The training course is the result of the the EU-funded projects SMEC “School-Museum European Cooperation” and SETAC “Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship”. It addresses both teachers and museum educators at international level. It aims to foster collaboration between teachers and museum educators as facilitators of learning and active engagement in science and to support the use of museums as educational resources for teaching and learning in science and as tools of scientific citizenship.
Professionals from different countries get together for one week sharing experience and expertise with an international group of expert tutors. They have the opportunity to use museum collections, run experiments in the labs, and experience a range of activities.
The course started in 2004 and its first 10 editions took place at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany. 2014 marked a big achievement celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and about 250 professionals trained.
From 2015 onwards, the course will take place at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, and at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy. This offers the opportunity to create a regular training experience, to welcome more professionals ,and to use the unique resources of two of the most important science and technology museums internationally.
For more information about participation click on the links below.
edition 2 – 7 October 2017
edition 2 – 8 October 2016
edition 4 - 10 October 2015
edition 17-22 February 2014
edition 1 – 7 December 2013
edition 18 – 23 February 2013
edition 5 – 10 December 2011
Sixth edition 7 – 14 November 2010
Fifth edition 22 - 29 November 209
Fourth edition 7 – 14 December 2008
Third edition 11 – 18 November 2007
Second edition 6 – 11 March 2006
First edition 8 – 13 November 2004
SEMINAR COMENIUS 2.1 e 1.1
Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools through
Natural Science Museums
Venue: Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid
Dates: 6, 7, 8, 9 May 2004
SMEC, in collaboration with the Spanish National Agent organised
a contact seminar in order to create new European
projects between institutions interested in science
The seminar encouraged the development of
both Comenius 1 School partnerships and Comenius 2.1 projects
involving initial or in-service teacher education institutions.
To the seminar could participate:
- Primary Schools
- Natural Science Museums
- Initial or In-service Teacher Trainer Institutions and/or
Interested institutions can request funding from the National
Agencies of the European Union for participation to the
For details about the objectives, programme and modes for
participation to the seminar click