LEAD PARTNER:                                                                                                          
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece)                                      

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of  
higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other  
Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy  
issues are determined by the Ministry of Education Lifelong Learning and Religion.  
Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to  
everyone for a free education. All funds are invested into the management and operation  
of educational, research and cultural programmes, into student and staff services and  
grants. More (http://en.uoa.gr/the-university/history-and-perspectives.html)             
Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the University of Athens has a special  
lecture on Geodidactics and has two museums in which trainschool teaches and educate  
every day school students on geosciences. The department has participated on  
geodidactics projects and has organized teachers training seminars in collaboration with  
other universities and institutions.

People:

Professor Dr Michael Dermitzakis                                                                       
Dr Michael D. Dermitzakis is professor of Geology and Palaeontology. He was elected in  
many official positions in the University of Athens among them Vice Rector and Dean of  
the School of Sciences. For his general offer in geosciences and society has awarded with  
various discriminations in Greece and in the abroad (e.g., Foreign fellow of the Moscow  
Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor by the Universities of Montevideo, Taurida-
Crimaia, Bucharest-Romania, etc.).

Dr Georgia Fermeli                                                                                             
Dr Georgia Fermeli is contracted lecturer of Geosciences Didactics and Environmental  
Sciences in University of Athens. She is member of the Committee of Geosciences  
didactics of the Geological Society of Greece and member of the steering committee in  
international networks related with Environment and Education for Sunsainable  
Developmet. She was awarded with the distinction of geosciences of the Academy of  
Athens.
PARTNER:
Committee of Geosciences didactics of the Geological Society of Greece.

The Committee of Geosciences didactics of the Geological Society of Greece aims to  
contribute: a) to the research for the promotion of Geodidactics, b) to the configuration  
of proposals for the adaptation and renewal of curricula for Primary and Secondary  
Education in the discipline of Geosciences and c) to inform persons and authorities about  
the scientific results in Geodidactics.                                                                           
The Committee organizes national school competitions on geosciences, summer schools  
for teachers and students, teachers training seminars and symposia.                            

People:

Dr Anastasia Koutsouveli                                                                                         
Dr Anastasia Koutsouveli is geologist with 34 years professional experience in the  
Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration of Greece. She is Secretary of the Committee  
of Geosciences Didactics of the Geological Society of Greece and the last fifteen years is  
involved in Geoconservation and Geosciences teaching in secondary schools.
PARTNER:
University of Zaragoza                                                                                                                                                                                                

The University of Zaragoza (Spain) has long tradition in Educational Skill developments.  
The Institute for Educational Sciences (ICE) has developed ever since the last 40years  
annual courses for Pedagogical Aptitude (CAP), which has become a compulsory proof for  
Secondary school Teacher Public Competition. Now this course has become a prestigious  
Master. It also develops special background courses on Pedagogy for University staff.      
The recently created Faculty of Educational Sciences is actively developing courses and  
activities on Science Educational strategies. The Earth Sciences De[artment has been  
developing research and teaching (tutorial) programs from the early years of its  
formation (1985-2010). Among the most relevant, the Paleontological Museum UZ,  
receiving every year c 20.000 students from primary and secondary schools. The  
mastering of field trips to the Geological Park of Aliaga and other geologically interesting  
areas. Also the Personal Tutorial programs to students of Geology.                                                                   

People:

Guillermo Meléndez Hevía                                                                                     
Dr Guillermo Meléndez Hevía is professor of Palaeontology in Zaragoza University and an  
active researcher in (a) Geodidactics: Educational developments on Geology and (b)  
Geoconservation of geological and paleontological Heritage.                                        
He is also involved in numerous tutorial programs on International GeoHeritage  
Educational programs in the last ten years.                                                               
PARTNER:
UNIVERSITY OF ALCALÁ (MADRID, SPAIN)                                                                   
(Department of Geology; FACULTY OF SCIENCES)                                                        

