Every two years, Science on Stage Europe organises a Europe-wide education festival at varying venues. Here, up to 350 teachers from over 25 countries come together to share and exchange their ideas and concepts for a successful STEM education.
The participating teachers present their good practice examples to their international colleagues at stands, in workshops and in form of on-stage presentations. The education festivals can be seen as the peak of Science on Stage Europe’s work, since they constitute a gateway for national follow-up activities of the individual Science on Stage countries. Through the festivals, newly acquired concepts find their way to teacher trainings, brochures and teaching materials of every participating country.
It is essential for the participation at the European education festival to have qualified via selective events on the national level. These events, where the delegation of each country is chosen, are organised by every country’s own representation.
The Science on Stage Festival 2013 took place from 25-28 April 2013 in Słubice and Frankfurt (Oder). It was the first time the festival was organised in a bilateral cooperation. The Polish organisational committee of the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan and Science on Stage Germany collaborated under the motto “Crossing Borders in Science Teaching”.
The last festival took place from 17-20 June 2015 at Queen Mary, University of London. The motto wiwas be "Illuminating Science Education". Selection events of which teachers went to London for this festival were held throughout 2014 in up to 25 different countries.
The upcoming festival will be hosted from 29 June - 2 July in Debrecen, Hungary. The motto will be "Inventing the Future of Science Education" and national selection events will be held in 2016 in the member countries.