June 2, 2020 update

Due to the ongoing situation and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Global Hands-on Universe Meeting, and related activities, will be replaced by an online meeting, which will take place from August 22-28. Additional information will be available on the conference webpage.

For reference, the original announcement is listed below.

Global Hands-on Universe/Global Science Opera/Global Hands-on Ocean and Galileo Teacher Training Program – 2020

Sept 6th to Sept 11th | Bergen, Norway

This course is promoted in partnership with the European School Innovation Academy.


In 2020 Global Hands-on Universe Meeting is joining hands with new partners. For the first time, besides the traditional international Galileo Teacher Training Program the meeting will count with the Global Science Opera for Schools and the Global Hands on Ocean teams. The meeting will take place in Bergen, Norway, and will gather scientists, educators and artists in a unique event.

The program will be composed by a conference and a series of workshops for teachers conducted by the various experts joining the event. Trainers and participants will come from all over the world and provide a unique experience to the participants. In this year program we have a list of very interesting topics waiting for you: Astronomy for Development, Robotic Telescopes, Science Communication, Dark Skies and Heritage, Asteroid Search, Modelling, Kinaesthetic Astronomy, Arts and Science, Astronomy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and much more.

Trainers are coming from the University of California at Berkeley, Hardin-Simmons University, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Faulkes Telescope Education ProgramWestern Norway University of Applied Sciences, and much more!

Who can apply?

The course is open to teachers of all grade levels and subject domains willing to dive into a real STEAM experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We believe that learning improves when students are embedded in interdisciplinary experiences and in environments that seamlessly integrate horizontal (across subject domains) and vertical (across different grade levels) articulation.

A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to take place.


Preliminary Programme Topics

  • Innovative Methodologies for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Planetary Defence: space debris, asteroids, comets, etc.
  • Science and Arts for Development
  • Funding
  • Modelling Instructions
  • Kinaesthetic Astronomy
  • Robotic Telescopes
  • Open Schools and Community Building
  • Dark Skies and Astronomy Heritage
  • Hands-on Research in Classroom: exoplanets, supernovae, black holes and more



Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen campus. More details soon!


Practical Information

More information coming soon.


Fees & Funding

Fees will be announced soon.

Participants coming from the European Union can benefit from funding coming from the Erasmus+ mobility funds. These funds provide individual support for the participants covering their course fees, travel, subsistence, and accommodation. For more information on the eligibility of your country please consult the list here. Information on how to apply can be found here.



In order to secure your slot in the training please complete the online application form.
Deadline for applications August 15th.

This registration is exclusively for teachers willing to participate in the workshops that are going to be organized during the event:

Apply here!!!



GHOU Association

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
University of California at Berkeley



Ana Costa (e-mail)


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