NEWS

10

July

I AM A.I – AN EXHIBITION DIRECTLY FROM THE FUTURE IN GREECE

It is our great pleasure to announce SciCo’s new partnership with the NGO IMAGINARY, welcoming the exhibition “I AM A.I. – explaining artificial intelligence” – financed by the Carl Zeiss Foundation – in Greece. The interactive exhibition “I AM A.I.” from Germany, gets a new digital form, and attempts to explore various aspects of artificial intelligence.

Through images, instructional videos, and interactive experiments, the user can learn how a neural network works, why the computer can and does recognize our words when we speak, in which cases artificial intelligence is unable to execute a command, and much

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13

June

RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION “TAKE PART IN GENERATION NEXT’S SURVEY AND WIN”

The competition announced by SciCo Science – Communication, in the context of a research evaluation of the Generation Next program, has come to an end!

The 4 lucky winners, who win a 3D printer and three 3D pens are:

1. Nektaria Kletsa (3D printer)
2. Fotini Verigou (3D pen)
3. Athanasios Tataroglou (3D pen)
4. Barbara Grigoriadou (3D pen)
Congratulations to the winners and we thank you all for participating in the research and the competition!

Stay tuned for all future SciCo actions!

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28

May

Generation Next quality survey

SciCo conducts research to evaluate the Generation Next program and gives away wonderful gifts for you all to continue “playing” with technology!

Are you using the Generation Next platform or have you participated in STEM labs for teachers? Well, that means that you have already discovered our program and we are interested in your feedback!

In order for you to continue enjoying our free-access platform, provided by the Vodafone Foundation, and further developing your skills, we would like to do everything in our hand to improve our services even more for you.

Please

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11

March

Athens Science Festival 2020 is postponed

In the recent weeks we have been actively monitoring the latest updates about SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Based on the latest instructions from the Ministry of Health and the proposed precautionary measures, the Athens Science Festival (ASF) organizing committee announces the postponement of the event scheduled for April 1-5, 2020. The situation will be re-evaluated in the upcoming period and new dates of the festival will be announced.

Our attention is focused on the scientific community that fights to tackle this serious global issue. Τhe communication channels of ASF will assist in informing the

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04

October

Generation Next

STEMpowering Youth, the educational STEM program of SciCo that has benefited 12,400 students since 2017, with the support of Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, has now evolved to Generation Next, the digital platform offering free access to skill development.

For three consecutive years and five successful educational cycles, SciCo has reached every corner in Greece, familiarizing young students with exploratory thinking, encouraging their active participation in scientific and modern applications and promoting all necessary for professional development skills. Aiming at empowering young people and enhancing science and

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23

August

Job Opening: STEM EDUCATOR FULL OR PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT

SciCo is looking for a science or technology graduate in order to staff with teaching personnel its programs. Those interested can send their CV to info@scico.gr, with mail subject: STEM Educator.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Masters in Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology or any other STEM education related field
Experience in creating and evaluating STEM training programs.
Experience in post-training and teacher support.
Teaching experience. Teaching experience over 2 years will count positively.
Organizational and project management skills
Excellent communication skills.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Provide STEM training with an emphasis on project-based learning methods (through the creation of training tools, conducting workshops,

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15

August

STEMpowering Youth: 5th cycle finalists!

“STEMpowering Youth” is a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) extracurricular educational program implemented by SciCo with the support of Vodafone Foundation and Ellinogermaniki Agogi since 2017. The purpose of the program is to familiarize students from remote areas of Greece with science, problem solving and innovation. In each cycle of the program, students aged 13-16 are trained in Science, Astronomy and Programming using technologies and interactive tools.

At the end of each cycle, each team undertakes the role to create its own project, following the scientific steps of solving a problem that include problem recognition

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02

August

Three years of STEMpowering Youth

For the third straight academic year, SciCo, with the support of the Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, is bringing the extracurricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational program to 12-16-year-old students in remote areas of Greece. The goal of the STEMpoweringYouth program is to connect schools with their local communities, cultivating the students’ creative thinking and inspiring them to research problems affecting their community and come up with innovative solutions using science and technology. In 2018 the program expanded with the implementation of a second pillar, providing specially designed materials

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24

April

Job opening: grant writer- call for application

SciCo is currently seeking to hire a Grant Writer. The selected individual will participate in all activities relating to securing funding from institutional donors, foundations, trusts, corporate and individuals.

All interested in applying for this job opening may send their CV to the email address info@scico.gr , indicating in the subject area “Grant Writer Application 2019” until 10/05/2019.

