Partners

Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany

Martin-Luther University

  • Main task: Management
  • Website: www.uni-halle.de
  • Contacts: Martin Lindner – martin.lindner (at) sciencecamps.eu
    Christian Kubat – christian.kubat (at) sciencecamps.eu

The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg is a German University. Having around 20.000 students and 280 professors in 10 faculties, nearly all subjects are represented. About 4.000 students study for being teachers on primary and secondary level.

The Science Camp project is settled in the department of the Biology Education, which is one of 20 departments dealing on the subject of oriented education. The department conducted two summer camps, which were evaluated by scientifically methods.

The results are very promising and they show high effects of success and development of a positive attitude especially on kids who were interested, but not involved in science and technology.

University of South Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark

University of South Denmark

  • Main task: Evaluation
  • Website: www.sdu.dk
  • Contacts: Linda Ahrenkiel – linda.ahrenkiel (at) sciencecamps.eu

The University of Southern Denmark, with multiple campuses, is a research and educational institution with deep regional roots and an international outlook. There are approximately 1,100 researchers and 20,000 students. The University offers comprehensive programmes in five different faculties – Humanities, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences. It incorporates 33 institutes, 30 research centres, and a well-equipped university library. The Faculty of Science at the University offers upper secondary teacher education with study programs in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science and a research based master program in mathematics and science education for in-service teachers of primary and lower secondary school. In the recent 15 years, the University has fostered a new and expanding research environment in the field of mathematics and science education, which since 2006 is anchored to the Centre of Science and Mathematics Education at The Faculty of Science.

The Centre has extensive cooperation with schools, teachers, teacher training institutions, and the scientific community in the Region of Southern Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein K.E.R.N. in Germany. The Centre has been and is involved in a number European Commission and European Interreg projects with focus on teacher training, in-service teacher training and scientific literacy in science education (IFUN – Interest and interdisciplinary teaching in science and mathematics, Lab to school, PARSEL – Popularity and Relevance of Science Education for Scientific Literacy, ScienceMath, Mathematics with Perspective). In 2007 the centre launched the first Danish research based master programme in mathematics and science education for in-service teachers. The programme involves teachers in design, implementation and evaluation of innovative instructional sequences, which deals with a wide range of aspects of mathematics and science, e.g. modern science and the importance of science in society.

Science Talenter, Soroe, Denmark

Science Talenter

  • Main task: Exploitation
  • Website: www.sciencetalenter.dk
  • Contacts: Hanne Hautop – hanne.hautop (at) sciencecamps.eu
    Uffe Svegaard – uffe.svegaard (at) sciencecamps.eu

MærskMc-Kinney MøllerVidencenterwas established by the Danish Ministry of Education in 2009 to anchor the Danish science talent support within the education system. In order to promote talent care nationwide we have established “ScienceTalents”, which is the actual organization – housed in the center – that develop talent initiatives and activities for the (mostly) science talents, such as talent camps, programs for teachers who deal with the talents, visit to universities or science labs, organizing conferences or other events on talents, and we also seek to give advice to the Ministry of Education on various issues concerning the talented youth and how to promote talent support. You can read more at www.sciencetalenter.dk

Their main target group is the 10-15 % gifted (we call them talented) children we believe can be found in each class room including measures for the profoundly gifted in this group. This means that we are not dedicated to supporting only the profoundly gifted children, but have quite a broader aim.

Elhuyar Fundazioa, Usurbil, Basque country, Spain

Elhuyar Fundazioa

  • Main task: Development of Best Practise
  • Website: www.elhuyar.org, udalekuak.elhuyar.org
  • Contacts: Danel Solabarrieta Arrizabalaga – danel.solabarrieta (at) sciencecamps.eu
    Josu Walino – josu.walino (at) sciencecamps.eu

ElhuyarFundazioa (ELHUYAR) was set up in 1972.with the aim of linking science and the Basque language.
Within the department for Science Communication from ELHUYAR, we work to offer resources and services regarding the dissemination of science and technology, and in order to awaken curiosity-driven interest in them.
One of the specific objectives of ELHUYAR is to foster young people’s vocation and interest towards science, as an important asset for the future society. In this area we have a wide experience in spreading scientific knowledge for children and youngsters.

In the last years we are putting a special effort into promoting the engagement and active participation of students in scientific activities. With this purpose we organise many different participative and live activities for students. By bringing scientific activity closer to the students, we aim to foster vocations and inspire tomorrow’s scientists.

