Operational plans on geodiversity for dissemination activities

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Group Coordinator: Elena Ferrero
Working Group: Belluso, Ferrero, Giardino, Lozar, Perotti

Interdisciplinary research Team “C” (Geodiversity action plans for dissemination activities) produced didactic tools focused on the contents provided by the geothematic areas. The general framework has been proposed to the international scientific community at the Brisbane IGC2012.

The didactic tools have been tested in selected schools, museums and geoparks, where assessment of geosites have been performed. Results and statistical elaborations have been presented at scientific sessions at EGU2015 and GSA2015.

Relationships between environment and human history has been synthesized in scientific papers and technical reports offered to the managing teams of the UNESCO Sesia Val Grande Geopark (NE Piemonte) and the proposed Alpi Cozie Geopark (Italy-France).

As an output of the Progeo-Piemonte project, a comprehensive methodology (“EduGEOPark”) for international students exchanges based on the promotion of Earth Science knowledge and Geoheritage awareness have been presented to the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks, Canada 2014. The innovative idea has been to involve students and teachers in the Progeo-Piemonte research activities, including sampling and digital mapping. Practical field and laboratory activities for stimulating the geological interpretation of a territory have been tested during 2014 in an exchange program for Secondary School’s students (Italy-Finland). The innovative approach was awarded by an Erasmus Plus approved partnership during 2015.

The “Fossili Urbani” (“urban fossils”) project, aimed at stimulating the public at reflecting on the anthropogenic impact on planet Earth and at humans as geological agents, consisted of a photographic context, a book and a traveling exhibition that will be hosted by several Italian natural history museums during 2016 and 2017.