Responsibilities:

–          Design, develop and submit funding proposals to various EU, Horizon2020, Erasmus+ funds, Foundations, Trusts, Corporate and private funders

–          Monitor the implementation process of different projects, preparing monitoring reports

–          Cooperate with other project managers to achieve fundraising goals

–          Strengthen relationships

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26

March

STEMpowering Youth: 4th cycle finalists!

One of the main goals of the STEMpowering Youth extracurricular program is to allow students to apply their new skills to the real world, using scientific thinking to address local social and environmental challenges -and applying their imagination and creative thinking to design and build their own innovative technological solution.

In order to encourage this goal, SciCo has created the STEMpowering Youth Innovation Contest. Every student taking part in the program can participate in the contest individually or as part of a team, by creating a project that fulfills the following

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07

March

STEMPOWERING YOUTH: Student Projects of the fourth cycle

“STEMPOWERING YOUTH” for a fourth straight cycle: Meet our new crop of young scientists!

“STEMpowering Youth” is an extracuricullar STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program which has been implemented by Scico in cooperation with Ellinogermaniki Agogi and the support of Vodafone Foundation since 2017. The program’s aim is to bring innovation in school classes of remote Greek areas: In each cycle of the program, 13-16 year-old students are trained with interactive educational tools on topics of Natural Sciences, Astronomy and Programming, and participate in experiments as well as design and

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12

February

Edinburgh welcomes 2nd Mind the Lab on Waverley station, Saturday 16th of February, 2019

Following the success of the first Mind the Lab in Edinburgh (Haymarket station) on December 18, 2018,  University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with SciCo, organizes for the second time, Mind the Lab at Waverley train station. On Saturday, February 16, train passengers at Waverley Station will have the opportunity to learn, discover and get stimulated by Math, Biology and Physics!

The University of Edinburgh will stimulate train passengers through exciting booths that will allow them to make exciting discoveries for themselves under the microscope! Furthermore, passengers will have

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25

January

STEMpowering Youth supports STEM teaching by providing lab equipment to schools in remote areas!

“STEMpowering Youth” started in February 2017 as an extracurricular program of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education for 12-16 year-old students in remote Greek areas. The program’s main aim is to enhance and support the process of STEM education in remote areas of Greece. This is why, in 2018, STEMpowering Youth, which is implemented by SciCo with the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi and the support of the Vodafone Foundation, expands with one more initiative. Starting in the spring semester of 2018 we are implementing the distribution of specially designed

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13

January

STEMpoweringYouth embraces exponential technologies!

STEMpoweringYouth, the extracurricular program of STEM education for students 13-16 years old living in remote areas of Greece is currently in its third year of implementation! In the first three cycles, the STEM education program inspired students in 21 areas of Thrace, the Dodecanese, NE Aegean islands and Crete to bring innovation to their local community. The journey of STEMpoweringYouth continues with two new cycles in the 2018-2019 academic year, reaching the Ionian islands. The program has engaged students in 26 different areas from all over Greece- and it hasn’t

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07

January

Academy of Ambassadors: Applications until 25th of January

ACADEMY OF AMBASSADORS: APPLICATIONS UNTIL THE 18th of JANUARY

SciCo is organizing for the 4th year the Academy of Ambassadors.

 

The main purpose of the program is to strengthen the skills of the participants in science communication, to develop their professional skills and to introduce themselves as spokespeople of SciCo’s values ​​and goals.

 

To meet the above objectives, participants during the program are invited to consider the following questions, which form the core of the program and are explored through learning by doing processes.

 

What is the need for science to communicate with society?
What are the

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24

December

Theo Anagnostopoulos Mind the Lab, Falling Walls Engage 2018

Το Falling Walls Engage είναι μια διεθνής πλατφόρμα που ασχολείται με τη διάχυση πρωτοβουλιών και ενεργειών οι οποίες αποσκοπούν στη διάδοση της επιστήμης στο κοινό και φιλοξενούνται από το Falling Walls σε συνεργασία με το Robert Bosch Stiftung. Στις 8 Νοεμβρίου 2018, 20 διεθνή έργα επιστημονικής εμπλοκής από ένα ευρύ φάσμα πεδίων παρουσίασαν τις αντιλήψεις τους σε ένα διακεκριμένο κοινό.

Ένα απο τα διεθνή έργα επιστημονικής εμπλοκής που παρουσιάστηκαν και έκλεψε τις εντυπώσεις, ήταν το Mind the Lab, το οποίο και πραγματοποιήθηκε για πρώτη φορά στο Βερολίνο!

