In 2030 our world will be a different one. Scientists forecast that this present decade will witness a more pronounced change in the climate than any we have yet seen. Episodes of extreme weather of all kinds will become more common, the rate of biodiversity loss will increase, water resources will decline, harvests will become less secure and an increase in migration flows will inevitably follow. How humans react to global warming in the coming decade will decide whether or not our planet's climate can be returned to a stable state.
Education will have a major role to play in promoting the transformation of society that is required to tackle the issue effectively, giving future generations a fair chance to make the necessary adjustments in their turn. An online series of interdisciplinary lectures given by researchers at LMU and other experts in relevant fields will focus on possible ways of successfully responding to the challenge.
A good grounding in the natural sciences at school prepares students for their role as citizens. In light of the increasing significance and problematic side-effects of social media, how can pupils best be taught to evaluate science-based assertions and assess their reliability?
In his lecture, Dietmar Höttecke, Professor of Physics Education at Hamburg University and a member of the Executive Board of the Society for the Teaching of Chemistry and Physics, will propose a possible solution for this problem, and consider its implications for science education in schools, and for the communication of scientific concepts and practice more generally.
For full details of the lecture series, together with information on how to register for the program, see the corresponding webpage