Science education is an important element of the recruitment of further generations for scientific research. In this complex process 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. Scientific research provides a unique and unparalleled opportunity for outstanding achievements even in this young age. The hierarchy-free atmosphere of a good scientific group gives the talented high school student a long-sought freedom and a unique opportunity to break from the original social and economical circumstances of the family. Identification and organisation of these usually highly talented students shows them that they are not alone, and gives a lot of friends for these young fellows who are often considered “odd” and “funny” in a regular school. 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 NATO countries of Western Europe and America, there are very few successful examples of research training of high school students in Central-Eastern European NATO and NATO partner countries. 

Therefore the workshop, through series of roundtable discussions and a number of presentations, would like to help to:

  • establish more of these research training practices in CEE countries
  • promote cooperation between existing scientific research training projects for students until the age 21 and their teachers in a wide array of scientific areas
  • promote research collaborations between students and teachers of different programs and countries
  • better the existing projects by exchanging their experiences and outlining successful organizational and fundraising tactics
  • initiate international joint scientific student/teacher projects
  • promote the participation of students in the organization of research training
  • daw the attention of policy makers and the media to the importance to start the recruitment to scientific research at a very early age

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