October 22, 2004

2nd NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop

Science Education: Talent Recruitment and Public Understanding

The 2nd NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW No. 980515) and a satellite of the UNESCO-ICSU 2005  World Science Forum


1-3 October, 2004, Hotel Korona, Eger, Hungary

Background and Aims

Science education is an important element of the recruitment of further generations for scientific research. In this complex process which – optimally – begins at the nursery and ends by the completion of a PhD study a key point is the science education of high school students, who are in a very susceptible age to ask clear questions about the world around them, and to seek answers in a methodological way, as science does. This age, between 14 and 19 is the age of self-test, where the adolescent tries his strength and capabilities. Scientific research provides a unique and unparalleled opportunity for outstanding achievements even in this young age. Moreover, research training makes the social circles surrounding these students (schoolmates, family, relatives, etc.) understand science and breaks the alienation from scientific research in a significant part of the society. All these benefits would be really a treasure in the conflict-loaded, differentiated societies of Central-Eastern Europe, where after the initial social mobility the channels, where young members of the society may find an opportunity to change their social status were significantly narrowed. However, despite existing practices of highly successful science education initiatives in countries of Western Europe and America, there are very few successful examples of research training of high school students in Central-Eastern European countries. The Workshop will continue the successful start of the 1st NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop in 2002 to establish more of these research training practices world-wide. The co-directors of the 2nd Workshop, Prof. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate (USA) and Prof. Peter Csermely (Hungary) were section heads of the World Conference of Science and its satellite meeting as well as organizers of the 1st Workshop.

The 1st Workshop (19-21 April 2002, Budapest)

The idea of the 1st workshop has been raised as a follow-up meeting of the World Conference of Science and served as a related event to the UNESCO World Academy of Young Scientists (WAYS). The 1st Workshop was held in Visegrad, Hungary in April 2002 and was a highly successful event.

The list of participants, proceedings, and photos of the 1st workshop can be reached here.

Aims of the 2nd Workshop

The 2nd workshop will be a small meeting (attendance will be limited to 50 persons) to disseminate the experiences of highly successful scientific research training projects. The major goals of the workshop are

  • to promote cooperation between existing scientific research training projects
  • to better the existing projects by exchanging their experiences and outlining successful organisational and fundraising tactics
  • to help the initiation of scientific research training projects in countries where it does not exist.

Expected Results

The workshop will give a comprehensive survey of existing, highly successful examples of scientific research training in Europe, in the USA, Korea and Israel. This concentrated introduction of the best practices of the world will provide a unique opportunity of participants to learn successful elements from other initiatives. Participation of key European and world-wide organisations in talent support and science education, such as the EU, UNESCO, NATO, the European Council of High Ability, MENSA International, etc. will make a special impact of the event. The project will give an opportunity to establish a Network of Youth Excellence to pursue these goals on a continuous basis.


  • Ferenc Mádl, President of Hungary
  • Sylvester E. Vizi, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Bálint Magyar, Minister of Education, Hungary

Sponsors of the Meeting:

Allianz Hungary Co., AstraZeneca, Béres Foundation, Bio-Science Co., EGIS Co., Gedeon Richter Co., Hungarian Patent Office, Industrial R&D Foundation, Kopint-Datorg Co., Ministry of Children and Youth, Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, "Mûszaki" Publishers Budapest, NATO, UNESCO

Participants of the meeting:

(Euroscience Greek Regional Section, Greece)
( European Bioinformatics Institute,  UK)
(Cheongju National University of Education, Korea)
( Howard Hughes Medical Insitute , USA)
( Illinois Math Science Academy , USA)
( Hands-on-Science, Portugal)
( Hungarian Natonal Student Research Intiative, Hungary)
Gabor Bethlen College, Romania)
Hungarian Natonal Student Research Intiative, Hungary)
( MENSA International, Germany)
( The Irish Centre for Talented Youth,  Ireland)
( University of Barcelona, Spain)
( Hungarian Talent Support Society, Hungary)
. ( The Michigan State University Out-reach Program,   USA)
(Research Training Program in Primary Schools of Hungary )
Joklik, Otto (EUREKA International,   Austria)
( The Student Research Program in Voivodina, Serbia)
( Kim Institute for the Korean Gifted,  Korea)
( Czech Republic)
( Hungarian Natonal Student Research Intiative Hungary)
( Science Festival School,   Poland)
( Student Prodigy, UK)
( Student Prodigy, USA)
(WAYS, Hungary)
( The National Centre for Biotechnology Education, UK)
( Petnica Science Center,  Serbia)
( American Junior Academies of Science,  USA)
( Hungarian Natonal Student Research Intiative Hungary)
( EMBO,   Germany)
( XLAB,  Germany)
Petrus, Vasil (Young Science Academy of Ukraine, Ukraine)
( Israel Ministry of Education Department of Gifted  Children , Israel)
( FEBS,  Portugal)
( Dialog-Gentechnik, Austria)
( Weekend Scientific Seminars,   Armenia)
( The Montgomery County Out-reach Program, USA)
( The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar,  Sweden)
( NATO,  Norway)
(Hands-on-Science, Romania)(American Psychologist Association, USA)
( Hungarian Natonal Student Research Intiative Hungary)
( Bio-Science Ltd., Hungary)
(Comenius University,  Slovakia)
( European Council for High Ability,  Czech Republic)
( Deutsche SchülerAkademie, Deutsche Junior Akademien, Germany)



