SPACE network   Newsletter  September 2020
Dear SPACE members
Dear all
September has arrived and the new academic year will begin shortly. In our bags we do not carry only our books, papers and pencils but also our fears, exceptions and hope. We are aware that school, our relationship with the students and colleagues, the way we teach and perform in the classroom will no longer be the same. We know that we need to keep our social distance and use a mask, making it harder to talk and breath. But we also know that the interaction, the discussions, dialogues, negotiations, communication are important elements of any pedagogy. It will be an interesting year. I believe that we will also face (new) challenges in this “new  normality”. But also as in March, we will be able to overcome all the difficulties and learn with them, becoming stronger and wiser.

SPACE network has as motto “Learning by Sharing” and this is an excellent opportunity to share what we have learned with the lock down and now, with this “new” back to school. As such, we would like to know what was your experience, as a teacher, with the lock down. What were the main difficulties faced? What did you learn? What do you expect this new academic year will be? Please share your experiences with us. We will prepare a summary of your stories and share them in our website and Facebook profile.
I wish you all an excellent return to school and are looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Anabela Mesquita
PS: Please send your stories to the email and  to

Interesting news:
1°) the European Commission
European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic this year, the event will be fully online and takes place on 22-24 September 2020.

It’s a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe just ahead of the 2021 launch of 
Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation programme - and a revitalised European Research Area.
For registration follow the link to European Research and Innovation Days  - some of you may find it beneficial:
2°) Don State Technical University
Our Russian member DSTU celebrated its 90th anniversary from the 10Th till the 11th of September.

Our president Anabela Mesquita has  given an on line  presentation, explaining the aim and the benefits of our SPACE network during the on line plenary session. 
The board of SPACE network congratulated all the staff for their engagement and their creativity. DSTU is one of the leading universities in the Russian Federation.
Congratulations  for 90 year anniversary of the Don State Technical University from the whole SPACE network community!.
3°) From our Vice-President SPACE Network, Geert Baekelandt
We have now been facing for about half a year a thorough change in our life, in all respects. Let’s hope this is a “once in a lifetime” experience.
Most of us have been managing very well the new professional challenges in the corona virus times.

But sometimes, showered with enthusiasm, people forget to take into account the importance of a good “life work balance”.
In this newsletter I would like to seize the opportunity to remind you of some practical hints to preserve the rhythm, now that the coronavirus breaks our social life.

Maybe some of these hints will make you smile. But during the latest months many students have confirmed that the lockdown and the consequent lack of contact with their fellow students have been an even more awkward experience than the work load for studying courses and preparing for exam periods.

1/ If the fitness or the swimming pool is closed, take a ride on the bike with a family member or a friend. That's good for your body, and for your head.
However, take into account the current measures: do not go into a group and keep enough distance. Ready to leave? Stock up some healthy snacks, fill up your drinking bottle with water and … take your legs. Occasionally take a break and find opportunities to be active. There are more than you think! 

Do you live in a house with floors or in an apartment building? Take the stairs: if you need to go outside for groceries: walk if you can, or take the bike. 10 minutes of cycling is equal to 1,500 steps! Every step, every stage counts.

2/ Eating healthy according to the nutrition triangle is important to maintain your resistance. Don't waste your money on fancy super foods or expensive food supplements. What you can do for young children (up to 6 years) and older people is encourage the use of vitamin D. And find that vitamin D in your garden too: take advantage of the sun.

3/ Come out of your seat from time to time, because sitting is so outmoded. Or what do you think of a ’Netflix-workout’? To get it all a little more streamlined: maybe make a planning, set a goal. That gives your head some rest.

4/ Stay social while limiting relocations and avoiding meetings: yes you can! Organize a video call with a group of friends or your family. And then open all the registers: put together a workout (screaming), a quiet yoga session, or cook the same recipe from any healthy app. 

And use a little more your mobile phone to call: just hearing the voice of your mum, grandpa, girl- or boyfriend does wonders. These telephone conversations say – literally – much more than just a text message. 

Check out how your neighbours are doing. Take care of yourself and each other. Write a letter to residents of residential care centers, send a ticket to the people you love, certainly call that friend who lives alone occasionally.
Together we will more easily overcome this period!

5/ Smokers have a greater chance of a serious form of COVID-19 if they become infected with the coronavirus. Their lungs are more vulnerable, can ignite more quickly and that inflammation can also last longer because their resistance is lower. To stop smoking is more than ever necessary in these times. Even a few days after the last cigarette, the respiratory system of smokers is in better condition, which improves recovery in case of infection.

6/ We face many information flows and we want to know how the world is going: but checking the news constantly is not a solution either. Feeling anxious is not abnormal: talk about it with others. But don’t do this constantly. Your head also needs rest. Talk about what happens to friends and relatives, air your heart, but then talk about other positive things.
Share the tips you have just read. Others are also sure to have something to do with it. Sharing is caring!

Observing most of these hints can help us to stay healthy, without any doubt. We need good vibes and positive energy to keep teaching and coaching our students.
And let’s not forget the main added values of our SPACE network: to take advantage of the varied offer of on line courses and to share teaching experiences with colleagues of different countries in the world. Your membership to our organization broadens your horizon and keeps you alert and enthusiastic as a teacher and/or a researcher.
With my best regards,

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