Additionally to our activity with youngsters, in 2008, the ELHUYAR Laboratory for Scientific Culture was set up to promote reflection on S&T and to gather together all the social agents. The ELHUYAR Laboratory was conceived as an ongoing sphere of collaboration to achieve cooperation among the media, social and cultural agents, other education system agents, the R+D+I network, companies and universities. Within this framework several studies and seminars have been carried out in the last years, the most relevant of which are a perception study of the Basque society on science S&T (together with the PSK-Sociological Research Office of the Basque Autonomous Community Government) in 2009 and the “Science and Technology in Education” seminar on the same year.

Today there are 22 of us in the department for Science Communication (72 in total in the Foundation), from science, journalism and management backgrounds mainly. Apart from the working team we have a permanent network of collaborators to assist us in the quality of our projects and services and in the diversity of knowledge and criteria.

Fundacao de Juventude, Porto, Portugal

Fundacao de Juventude

  • Main task: Workshops
  • Website: www.fjuventude.pt
  • Contact: Susana Chaves – susana.chaves (at) sciencecamps.eu

Fundação da Juventude (Youth Foundation) a non-profit private entity of public utility celebrated in 2012, its 23th birthday of supporting and developing projects and programs for the social integration of young people in the active and professional life, performing along seven strategic vectors, namely:

  • Encourage and reward the interest in science and technology, beyond the scope of research and innovatio;
  • Educate, (re) integrate and promote activities for better work opportunities for young people;
  • Promote and support the entrepreneur spirit and initiative in the youth;
  • Promote and support the social development and integration of young people, with the intent to minimize and fight social exclusion and rejection/marginalization, creating specific ways of promoting a more active citizenship;
  • Creating information, research and communication mechanisms for the necessities of young people;
  • Promote culture, animation and intercultural learning in the youth domain;
  • Dynamize interchange networks and exchange experiences/good practices, through national and international partnerships.

Thousands of young people have benefit from these projects as students, trainees, graduates, professionals, businessmen, artists, scientists and/or volunteers.

Being a national event, the Contest of young scientist aims at cultivating a healthy competitive spirit in young people, trough the execution of innovative projects/scientific work, ranging from 11 different fields of study – Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economy, Engineering, Environment Science, Computing and Informatics Science, Medical Science, Physics, Socials Science, included in the regular educational processes.
The Contest has had an exponential growth of participants in 2005/2006, in the first “MostraNacional da Ciência”, a national scientific exhibition reserved to present the best works, and scientific skills among the young people.

Center for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade, Serbia

Center for the Promotion of Science

  • Main task: Website
  • Website: www.cpn.rs
  • Contacts: Olivera Cacic Milutinovic- olivera.cacic.milutinovic (at) sciencecamps.eu
    Aleksandra Drecun – aleksandra.drecun (at) sciencecamps.eu

The Center for the Promotion of Science in Serbia is a public institution established by the Law on Scientific Research, with the task to promote science and technology. The Center, according to its legal mandate, cooperates with research and educational institutions (universities, research centers and schools) in Serbia and worldwide, works closely with the government ministries, as well as with the media and the private sector. At the same time, the Center cooperates with the wide public and has an excellent network for cooperation with schools and pre-schools all around the country. With them we have already worked on many projects to promote science and raise awareness of the importance of science and innovation in everyday life. The Center has also organized teacher’s trainings and trainings for science communicators and science journalists, through which has been developed an extensive network of partners for science promotion. On top of that, the Center has its Communications Department, with three full time employed science journalists and a PR person. The Center has four web sites, one of which is the biggest science promotion portal in the Balkans. Also, we have a media production team that has produced many video and audio materials for dissemination of scientific knowledge so far. The Center has supported 88 science promotion projects of its external partners in 2012, financially and logistically. We can provide concrete references on dissemination and communication results, if needed. Parts of it can been seen at: www.cpn.rs, our official web site.

The Center has organized a large number of exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and other events on different science topics (mathematics, physics, robotics, archeology, psychology, genetics, biology, architecture, etc. During 2012 CPS has organized three large manifestations: “May Month of Mathematics”, “Days of the Future: Robotics” and the CERN exhibition in Serbia. These exhibitions have been visited by more than 450 000 visitors. The exhibitions and events are organized in an interactive way so visitors can take part. “Science Cinema” on the relevant topics is always organized. CPS has a large number of trained science demonstrators and volunteers that work at the exhibitions and events (more than 200 volunteers).

CPS as well has a science truck and a research ship that are used for our events and that help the Center reach larger audiences outside of the capital.

The Center is a sponsor of science festivals throughout Serbia, co-organized the Brain Awareness Week and the CERN exhibition in Serbia and many other science communication events and activities. The Center is a partner in the COMENIUS project “Summer Science Camps” and the FP7 project “Researchers Night”.