Scientific Program of the meeting


1st October, Friday, 2:00 pm Opening Ceremony

András Siegler Nationl Office for Research and Technology

The NATO and EU Science Education programs (Ragnhild Sohlberg)
The FEBS Educational and Youth Policy (Claudina Pousada – Portugal)

3:00 pm Environment and help of research training
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Extracurriculum Programs (Jill Conley – USA)
WAYS: a permanent global network of young scientists (Marta Maczel – Hungary)

Successful practices of  research training around the world, part 1
The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (Hanna Sjögren – Sweden)
Extending the Deutsche SchülerAkademie to younger ones: The Deutsche Junior Akademien (Harald Wagner – Germany)
You Do and You Understand… Hands-on Experiments at the XLAB (Eva-Maria Neher – Germany)


4:30 - 5:00 Break


The National Centre for Biotechnology Education (Dean Madden – UK)
The Montgomery County Out-reach Program (Sandy Shmookler – USA)
Michigan University Program (James E. Jackson – USA)
EMBO Educational Activities (Andrew Moore – Germany)


October 2nd 9 am Successful practices around the world, part 2
Promoting research in the secondary school (Joan Guinovart – Spain)
The Hands-on Science Project (Manuel Filipe Costa – Portugal)
The Irish Centre for Talented Youth – Factors in Motivating Young People towards Science (Sheila Gilheany – Dublin, Ireland)
The Euro-science program in Greece (Michael S. Arvanitis – Greece)
Scientific Outreach  at the European Bioinformatics Institute (Cath Brooksbank – UK)
Life Sciences in School: How do We Get There? An Austrian Case Study (Susanne Schnedier-Voss – Austria)

Break 10:30-11:00

Shrinking the World by Expanding Research Opportunity: International Cooperation for Scientific Talent Development (Peggy Connolly – USA)

Preparing for tomorrows by involving high school scientists in leading edge research on a national level (Joan Messer – USA)
Factors that Enhance and Impede the Development of Talent in Biology (Rena Subotnik, USA)

Science Education for Gifted Students in Israel via Distance Learning  (Shlomit Rachmel – Israel) Israel Ministry of Education
Science Mentorship Program for High School Students in Korea (Myoung Hwan Kim – Korea)
Education of Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students with University Faculty in Korea (Byung Hoon Chung – Korea)

1:00-2:00 pm Lunch

3 pm Implementation of successful practices of  research training in Central Eastern Europe
Talent support in the Czech Republic (Eva Vondrakova)
Talent Support for the Young Gifted in Hungary (Maria Herskovits – Hungary)
Research Training Program in Primary Schools of Hungary ( Péter Jeager – Hungary)
Nationwide mentorship network for talented high school students ( Lívia Mészáros – Hungary)
Biotech Program for High School Students in Hungary (Agnes Tatrai – Hungary)


Break 4:30-5:00

Science Festival School: molecular biology for common people (Joanna Lilpop – Poland)
The Romanian experience within the Comenius project: "Hands on Science" (Adelina Sporea – Romania)
The Student Research Program in Voivodina (Zoltan Kazinczy – Serbia)
Petnica Science Center - a Model of Intensive Extracurricular Science Education for Gifted Students (Vigor Majic – Serbia)
Recruimemt of talents for life sciences in Slovakia: State of the art (Lubo Thomaska – Slovakia)

8:00 farewell dinner

Additional participants: Zdenek Kluiber (Czech Republic), Eva Vondrakova (Czech Republic), Agoston Dvoracsek (Romania), Tamás Korcsmáros (Hungary), László Fazekas (Hungary), Katalin Sulyok (Hungary)

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