2011 Physics Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter is on mission to equip future generations with critical thinking, an approach taken from the scientific toolbox, that can be useful within and outside science, he believes. In this podcast interview with EuroScientist, Perlmutter shares his views on how this can be done. Read more [...]This post was viewed 157 times.
Noa Haim is a designer and an architect based in The Netherlands. She is the founder of the Collective Paper Aesthetics initiative, to create participatory construction toys. Her idea is to let anybody become a designer, thanks to simple shapes that can be assembled at will. In this opinion piece she reveals her philosophy at the interface between science and art. She shows how anybody can become an designer with no prior training—perhaps one of the best introduction to engineering and architecture the next generation could have. Read more [...]This post was viewed 47 times.
A recent study analyses the views of secondary school pupils from 21 countries on their engagement with STEM subjects in and outside school, and includes their career choices. All countries represented are involved in the inGenious project, an EU-funded platform aiming to promote school-industry collaboration on STEM education. Read more [...]This post was viewed 16 times.
To succeed in today’s knowledge-based and creative society, children must learn to think creatively, plan systematically, analyse critically, work collaboratively, communicate clearly, design iteratively, and, above all, learn continuously. Unfortunately, most uses of technologies today do not support these 21st-century learning skills. Read more [...]This post was viewed 5 times.
The electronic/hip hop dance music scene may not be an obvious place for a biochemistry graduate from Oxford University, in the UK. But that’s exactly what has happened to Matt Black, member of the Coldcut music duo alongside long-term accomplice Jonathan More. In an interview with the Euroscientist Editor, Sabine Louët, Black explains how this scientific background has influenced his career choices, and his views of the world. Read more [...]This post was viewed 16 times.
French universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since 2007 law was passed. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. Read more [...]This post was viewed 35 times.
A recent report points to the future labour market as being characterised by a quantitative and qualitative mismatch of skills. This means that there will be fewer workers than jobs in the future. And the skills of the workers will not match the required skills for these jobs. STEM has therefore become a key priority in western governments’ policy agenda. To remedy this situation, some advocate the benefits of partnerships between industry and schools on increasing the attractiveness of STEM education. Read more [...]This post was viewed 123 times.
Many of our readers would change their science education, should they have the opportunity to do so. This Special Issue of the Euroscientist is your chance to share your views on how you would like to educational system evolve. To give you food for thoughts, we offer you some selected view points from across a panel of experts currently shaping the future of science education. Read more [...]This post was viewed 28 times.
In an exclusive interview, Christian Fonnesbech, creative director at Investigate North tells the Euroscientist about the importance of science in his multimedia, social games.He has been involved in creating emotional narratives for the social media generation for over a decade. In this interview, he shares his views on education, while sharing his vision regarding the importance of science in gaming. Read more [...]This post was viewed 3 times.
There is a constant call for an increase in science technology, engineering and mathematics graduates—also known as STEM topics. But the problem is not with the graduates themselves. Instead, the root of the problem lies at a different, much earlier, level of the educational chain, where young people’s interests and paths are defined. Read more [...]This post was viewed 10 times.
Massive amounts of culturally and scientifically-rich content is now available. However, its potential use for educational and scientific purposes remains largely untapped. One reason can be seen in current web content dissemination mechanisms, which are dominated by a small number of large central hubs. In order to maintain their valuable services, those large hubs have to focus on commercially viable mainstream content. While cultural and scientific resources provide valuable and educational content they cannot be considered mainstream. Quite the contrary. Most of this can be considered as high-quality niche content for a rather small community and forms part of the so-called Long Tail. Read more [...]This post was viewed 37 times.
Are citizens—students and pupils in particular—engaged in current research? Not really. There is still a huge gap between the latest research carried out by the scientific community and society—including the education community. In parallel, Europe faces a decrease in the interest of pupils in science subjects and a decline in the number of students aiming for scientific careers. Worse, many young people express negative attitudes towards science, in the way it is currently taught in schools. Read more [...]This post was viewed 11 times.