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Scientix Reloaded!

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, is entering a new phase today by launching new collaborative services for teachers, and a new website. Over the next two years, the European Commission and European Schoolnet will be offering extended support to European teachers, both primary and secondary, through the expansion and development of Scientix.

A unique online collaborative space for science educators, Scientix aims at providing resources and best practices to encourage innovative and engaging teaching methods, and to promote interest in science studies and related professions among pupils. Since 2009, Scientix (http://www.scientix.eu) has collected 200 publicly-funded science education projects, and 1,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning materials. This vast learning resource will continue to grow, and to inspire science educators in their practices. Scientix has also created a network of national contact points selected to ensure a proactive dissemination and exchange of this unique body of knowledge and expertise. Scientix National Contact Points The newly established network of Scientix National Contact Points (NCPs) covers 30 European countries, and includes Ministries of Education, science centres, universities and training centres, among others. As a link between the national and European level, the NCPs will reach out to national communities of STEM education professionals, organising national workshops, webinars and networking events. The NCPs will be assisted by members of the Scientix Teacher Panel (Scientix Ambassadors) who will present Scientix to their peers – STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools. As Gilles Laroche, Head of the Science with and for Society Unit at the Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission, explains: “National Contact Points are key actors in establishing a community for science education in Europe. Through their active involvement in Scientix activities, they are instrumental in developing innovative policies and practices for science education, on the basis of participatory processes”. Furthermore, Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, stresses that: “We have worked on various STEM projects with the European institutions, national governments, local bodies, schools, and academia, and we know how challenging it can be to bring all the different actors together. Scientix, with its network of National Contact Points and Ambassadors, provides a unique opportunity to connect institutions and people active in STEM education policy, research and practice, and take advantage of the vast body of experience and knowledge gained at all levels”. “The ultimate goal is to inspire young people in their studies and to pursue STEM careers. But first, we must inspire change in STEM education policy and practice. We believe that Scientix is a perfect fit for this task”, concludes Durando. http://www.scientix.eu For further information, please contact: Valentina Garoia, Communication and Press Officer, European Schoolnet, 0032 (0)488 495246, valentina.garoia@eun.org About Scientix Scientix (www.scientix.eu) – the community for science education in Europe – was created to facilitate regular dissemination and sharing of know-how and best practices in science education across the European Union. The Scientix project is financed under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme and managed by European Schoolnet. About European Schoolnet European Schoolnet www.europeanschoolnet.org) is the network of 30 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning to our key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners.

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom