Science on Stage Europe Festival 2024
The next Science on Stage Festival is scheduled to take place in Turku, Finland Monday 12th August - Thursday 15th August 2024. Save the dates!
From teachers, for teachers - The European Science Teacher Network across 36 countries
What is Science on Stage?
Science on Stage provides a European platform for science and STEM teachers to exchange teaching concepts and to share ideas. The aim of the initiative is to advance science and STEM teaching by creating a platform for science teachers’ creativity.
Selected teachers and technicians from each country come together for an international festival every two years. At each festival, delegates showcase their winning projects to others from across Europe. They make up the Science on Stage network, sharing good practice and teaching ideas to help raise the overall quality of STEM teaching.
On 1st January 2019, the Association for Science Education (ASE) has hosted the UK's National Steering Committee (NSC) for Science on Stage UK. The ASE is responsible for organising the UK presence at events, supporting the dissemination of practice from the European festivals, and enabling networking with teachers from other countries.
At each festival, an international jury selects the best projects and award the European STEM Teacher Awards.
When is the next festival?
The next European Science on Stage festival (#SonS2024) will take place from 12th August to 15th August in Turku, Finland
UK teachers from primary and secondary levels will be selected to present their teaching ideas and approaches. Each festival has several guiding themes - for 2024 the themes for all projects are:
- Science for the Youngest (projects for early years and primary school)
- STEM Education for Sustainable Development (projects that show how STEM can contribute to achieving the SDGs)
- Digital Technologies in STEM education (projects involving coding, ICT, big data, AI, VR, network security, etc.)
- Diversity in STEM Education (projects including the variability of teaching methods, for talented students, for inclusive learning, cooperation between younger and older students etc.)
- STEAM in Education (e.g. projects combining STEM with other disciplines – i.e. arts, music, sports, history, etc.)
- Low-Cost Experiments in STEM Education (e.g. projects involving practical work with low-cost and everyday materials)
- STEM for Teachers in Training (e.g. projects for teachers during initial teacher education)
- Joint projects (projects developed in collaboration, between teachers from different countries, at least one of whom participated in a previous Science on Stage festival
How are UK projects and delegates selected?
The UK’s most creative and passionate STEM teachers are selected via application and reviewed by the Science on Stage UK panel. They form part of 450 educators who attend the event.
The ideal Science on Stage project:
- promotes students interest in science,
- refers to everyday life,
- has a sustainable effect,
- is feasible in everyday school life and can be financed with reasonable expenses,
- promotes inquiry-based learning.
Details of how to apply to represent the UK at the Festival are now available here. The deadline for applications to attend the festival in Turku is 15 July 2023 - To apply, please complete the SurveyMonkey Link . The UK National Steering Committee (NSC) will shortlist applications in the summer of 2023 and successful delegates will be advised in the autumn of 2023.
For any information or to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subsequent activities of the Science on Stage festivals focus on sharing, developing and sustaining the inspiration gained at the festival. These follow-up activities include; providing professional development support to colleagues through local teacher meetings, courses,exchange programmes, publishing teaching materials and collaborative projects with industry.
About the Science on Stage network
Founded in 2000, Science on Stage reaches 100,000 teachers.
There are currently 36 participating countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Previous Science in Stage Festivals
Take a look at previous festivals Festivals | Science On Stage Europe (science-on-stage.eu)
2022 Prague, Czechia - Watch clip here
2019 Cascais Portugal
2017 Debrecen, Hungary
2015 London, United Kingdom
In London 2015, 350 teachers from across Europe and Canada converged upon London to participate in a four-day Festival, showcasing....
Useful links to previous Journal articles