Vienna conference coming up!

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014

Dear Menoring Associates, friends and colleagues!

You may have noticed that the registration for the Vienna conference (Sept 10th-12th, 2014) is now opened !

Conference registration is in full swing, so we kindly request you to register as soon as possible:


The current programme and additional information is available on:  

Please note that it will still be tourist season in September in Vienna and many hotels may be fully booked soon! We urgently recommend to book accommodation as soon as possible. Please find a selection of recommended hotels close to the venue on

(With some of the listed hotels we agreed special rates – please follow the instructions given in the list of recommended hotels.)



A program for Mentoring Partners will be arranged on the Sept 10th. So if you intend to join us in Vienna as a Mentoring Partner, please arrange your travel so that you will be available on Sept 10th in the morning.

If you are also Partner of the SiS Catalyst Consortium (and not just Mentoring Associates), consortium meeting will happen on the 9th

Updated versions of the program will be circulated as soon as they are available.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Vienna in September!

Cyril Dworsky

Karoline Iber

Chris Gary

& Blaise Guenard

Science meetings with children - Istanbul

May 19, 2014

Dear all,

Our “Science meetings with children” series is almost completed with 5 lectures realised so far here at Çocukistanbul. The 6th and the final one will be held on May 26th. There has been a total of around 550 attendees so far and it seems we will end up with around 700 together with families. Based on the feedbacks I can say with no doubt, we are happy with the success of this first year experience.

This link will take you to an interview with Elisabeth Menasse - from ZOOM Children Museum, Vienna - we arranged with the daily newspaper Hürriyet, the “admiral ship” of the main stream media. You will also find below a scanned copy of the news. I know it is in Turkish and you will not be able to follow, however, in short, it is directly on our lecture series and Elisabeth had also the opportunity to mention the SiS Catalyst program.

Best Regards,


Informal Education-çocukistanbul

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SiS Catalyst & EAN joint Conference - Ghent

March 2, 2014 - March 5, 2014

Thank you all for participating in our last SiS Catalyst & EAN joint Conference in Ghent !

You can access some of the presentations from the Conference here.
For those of you who did not attend the conference, you may also find interesting having a look at them and possibly discuss some of those with you MA partner and/or colleagues within you own institution.

Electronic versions of the Mentoring Associates posters that were prepared for the MAs Expo are available here.

Hoping that you also enjoyed the conference and brought what you learned there back with you and shared it in your own institutions and locality.

Do not hesistate to add you comments on the Conference bellow.

Blaise Guenard

Educational Opportunities, UoL staff visit to LUD Łódzki Uniwersytet Dzieciecy (Children University of Łódz

December 5, 2013 - December 11, 2013

Hi all,

Paul, Sarah, Blaise and I travelled to Poland Early December 2013 to find out more information about the Children’s University of Lodz at the Polytechnic university. In the short time that we spent there, we attended numerous workshops and lectures, which gave us a great insight into how the Children’s University is run at the university.

We were introduced to Ania, who initially set up the Children’s University 6 years ago and runs the whole programme. She gave us a great insight into the work that she does with the children. We attended lots of workshops such as Organic chemistry laboratory workshop with 16 & 17 year old students. In this session, the students took part in laboratory experiments, where they spent a few hours conducting the experiment. Once they produce results, the students then present their findings to younger students in a future lecture. This not only teaches the younger students about organic chemistry, but builds the confidence and presentation skills of the older students. There were also maths lectures for the older students taking place whilst we were there.

We also watched a Robotics workshop, where students of around ages 13-15 attended. The session included making 3D structures and programming a robot to draw the Children’s university logo. We learned that workshops tend to last around 45 minutes. We were shown the Acoustics sound proof room one day, which is used to measure and identify sound waves. Workshops for children ages 7-11 take place often in there as it is very popular with the children. We similarly observed computer and robotics introductory lectures for children aged between 7 and 11.

lecture with Mirosław Hermaszewski; the only Polish astronaut

We were also very lucky to attend a children’s lecture with Mirosław Hermaszewski, the only Polish astronaut to go into space. The lecture was very well attended with over 200 children in the lecture theatre. Even though the children had to sit through the talk for 45 minutes, the children were very engaged in the lecture, and many had questions for the astronaut at the end of the lecture. Although parents were not allowed to attend the lecture with their child, they were allowed to watch the lecture via transmission in another lecture room. We felt this was an excellent opportunity for the child to feel more independent, but also a chance for the parents to learn something and keep track of what their child is learning also.

These large lectures take place around 5 times per semester, with different guest speakers each time. We learnt that each child that signs up for Children’s university receives their own booklet, which is stamped and signed by lecturers for each session they attend.

Attendees to the African workshopWe also found that student volunteers for the Children’s university do not get paid, however, many workshops are held specifically for the volunteers, to keep up morale and also as a treat for working so hard. We were lucky enough to take part in an African music workshop with the volunteers, were we all took part in African music and dancing.

The rest of our stay in Lodz provided us the opportunity to meet with Ania and exchange information about what work we do in Educational Opportunities, as well as asking further questions about the Children’s university of Lodz. For example, we found that children who sign up for the Children’s university pay a small fee to cover the costs of materials (around £18 per semester for all workshops and lectures. 600 children can sign up each semester and these places are on a first come first serve basis, which are typically filled within 8 minutes. This means that no child is guaranteed a place every year, but demonstrates how popular the programme is in Lodz. We did discover that extra workshops free of charge are provided for children from poor backgrounds.

Overall, the trip was very interesting and enjoyable, and we were very grateful to Ania for organising the visit.

