WG3 Informal Education

Davorka Radovčić, Leader
Davorka Radovčić, Leader

Croatian Natural History Museum


Tamara Milosevic, Co-Leader
Tamara Milosevic, Co-Leader

WG Vice-leader
Consultant in pedagogical innovation

Rhizome Association

tamara@inscied.com or tamara@rhizomeacademy.org

This Working Group focuses on identifying and examining the best practices in science exhibits on evolution as well as effective messages increasing the understanding of evolution and scientific literacy in general across Europe.

Main Tasks of Working Group 3

  • To identify science exhibitions, exhibits and activities that present evolution-related topics and retrieve any available assessment data on their impact.
  • establish a set of best practices/guidelines for creating/restructuring museum exhibitions, exhibits and educational programs on evolution.
  • explore assessment strategies to evaluate evolution exhibits (in collaboration with WG1).
  • Establish STSMs that will focus on effective links and activities that could reinforce learning both in- and outside of the classroom.

For more information and how to join this Working Group please contact our WG Leaders.


Grant period 3 goals:

  • ➔ Finalizing compendium on good examples and guidelines for creating/revising museum exhibitions, exhibits and educational programs on evolution (deliverable 2)
  • ➔ Organize a workshop that will explore assessment strategies to evaluate evolution exhibits (in collaboration with WG1 – Task 3). Online
  • ➔ Work on constructing assessment tools for various non-formal activities
  • ➔ Analysis of the results of the assessments of non-formal evolution-themed activities
  • ➔ Implementing tested assessment instruments to broader range of non-formal evolution-themed activities

Upcoming Meetings

Working Group 3’ members are currently meeting every Thursday via Zoom, starting at 16h CET, to work together on finishing our Deliverable 2. If you would like to join us and help finish our deliverables, please contact davorka.radovcic@hpm.hr.

Also, we would appreciate if you would like to participate in our survey regarding your outreach activities related to evolution, please fill it out here.

Current Work

In the last quarter of 2020 we will…

  • Finish our Deliverable 2
  • Hold an online workshop in collaboration with WG1
  • Organize the work in Deliverable 3
Davorka Radovčić, Leader
Davorka Radovčić, Leader

Davorka Radovčić is a paleoanthropologist working at the Croatian Natural History Museum where she is a curator of the anthropological collections. She also teaches human evolution to the anthropology students at the University of Zagreb. Her research focuses on hominin fossil remains, Neandertals, origins of symbolic behavior and prehistoric Adriatic skeletal remains.

LinkedIn: Davorka Radovčić

Tanja Adnađević, Active contributor
Tanja Adnađević, Active contributor

Short Bio: Since 2006 employed as a researcher at Department of Genetic Research, Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković" (IBISS), Belgrade, Serbia. In 2016 she started working at the Centre for the promotion of science (CPN) as a Head of the department for program activity with shared working hours between IBISS and CPN. From the beginning of the science career, she got enthusiastic about science promotion and science communication, especially among school kids. She coordinated Researcher's Night 2016/2017 " ReFocuS" project (EU, HORIZON 2020, MSCA-NIGHT-2016- 722341).

LinkedIn: Tanja Adnađević

"Being part of the Centre for the promotion of science a have a vast experience and knowledge in different kinds of activities that can be defined as part of non formal education can hugely contribute to different tasks in WG3. Beside working in the no formal education in Centre for the promotion of science, I also have a PhD in evolution so this action double interests me."

Tamara Milosevic, Co-Leader
Tamara Milosevic, Co-Leader

Tamara Milosevic is an independent consultant in pedagogical innovation for universities and president of Rhizome Association. Even though she finished her Ph.D. with studying the loss of essential genes in yeast, and seeing how 1100 yeast mutants die, her main research focus now is on the development of transversal skills in active learning environments. She is passionate about designing new pedagogical programs for adult learners, using STEM to address SDGs, and starting too many interdisciplinary international projects.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aramataTM

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aramatatm/

"As a biologist, my motto was the famous Dobzhansky quote “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”. I adapted this to teaching with “Nothing in teaching makes sense except in the light of skills development”. Ever since EvoKE 2017 meeting in Portugal, I have contributed to this vibrant community of like minded researchers and educators. I am proud to have been involved in EuroScitizen COST action from the start, to understand and enhance the teaching of scientific literacy through evolution throughout Europe and beyond."

Johan Barstad, Active contributor
Johan Barstad, Active contributor

Short Bio: Head of Dept. for Economics and management, Senior lecturer and senior researcher. Teaching rural economy, circular economy and social sciences methodology. Active researcher in local community development with a focus on communicative, dialogue-based methodology. Former experience as senior researcher/research administrator at Møre og Romsdal Hospital Trust, Norway with a yearly research budget of 6-8 million €. Before that 15 years experience as full time researcher in a rural research institute in Norway

LinkedIn: Johan Barstad

" Main interest in Scientific Literacy – how knowledge is established and change over time. Am using this in my teaching is social sciences methodology, and also in the communicative planning methods used in local community development. Here we need to focus on how knowledge gets ‘petrified’ and out of sync with realities, and the need for paradigmal shifts to open up for new knowledge to enlighten the new situations. Thus, the case of evolution is useful to learn if and how ‘truth’ can develop and change on the basis of new evidence."