Science Education

Education policies across Europe highlight the importance of the role science education plays in ensuring citizens have the requisite knowledge and skills to enable them to become ‘informed critical consumers of scientific knowledge”, according to the OECD. Today, society faces numerous global challenges, from climate change, pollution to malnourishment and hunger. Science is embedded in these challenges and science education has a crucial role in ensuring our students -future decision makers- have the necessary knowledge and skills to make sense of and address them.

For the past thirty years or so the focus of science education throughout Europe has moved from an emphasis on teaching and assessing science content towards the development of students’ scientific literacy. This shift in science education has led to an increase in the number of students leaving formal education with science qualifications.  However, this increase has not been reflected in the numbers pursing science-related careers. Europe faces a dearth of science – knowledgeable experts at all levels of society and the economy, as recent EU surveys show.

ALLEA Working Group Science Education

The ALLEA Science Education Working Group is committed to supporting the further progression of science education throughout Europe to ensure our students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and motivation to participate as active citizens and to pursue careers in science. Furthermore the science education group is committed to ensuring students experience a science education that is engaging and relevant to them and that ultimately results in students throughout Europe truly valuing science and caring for the environment in which they live.

Central themes of the group include:

  • Global Influences on Science Education
  • Development of students’ scientific literacy
  • Effective Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers
  • Climate Change Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Survey on Climate Education Activities in Europe

Submission Deadline: 13 September 2019

The ALLEA Working Group Science Education is commencing work on climate education Initiatives in Europe. The aim of this survey is to gain an in-depth overview of existing climate education initiatives currently being implemented across Europe.

The resulting data will be analysed to identify common trends, gaps, strengths and weaknesses in relation to the content and pedagogical approaches to climate education in formal and non-formal education settings throughout Europe.

The results of this analysis will be used to develop evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice for progressing climate education in Europe.

Core Group Members of the Science Education Working Group

  • Cliona Murphy (Chair)  – Royal Irish Academy
  • Nils O Andersen – Royal Danish Academy
  • Maija Katariina Aksela  – Council of Finnish Academies
  • Benő Csapó – Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Maksym Galchenko– National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Stefan Jokic – Institute of Nuclear Sciences – Belgrade
  • Ulrika Johansson – Science and Technology for All
  • Programme (NTA) – Sweden
  • Lena Kjellen – The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Pierre Lena – Académie des Sciences  (France; honorary chair),
  • Odile Macchi – Académie des Sciences (France; past chair),
  • David Rios – Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences
  • Petra Skiebe-Corrette, Free University Berlin (Germany)
  • Svein Sjoberg – Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • Giancarlo Vecchio – Academy Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy: past chair)

Other contributors

  • Gerd Bergman – Science and Technology for All Programme (NTA) – Sweden
  • Geoffrey Boulton – The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Maria Duca – Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  • Florin G. Filip – Romanian Academy
  • Stanislav Dovgiy – National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (alternate)
  • Athanasis Fokas – Academy of Athens
  • Ingolf Hertel – Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (alternate)
  • Léo Houziaux – Académie Royale de Belgique
  • Guiseppe Macino – The National Academy of the Lincei
  • Miljenko Peric/Milosav Marjanovic – Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Bernhard Plunger – Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Stanko Popović – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Dukagjin Pupovci – Kosova Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Gerhard Schaefer – German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Perko Vukotic – Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Jan Zima / Jaroslav Pánek – Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (alternates)

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