The University of Alcalá is in one of most ancient and classical universities in Spain  
located in the city of Alcalá de Henares, to the east of Madrid in Spain. Founded in 1499,  
it was moved in 1836 to Madrid. In 1977, the University was reopened in its same  
historical buildings. The University of Alcalá is especially renowned in the Spanish-
speaking world as it presents each year the highly prestigious Cervantes Prize which is  
awarded annually by the King and Queen of Spain in the Paraninfo (Great Hall). The  
University of Alcalá was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site on 2 December 1998.  
(More: http://www.uah.es/idiomas/ingles/Little_history.shtm)                                  
The Department of Geology develops the teaching of Geology in several centres in Alcalá  
and Guadalajara (School of Teaching and Centre for Teachers' Background in Guadalajara  
and in the Faculty of Education Sciences in Madrid (Univ. Complutense).                         

People

Amelia Calonge                                                                                                    
Dr. Amelia Calonge is a university professor (CATEDRÁTICA E.U) with a research  
background in Palaeontology (Cretaceous Foraminifera) and an active researcher in (a)  
Educational resources and strategies in secondary and University Teaching. (President of  
the Spanish Association for the Earth Sciences Teaching: AEPECT) and (b) Geological  
/Palaeontological Heritage definition and protection. She also has active, multi-
disciplinary collaboration and ongoing projects with (a) Other experimental centres of the  
University of Alcalá (Dept of Biology), (b) the Faculty of Education of Universidad  
Complutense, Madrid, (c) The Center for Secondary Teacher's Background (CPR),  
Guadalajara and the (d) the Training Teaching School of Winchester (U.K.).                      

Dr Dolores López-Carrillo                                                                                       
Dr. Dolores López-Carrillo is a contracted lecturer in Earth Sciences with a doctoral thesis  
(PHD) on Cretaceous Foraminifera and palaeontological heritage protection. She is active  
in several national research projects on Natural Sciences Education.                           
PARTNER:
University of Palermo / Department of Geology and Geodesy, G.G. Gemmellaro museum  

G.G. Gemmellaro Geological Museum is an old Institution founded in 1860 by G.G.  
Gammellaro, a famous palaeontologist of the XIX century. Many historical collections and  
hundreds of logotypes preserved in the museum. Schools of Palermo’s province visit their  
permanent exhibition. Temporary fossil exhibitions are realized together with the  
projects of pupils. Scientific studies with international specialists of other universities  
and educational projects with primary and secondary schools are some of the most  
important activities of the museum. They organised field-trips for students to show them  
the important geological heritage of the area. more                                                                                                                         

People

Dr Carolina D’Arpa                                                                                                  
Dr Carolina D’Arpa is geologist and curator in Gemmellaro Museum. She has studied the  
most important geological heritage sites of Sicily. She has organised permanent and  
temporary exhibitions in Gemmelaro Museum. She has done educational projects for  
primary, secondary schools and higher education institutions. She has been expert in  
project for teachers and pupils of “European Social Fund and carried out under the  
National Operational Program Skills Development".                                                           

Dr Carolina Di Patti                                                                                                  
Dr Carolina Di Patti is geologist and curator of the Gemmelaro Museum. She is specialist  
in elephants’ stratigraphy, She has studied the most important geological heritage sites  
(Quaternary) in Sicily. She has organised many field-trips for students concerning  
geological heritage and environment preservation. She has started the inventory,  
characterisation and valorisation of the Sicilian geoheritage. She realised the educational  
field trip for Parco Naturale delle Madonie, one of the most important natural reserves of  
Sicily. She has been expert in project for teachers and pupils of European Social Fund and  
carried out under the National Operational Program Skills Development.                          
PARTNER:
Geopark Naturtejo (Castelo Branco, Portugal)                                                                

