This article is based on a Press Release by CESAR (Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research).

Group photo taken from the sky. Credit: ESAC

ESA-GTTP 2023 The Unlimited Universe was held from the 11th to the 16th of September at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC).

The European Space Agency and the Galileo Teacher Training Program joined hands again to bring cutting-edge training opportunities to teachers.

ESA-GTTP 2023 – The Unlimited Universe presented the greatest discoveries and advances in space sciences accomplished in 2022 and highlighted the upcoming launches of space satellites in 2023. The program combined lectures given by experts with practical workshops to learn how to design student projects using scientific data obtained by world-class missions.

Teachers on site had the chance to meet space experts and perform special visits to ESA’s Space Centres (ESAC and ESA’s Cebreros tracking station) and to the Astrobiology Centre (CSIC-INTA-Torrejon), together with an observing night in collaboration with the ESAC Astronomy Club. Participants had the opportunity to network and to establish a series of research projects in partnership with their colleagues and the scientists supporting the training.

Group photo with the astronaut and cancer researcher Sara García Alonso. Credit: ESAC.
Visit to the Astrobiology Center with Juan Angel Vaquerizo.
Credit: Teresa Direitinho/NUCLIO
ESAC tour with Eduardo Ojero Pascual
Credit: Teresa Direitinho/NUCLIO
Teachers and organizers at ESAC with the model of GAIA mission. Credit: ESAC

The training was organized by CESAR (Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research), the resident educational team at ESAC, and NUCLIO (the coordinator of the Galileo Teacher Training Program), with the support of the team from the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), the Faulkes Telescope Project and The Schools’ Observatory, and in partnership with the ESIA (European School Innovation Academy).