BIOTALENT EU Conference on 18 May 2017




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Participation is free.

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Join us on 18 May 2017 at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences for the BIOTALENT EU Conference: Tackling biodiversity challenges through innovative e-learning. This one-day event will illustrate the uniqueness of the BIOTALENT project and programme in the way environmental education is brought to the course participant. The various expert speakers that are invited are all very passionate about innovation in education and the new ways in which scientific and environmental education can contribute to conserving biodiversity. Register now!

BIOTALENT is multilingual blended e-learning training programme to gain crucial skills and knowledge in biodiversity. Protecting life on earth in all its forms also involves introducing innovative ways to address pressing environmental issues of today. A strong investment in environmental education and a passion for science is therefore essential to this programme.

During the conference, the BIOTALENT project will firstly be presented with an overview of the activities and the very first results. Targeted audiences are also engaged for involvement in the implementation phase either as a learner, content provider, trainer or as a supporter of actions. Subsequently, a panel discussion, with education experts from across Europe, will touch upon a variety of topics ranging from the use of natural history collections as an educational resource to the competencies needed for the labour market. This will be moderated by biologist, science writer and journalist Dirk Draulans. The audience will receive the opportunity to discuss and have an input.

We welcome scientific and environmental educators and organisations from far and wide to participate in this conference. Whether you are biology teacher, a trainee teacher from secondary education, or an educator from a science museum, a botanical garden, a science centre or a nature organization, feel free to register by following the link below. Also other professionals can participate, such as biologists, park rangers, conservation managers in the field of biodiversity.

Register now for the event on May 18th, 2017.
Participation is free.
Date: 18 May 2017
Venue: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels



9.00 Registration

9.30 Welcome | Camille Pisani | RBINS Brussels General Director

9.35 Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

Isabella Van de Velde | Project Coordinator | RBINS Brussels

9.45 Presenting the BIOTALENT project

Architecture and Programme Development | Carlos Rodrigues - EduFor Portugal

Open Educational Resources | Gergely Babocsay - HNHM Budapest

Quality Assurance and Validation | Catherina Voreadou - NHM Crete

Dissemination and Valorisation | Ana Casino - CETAF

10.15 Inquiry-Based Science Education | Franz Bogner - University of Bayreuth

10.25 Best Practices in e-learning | Gregory Kenicer - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

10.35 Innovation in Science Education | Evita Tasiopoulou - European Schoolnet

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 Panel discussion - Moderator: Dirk Draulans | biologist, writer and journalist

Natural History Collections as a Resource for Innovative Education

Isabella Van de Velde | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Knowledge and Skills Needed for the Labour Market

Willy Sleurs | Flemish Ministry of Education

How to Engage Students More Deeply in Science?

Sofoklis Sotiriou | Ellinogermaniki Agogi Center for Science Teachers Training, Athens

How Can Nature Organisations Contribute to Innovative Education?

Melina Kyametis | Natuurpunt CVN, Flanders

New Tools, Methodologies, Approaches for Innovative Education

Tamás Vásárhelyi | Hungarian Society for Environmental Education

12.30 Closure of the conference

12.45 Lunch, featuring some creepy crawly delights!

14.00 Guided visit to the Poison exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences

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