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The ICSE campaign recognizes the invaluable importance of cooperation to the field of science. We created this campaign to make benefits of basing decisions to global challenges in science and benefits of international cooperating in science and other disciplines visible. We want to show the world that isolationism, personal interests or gut feelings can never be a sustainable answer to issues that affect us all. Read more about the background of this campaign here.

We are curious to hear what you think. You can do this by sending us an e-mail using the key words #togetherforscience alongside a picture and your statement, completing one (or more) of the following sentences:

“Science is important to me, because….”

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because…”

Here is what other members of society, scientists and stakeholders said.

“Science is important to me, because it is the most powerful tool to go beyond our limits and expand human knowledge and capacities. International cooperation in science enables us to combine multiple perspectives and experiences that lead to a final product which is much better than the sum of the isolated parts.”

Dr. Marta Romero Ariza, Associate Professor in Science EducationUnversity of Jaén, Spain

“Science is important to me because in one way or another, science influences every aspect of my life. This means, the more science I comprehend and actively make use of, the better I understand myself, the world found on planet Earth, and the vast universe beyond. When scientists work together at the global level, all people benefit from the shared experience and knowledge.”

Gina KraftAmerican writer, translator, proofreader, and English teacher living in Germany and Greece

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because it expands the scope of my own ideas – more and contrasting ideas, sometimes from differing cultural contexts, help me think better. Science is important to me because it is by far the best way I know to converge on reliable understandings about important issues, subject those understandings to rigorous testing, and refine them.”

Alan Schoenfeld, Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Professor of MathematicsUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA

“Science plays a major role in tackling global challenges and taking reflected decisions. International cooperation in science helps to deepen the necessary knowledge, to jointly analyse complex situations and to learn from each other.”

Dr. Katja Maass, Professor in Mathematics EducationUniversity of Education Freiburg, Germany

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because it enables countries to stand together in collaboration, developing shared visions, strategies and actions to succeed in addressing wider global issues to support world change. Science is important to Jack because it helps him relate to the world around him.”

Amy Morris and Jack Morris (age 4), BSC hons Animal Science and Management and Early Year Learning, Community Preschool for ages 2 to 4 yrsEngland

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because it is our responsibility to make science accessible and useful for everybody.”

Dr. Michiel Doorman, Associate Professor in Mathematics EducationUtrecht University, Netherlands

“As a great admirer of Leonardo da Vinci, science is important to me. Without da Vinci's understanding that three-dimensional objects are characterized by light and shadow (a technique known as chiaroscuro) and his belief that art should portray the laws of nature, he could not have created this exceptional works of art that still amazes us.”

Laura Wanckel, Assistant Director and Project Manager, M.A. in Art History and Museum ManagementInternational Centre for STEM Education, Germany

“Science matters to me, because it is a school of thoughts on the top of knowledge level. International cooperation in science is about sharing attitudes, discussing questions, forming common understanding, implementing new ideas and activities and provoking to reach new and high professional and personal horizons.”

Sona Ceretkova, Associate Professor of MathematicsConstantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

“Science is important to me because it has, at its core, self-correcting mechanisms that enable us to test, improve, or abandon our always provisional ideas. International cooperation in science is important to me, because it gives me access to new perspectives that have been developed in a range of different contexts, thereby helping me to question some of the taken-for-granted aspects of my own thinking.”

Paul Cobb, Research ProfessorVanderbilt University, USA

“Science is important to me, because it makes me doubt what others are uncritically calling for. Through international cooperation in science I can share my doubts with colleagues from different countries and continents.”

Dr. Martin Bílek, Professor in Chemistry EducationCharles University in Prague, Czech Republic

“Science is important to me, because it shows us both: our possibilities and our limitations.”

Dr. Stefan Zehetmeier, Associate Professor in Mathematics EducationKlagenfurt University, Austria

“Science is important to me, because my children wouldn’t be here today without it. From their hospital births to countless other lives saved, research into medicine and medical equipment is vital – not to mention so many other scientific innovations that enhance our lives and wellbeing. International cooperation in science is important to me, because, in the words of American author and activist Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.””

Karen Lindsay, Director and Co-founderSci-Comm Consulting and Futurum Careers, UK

“Science is important to me, because it helps us to understand the world around us: how things work, why they work the way they do and how we as humans interact with them and the other creatures in our known universe. Beyond this, it enables us to explore our most distant frontiers.”

Brett Langenberg, Director and Co-founderSci-Comm Consulting and Futurum Careers (https://futurumcareers.com), UK

“Science provides the evidence necessary for making critical decisions and judgements amongst the noise generated by contentious, and vague information. International cooperation in science is important, because we need an understanding of cultural practices to develop effective solutions to the greatest problems faced by humanity in the form of disruptions associated with technology, health, society, the environment and the economy. ”

Dr. Vince Geiger, Professor and Research DirectorInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia

“Science and international cooperation are important to me, because they play a key role in creating a better future for all of humankind.”

Peter Maass, IT TeacherWalther-Rathenau-Gewerbeschule, Freiburg, Germany

“International cooperation is important. Boundaries, set by different world nations, should be irrelevant in achieving mutual aims in science, environmental protection, economic growth, societal wellbeing etc.
We live on one planet after all.”