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice, Slovakia

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  • Main task: Dissemination
  • Website: www.upjs.sk/
  • Contact: Marián Kireš – marian.kires (at) sciencecamps.eu

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Science, currently offers a variety of study programmes in science as well masters programmes in science teachers training and a lot of relating PhD programmes. UPJS takes particular research interest in dealing with aspects of long-life learning and has successfully developed networks, via their graduates, with research institutions and industries, both within Slovakia and abroad, as well as an established co-operation with science teachers teaching at different schools in Slovakia.
These activities are realised through a science teachers’ club, an association of teachers who regularly partake in in-service teacher training courses offered by the faculty that are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic. The Faculty has certificated the in service teachers training courses within the system of legal teachers career development, mainly oriented on specialization and innovation teacher training. The Faculty also publishes a online available didactical journal, “Mathematics-physics-informatics” in cooperation with the National Educational Centre in order to support the professional development of teachers. Each year there are about 300 science teachers who join different activities of teachers´ training offered by the faculty. The Faculty of Science has a leading position in the field of science teachers’ long life learning concerning the implementation of informatics and communication technologies and modern approaches into education, ECDL courses for teachers, teachers´ training in special fields, the use of e-learning in teachers´ training, SeeVogh videoconference system for on-line education and project coordination.

FORMER PARTNER – The Young Scientists of Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Young Scientists of Slovakia

The Young Scientists of Slovakia (MladívedciSlovenska) is a non-profit organization, legally registered in April 2004, with the support of public and private institutions. The Young Scientists of Slovakia is a non-governmental, non-political and voluntary association of natural persons and legal entities which are interested in involving youth in science and research.
The Young Scientists of Slovakia (hereinafter also referred to as “the Association”) achieves its purpose to carry out or support initiatives aiming at promoting interests of young people in science. Objectives of the Association are as follows:

  • Increasing the engagement of children and youth in science, research and technical disciplines, and their motivation to select their future professional career in the field of science, research and development,
  • Support creative thinking of youth and increase their interest in being engaged in informal learning in the field of science and research,
  • Searching for talented children and youth, aged from 10 to 20 years, with the aim to work in the future in science and research,
  • Creating appropriate conditions for the development of youth talent in the field of science and research,
  • Popularization of science and technology among children and youth,
  • Creates and strengthens relationships between the institutions of research and development, schools and young people who are interested in science, research and innovation,
  • Implementation of the best working practice from the field of science and research to talented children and youth at national, European and international level.

The Association is delivering its objectives through the following activities:

  • Organizes trainings, seminars and workshops aimed at increasing the engagement of children and youth in the issues of science and technology,
  • Organizes conferences – congresses for young researchers as specialized activities for the development of presentation skills of talented young people,
  • Organizes various festivals, exhibitions and competitions for children and youth aimed at popularization of science and technology as well as searching for talented children and youth,
  • Creates and publishes specialized publications focused on helping young people to explore the elementary knowledge in the field of science methodology and to present their research projects and the results of their work,
  • Organizes holiday science camp stays for children and youth,
  • Organizes excursions and specialized stays for talented youth through the places and institutions that are in some way dedicated to research and development,
  • Organizes the National Advancing Competition of Scientific Projects for Secondary School Students as pre-competition to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists – EUCYS in cooperation with the Slovak National coordinator of the EU Contest,
  • Organizes the National Advancing Competition in the field of research, ecology, water technology and management as a pre-competition to the World-Wide Contest for Talented Students – Stockholm Junior Water Prize,
  • Organizes the National Advancing Competition to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – Intel ISEF, USA,
  • Organizes the National Advancing Competition to International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad – I-SWEEEP, Texas, USA,
  • Organizes the National Advancing Competition to International High School Environment Project Olympiad – Genius Olympiad, Oswego NY, USA,
  • Provides advisory activities in project management, financial management and financing of projects, and advisory activities in the planning, implementation, continuous assessment and evaluation of the projects,
  • Provides advisory activities in the field of management in the non-profit and public sectors with focus on strategies, systems and tools of management, marketing and promotion,
  • Applies modern information-communication technologies, production and design of web pages, dissemination of information through the Internet, production of information bearers,
  • Produces concepts, analyses and studies, and elaborates various programmes and strategic documents,
  • Provides planning and implementation of research in the field of youth policy and work with children and youth at regional, national, as well as international level, and publishes the results arising hereof,
  • Is responsible for other activities related to the Association objectives.

Young Scientists of Slovakia has excellent cooperation with Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak republic based on realization of the excellent national level contest for young scientists until 20 years – Scientia Pro Futuro. Since 208 has signed agreement with Slovak Academy of Sciences oriented to cooperation in field of searching and promote of gifted young people in Science and Technologies.

In addition to these main tasks of course all partners support each other constantly in every kind of action.