit: EGU/Foto Pfluegl)

The EGU Committee on Education has organised Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshops since 2003. These are normally two-and-a-half-day teacher enhancement workshops held in conjunction with EGU's annual General Assembly. There, selected top-level scientists working in the Earth sciences offer the invited teachers talks centred on a different theme every year. Teachers are also provided with teaching strategies and activities related to the theme. For the past few years, the EGU has also organised GIFT workshops at different locations worldwide.

The main objective of the GIFT workshops is to spread first-hand scientific information to science teachers of secondary (and primary) schools, significantly shortening the time between discovery and textbook, and to provide the teachers with material that can be directly transported to the classroom. In addition, the full immersion of science teachers in a truly scientific context and the direct contact with world leading geoscientists are expected to stimulate curiosity towards scientific research that the teachers then transmit to their pupils.

The annual evaluation data and feedback from the teachers involved indicate the great success of this strategy for the teachers, their colleagues and their pupils.

Aims & scope

The EGU Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) programme offers teachers of primary school to high school the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge in geoscience themes and to shorten the time between new discoveries and textbook information.

The programme includes three different activities:

Applying to participate in a GIFT workshop

Geosciences Information for Teachers virtual workshop (vGIFT) 2022

The Geosciences Information for Teachers virtual workshop (vGIFT) 2022 will take place on 4–8 April 2022 and will focus on ‘How the planet shapes history - Geosciences, human society and civilizations’.

Teachers and educators from Europe and around the world can apply to participate in the GIFT workshop by filling in an online application form.

Please use the following application form to take part in this GIFT workshop (application deadline 15 February 2022).