Training Caravan pursues:…
Building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting climate change science to society (Science Education)
Building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society will help to make science more attractive to young people, increase society’s appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.
Making science education and careers attractive for young people is an ambitious goal, since it targets to drastically improve science and technology-literacy in our society.
Innovative formal and informal science education teaching and learning is important in order to raise both young boys’ and girls’ awareness of the different aspects encompassing science and technology in today’s society and to address the challenges faced by young people when pursuing careers in Science.
Therefore, a sustainable and cross-cutting interaction between the relevant actors in the field is crucial. In the particular case of Training Caravan, the initiative is targeted at promoting the interaction among BC3´s Climate Change researchers and;
- Education system (high school),
- Students and pupils,
Within the Training Caravan initiative, underpinned by the Science Education thematic area of BC3´s RRI Science Education, the aim is provide evidence-based answers to some central questions about climate change, drawing on the best current scientific understanding and making science education and careers attractive for young people.
- Develop scientific citizenship by promoting innovative pedagogies in science education, attracting more young people towards science (with a special emphasis on girls) and addressing the challenges faced by young people, in pursuing careers in science.
- Develop responsible research and innovation in higher education curricula,
- Encourage the access to scientific careers
Training Caravan pursues…:
Taking the European Societal Challenges closer to the classrooms
Horizon 2020 (European Commission) reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.
A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market-society with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, getting the research activity closer to classrooms as it is the case of Training Caravan.
Defined Societal Challenges to be addressed
Some benefits of the initiative from the Public Engagement perspective
Following we highlight some of the contributions of the Training Caravan initiative
- It contributes to building a more scientifically literate society able to actively participate in and support democratic processes, and science and technology developments,
- It injects differing perspectives and creativity in research design and results, and
- It contributes to fostering more societally relevant and desirable research and innovation outcomes to help us tackle societal challenges.