Naturtejo is an intermunicipality major state owned company aiming to create conditions  
for the sustainable development, through Naturtejo Geopark, European and Global  
Geopark under the auspices of UNESCO. In Naturtejo Geopark the geodiversity is the  
leveling element to develop a strategy based in Conservation, Education and Tourism  
(Geotourism). Naturtejo promotes Educational Programs with field trip preparation at the  
classroom, field-excursions to the geosites, workshops and contests prepared specifically  
for the school curricula, supported by didactic tools. There are also Tourist Programs  
which combine Geological (natural) and cultural heritages, local food, handcraft and  
tourism offer. A big effort has being done introducing Geoproducts, combining traditional  
products with new concepts and interpretations (related with Geology) which contribute  
actively for the wealth of the local economy and also to raise awareness for geological  
heritage and the sustainability of our planet.                                                                     

People:

Carlos Neto de Carvalho Msc                                                                                    
Carlos Neto de Carvalho Carvalho is the scientific coordinator of Naturtejo Geopark,  
geologist of the Municipality of Idanha-a-Nova and researcher at the Center of Geology of  
the University of Lisbon, developing research in the fields of Invertebrate Paleontology  
(Ichnology), Palaeoecology and Evolution of Animal Behavior, Science Communication,  
Geological Heritage, Geoconservation and Geotourism. He has participated in various  
processes of protection by law of geological heritage and has been consultant for new  
geopark projects. He has authored and co-authored over 140 scientific papers, published  
in books, journals and conferences, national and international ones, besides several  
invited talks.

Joana Rodrigues                                                                                                       
Joana Rodrigues, geologist and Geology teacher is master in Geological Heritage and  
Geoconservation. She teached for several years in secondary schools. Since 2008, she is  
geologist at Naturtejo Geopark and researcher at the Center of Geology, University of  
Porto, devoting herself to the Geological Heritage and its relationship with Local  
Development (Geoconservation, Geotourism) as well as the dissemination of Geology. She  
participates in several projects on communication of geodiversity for the general public,  
geotourists and scholar public, promoting formal and non formal education and  
geoconservation strategies.

Manuela Catana                                                                                                        
Manuela Catana, Biology and Geology teacher, master in Geological Heritage and  
Geoconservation was teacher in Secondary and High school, in public and private schools,  
in Portugal. Nowadays  is responsible for the Naturtejo Geopark Educational Programs  
developing educational programs through Naturtejo Geopark territory, adapted to all  
school levels and national curricula.
PARTNER:
Krahuletz-Museum (Egenburg, Austria)                                                                          

The Krahuletz-Museum, was founded 1902 for the enourmous collections of Johann  
Krahuletz (1848 to 1928). It is privately operated by the Krahuletz Society. The public  
exhibitions are arranged in 3 floors. Besides the main building a separate building exists  
for scientific collections and a large regional library.

Exhibitions:
Ground floor: The geological development of Planet Earth and the region; Mineralogy of  
the Region, the regional minerals for industry and jewellery; the creation of rocks and the  
rocks of the region and their origin; rocks forming the landscape, and rocks forming the  
soil;                                                                                                                              
Upper Carboniferous / Permian flora and fauna; the Neogene Seas and their animals, the  
ice ages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
1st floor: Regional ethnological exhibition and historical art exhibitions, weapons and  
Military uniforms, Clock-, Ceramics- and Glass-collections                                                                                         
2nd floor: Birth of mankind in Africa; Archaeology -35.000 years culture and living in the  
region                                                                                                                          
3rd floor: Special exhibitions and workshop room                                                            

Activities:
Talks and seminars                                                                                                       
Educational programs: Guided tours in the museum, to regional geology and palaeontology  
in the field and the histotical monuments and places in the surrounding.                          

People:

Fritz Steininger                                                                                                        
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. F. Steininger is a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and  
in the leadership of the Krahuletz-Society and Museum in Eggenburg.                                
He was Ord. Prof for Biostratigraphy at University of Vienna; Director of the Senckenberg  
Science Institution and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt, and C4 Prof. for Hist. Geology  
and Palaeontology at the J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt.                                           
For his great engagement in geosciences he has been decorated with various awards  
worldwide e.g. Dr.h.c. University of Athens, Hessischer Verdienstorden, Cretschmar-
Medaille und Goldene Senckenberg Medaille der Senckenbergischen Gesellschaft in  
Frannkfurt,etc.
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