Project Partners


 


NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS (NOA) - Project coordinator

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) was established in 1842 by the Vienna-based national benefactor George Sinas. It carries out state-of-the-art basic and applied research in collaboration with other world-leading research centers.  The activities of NOA are organized in 3 institutes staffed with high quality scientific, research and technical personnel:  the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing, the Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, and the Institute of Geodynamics.
NOA’s research activities are focused on the terrestrial interior, the atmospheric environment and Space, from the interplanetary medium to the astronomical Universe. Basic and applied research is conducted by using observational data from hundreds of ground based stations and several modern space probes. The Centre, with its rich scientific outcomes and activities, is linked to entrepreneurship, culture, education and the popularization of science. NOA offers critical social services, such as a daily monitoring of seismicity and issuing earthquake alerts to the Greek State Authorities on a 24/7 basis, weather forecasting, forest fires monitoring, ionospheric activity recording, continuation of a 150 years long climatic dataset and operation of one of the largest European telescopes. It also provides the national gate to the European Space Agency. The research centre has also an important contribution to public outreach via its popular visitor’s centers at Penteli, Thission and the Geoastrophysics Museum.
The Institute of Geodynamics (I.G) is one of the oldest Institutes in Greece operating continuously since 1893. In 1897 the first seismograph was installed in Athens and in 1899 the first seismic network started to operate. Since then, systematic and detailed seismic observations started for the region extending from 34° to 42° N and 19° to 30° E. The location of the Head Office of I.G is on the hill of Nymphs, opposite to Acropolis, at the center of Athens. It is the main center in Greece, for the continuous monitor of the seismicity of the country and reporting to national and international authorities. Moreover Institute’s aim is the study and research in the fields of: seismology, physics of the earth's interior, geophysics, plate tectonics, volcanology and geothermy, neotectonics, tsunamis, seismotectonics and Engineering Seismology.
Main tasks of I.G are collection and processing of various seismological - geophysical parameters, the elaboration of research projects and relevant studies, the training and services provided to third bodies. The contribution of I.G to the Higher Education is also strong. A lot of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD theses have been carried out at the Institute. I.G collaborates with Universities and Research Centers in Greece and abroad in order to carry out scientific research on various seismological and geophysical themes. The I.G operates around the clock, 365 days a year and has also a crucial mission to inform the Government, the General Secretariat of Civil Protection, the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (E.P.P.O) and the Public about the seismic activity of Greece.

Contact Persons:
Dr. Gerasimos Chouliaras, Research Director, g.choul@noa.gr, Tel (+30) 6944520440




ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE (EA)

Address : D.Panagea, 15351 Pallini Attikis, Greece
Website: www.ea.gr

Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the Greek state. It is an institutional member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network), of STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe) network and of ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums) network. EA was the first Greek educational organization, which applied ODL in secondary level education in the year of 1993. Since 1998, the organization has established a devoted department, the Research and Development (R&D) Department for the design, development and implementation of the research activities in education, expanding the collaboration with Universities and pedagogical Institutions across Europe. The R&D Department acts as interface between the pedagogical research, the technological innovation and the school community. The work of the R&D department which currently employs 18 full time researchers (10 with PhD, 8 at MSc level) focuses on the following areas: a) the development of methodologies and empirical research to investigate processes of learning and knowledge acquisition in various subject-matter areas (physics, mathematics, biology, history, etc); b) the collaboration with computer science departments and artificial intelligence labs for the development of computational models and AI learning systems; c) the collaboration with Universities and private companies for the development and testing of educational software; and d) the design of technology-supported learning environments. During the last years the R&D department has coordinated and supported the participation of EA in more than 100 European (eContentPlus, ICT-PSP, SiS and e-Infrastructures in FP7; ICT in FP6; IST in FP5; LLP-ACT, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus) and National projects. In most of them, the main role of the research group is the design of technology-enhanced educational and learning activities, development of innovative teaching methodologies and practices in science education, the implementation of the proposed activities in real school environments at national and international level, the organisation of international summer courses for science teacher trainings.

 

For more info about the “Schools Study Earthquakes” project please contact
Dr. Georgios Mavromanolakis
Email: gmavroma@ea.gr





UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS (UCY)

Cyprus conducts a co-ordinated program of research, curriculum development and instruction. The group includes faculty, research associates, post-doctoral students and graduate students (both at the Master's and PhD level). The director of ReSciTEG is Dr. Zacharias C. Zacharia.

The ReSciTEG members have a lot of experience with designing STEM oriented curriculum and with designing and implementing online inquiry oriented environments for science teaching and learning purposes. Additionally, the ReSciTEG members have a lot of experience with evaluating skills related to the cognitive and affective domain. The group is taking a leadership role in the efforts of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus to implement its eLearning strategy through a series of projects including topics such as designing multimedia environments for science teaching and learning. Our work has received continuous financial support over the years from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the European Commission (through various programs e.g., IST, Science and Society, FP 7). Finally, the ReSciTEG members have published papers related to all these research projects in many major journals (e.g., Science, Cognition and Instruction, Learning and Instruction, Journal of Research in Science Teaching).