Dita Betere, Project Manager, M.A. Educational StudiesInternational Centre for STEM Education, Germany/Latvia

“Science is important to me because it can contribute to the improvement of the quality of the life in the world.”

Dr. Despina Potari, Professor in Mathematics EducationNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

“Science is important to me, because I like reasoning and understanding the world we live in. International cooperation in science helps me to make connection with researchers and to challenge new ideas.”

Dr. Valentina Dagienė, Professor of InformaticsVilnius University, Lithuania

“Science matters to me because it helps improve our everyday lives and explains the world around us.”

Dr. Maria Evagorou, Assistant Professor in Science EducationUniversity of Nicosia, Cyprus

“From my perspective as a cultural scientist, science is important to me, because arts and natural sciences are human endeavours to describe and understand the world around us. Through international cooperation in and between both disciplines we can share that understanding.”

Sabine Mickler, Project Manager, M.A. Applied Cultural SciencesInternational Centre for STEM Education, Freiburg, Germany

“Science is important to me, because it provides glasses through which I can try to discern the world. International cooperation in science is important to me, because cooperation – past and present – has provided the shoulders for me to stand on.”

Camilla Berge Vik, Associate ProfessorNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

“Science is important to me because it answers questions and provides solutions but also leads to asking more questions.”

Dr. Josette Farrugia, Senior Lecturer in Science EducationUniversity of Malta, Malta

“International cooperation in science is important to me because, more peoples' input can accomplish much more than individuals alone. Our main goal is to achieve the best from everyone working successfully together and not alone.”

Magdalena Herz, Prospective Secondary TeacherUniversity of Education Freiburg, Germany

“Science is important to me, because it opens our mind.”

Prof. Mag. Dr. Konrad KrainerUniversity of Klagenfurt, Austria

“Different cultures determine different ideas and approach. Diversity makes science possible!”

Dr. Teresita Gravina, STEM teacherScientix & Europeanaeu ambassador and ANISN national board member, Italy

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because working together we can respond better to current and future challenges we come across.”

Chrissavgi Triantafillou, Lecturer in Mathematics EducationNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

“International cooperation in science matters to me because it opens a new dimension of thinking. Science matters to me, because it brings unlimited possibilities of discovering.”

PhD Imrich Jakab, Department of Ecology and Environmental Research, Faculty of Natural SciencesConstantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

“Science is important to me, because it helps me understand how our planet works and provides possibilities to improve the future of our world, in order to make it a better place, also for our children. International cooperation in science enables us to overcome crises quick enough, if we all work on them together.”

Sonja Blattmann, StudentUniversity of Education, Freiburg, Germany

“Cooperation in science is important to me, because bringing together different perspectives is beneficial to all.”

Alice Hesse, PhD CandidateIPN, Kiel University, Germany

“Science has enabled me to think critically and appreciate the complexity of small things. International cooperation in science has the power to broaden our horizon, to foster understanding across nations and it enables us to solve global problems together.”

Annette Lykknes, Professor at the Department of Teacher EducationNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

“Science is important to me, because it's a way of looking at life and international diversity brings you wealth of points of view.”

Dr. Ana M. Abril Gallego, Associate Professor in Science EducationUniversity of Jaén, Spain

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because voices from multiple countries and cultures need to be heard. Merging those voices together also helps to be noticed across country borders and hopefully impact the lives of people positively through a shared understanding of science.”

Dr. Stefan Sorge, Postdoctoral ResearcherIPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel, Germany

“Science helps us look behind the facade of natural phenomena. This enables us to influence processes and use our gained knowledge to craft new ways of being, moving and comunicating in the world. I believe that international cooperation in solidarity is the only ground on which these developments can flourish sustainably, enhacing the well-being of us all.”

Chrissi Fischer, Public Relations Manager, M.A. in Social Sciences / Global StudiesInternational Centre for STEM Education, Freiburg, Germany

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because intercultural learning in science is of utmost relevance in order to integrate the immigrant youth into European educational systems successfully – thus we need to work together internationally!”

Elena Schaefer, Master in EducationInternational Centre for STEM Education, Freiburg, Germany

“International cooperation in science is important because we are all facing the same challenges, we are all fighting the same fight. And we are stronger together”

Katharina Flößer, Programme Specialist, PhD Candidate Mathematics EducationInternational Centre for STEM Education (ICSE), Germany

“Cooperation in science is important to me, because bringing together different perspectives is beneficial to all.”

Giorgos Psycharis, Lecturer in Mathematics EducationThe National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because unlike Cold War rivalry when researchers from the opposite sides “were digging parallel tunnels instead of building a Simplon-like tunnel”, todays synergistic relations within research teams are driven by common goals for human prosperity in an atmosphere, embracing various cultures, traditions and backgrounds with appreciation.”

Jenny Sendova, Senior Researcher at Institute of Mathematics and InformaticsBulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria

“International cooperation in science is important to me, because together we can do so much more! Moreover, cultural differences add perspectives and by that we understand things better.”

Dr. Jesper Boesen, Associate Professor in Mathematics EducationJönköping University, Sweden

What does cooperation and science mean to you?

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