Education and Outreach
Space technologies are extremely attractive to the general public and in particular to the young generation. UNESCO and its network of Space for Heritage partners make use of all the results of the various space projects in order to derive educational packages and to organize exhibitions for the general public: bringing space science and technology closer to society.
UNESCO is continuously invited to specialized space international symposia specializing in space. This increases the visibility of UNESCO in to a completely new audience.
This exhibition was designed to highlight the specific climate change challenges facing World Heritage sites. The series of 25 panels use satellite images to show the threats facing these unique places. It has been shown around the world to school students, decision makers, the international community and the general public.
UNESCO’s Open Initiative – Young Generation educational activity involves partners of the ESA/UNESCO Open Initiative on the Use of Space Technologies to Support the World Heritage Convention, including major space agencies, conservation authorities and research institutions. Its goal is to make use of space science and technology to create awareness of conservation among children.
The aim of this project is to support the integration of earth observation and remote sensing as an element of science education in high schools encouraging the sensibility of students to their natural environment. The knowledge may concern daily weather data, long-term climatic conditions, land cover changes, marine pollution or environmental hazards and their interconnection.
A group of students of the International Space University (ISU) developed is a practical guide for archaeologists, the START tool and its accompanying website, to demonstrate the applications of space systems for the archaeological community with regard to discovering, monitoring or mapping archaeological sites of interest.
In order to bring space science and technology closer to the public, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and UNESCO developed an exhibition explaining how satellites monitor World Heritage sites. Most of the images shown are the result of joint activities undertaken by DLR and UNESCO to assist developing countries in applying space technologies to issues relating to World Heritage sites.
Planet Earth: From Space to Place was the first intersectoral exhibition organized by UNESCO. It was shown during its 34th General Conference in 2007, in anticipation of the International year of Planet Earth (2008). A particular aspect was to illustrate the assistance that space partners are providing to UNESCO.
UNESCO and USGS collaborated to gather the necessary data to create an atlas of World heritage sites in danger. The resulting publication, From Space to Place: an Image Atlas of World Heritage Sites on the 'In Danger' List, showcases a selection of projects of the ESA/UNESCO Open Initiative on the use of space technologies to support the World Heritage Convention.