Physics on Stage 2 is a festival for physics teachers, taking place at the
European Space Agency’s Space Research and Technical Centre (ESTEC) in the
Netherlands from 2 to 6 April.

Four hundred teachers and educational experts from 22 European countries
have been selected through national events as the most motivating
individuals with the most innovative projects for teaching physics. They
will come together for a week at ESA/ESTEC to exchange ideas, discuss
teaching aids and make recommendations for ways to inject more excitement
and motivation into today’s physics education.

Physics on Stage 2 follows up the success of the first Physics on Stage,
held at CERN in Geneva in November 2000. It is being hosted by ESA and
supported by five other European research organisations: CERN, ESO,

Various distinguished visitors will be at the festival during the week,
including Gerard t’Hooft, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Physics, His
Excellency Dr Louis Hermans, Minister for Research, Culture and Science
in the Netherlands, and directors from Europe’s leading research
organisations and the European Commission.

The week-long festival consists of four main elements: special
performances, presentations by delegates, workshops on topical themes, and
a fair at which exhibitors will showcase their projects and learn about
those of their European colleagues – a lively forum for information
exchange, cross-fertilisation and inspiration.

On Friday 5 April, media representatives are invited to visit the
festival, join the press conference and tour the ESA/ESTEC facilities. The
programme is as follows:

Physics on Stage 2 festival – 5 April 2002

10:30 – Welcome to Physics on Stage 2 festival by Jean-Pol Poncelet, ESA
Director of Strategy and External Relations

11:00 – Tour of Physics on Stage 2 international fair

12:30 – Addresses to the participants and questions from the media

13:00 – Lunch
Visit to ESA’s Space Research and Technical Centre (ESTEC)

14:30 – Welcome and introduction to ESA

15:00 – Tour of ESA Test Centre with the spacecraft Integral, Rosetta and
ATV, guided by senior ESA staff

15:45 – Transfer to Erasmus building

16:00 – Tour of User Information Centre for the International Space
Station, including virtual reality demonstration

16:45 – End of visit

– Access the Physics on Stage 2 festival website at:

– To reach ESTEC from Amsterdam, take the A4 in the Den Haag-Rotterdam
direction, then at the fork follow the A44. Take the Noordwijk-Voorhout
exit, continue to Noordwijk and from there follow the ESTEC signs.

– For more information on Physics on Stage 2 contact the Executive
Coordinator: tel. +31-(0)71-565-5518

Please complete the attached registration form and fax it back to :
Heidi Graf

ESA/ESTEC Communication Office

Fax: +31.71.565.5728

Physics on Stage 2 festival - 5 April 2002

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To be returned by fax to:
Heidi Graf
ESA/ESTEC Commication Office
Fax: +31.71.565.5728