Πατήστε εδώ για να δείτε

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28

November

Jane Goodall in Greece

SciCo proudly participates in the organization of Dr. Jane Goodall’s visit in Greece

#JaneGreece2018

It is with great pleasure that Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Greece announces the visit of the internationally renowned primatologist, ethologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall. Between 9th and 11th December 2018, Dr. Jane Goodall will hold speeches in three cities in Greece: Thessaloniki, Athens and Heraklion (Crete).

Jane Goodall is recognized as one of the most important scientists of our time. In 1960, her work in Tanzania on the behavior of chimpanzees rocked the world of the global

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17

October

The innovative and interactive exhibition “The Champion” comes for the first time in Greece

The brand-new, scientifically designed exhibition about sports will surprise the Greek audience regardless of their age!

The Cultural Center “Hellenic Cosmos” in collaboration with the non-profit organization “SciCo”, welcomes for the first time in Greece, the high-end sports’ exhibition “The Champion”. The innovative exhibition, which was first held with great success in Budapest, comes in less than a month in Athens, aiming to offer an unrivaled high-tech experience, which will provide the audience with the opportunity to learn as well as to test their limits…

A unique & innovative exhibition tailored to

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17

October

Η επιστημονικά σχεδιασμένη έκθεση για τον αθλητισμό ήρθε στην Ελλάδα για να ξετρελάνει μικρούς και μεγάλους!

Η ΠΡΩΤΑΘΛΗΤΡΙΑ ΕΚΘΕΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΚΟΣΜΟΥ
ΠΟΥ ΗΡΘΕ ΓΙΑ ΠΡΩΤΗ ΦΟΡΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ
ΠΑΡΑΤΕΙΝΕΙ ΤΗ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΤΗΣ!

 Μέχρι και τον Μάρτιο στο Κέντρο Πολιτισμού «Ελληνικός Κόσμος» σε συνεργασία με τη SciCo

Λόγω μεγάλης επισκεψιμότητας, η έκθεση «The Champion» παρατείνει τη λειτουργία της μέχρι και τον Μάρτιο! Η μοναδική έκθεση που προσφέρει μία διαδραστική εμπειρία και βάζει τον επισκέπτη να αναμετρηθεί με τον εαυτό του και τους άλλους επισκέπτες, ήρθε για πρώτη φορά στην Ελλάδα από το Ίδρυμα Μείζονος Ελληνισμού σε συνεργασία με τη Sci Co.

Ελάτε να δοκιμάσετε, να παίξετε και να μάθετε

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12

October

Keep Calm and Mind the Lab!

Bringing science for the second consecutive year on passengers’ way at the Metro

Mind the Lab educated and entertained the Athenian metro passengers for the second consecutive year on Friday 21 September 2018. The unique initiative accomplished to bring knowledge literally to everyone using the metro, with main goal: to inspire and to inform people of all ages, regardless of their social, educational level, in order to be engaged with science and technology and their importance for everyday life.

Mind the Lab informed and entertained hundreds of Athenians through the communication of

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12

October

Fireathon 2018: An innovative marathon brings hope to the fight with flames!

July 23rd, 2018 was a day that we will all remember as the day where clouds of smoke spread across the Attic sky, causing within a few seconds a radical change in the lives of many people. The devastating fire that started in Mati, was spread within a few seconds depriving the life of more than 90 people. The thick smoke that overwhelmed Attica, overwhelmed also the thoughts of hundreds of people, motivating them to act.

When it all started…

Just a few hours after the expansion of the catastrophic fire at

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10

October

Get ready … 1st Thessaly Science Festival is starting!

University of Thessaly brings for the first time in central Greece a unique Science and Innovation Festival.

11-12-13 October 2018, Mill of Pappas

Thessaly Science Festival opens its gates for the first time in Larissa and welcomes the audience with an unforgettable three-day journey to the sphere of science and innovation. University of Thessaly due to the completion of 30 years since it was first established, achieved to bring this cultural event in Central Greece in order to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. Thessaly Science Festival aspires to show to both young as

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03

September

Getting to know STEMpowering Youth!

 

For the third straight academic year, SciCo, with the support of the Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, is bringing the extracurricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational program to 12-16-year-old students in remote areas of Greece. The goal of the STEMpoweringYouth program is to connect schools with their local communities, cultivating the students’ creative thinking and inspiring them to research problems affecting their community and come up with innovative solutions using science and technology.

