WG1 Assessment

Dr. Anna Beniermann
Dr. Anna Beniermann

WG Leader
Humboldt University of Berlin
Postdoc (Teaching and Learning Research in Biology Education)

Prof. Dr. Rianne Pinxten
Prof. Dr. Rianne Pinxten

WG Vice-leader
University of Antwerp
Professor (Didactics of Biology)

Paul Kuschmierz
Paul Kuschmierz

Active Contributor (Principal Investigator)
Justus Liebig University of Giessen
PhD student (Institute for Didactics of Biology)

Working Group 1 focuses on designing and benchmarking effective methods of gauging the understanding and acceptance of evolution and their relationship, especially in the context of overall scientific literacy. This objective involves both the conceptual review and development of survey and statistical tools, and the proper processing of the resulting data (its transformation, visualization and dissemination).

Figure: Categorisation based on data derived from the Eurobarometer (European Commission, 2005). Picture provided by courtesy of Prof. Dr. Dittmar Graf (Didactics of Biology, University of Giessen, Germany).

Overall and grand period goals and their status

Working Group 1 addresses four major tasks and deliverables that are the core of our grand period goals:

In the table below the goals of Working Group 1 (WG1) for the last and the current grand period (GP2 and GP3), as well as their status and how they relate to Action objectives and WG1 deliverables, are displayed [status as of June 2020]:

Upcoming Meetings and Opportunities


Working Group 1 aims to meet regularly every last Monday of a month at 1pm (CET) via Skype (contact: Anna Beniermann). The next face-to-face meeting is postponed until the situation is more predictable. We meet regularly in small groups, when working on the single tasks and deliverables.

Working Group 1 offers two Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) to address grand period goals 5 (further analyses of the data set) and 6 (further studies and funding possibilities). These STSM are especially interesting for researchers that want to lead the writing process of additional publications and/or funding proposals. If you are interested in hosting a STSM in 2020/2021 or apply for a STSM on these topics in 2020/2021, please contact WG1 leaders.

Current Work

In the last quarter of 2020 we will…

  • … publish the report about standardized methods and protocols.
  • … write the manuscript about the overall results collaboratively and submit it to a peer review journal.
  • … advance in Grand Period Goals 5 and 6 through STSMs or group work.

Publications of WG1

Deliverable 1:

Kuschmierz, P., Meneganzin, A., Pinxten, R., Pievani, T., Cvetković, D., Mavrikaki, E., Graf, D. & Beniermann, A. (2020). Towards common ground in measuring acceptance of evolution and knowledge about evolution across Europe: a systematic review of the state of research. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 13(1), 1-24.

For more information and to join this Working Group please contact: