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GLOBE Europe Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop

A European Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 2 –7 November 2007. The event engaged a broad international reach, with 12 Trainers and 43 participants coming from 24 countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Spain,

Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. The workshop was ceremoniously opened by Ms. Vivian Walker, of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Mr. Vinko Filipovic, of the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency, Dr. Rodolfo de Guzeman, of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Dr. Janja Milkovic, of the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (member of the WMO), Mr. Antun Kisiae, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mr. Vladimir Kusan, of OIKON Ltd., the Institute for applied ecology, Ms. Diana Garasic,GLOBE Croatia Country Coordinator, Dr. Andy Tasker, GLOBE Country Coordinator for the United Kingdom and representing GLOBE Europe, and Mr. Gary Randolph of the GLOBE Program Office (GPO). Dr. Rusty Low of the GPO also took part in the workshop. Mrs. Dubravka Suica, Mayor of the host city, hosted a gathering in old town Dubrovnik for workshop participants and trainers. 
In addition to traditional investigations into protocols and learning activities (Atmosphere, Hydrology, Land Cover, Phenology, and Soil), time was provided for demonstrations and hands-on investigations related to the GLOBE Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs). All participants received a CD containing these and many other activities related to the ESSPs. 

Dr. de Guzeman, of the WMO, inspired the audience with his presentation concerning the collaborative possibilities for GLOBE Country Coordinators and the WMO national members. Additional examples were provided by Dr. Janja Milkovic, of the Meteorological and Hydrological Service in Zagreb, who has collaborated with Ms. Diana Garasic, GLOBE Croatia Country Coordinator, for many years. 
Serendipitously, it was discovered that one of the participants from Croatia, Ms. Martina Pulic, began her involvement with GLOBE as a student and is currently leading GLOBE activities in her school! Look to the GLOBE Web site in the near future for a news feature about Martina.

The Workshop was concluded with an optional trip to look for Earth system connections in Konavoski Dvori, a natural setting not far from Dubrovnik. The vegetation growing in the area allowed for the group's hypothesis that the bedrock was probably limestone; a discussion about which measurements might help to gather data and either support or refute this observation ensued allowing the group to see GLOBE protocols and learning activities as a set of scientific tools that could be used not only separately, as in the 5 investigations within the Teacher's Guide, but also in combination.

The next GLOBE Europe event will take place in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, 17 April - Sunday, 20 April 2008. For more information, please contact Karl T. Hetland, GLOBE Norway Country Coordinator.

23 January 2008