Teachers' Climate Change Forum

How to make better world together through education? How to teach climate change? We welcome you to participate in our international Teachers' Climate Change Forum!

The Science Education Centre (a part of national LUMA Centre Finland) and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) from University of Helsinki are organizing the international and participative Teachers' Climate Change Forum 2021 - a continuous professional development program for teachers on all levels of education from around the world.

In 2021, TCCF Summer Camp is not organised due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of the Summer Camp, we are organising TCCF Climate Education Online Conference on August 4th-5th, 2021. The conference will deal with climate science and climate education, and it is free and open for all.

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. Teachers have a key role in educating children and youth – future makers – in their knowledge, skills and attitude. Every teacher has influence for over a hundred years; first during their career and then through their students.

Diverse teaching of climate issues is essential. Solving climate change requires both the courage to face problems and the knowledge and know-how involved in solving the problem. Climate change should be seen as a complex phenomenon in teaching, which requires a deep understanding with diverse perspectives.

Teachers from all levels of education and of different subjects are welcomed to join the TCCF community. Also teacher students (i.e. students studying to become teachers) are welcome. More information about the TCCF events will be added to this site during spring 2021.

Click here to read about TCCF 2019 Summer Camp experiences and atmosphere.

The first part of the continuous professional development program is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which will be published in June 2021. The course adds to the knowledge of teachers at different levels of education about the latest research related to climate change, and supports teachers in building their own expertise and self-efficacy to teach climate change.

The main goal is for the teachers who have attended the course to have an advanced ability to handle climate change in a pedagogically meaningful and versatile way from the perspective of different disciplines, but also to consider different beliefs or attitudes.

Another key objective is to build a multidisciplinary network of teachers at different levels of education, where teachers can share their ideas, experiences and skills after the course. The network can then act as an active forum for teachers, climate educators and climate scientists.

 

The Teachers' Climate Change Forum (TCCF) 2021 Online Conference Teachers will take place on August 4th-5th, 2021. More information will be updated to the conference website.

The conference deals with climate science, climate education and the connection between these two domains. The conference will be free and open to everyone.

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Please send all general enquiries about the program to our service address tiedekasvatus@helsinki.fi or to the project manager Jaana Herranen, jaana.herranen@helsinki.fi

Our Team:

Director

Professor Maija Aksela, Director of national LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki

Vice Director

PhD Mikko Äijälä , Postdoctoral researcher, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

Project Manager

PhD Jaana Herranen, Postdoctoral researcher, LUMA Science Helsinki, LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki

 

Docent Taina Ruuskanen, Director of the bachelor’s programme in physical sciencies, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

PhD Laura Riuttanen, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Physics, University of Helsinki

MSc William Smolander, Science education developer, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Pinja Tolvanen, research assistant, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki Reija Pesonen, Science education instructor, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Veera Uusi-Äijö, Research assistant, LUMA Science Helsinki, University of Helsinki

BSc Janina Taurinen, Research assistant, INAR - Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki