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Pollen project - European conference on primary science education - 29 May 2009, Berlin

New milestones for inquiry-based science education in primary school in Europe

The Pollen project European conference - Friday 29 May 2009 - Berlin (Germany)

29 May 2009 - 29 May 2009

The Pollen project(2006-2009), financed by the European Commission, has been part of a recent effort by a number of European institutions in the fields of science, research and education to develop inquiry-based science education in primary school through joint collaborations. Pollen was thus acknowledged as a reference project in the Rocard report to the EU on science education (2007).

As it is now reaching completion, it provides an excellent opportunity to hold a major final conference that would enable participants to discuss issues and findings on inquiry-based science education and to promote the best practices in this field.

As a follow up to several European conferences on science education (Amsterdam 2004, Stockholm 2006, Grenoble 2008), this conference intends to contribute to the international agenda on science education in primary school. It will provide a platform for discussion about a variety of outstanding contributions, reflecting the diversity of innovative science education projects in Europe.

Co-organised by the Freie Universität Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Pollen project, this conference will address 4 major issues :
. inquiry-based science education as a key approach
. community participation and support for dissemination
. involvement of the scientific community
. science and cross-disciplinary teaching

The conference's purpose is to set a milestone towards the generalisation of the inquiry-based science approach in primary school in Europe.

About 200 participants from across Europe and further afield will attend, including members of the scientific community, policy makers on science education and teacher trainers.

The conference programme is regularly updated at

No fees will be charged to the participants for attending the conference. All communications will be delivered in English.If you are interested in participating, please contact either :
NatLab - Freie Universität Berlin
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Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris
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