BAHCESEHIR EGITIM KURUMLARI ANONIM SIRKETI (BEKAS)

BEKAS (Bahcesehir Egitim Kurumlari Anonim Sirketi) was founded with the mission of providing of the highest and most contemporary education, while always holding dear the principle of equality of opportunity began providing education at its site in the Istanbul suburb of Bahçeşehir. BEKAS decided to expand operations to incorporate educational activities in the Anatolian part of Turkey. Bahçeşehir Collages with its painstakingly-developed corporate structure, both in its existing schools and those that it will open in future, endeavours to provide the same high quality of education in keeping with its well-established quality standards. To ensure uniformity of high standards necessitates involving both administrators and teachers at each stage of the decision-making process as well as cooperating closely with our affiliated institutions to obtain support with regard to key related issues. Bahçeşehir College, that in cooperation with BJK College, provides high-quality education at its 42 kindergartens, 27 primary schools, 16 high schools and 4 science museums at 25 different provinces, aims to increase the number of schools to 150 within the next three years and so reach a total of 350 schools on three continents by 2023, consequently ensuring a position for itself as one of the world’slargest, most successful and respected educational institutions. Our target is to provide an education of the highest quality, delivered in state-of-the art well-equipped educational environments by a highly-educated and informed, enlightened, contemporary-minded and dynamic educational personnel all sharing the same vision that places priority on the importance of the acquisition of knowledge and encourages values of research-mindedness, entrepreneurship and individual interaction and incentive and personal creativity. The research personnel for this project in the school have strong university research background and European project experiences. The science courses in the school are taught using Inquiry Based Science Education methods. The design of the science laboratory in the school gives students freedom to conduct their experiments using open and guided inquiry. BEKAS is a partner of Ark of Inquiry Project which is supported by FP7 of European Union.

Contact Person:
Zeynep Hulagu, Director of Izmir Bahcesehir College
e-mail: zeynep.hulagu@bahcesehir.k12.tr
Address: Kazımdirik Mah. 364 Sok. No:21-21/A Bornova - İZMİR
Tel: +9 0 232 425 12 16





Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza (IDIS)

Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza represents a system of excellence in non-formal education in Italy: public engagement in science,  innovation in science education and the development of innovative teaching methods are the core of its mission. Fondazione Idis is officially commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Education as training body in science education.
Città della Scienza is the science centre of Fondazione Idis and hosts in its spaces permanent and temporary exhibitions reserved to relevant scientific subjects. The most of these exhibitions endorse an interactive and “hands-on” approach, and are developed in partnership with research organizations or other museums and science centres. In 2015 about 100.000 peoples have visited the spaces of Città della Scienza and the 70% of them were pupils of all levels.
Since its origins Città della Scienza has been customary in carrying out non-formal educational activities in basic sciences (such as physics, biology, biotechnology, Earth science, etc.) intended for pupils from primary to high school. In the last years these educational initiatives have been extended to other subjects as robotics, coding, digital fabrication, health education and nutrition. Facilities includes 8 laboratories equipped for science and multimedia activities, a web TV, as well as an extensive system of IT services (cloud computing and Microsoft Learning Room) and the D.RE.A.M. FabLab also seated in Città della Scienza.
Actually about 1.000 non-formal educational activities per school year are carried out in the laboratories of Città della Scienza involving about 25.000 school pupils.
Moreover Città della Scienza proposes training activities in non-formal education in science intended for school teachers of all levels.





NATIONAL RESEARCH NETWORK ASSOCIATION (NRNA)

The Bulgarian National Research Network Association (NRN Association or NRNA) is registered under the Bulgarian Law as a non-for-profit legal entity carrying out activities to public benefit. Among its founding members are the biggest universities in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Transport and Communications and ICT Development Agency. At present the organization comprises 25 academic members, as well as the Ministry of Education and Science, where is registered the official address of operation and associations’ headquarters.  The Association achieves its objectives by the following means:  Building up and maintenance of virtual spaces (Internet portals) for idea and information exchange among the users of the research networks, as well as between broad social groups that use the new information and communication technologies;  Support and participation in projects and initiatives for the development of the information technologies in Bulgaria and abroad;  Organization of information workshops and trainings for different social groups, including distance learning;  Supporting the education and qualification of pupils, students and specialists, working in the field of the information technologies;  Technological, administrative and financial optimization of the connections of Bulgarian organizations and individuals of the scientific, information and cultural spheres to the research networks;  Provision of support to schools and educational institutions that offer ICT training; Organization of educational seminars, conferences, symposiums, exhibitions and other public events dedicated on the promotion of advanced information technologies and multimedia information services; Consulting on technological solutions on ICT Projects, as well as participation in national and international initiatives aiming at the ICT development in the European countries.  
Contact person: Orlin Kouzov – Chairman of Board (okouzov@mon.bg)