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Key Personnel and information

Address:  YLIOPISTONMAKI 20014, Turku Finland


Contact Person: Pasi Nurmi


Partner Telephone: +358 29 4504 358


University of Turku

The University of Turku (UTU), Finland's second largest multidisciplinary university, has over 20,000 students and 3,000 staff members. The University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties: Humanities, Science and Engineering, Medicine, Law, Social Science, Education, and Turku School of Economics. In the international QS ranking, the University of Turku is among the top 300 universities (QS Ranking 2018). Research on learning and education is one of the areas of strength in research at the University of Turku. In 2017, the Faculty of Education was in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings field-specific comparison. The Faculty consists of two departments, the Department of Education and the Department of Teacher Education. The Department of Teacher Education, the largest department in the Faculty of Education, is one of the 5 institutes for educating school teachers in Finland and has two campuses (Turku and Rauma) each with their own training school. The training schools are part of the Finnish Teacher Training School network. The Department provides theory-embedded, discipline-based education of high quality with the ultimate goal of educating future teachers whose personal educational philosophy consists of a solid theoretical foundation, rigorous expertise, resourcefulness and critical reflection skills. Every year over 200 students obtain a master degree from the department that gives them a teacher qualification.


Key Personnel and information

Address:  Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Research and Development Department, Dimitriou Panagea St. 15351 Pallini Greece


Contact Person: Eleftheria Tsourlidaki


Partner Telephone: +30 213 007 0547


Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the state. Established in 1995, the Research and Development Department of EA provides the test bed for research applications for the design, development and implementation of the research activities in education. The R&D Department acts therefore as an interface between the pedagogical research, the technological innovation and the school community. It focuses on the design, implementation and support of pedagogical and technological innovation in educational practice, both through internal research as well as through collaborations
with numerous educational, research and commercial institutions in Europe and the world. EA is an institutional member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network), of STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe), of ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums) network and a partner school of the German Excellence Network of STEM Schools “MINTEC”. The work of the R&D Department which currently employs 15 full time researchers (7 PhD level, 8 MSc) focuses also on the following areas:
a) Development of methodologies and empirical research to investigate processes of learning and knowledge acquisition in various subject matter areas (physics, mathematics, biology, history, etc.);
b) Design and development of educational learning scenarios based on the concept of inquiry learning, which has been developed and tested in various EU projects and applied within European educational communities;
c) Cooperation and collaboration with Universities, research centers, museums and private companies for the development and testing of educational material and software, using virtual and augmented reality;
d) Collaboration with computer science departments and artificial intelligence labs for the development of computational models and AI learning systems;
e) Design of technology-supported learning environments.


Key Personnel and information

Address:  Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia, Largo dos Topazios, 48 – 3F, 2785 - 817 S. D. Rana, Portugal


Contact Person: Priscila Doran


Partner Telephone: +351 214 537 440


Nucleo Interactivo de Astronomia

NUCLIO - Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO) is a non-profit association of professional astrophysicists, geologists, scienceteachers and amateur astronomers devoted to public outreach and science education. NUCLIO is an official training centre recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education. NUCLIO’s activities include: training teachers in the use of new technologies, innovative methodologies, promotion of real research in classroom where students are introduced to the scientific methods using robotic telescopes , data mining, and other advanced tools for science learning. In the last years NUCLIO has gained expertise in the use of serious games for science education and the integration of real science experiences in classroom environment, for example, the search for asteroids, the use of robotic telescopes, etc. This experience was part of an important programme, Universe Quest, an NSF funded project, devoted to inspire girls to take science careers using the construction of serious games as a tool to debate science. NUCLIO has been involved in several EC projects as national coordinator for Portugal and more recently as coordinator of international community building efforts, with the mission to support teacher in the uptake of innovative approaches for science learning and the use of more student centered approach such as the use of inquiry based learning methodology. NUCLIO is the coordinator of one of the largest astronomy education efforts in the world, the Galileo Teacher Training Program, a legacy of International Year of Astronomy 2009 endorsed by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO and part of the Cosmic Light cornerstone of the UN endorsed International Year of Light 2015. The program reached since 2009 over 100 nations and 30 000 teachers. NUCLIO is the coordinator of the Portuguese Language Expertise Centre for the International Astronomical Union where, among other roles, has the responsibility of bringing innovation and capacity building to Portuguese speaking nations.


Key Personnel and information

Address:  University of Cyprus, Department of Educational Sciences, P. O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

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Contact Person: Marios Papaevripidou


Partner Telephone: +35 722 892 957


University of Cyprus

The University of Cyprus is a public University with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 Master’s and PhD students. There are approximately 350 members of the faculty. The Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Cyprus is a large department with 22 members of the faculty, and 35 associate or assistant personnel. There are two undergraduate (primary and pre-primary school education) programs, a pre-service postgraduate secondary education program (across all subject domains taught in secondary education) and seven postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level (including science, math and technology education). In science education it’s active in research into inquiry learning, computer supported collaborative learning, physical and virtual laboratory experimentation, modelling, science curriculum development and  assessment, conceptual understanding and educational evaluation.

