Promoting ocean science, policy and management for sustainable development.
The United Nations Decade will aim provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Embracing participative and transformative processes so that scientists, policy makers, managers, and service users can work together to ensure that ocean science delivers greater benefits for both the ocean ecosystem and for society.
Organised within the 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign, the Nature Based Solution (NBS) competition aims to highlight the importance of integrating nature and ecosystems to deliver social, ecological and economic benefits, increasing biodiversity and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation in STEM education.
The Competition is divided into three strands with up to 60 possible winners:
The competition is open until 30 April 2021. To participate, please consult the terms and conditions, available on the landing page of the 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign
ISPO (the Indonesian Science Project Olympiad) aims to encourage a love of science, cultivate scientific thinking, conduct research, and develop and produce scientific products. Involving Indonesian youth who attend school it is also seen to make an important contribution to the community by preparing young people to be creative, innovative, and responsible.
Olympiad activities take place in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, environment, physics and technology.
This year, 106 finalists were selected.
View details of the Olympiad in English and Bhasa
Native Scientist, together with Tuebingen University (Germany) and Lancaster University (UK), is organising an online symposium "Innovations in STEM education during the Pandemic" with renowned speakers Suzanne Dillon (OECD), Louise Archer (UCL), and João Costa (Secretary of State for Education, Portugal).
If you would like to present your project during the symposium please complete and submit the following form by the 15th March 2021.
Register for the event taking place on the 23rd of April, please go here
In order to impact climate change there has to be a shift in society’s culture. Art can play a significant role. Art reflects values, beliefs, relationships and the view of the natural world. It can also challenge those same things. Perceptions can be altered, ideologies transformed when art takes on a subject.
EARTHDAY.ORG invites you to join another instalment of their Earth Day Live series:
Changing the Culture through Culture: Artists Shifting Perspectives on Climate Change on Thursday, December 17th at noon eastern time.
The panel will be 60 minutes and hosted over Zoom. By registering and joining the webinar, you’ll be able to ask questions during the Q&A. If you can’t connect over Zoom, the event will also be streamed over Facebook.
NIDA would like to congratulate NaDEET’s three student-interns who completed their research projects this year even through the most difficult times. Check out:
Retention of Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), learning and attitudes of participants, over six months: the Case Study of NaDEET Centre, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Author: Melba Monique Van Wyk (NaDEET in conjunction with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA). View
The role of NUST-NaDEET internships in promoting Sustainability and Inspiring future Environmental Educators
Author: Salom Haiduwa (NaDEET/Namibia University of Science & Technology). View
Baseline study on environmental awareness of junior primary school learners in the Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions
Author: Thadeus Mupiri (NasDEET/Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, Namibia University of Science & Technology). View
Switzerland-based doctoral researcher Sauradeep Majumdar has won the FameLab International 2020 science communication competition with his three-minute talk explaining how scientists are using carbon capture to combat climate change.
Qatar’s Ahmad Maani and the UK’s Rebecca Ellis awarded runner-up places while Gabriela Ramos Leal secured the audience prize.
Thousands of viewers from 75 countries tuned in to the FameLab YouTube channel throughout November as 20 international researchers competed to captivate the audience with bite-sized scientific talks.
The International Final was held on 26 November hosted by UK science presenter and YouTuber Greg Foot.
Our societies are experiencing unprecedented global changes, amongst which climate change is one of the most notable examples. The urgency for raising awareness and sparking action is ever more essential. In this context, education plays a fundamental role in fostering sustainability literacy, that is providing the knowledge, skills and mindsets that enable individuals to become deeply committed to developing sustainable and inclusive communities. Nature-Based Solutions (NBSs) have emerged as an important way to address these needs; they are seen to benefit biodiversity and support the delivery of a range of ecosystem services.
In this context, the European Commission has initiated and funded an NBS pilot project (NBSPP), in collaboration with European Schoolnet (EUN), to create Learning Scenarios for teachers to address and include the topic of NBS in different levels of primary and secondary education. Learning Scenarios have been designed by leading teachers from seven countries and tested with over 1,000 students by Scientix.
The Learning Scenarios use a variety of pedagogies – such as inquiry-based science education, place-based learning, and eco-pedagogies. They are designed for STEAM teaching, that is the interdisciplinary integration of STEM and non-STEM subjects in class.
By raising awareness on practices that foster sustainable development, mitigate climatic changes, and shape active agents of sustainability, these NBS Learning Scenarios strengthen the potential contribution of education to the European Commission strategy for climate neutrality by 2050, resource-efficient economic growth, and social justice.
Fourteen learning scenarios have been developed to date, covering age range from 6 – 18 years. Examples include:
A Green School is a Healthy School
Suggested Age/Subjects: 15-19 yrs old – Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Science, Biology, Guidance lessons
The Traveling Fox
Suggested Age/Subjects: 6-8 yrs old – Discovery of the World, Maths, Art, Language
Waste Management of The Food Industry – Hazards, Risks and Solution
Suggested Age/Subjects: 16-18 yrs old – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics
NBS to prevent forest fires and reduce risk disasters caused by deforestation
Suggested Age/Subjects: 14+ – STE(A)M
Further information and links to all the learning scenarios can be found from www.scientix.eu/projects
The search for the winner of FameLab 2020 starts on 11 and 12 November at 4pm GMT when the semi-finalist contestants beam in from 20 countries across the world.
FameLab would like you to be part of the global audience and vote for your favourite to become an international finalist.
New to FameLab? What can you expect?
Each contestant has three minutes to persuade you they are worthy of the title. Watch the live-streamed semis and final on the FameLab YouTube channel and vote. The winners of the semi-finals will be announced online on 16 November at 12pm GMT.
Join the Facebook group for the semi final 1, semi final 2 and the final (26 November) to be kept up-to-date with all the action and be notified of the live stream links.