Thanks for reading,

Lauren and Sarah

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Happy New Year & next SiS Catalsyt Conference in Ghent, March 2014

March 2, 2014 - March 5, 2014

Dear All,

First of all, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year with all the best for 2014 !


Our next Policy Practice Interface Conference will take place 2nd- 5th March 2014, in Ghent, Belgium.

The conference, entitled 'Children as societal actors for a sustainable future' will take place at the Hogeschool Gent and will combine the topic of policy implications on the Monday, and Tuesday will focus on locally defined minorities.

Registration is now open, please click here to register.

You can find more information about the conference by clicking on the following links:

Practical Information

Programme outline

Attached is a Save the Dates document.


More information about the Conference will be sent out shortly.


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Registration now open for Ghent Conference

December 2, 2013

Registration is now open for our upcoming conference in Ghent, 2-5th March 2014.

On the Ghent page you can find a programme outline, practical information including accommodation and travel to Ghent, and the registration form.

As the programme outlines, there will be a variety of daytime sessions for MAs on Sunday, March 2nd. More information to follow.

We hope to see you there!


Newsletter - December 2013

December 6, 2013

Have you had a chance to read the final SiS Catalyst newsletter of 2013?

This issue looks back on the Lodz conference, hears from a fellow F7 project UNAWE, and looks forward to the conference in Ghent.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jessica

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Learning Locally -Thinking Globally

October 23, 2013

Would you like to have a closer look into the Prezi that Blaise showed on Wednesday, October 23rd again? or simply discover it at your own pace?

Click here to access the Prezi.

Please leave us your comment and do not hesitate to contact Blaise if wish to add something into the Prezi or if you came accross something you consider should be modified.

Thank you all for joining us during our Mentoring Associates day

Questions from Mentoring partners

October 23, 2013

At our last SiS Catalyst and EUCUNET joint Conference in Lodz, Mentoring Associates had a questions to ask the rest of SiS Catalyst Consortium and other MAs:

"speed dating circle" type of activity

Here is a list of those questions:

  • Association Paris Montagne & Society for Out of Frame Education:

How to extend our mutual thinking about each other's local context and scale to a global perspective?

  • ConSol & Eco-ethics International Union, Ethiopia:

How can we continue to collaborate sustainably?
How to  measure outcomes of development projects, especially when they are focused on personal development?

  • Foundation of Malopolski University for Children& Youth and Children's University of Greece:

What change do we make?
What do we understand by “the intercultural dialogue”?

  • PH International, Macedonia & ECHO:

Since we're both now exploring the concept of Children's Universities and putting this into practice, we're very curious to know:
What kind of activities have been the most successful?
We are currently developing activities for youngsters and want to know:
What topics or workshops have had great response?
Erdogan (from Cocukistanbul) and Enrico (from SISSA Medialab)

  • ZOOM Kindermuseum & Cocukistanbul Informel Egitim:

The MA partnership was very fruitful and has led to new projects!
Is a continuation after April 2014 intended?
We already have many new project-ideas...

  • Kid’s Tech University Virginia & SISSA Medialab:

Which schemes are used to achieve sustainability?

  • McMaster Children and Youth University & Children’s University of Tubingen:

Why is the successful example of McMaster Children‘s University not spread throughout Canada?
How could this be changed?

  • Kinderuni Wien & University of Copenhagen:

What are the next steps to be taken to include some elements of what we’ve learnt from each other into the project agenda of our own organization?

  • Joensuu Science Society & University of Innsbruck:

How could communication in SiS Catalyst - Mentoring Partnerships be improved?

  • University of Liverpool & Children’s University of Lodz:

How do we evaluate the impact of what we do?

  • Department of Roma Studies, University of Pecs & Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb:

Is putting the emphasis on 'passing the heritage' making it more difficult for kids to join the 'dominant culture' education system?

  • Centre for Talented Youth Ireland & Anstosse Geben, Munich:

How can you encourage students to be socially aware, motivated and engaged in such a way as to use their skills in educating others?

  • Children’s University EAFIT, Columbia & ACUP, Barcelona:

In Latin America, we are weak concerning networking and making alliances. Still we compete more than collaborate…
So, how to build stronger networks for science and education including public and private sectors?
How to reach more continuity/sustainability in the actions for science and education?

  • Children’s University of Ankara & Modern Sciences and Art University, Cairo:

Who should be the stakeholders of a nation-wide Children’s University both in the mean of national and local bodies and what should be their roles?

Plenary session - Rapporteurs and WP leaders are about to summarise the discussions that happened throughout the day

Please do comment on this post and/or contact Blaise if you wish to provide an answer to any of the questions above.

 Thanks you all for your participation to the MAs day on Wednesday 23rd and for attending the Conference.

If you have any comments, thoughts, photos you would like to share, etc. please do not hesitate to publish a post on the MAs blog or contact Blaise.

Truth or Dare? SiS Catalyst & EUCU.NET Joint Conference Łódz

October 22, 2013 - October 26, 2013

Copied from Jessica Lunt:

129 delegates from 28 different countries will come together next week for our joint conference with EUCU.NET.

The conference, based on the idea of controversial topics in science communication will be hosted by the Technical University of Lodz (Politechnika Lodzka) 22-26th October 2013. You can download the programme for the event here.

You can check our event page for more information on the venue, how to get to Lodz, and accommodation. You can also find our registration page, which will be be open right up until the start of the conference for any latecomers.

We will be updating our facebook and twitter pages regularly throughout the conference. To follow the event on twitter please use the hashtag #lodzconf

We wish you all a safe journey to Lodz and look forward to welcoming you to our conference.

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