Climate Change Workshop for Science Teachers


Science Teachers for Climate Change Workshop
Saturday 19th March @ VSSEC

The recent tropical cyclone in Queensland and floods in Victoria have raised further questions about climate change. Well informed science teachers are in the best position to answer students questions and build the skills required to tackle this global challenge.

The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) (Vic) Education Committee and the Royal Australian ChemicalInstitute (RACI) (Vic) Chemical Education Group invite you to participate in a Climate Change Workshop. This workshop aims to help and encourage science teachers to speak to the community about the need for urgent action on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop will help you to understand both the science of climate change and the science behind mitigation strategies. There is GOOD NEWS here. We COULD reduce emissions to almost zero within a couple of decades – given the political will. Many people are frustrated by the constant stream of bad news about the climate. By focussing on the GOOD NEWS perhaps we can help to encourage people to demand real action.

The workshop will open with a talk by prominent climate scientist Dr Graeme Pearman who was Chief of the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research from 1992 to 2002. He contributed over 150 scientific journal papers, primarily on aspects of the global carbon budget. He is now a private consultant contracting to both private and public sector organisations and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University. Many of you will know Graeme as one of the most outspoken scientists on climate change.

After morning tea we will look at, and discuss, presentations on climate science and mitigation strategies. Discussion will continue after a lunch break !very tasty food supplied!

When: Saturday 19th March 2011
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Venue: Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC)
Strathmore Secondary College
400 Pascoe Vale Rd
Cost: FREE (lunch provided)

If you would like to be part of this initiative, please contact the AIP by at giving your full contact details, and also a short statement about why you would like to be involved. A travel subsidy may be available for country participants. For more information download a flyer or visit the AIP website.