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Promoting cooperation between schools and science

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Promoting cooperation between schools and science

As children are growing up in an increasingly scientifically advanced world, schools must develop their students’ scientific literacy. This article will explore several initiatives promoting cooperation between schools and science that can make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons more engaging!
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The European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support the best and brightest researchers in Europe and beyond, enabling them to deepen their research in a field of their choice. As part of the MSCA initiative, the European Researchers’ Night is organised every year on the last Friday of September. By presenting researchers’ work through entertaining and educational activities, it demystifies science and research. Children, young people and families have the chance to meet experts and discover their research through science shows, hands-on experiments, games, competitions and digital activities.


This year, the ‘Researchers at Schools’ initiative was launched, fostering direct interaction between researchers, primary and secondary school teachers, and pupils in the classroom. Activities can include presentations, hands-on experiments, lab visits, games, discussions and role-playing. Schools in Kiel, Germany can ‘Rent-a-Scientist’, for example, to deliver a specific science lesson in their area of expertise.


Finally, the next edition of the Science is Wonderful! fair, taking place in Brussels in March 2023, will feature 100 researchers from across Europe. It will give students the chance to interact with leading researchers and innovators and learn more about their work in engaging formats. Science is Wonderful! also has a range of activities for the classroom prepared by scientists. If you did not find what you need, why not take part in the Science is Wonderful! Competition, which gives teachers a rare opportunity to team up with an MSCA researcher and co-create a learning resource. There are several prizes to be won so make sure to register before 1 December 2022!




Towards a manifesto for gender-inclusive STE(A)M education and careers - Have your say by contributing to our survey before 18 November

Following the European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission is calling for stakeholders’ contributions to a survey on a manifesto for gender-inclusive #STEAM education & careers. We count on the opinions and involvement of various STEM-oriented education, research and innovation actors for the content of this Manifesto. Read more here and take part in the survey latest by 18 November 2022.

Additional information

  • Education type:
    School Education
  • Target audience:
    Head Teacher / Principal
    ICT Coordinator
    Student Teacher
    Teacher Educator
  • Target audience ISCED:
    Primary education (ISCED 1)
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)
    Upper secondary education (ISCED 3)


School partnerships and networks

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