WG3 Informal Education

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:

Leader: Davorka Radovčić
davorka.radovcic@hpm.hr

Vice-leader: Tamara Milosevic
tamara@inscied.com

WG3 work in progress

WG3 is currently focusing on advancing the tasks of our group, especially now focusing on work towards Deliverable 2, and organizing Task 3. An STSM during December helped finalize a draft of the report (Deliverable 1) at the end of December 2019. We integrated feedback from reviewers of the report, and completed the final version of our report of pilot study of assessment of informal learning environments in evolution education at the end of February, 2020. If you would still like to participate in our survey regarding your outreach activities related to evolution, please fill it out here. In addition, some members of WG3 (and WG5) met during the Belgrade Workshop (February 25-26, 2020) with the aim to establish a set of best practices/guidelines for creating/restructuring museum exhibitions, exhibits and educational programs on evolution.

Upcoming Meetings

Working Group 3’ leaders, as well as leaders of subtasks, are meeting each Monday on Skype, 15 to 15:45 CET, to update each other on the progress within our tasks. The first meeting occurred on October 28. The next face-to-face meeting for some of the members of WG3 is taking place in Prague/Pruhonice, June 2 and 3, 2020. 

Current Work

In the first quarter of 2020 we will…

  • Launch the call for 2 additional STSMs to advance the work on Task 2
  • Propose a working plan and budget for the next grant period 
  • Prepare the Prague/Pruhonice Meeting
Davorka Radovčić, Leader
Davorka Radovčić, Leader

Croatian Natural History Museum

davorka.radovcic@hpm.hr

www.hpm.hr

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

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

WG Vice-leader
Consultant in pedagogical innovation

Rhizome Association

tamara@inscied.com or tamara@rhizomeacademy.org

https://rhizomeacademy.org/
https://inscied.com/

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."

Tanja Adnađević, Active contributor
Tanja Adnađević, Active contributor

Centre for the Promotion of Science

tadnadjevic@cpn.rs

http://www.cpn.rs/

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."

Johan Barstad, Active contributor
Johan Barstad, Active contributor

Affiliation: Høgskulen for Grøn Utvikling

johan@hgut.no or johan@hlb.no

http://www.hgut.no

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."