Education Program

UK and international guest public lecturers will engage with schools, teachers and the general public about space weather in an active parallel education program. The parallel public outreach activities are planned over the first three days of the Symposium (17-19 July 2017). These will include several opportunities for interactions between the general public and interested members of the Symposium.

  1. A day of hands-on workshops and short talks for schools (two age groups: 12-14 and 15-17 years old), including a school poster competition on space weather, which will be judged by members of the Symposium (Monday).
  2. A twilight Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session for teachers giving them an update on the most current research and demonstrating the links with the national curriculum (Tuesday, 4-6pm).
  3. Two public talks ending with a chance for the public to talk to academics afterwards and a ‘fun fair’ with some hands-on demos for children to use (Tuesday, 6-8pm, Northcott Theatre, for up to 460 people).
  4. A joint event with the Norman Lockyer Observatory, which is mainly concerned with public outreach activities, open days and group visits, but also carry out their own space weather monitoring. This includes VLF monitoring of solar flares and measuring the Earth’s magnetic field using magnetometers. A 100mm H-alpha solar telescope is available for public viewing/imaging (Wednesday, 3:30-5pm, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth).
  5. A final public talk in Sidmouth town (Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm, Kennaway House, for up to 100 people).

Please contact our Outreach officer to register your interest for events 1 and 2 (schools, educators, teachers).

Bookings for all public events 3-5 will not open until June. Please come back later.

History of Science and Outreach Exhibitions: these special exhibitions in the Old Library on the occasion of the IAU Symposium are open to the general public for several weeks, including the week of the conference (University of Exeter, Streatham campus, Old Library & Bill Douglas Cinema Museum).