International expert seminar on science education

International expert seminar „Evidence of the Impact of Science Education in Attracting Young People Towards Science Studies and Science-related Careers“, September 29, 2022

Venue: Estonian Academy of Sciences (Kohtu 6, Tallinn, Estonia)

Focus of the seminar
Europe seeks to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy, good education and training are important to promote sustained economic growth and sustainable development through fuelling research and development and addressing innovation, productivity and competitiveness. In our increasingly scientific and technological world, the science workforce in Europe, is decreasing. Frequently school science curricula are not organised systematically across multiple years of schooling and emphasise discrete facts rather than providing students with engaging opportunities to experience how science is actually undertaken.

The Intended actions assume research excellence can be achieved and maintained only if research is closely integrated with education. By committing to research-based teaching in preparing/empowering new generations of capable, competent educators, current expert seminar pays attention to


Chair of the Seminar: Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, University of Tartu
10:00–10:30Arrival. Welcome coffee
10:30–11:10 Opening remarks. Setting the scene and introduction of the programme.
Prof. Jaak Järv, (video) Secretary General, Estonian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Jakob Kübarsepp, (video) Head of the Committee of Education, Estonian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, (presentation slides, video) University of Tartu, Coordinator of SciCar project
11:10–12:00Toward the Renewal of the “Teacher-Scientist Concept” Attributed to Roland Eötvös:  Content Pedagogy Research Programme at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Prof. András Patkós (prof. emeritus), (presentation slides, video) Eötvös Lorand University, Hungary
Session Chair: Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, University of Tartu
12:00–12:30Discussion in groups
Session Chair: Assoc. Prof Regina Soobard, (presentation slides, video)University of Tartu
12:30–13:15 Lunch
13:15–13:45Feedback from group discussions
13:45–14:30 What are Climate Change Competencies? Views from a climate expert.
Marianne Santala, (presentation slides, video) University of Helsinki, Finland
Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. Anne Laius, University of Tartu
14:30–15:15Introducing Contemporary Research Topics into School Science Programmes: Impact on Students’ Motivation to Become Scientists
Prof. Ron Blonder, (presentation slides, video), Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Session Chair: Dr. Rachel Mamlock-Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
15:15–16:00Panel discussion: Which competences are essential for a career in the private sector and in industry – expectation of the input from school science education (presentation by Jari Lavonen, video)
Panelists: Prof. András Patkós, Prof. Ron Blonder, Dr. Katrin Vaino, Dr. Helin Semilarski
Chair: Prof. Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki
16:00–16:30Concluding remarks. SciCar vision.
Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, Prof. Jari Lavonen, Dr. Rachel Mamlock-Naamann (video)

Organisers: University of Tartu and Estonian Academy of Sciences