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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Upper Carboniferous / Permian flora and fauna; the Neogene Seas and their animals, the
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
3rd floor: Special exhibitions and workshop room
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.
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