Science, language, collaboration

Our Global Communication and Science programme uses solar eclipses as ‘teachable moments’ for young people across the world. Our aims are to help students improve their science, language and cross-border collaboration skills.

How a Solar Eclipse Made Einstein Famous…
Why do some great scientists become household names, whereas others do not? Sky & Telescope magazine have published an article I wrote about the 1919 total eclipse, and how narrative helps us make sense of science.

US 2017
Partners: North Platte Bulletin; A to Z Books

Image: Neil Pitts

On August 21st 2017 a total solar eclipse will cross the USA from Oregon to South Carolina. Together with the North Platte Bulletin and A to Z Books, we’re running a creative-writing competition called Science + Stories for children in west central Nebraska.

Angola 2017
Lead sponsor:
Eclipse glasses sponsor: NCR Angola

On February 26th 2017 an annular solar eclipse swept across southern South America and central Africa. We organised a series of educational events at the Instituto Superior de Ciências de Educação (ISCED) in Huambo, Angola, including a live broadcast with Slooh. We’re extremely grateful to our lead sponsor for this project, the wonderful


We’d also like to say a huge thank you to our eclipse glasses sponsor NCR Angola, plus the Angolan Ministry of Higher Education, and the Provincial Government of Huambo.


Indonesia 2016
Sponsored by Garuda Indonesia


We were at Tadulako University, on the island of Sulawesi, for the March 9th 2016 total solar eclipse across Indonesia. We organised a cross-border collaboration with students at Western Kentucky University in the US for an experiment to study the solar corona. This project was generously sponsored by Garuda Indonesia.