The Research in Science and Technology Education Group (ReSciTEG) at the University of Cyprus conducts a co-ordinated program of research, curriculum development and instruction. The group includes faculty, research associates, post-doctoral students and graduate students (both at the Master's and PhD level). The ReSciTEG members have a lot of experience with designing technology enhanced curriculum in the area of science education and with designing and implementing online inquiry oriented environments for science teaching and learning purposes. Additionally, the ReSciTEG members have a lot of experience with evaluating skills related to the cognitive and affective domain. The group is taking a leadership role in the efforts of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus to implement its eLearning strategy through a series of projects including topics, such as designing multimedia environments for science teaching and learning. 



Key Personnel and information

Address:  Castle Road Blackrock Castle, Ireland


Contact Person: Frances Mc Carthy


Partner Telephone: +353 214 326 124


Blackrock Castle Observatory

Cosmos Education CLG known as CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) is a science and discovery centre and working research observatory housed in an iconic 16th century landmark on Cork’s inner harbour. BCO is home to three exhibits; Cosmos at the Castle, where visitors explore the wonders of the Universe and the importance of Space exploration in a series of interactive displays, immersive games and live planetarium shows; Journeys of Exploration, where visitors investigate Cork’s maritime heritage traditions supported by scientific commentary; and the SFI Discover Zone, a series of interactive and multi-touch table top exhibits with problem solving challenges that mesh together the scientific, maritime and heritage themes. BCO’s mission is to affect positive change in attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and maths in Ireland, and be recognised and respected as a centre of excellence in scientific research, education and outreach.


Key Personnel and information

Address:  Ksiecia Janusza 64, Poland


Contact Person: Agata Goździk


Partner Telephone: +48 226 915 650


Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Geophysics PAS (the highest evaluation category A+ received in 2017) is a scientific institution representing the mainstream of Polish basic research in Earth sciences. It is the only institution in Poland that performs monitoring of geophysical fields in seismology, geomagnetism, and selected areas of atmospheric physics. The main statutory tasks of the Institute include scientific research, development, monitoring and educational activities, as well as dissemination of the results of the research and their implementation in the economy.  The Institute manages the Polish Polar Station Hornsund, which is located on the coast of Isbjørnhamna in the southern part of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. It was established in 1957 and has been in operation year-round since 1978. It is the only year-round polish research observatory in the Arctic. The Station carries out monitoring programmes aimed at improving the understanding of the functioning of Arctic nature and the changes it undergoes. The programmes cover climatology, glaciology, hydrology, oceanography, seismology, geomagnetism, physics of the atmosphere, permafrost and geomorphic processes. The main objectives of the research are related to the evolution of the High Arctic environment with respect to Climate Change.


Key Personnel and information

Address:  Universidad de Deusto Avenida de las Universidades 24, 48007 Bilbao (Biskaya, País Vasco), Spain


Contact Person: Iratxe Mentxaka Sierra


Partner Telephone: +34 944 13 90 73


Universidad De La Iglesia De Deusto

The University of Deusto is a private and fully recognized university with 997 members of staff and more than 12,000 students. Academic excellence of the University of Deusto is reflected in its commitment to innovative methods of learning, particularly in the new methodology of competence-based learning, own methodology of teaching, learning and assessment in a learner-based approach, and incorporation of new technologies as tools for quality education with an emphasis in meaningful learning and efficiency.

Since 2004, the Faculty of Engineering provides a remote laboratory WebLab-Deusto for technical curricula. The remote lab is integrated in the current teaching/learning with LMS, Facebook, and mobile devices. WebLab-Deusto offers different experiments in physics and technologies including logic games and one related to embed systems development. The group participates in many national and international projects, among others OLAREX, CLIPFLAX, E-Pragmatic, RexNet, CITA2, SocialTechBook, PiP-PDI, and sLabs. The Mobile Communications Research Group hosts SmartLab, a mobile and pervasive computing laboratory, where prototypes of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence scenarios are designed, deployed and tested in order to experiment with future environments where intelligence is provided by surrounding objects, especially mobile phones. The group has a strong background in the application of Semantic Web and Artificial Intelligence techniques to middleware for embed and mobile system in order to foster context-aware reactivity. MORElab participates in multiple projects, such as MUGGES, uService, CBDP, SABESS, PIRAmIDE, and ACROSS.



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POLAR STAR aims to bring together state-of-the-art learning pedagogies and combine them with exciting activities that focus on contemporary science, thus helping teachers to introduce STEAM successfully in their class. At the same time the project will focus on the development of students’ key skills and competences as well as deepening their knowledge of fundamental science principles, increasing their appreciation of science and technology and their role in todays’ societies. POLAR STAR aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:

  • Promoting the 'Science as a Whole' concept;
  • Promoting a holistic STEM educational approach;
  • Promote the introduction of contemporary science activities in schools;



YLIOPISTONMAKI 20014, Turku Finland

Phone:+35 850 339 48 23