Each cycle of the program begins with the training of educators. Our

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04

August

The STEMPowering Youth innovation contest

STEMPowering Youth is an extra-curricular STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program implemented by the non-for-profit educational organization Scico, with the support of the Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, since 2017. In each cycle of the program, 13-16 year old students from remote areas of Greece are given the opportunity to obtain new knowledge and skills on topics of science and technology. One of the main goals of the program is to teach the students how to apply their skills and scientific thinking as well as

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26

July

STEMpowering Youth: Student Projects of the third cycle

“STEMPOWERING YOUTH” for a third straight cycle: Meet our new crop of young scientists!

“STEMpowering Youth” is an extracuricullar STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program which has been implemented by Scico in cooperation with Ellinogermaniki Agogi and the support of Vodafone Foundation since 2017. The program’s aim is to bring innovation in school classes of remote Greek areas: In each cycle of the program, 13-16 year-old students are trained with interactive educational tools on topics of Natural Sciences, Astronomy and Programming, and participate in experiments as well as design and

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18

June

Science without borders at the Athens Science Festival 2018

The non-profil educational organisation SciCo organised for the fifth year in a row the unique festival on science and innovation, Athens Science Festival, at Technopolis City of Athens, with 22,000 visitors. Of those, 6,000 were students who were exposed to many interesting scientific activities. During 6 days, the festival hosted 160 research, academic and educational organisations, 115 different interactive events, 48 labs for kids, 23 workshops, 55 speeches and 5 competitions, as well as a series of other events for visitors of all ages!

Particularly charismatic and acclaimed speakers of international

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16

May

STEMpowering Youth : Students projects of the second cycle

The “STEMpowering Youth” program is implemented in 15 provincial towns since February of 2017, and aims at student empowerment on science topics, with the use of new technologies. In each round of the program, the students are trained with interactive educational tools on Natural Sciences, Astronomy and Programming topics, and they participate in experiential activities and group projects, making constructions.

At the end of each course round, each team creates its own project. Within their project, the students have the opportunity to do research and manufacture a construction in order to

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20

April

The chances in our lives: A new series of Science Communication videos

How do chances affect our everyday life? We have produced a video series dedicated to probability theory which hopefully will help you understand the role of chances in making a decision both in the human and in the animal kingdom!

Watch the episodes entitled  “The Ιmpossible Possible” via our Channel at Youtube.

 

 

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March

Maths in Motion

Maths in Motion is a two-year KA2 Erasmus+ project about how to use body movement as a tool to teach Mathematics. The final goal of the project is to create a toolkit of activities that combine music and movement as a tool to teach mathematics and explain basic mathematical concepts.

Maths in Motion is designed and implemented by  Olde Vechte Foundation and brought together mathematicians, teachers, dancers and STEM educators from 7 european countries (Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Greece) The non-profit organization “SciCo – Science Communication” represents Maths

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19

November

Extension of the application submission for the Ambassadors’ training program

The Academy of Ambassadors is aiming to empower the participants’ skills in science
communication, to further develop their professional capacities and to feature them as main
spokespeople of SciCo’s values and goals.
The main goal of the program is for the participants to make them active in their fields of
work by developing their personal and professional skills. So that this can be realized, the
participants should be willing to acknowledge their wishes and desires, their needs and
capacities in order to get to know themselves.

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23

October

STEMpowering Youth: The innovative student projects of the first cycle

“STEMpowering Youth” is implemented for the previous year in provincial towns, in order to introduce the concept of innovation in the local societies, to train the teachers and to help students develop new skills. In parallel, it encourages experimental design and the construction of innovative applications for the resolution of local problems and issues of everyday life. The laboratories allow the students to discover skills and talents, to obtain hands-on experience on making or processing STEM applications (Science –Technology – Engineering – Mathematics), and get educated via interaction and active

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13

October

SciCo team presents its new educational STE(A)M program

SciTEAM, the Education team of SciCo has created an innovative educational program based on the model of STEM education.

The acronym STEM is derived from the words Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, while recently the letter A was added from the word Art.

STE(A)M education is based on exploratory cooperative learning and aims to empower students with the 21st century skills. STE(A)M education is focused on problem solving techniques. Students are invited to use science, new technologies and simple materials to solve problems of their everyday lives.

The educational program that SciTEAM proposes is

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23

June

Mind the Lab brings science in your way…From Greece to all over the world!

Mind the Lab, a breakthrough initiative in bringing science to the general public, was founded by SciCo in 2016. The aim of this initiative is to act as a science teaser and a powerful tool to attract the interest of the general public, and direct it to science-related channels, such as science festivals.

