Dear friends,

As many outreach and education efforts and resources emerge around the world, it is paramount that they are combined with joint formal educational initiatives. This kind of multi-national, formal – informal education collaboration will promote scientific literacy in a global society as new materials are developed in alignment with educational curricula from around the world. By bringing together researchers and practitioners from the fields of formal and informal education, the Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting will be “a place to be” for those who intend to understand the existing links between the state of the art astronomy resource products and the objective needs of formal educators.

The Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting ( will take place in Cascais, Portugal between 8 and 12 September 2014, and co-hosted by the European Planetary Science Congress and Global Hands-on Universe. This meeting will showcase and discuss the latest innovative efforts in astronomy education, allowing teachers, educators and outreach professionals to combine efforts and focus astronomy resource production on cross cultural curricula utilizing formal education best practices.

This meeting will be co-located with the European Planetary Science Congress, which will bring together the Europlanet Network of planetary scientists. The Astronomy Education Alliance Meeting will thus allow science researchers and science educators to bridge the gaps between their two groups.

Main Scientific Topics:

  • Cultural Astronomy & Education
  • New Technologies in Astronomy Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Science Research in the Classroom
  • Outreach and Formal Education
  • Outreach through Education
  • Special Focus and Highlight on Planetary Science
  • Research in Astronomy Education
  • International Year of Light 2015

Registration and abstract submission for the meeting is now open at

For any enquiries, please email to LOC at:


Best regards,