As a teacher, communicating the latest scientific findings in a way that is appropriate for the target group is a great challenge. The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), in cooperation with the German Meteorological Society (DMG), offers the so-called autumn school "System Earth" for teachers every year to help with precisely this aspect. The training event is organised by the GFZ School Lab.
The 20th event of this kind will take place on 14 and 15 November at the Telegrafenberg. Scientists from various external and Telegrafenberg-based research institutions will provide an insight into their research on the topic of "Extreme events in the Earth system" during this one-and-a-half-day training course for teachers. From volcanism in the Eifel to heavy rain, thunderstorms and tsunamis to the polarity reversal of the Earth's magnetic field - there is something here for a wide range of subject areas. In addition to speakers from the GFZ and Alfred Wegener Institute, researchers from the German Weather Service, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Free University of Berlin will also provide insights into their work.
The second important component of the autumn school "System Earth" are the supplementary workshops, which are designed to introduce the approximately 100 participants to experiments and practical exercises that can be easily integrated into the classroom. They are offered by GFZ, DMG and partner organisations in Potsdam. The spectrum of topics ranges from "Climate Feelings - Obstructive or Helpful" to "Experiments on Wind Energy and the Climate Crisis in Schools" to a Climate Escape Room for the classroom.