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This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC, http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.
Education has always played a large role in the field of astrobiology and in part this workshop is a follow-up of the successful International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology (IWEA) held in Höör, Sweden, in 2013 (http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/IWEA/). On the other hand, education research has seldom been the main subject in IAU events, yet the scientific results from this field have a great potential to improve the teaching and learning of astronomy for students of all ages. New results and research methodologies from the cognitive and learning sciences domains can, however, be of large influence on the work of educators but generally, professional astronomers are not fully aware of the results from astronomy education research.
By this first meeting in astronomy education and by combining it with its growing subdiscipline astrobiology, we aim to strengthen both fields through cross teaching collaborations. The symposium is designed specifically to expand awareness of the results of the cognitive and learning sciences, as well as to provide a forum for active scholars in astronomy and astrobiology education.
Invited talks will be given by international leaders in discipline-based astronomy education research and in astrobiology. Contributed talks are also solicited from astronomers and educators who have conducted studies in this field, and from all scientists working in astrobiology and with experience in teaching interdisciplinary subjects to various audiences. Outreach will be an important part of the symposium, with a full day devoted to outreach activities for teachers and the general public.The symposium will feature key speakers in :
Local organiser: Inge Loes ten Kate (Netherlands), University of Utrecht
Date: July 3- 8, 2017
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands