6-8 August 2022

Cape Town, South Africa 

Exploring our oceans: Currents, ecosystems, and plastic pollution

In-person teacher workshop in Cape Town!

We proudly announce the third Geosciences Information for Teachers - or - GIFT Workshop to be held in the beautiful seaside city of Cape Town, South Africa!  This amazing workshop is made possible through generous support from the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Education Committee, and features local experts from the University of Cape Town, Iziko South African Museum, University of the Western Cape, and Two Oceans Aquarium. Participants for the in-person workshop can be nominated by their Subject Advisor (SA) or university advisor (for pre-service teachers). There will be a followup online workshop that will be presented to other interested teachers later this year. 

If you are a Subject Advisor or university advisor you can nominate up to five individuals. Please use the link below to send us their information. We will be accepting nominations until 1 June 2022. Any participants nominated and chosen, need to commit to attending all three days of the program. The EGU will give each participant a daily travel allowance and breakfast and lunch will be provided. A select group of participants from outside Cape Town will be given travel and accommodation support to attend the Workshop.

Exploring our oceans: Currents, ecosystems, and plastic pollution

Day 1:
Iziko South African Museum,

Day 2:
Iziko South African Museum

Day 3:
Two Oceans Aquarium

Day 1 introduces the dynamics of the local ocean currents, thermohaline circulation and fisheries. Other activities include the film Oceans: The mystery of the missing plastic, and a special presentation on the plastic pollution on the beaches of Cape Town by Dr. Takunda Chitaka (UWC). 

Day 2 we explore the sources and origins of beach litter to tackle marine pollution with Professor Peter Ryan of UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Additional activities include a talk and activity with Dr. Melissa Boonzaair-Davids (Iziko Museum), and an engaging puppetry performance by Jungle Theatre Company.

Day 3 takes the group to the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium for a captivating tour of the facility, an overview of their education programs, and some unique hands-on activities! 

Plastic Bottle at Beach

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