European In-service Training Course

First edition: 25-29/7/2011
Second edition: 13-17/2/2012
Location: Deutsches Museum, Munich Germany


The course

The course has been developed by the European project SETAC “Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship” funded by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union. SETAC emerged out of the need to undertake specific action for the improvement of science education. It regards science education as among the fundamental tools for developing active citizens in the knowledge society. Science and technology are important school curriculum subjects but are also directly linked to our everyday lives, requesting very often engagement and informed decisions by all citizens. Science education is therefore not only a subject to be delivered by teachers and be learned by students, but should be also seen as a lifelong-relevant tool for developing informed and active citizens.
The course is designed in such a way as to engage participants in debate and exploration of issues which are related to science education and active citizenship. Through a series of lectures, roundtables, museum visits, interactive workshops and practical activities, participants will be able to study and reflect on:

  • the role of science in everyday life
  • young people’s motivation in science
  • science as tool for teaching and learning
  • scientific literacy and active citizenship
  • educational methodologies
  • dialogue and debate as learning tools at school
  • use of museums as tools for active citizenship

The course is open to school teachers, teacher trainers and museum educators from all EU-member countries.
It will be held by an international group of experts from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Denmark inside the Deutsches Museum, the collections, staff and educational programmes of which will be used as an integral part of the activities. The language is English.
Participation can be funded through Comenius or Grundtvig grants of the European Union as the course will be inserted in the course Comenius or Grundtvig Catalogue.
Professionals interested in participating can send their contact details and they will be contacted by the organising institution in due time.

How to participate

To the course can participate primary school teachers and museum educators who are citizens of the countries-participants to the Lifelong Learning Programme Both teachers and museum educators interested have the right to apply for funding of the expenses of the course through Comenius o Grundtvig grants. The code of the course in the Comenius-Gruntvig database is: DE-2011-1126-001
And is inserted in the Comenius-Gruntvig Training database

Find information about the procedures for applying at the National Agency of their own country;

The course participation fee is 650 Euros (cancellation fee 600 Euros).

The maximum Comenius/Grundtvig grant given by the NAs is 1500 Euros, amount that can be used for covering the course fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence.

The application deadline for these grants is
14/01/2011 (for first edition)
16/09/2011 (for second edition)

Professionals interested in participating can pre-register to the training course sending the form to Traudel Weber.


Sara Calcagnini
National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan, Italy
Traudel Weber
Deutches Museum