For first time, Mind the Lab was successfully conducted in the Athens metro, Greece, on the 3rd of February 2017, at 8 metro stations. At that day, passionate scientists, inventors, researchers, teachers and students from more than 20

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20

March

COUNTING BACK FOR THE ATHENS SCIENCE FESTIVAL!

The Athens Science Festival 2017 will take place for the 4th consecutive year, between 29 March and 2 April, in Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens.

Τhe non-for profit, educational organization SciCo, remains the key organizer of this unique Science and Innovation Festival, advocating the need for transfer of scientific and technological knowledge back to society and aiming to the strength of citizens’ scientific literacy.

Athens Science Festival 2017 is taking place under the theme “Shaping our future” and is having as main goal to underlie that the novel knowledge and open

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18

February

DELTA FLUX: SciCo’s robotic team in the First Leago League!

The Educational Robotics Research and Innovation competition, First Lego League (FLL), comes for first time in Athens on 19 February, in order to bring together the science and technology knowledge, with fun and teamwork in a big learning celebration!!

The nonprofit organization SciCo as part of this celebration, gives the opportunity to children of the Athens municipality to live an ultimate STEM experience (Science Technology Engineering Math experience).

DELTA FLUX is a group of children 9-12-year old which created through the program “Open Schools” of the municipality of Athens and the robotics

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01

July

STEM workshop for “Open Schools”

 

Discover STEM with SciCo

SciCo is pleased to announce its collaboration with the “Open Schools” initiative of the Municipality of Athens and invites you to get to know robotics for education through an exciting five-day workshop.

The robotics lad for education is entitled “Transformers visit my school” and aims to introduce children to making and programming robots and creating a team project on robotics.

 Advantages of the workshop: 

Gain of basic skills in robotics (construction of the mechanical part,  use of sensors, basic programming commands and algorithm)
Hands-on understanding of the Engineering Design

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29

March

SciCo qualifies for Ashoka Impact!

The Ashoka organisation implements for the first time the Impact programme in Greece. The non-for-profit, non-governmental organisation Ashoka leads for 35 years the field of social entrepreneurship.

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29

February

Getting ready for the Athens Science Festival

The Athens Science Festival, the yearly celebration of science and innovation comes back at the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens for the third year, between 5 and 10 April under the theme: “Evolving with science”. 

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15

February

SciCo makes it to Stanford!

The Executive Programme for Social Entrepreneurship of Stanford is an international course hosted yearly, designed for social entrepreneurs from various fields who wish to scale up their organisation.

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30

January

Opening of storytelling and presentation labs

Storytelling, story making and the clear presentation of an idea are basic elements of science communication but also basic skills with an increasing demand on the job market.

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15

January

Happy new year filled with health, happiness, creativity and festivals!

SciCo closed 2015 with the great success of the Mediterranean Science Festival that debuted in Cyprus between 3 and 6 December and gathered 10.000 visitors.

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15

December

2nd International Conference on Innovation in Education from MARCH

The 2nd Conference of the European Project MARCH took place on the 5th of November 2015 in the cultural centre Podewil in Berlin and its main topic was the attractive teaching of science subjects and the innovative practices that are applied in schools in Europe.

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12

December

SciCo travels to Qatar!

On the 5th of December 2015 SciCo made its first workshop in Doha, Qatar, for science communication.

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30

November

Athens Science Festival in the projects and collaborations report of [email protected]

CERN and its educational programme [email protected] included Athens Science Festival in its highlights among all its projects and programmes of the past three years 2012 – 2015.

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05

November

School Lab is recognized as a best practice by the Institute for Educational Policy

The educational platform Aesop of the Institute for Educational Policy awarded School Lab as a best practice for digital learning.

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26

October

The 1st Mediterranean Science Festival coming soon (3-6 December 2015)!

Following the huge success of Athens Science Festival and Thessaloniki Science Festival in Greece, with an impressive number of visitors, participants and supporters, we are delighted to announce the launch of the 1st Mediterranean Science Festival, which will take place 3-6 December 2015 in Limassol, Cyprus.

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09

October

MARCH innovation workshop in Bulgaria

Students, teachers and researchers from Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia contributed in the third international “Innovation Swap Workshop” in Sofia, Bulgaria SciCo co-organised on October 6th, 2015.

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26

September

Researchers’ Night 2015

SciCo participated in the annual European celebration of science and technology – Researcher’s Night in Athens – on September 25, 2015.

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19

September

The European DELOS project closure

The European project DELOS, where SciCo served as dissemination partner, was successfully completed last month with a final conference held in Zaragoza, Spain.

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