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The 1st NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop
  A NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop 19-21 April, 2002, Budapest
 
 

Science Education: Talent Recruitment and Public Understanding  

A NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop 19-21 April, 2002, Budapest   

Background

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 proposed project would like to help to establish more of these research training practices in CEE countries

The idea of the workshop has been raised as a follow-up meeting of the World Conference of Science and may serve as a related event to the UNESCO Forum of Young Scientists. The chief organisers of the planned 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, respectively.

Aims of the workshop

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

to promote cooperation between existing scientific research training projects by raising the possibility of more intensive student-exchanges

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. Ferenc Madl, President of Hungary Jozsef Palinkas, Minister of Education Hungary Philippe Busquin, Member of the European Commission

Patrons:

  • Ferenc Madl, President of Hungary Jozsef
  • Palinkas, Minister of Education Hungary Philippe Busquin
  • Member of the European Commission

Sponsors of the Meeting:

Béres Foundation, EGIS Co., Gedeon Richter Co., Embassy of Italy, Embassy of the USA,  Hungarian Patent Office, Industrial R&D Foundation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environmental Protection, "Mûszaki" Publishers Budapest, NATO, Program for Children and Youth, UNESCO

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For additional information please visit:

www.chaperone.sote.hu/natowork.htm




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