Working Group Science Education

The ALLEA working group on Science Education functions at the same time as the European council of the science education programme of IAP (InterAcademy Panel, the global network of science academies). Nowadays science often has a poor image in European societies and a shortage of manpower in scientific and technical jobs can happen. One reason for this negative situation is the poor pedagogical quality (or even absence) of science education at the pre-university level, especially primary and lower secondary. Thus the group is presently engaged in fostering science education and improving its quality. The pilot projects funded during the last decade by the European Commission has demonstrated how efficient is the new pedagogy called inquiry-based science education to renew science education at low child ages. To make the renewal sustainable, the challenge is now to adequately train the very large number of science school teachers. Given that the European subsidiarity principle is applicable in matters of education, the working group is now focusing on the means to raise the awareness of politicians about the importance of this matter. We think that Academies can play an important role for this sake, but also in alliance with other bodies, in particular industrial corporates.


Members of the working group with international participants at the last AEMASE conference in 2015

For recent meetings and meeting documents, see below.


Selected Recent Publications

WGSE AEMASE ReportAEMASE Conference on Science Education – Conference Report







WGSE AEAMASEAEMASE Conference on Science Education – Conference Report Primer






ALLEA-RIA report Academia-Industry Alliance: Joint efforts in Science Education






WGSE renewal of science educationALLEA report: A renewal of science education in Europe. Views and Actions of National Academies






WGSE renewal of science education summaryExecutive summary of the report: A renewal of science education in Europe. Views and Actions of National Academies





Core Group Members

Giancarlo Vecchio (Chair) – The National Academy of the Lincei
Maija Katariina Aksela – Council of Finnish Academies
Andrej Kranjc – Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Odile Macchi – Académie des Sciences – l’Institut de France
Heléne Sundström – The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Lena Kjellen – The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Other Members

Ruth Arnon – Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Benő Csapó/József Pálinkás – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (alternate)
Maria Duca – Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Carl Figdor – Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Florin G. Filip – Romanian Academy
Athanasis Fokas – Academy of Athens
Maksym Galchenko/Stanislav Dovgiy – National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (alternate)
Ingolf Hertel/Randolf Menzel- Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (alternate)
Léo Houziaux – Académie Royale de Belgique
Guiseppe Macino – The National Academy of the Lincei
Cliona Murphy – The Royal Irish Academy
Søeren Peter Olesen – Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Miljenko Peric/Milosav Marjanovic – Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Bernhard Plunger – Austrian Academy of Sciences
Stanko Popović – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dukagjin Pupovci – Kosova Academy of Sciences and Arts
Gerhard Schaefer – German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Svein Sjoberg – Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Petra Skiebe-Corrette- Freie Universität Berlin
Perko Vukotic – Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts
Jan Zima / Jaroslav Pánek – Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (alternates)
Geoffrey Boulton – The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Pending nomination by the Turkish Academy of Sciences


Recent Meetings

18 September 2016
ALLEA Working Group Meeting, Rome

20 November 2015
AEMASE Working Group Meeting, Budapest

18 December 2014
AEMASE Network Meeting, Paris

17 December 2014
ALLEA Working Group Meeting, Paris

19/20 May 2014
International AEMASE Conference on Science Education, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

20/21 November 2013
Open Session on “Industry-school-Academy alliance: Joint efforts in science education, The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

10 December 2012
Meeting of the Core Group, The National Academy of the Lincei, Rome

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