30.06.2017 - UNESCO Venice Office

Call for participation: Ark of Inquiry webinar on inquiry learning in science classrooms

University College Leuven-Limburg, Diepenbeek (Belgium) - Secondary school students performing inquiry activities

Save the dates for the webinar on Inquiry Based Science Education and Responsible Research and Innovation scheduled on 6-7 September 2017 as part of the Ark of Inquiry project. The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe invites interested participants from South-East Europe to register to this webinar which will provide training and access to ready-to-use inquiry activities. While the topics will be primarily geared towards primary and secondary school science teachers, other interested professionals may also register.

The EU-funded project Ark of Inquiry: Inquiry Awards for Youth over Europe has entered its fourth and final year. For the first time since its inception, UNESCO has the opportunity to expand the scope of the project, outside the 13-member consortium from 12 different European countries, to education professionals in the field of science from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

In this endeavour, with the support of the UNESCO ASPnet International Coordinator, the webinar targets to engage teachers of pupils aged 7-18 years. Besides Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE), the webinar will cover the project’s inquiry learning model, access to the portal (http://arkportal.ut.ee/#/) which has over 700 vetted inquiry activities, and resources and training that allow participants to customise these inquiry activities to address diverse learning needs. The webinar is mostly suited to primary and secondary school science educators; yet it is also an opportunity for other interested education professionals from the region.

To accommodate teachers’ busy schedules at the beginning of the school year, the webinar will be offered live twice over these consecutive days – Day 1. Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 15:00 CET and Day 2. Thursday 7 September 2017 at 15:00 CET.

Each webinar will have a duration of 1,5 to 2 hours. It will be conducted in English; a working knowledge of the language is therefore a prerequisite for participation in the webinar. Interested science teachers may also partner with English-language teachers at their school for the training, too. It is important to note that each webinar has a capacity of 100 participants only.

Interested participants are invited to register here by 31 July 2017 latest.


 “Ark of Inquiry: Inquiry Awards for Youth over Europe” is a research and development project on teacher training, oriented towards raising science awareness, particularly that of youth aged 7 to 18, to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Funded by the European Commission and involving 13 project partners from 12 countries, the project started in 2014 and has a duration of 4 years.

UNESCO with the support of its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is involved in a large number of Work Packages (WP). It is leader of WP7 (Dissemination), and it plays a contributing role to WP2 (Collection of inquiry activities and environments), WP3 (Supporting community), WP4 (Training), WP5 (Evaluation) and WP6 (Implementation).


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