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ICSE’s ultimate aim is to raise students‘ interest in STEM, their achievement levels as well as their related process-oriented competences for example in inquiry, reasoning and problem solving.

To reach this aim

  • ICSE focusses on practice-relevant research and its transfer into practice
  • ICSE sustainably links stakeholders from research, practice, policy and industry, both nationally as well as internationally through the ICSE consortium.

In brief: Successful Inauguration of ICSE and the ICSE Consortium

What a great start into the New Year: On 18 January, 2018, the festive opening ceremony of the International Centre for STEM Education and the ICSE Consortium took place in the auditorium of the Freiburg University of Education.

The well attended event brought together educational policy makers, researchers, teachers and industry representatives from all over Europe and was enthusiastically received by the participants.

In addition to short plenaries and a panel discussion, there were many opportunities for networking with coffee, finger food and drinks during the celebration. The event was accompanied by festive and lively sounds of the great PHunky-MHonkey Big Band.

In short, inspiring lectures the meaning of ICSE from the university’s point of view was outlined by Prof. Dr. med. Druwe, Rector of the University of Education Freiburg, and by em. Prof. Dr. Michèle Artigue, Université Paris Diderot. Then, Prof. Dr. Katja Maass, Director of ICSE, explained, based on concrete examples from everyday teaching, the rationale for founding of ICSE as well as its aims: She emphasized that STEM teaching should prepare all students for a life in an ever-changing, increasingly technical world and raise their interest in STEM subjects. To achieve this, cooperation with all key players in the field of STEM education would be essential.

It was precisely these key players, with representatives from industry, politics, research and teaching practice, who came together in the subsequ

ent panel discussion. The experts agreed on many points: In the future, assessment should not only be limited to recalling factual knowledge, but must be adapted to innovative forms of STEM teaching. Teacher education and training should focus on that..

Following the successful panel discussion, there was a market of innovation that presented current education and training materials from the research on STEM education of ICSE and its partners. More than 100 guests from around 20 countries enriched the opening event and had lively discussions about the possibilities

and trends of MINT education and research in Europe.

At the end of the event, Volker Schebesta, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, emphasized the urgency of promoting STEM subjects.

The ICSE team would like to thank all participants for the great speeches, discussions and contributions. It was in every way an outstanding event that created many new networks and ideas.