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Roundtable & Workshop: Rethinking Policies for Innovating European Science Education

In order to open new roads to science education in Europe, the Lisbon Council and Ecsite are inviting representatives from ministries across Europe to engage in a discussion about policies around innovating European school education systems.
September 30, 2021
formal education systems, living labs, policy maker, teaching methodology

Education systems are under pressure to prepare students for success in a complex and interconnected world that is undergoing rapid technological, cultural, economic, and demographic change. Scientific education is identified as a core competence that requires further development, yet more than 21,6% of 15-year-olds in the EU underperformed in the science domain of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). How can schools adapt and prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century?

In order to open new roads to science education in Europe, the Lisbon Council and Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums convene the High-Level Roundtable on “Science and Education: How Innovation and Collaboration Can Deliver Better Science Education and Stronger Social Moorings in an Age of Misinformation”


  • Tuija Hirvikoski, director of Laurea University of Applied Sciences and former president and council member of the European Network of Living Labs, will open the discussion with an overview of policy objectives with regards to innovating school education systems across Europe.
  • Cassie Hague, analyst at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will present cutting-edge OECD evidence on innovation in education.
  • Michael Teutsch, head of unit, schools and multilingualism, DG education, youth, sport and culture at the European Commission, will present the European Union’s perspective. 
  • Pavlos Koulouris, senior researcher at Ellinogermaniki Agogi and project coordinator of SALL, will present SALL’s approach to education, in which schools become agents of community well-being by forming new collaborations with other local actors and addressing issues that are important to them.
  • Francesco Mureddu, director at the Lisbon Council, will introduce the roadmap to European policies for living-lab-based open schooling.

Alongside an audience of policymakers, education-policy-experts, think-tankers and academics, SALL will kick-off the co-creation process of a roadmap to European policies for living-lab-based open schooling through a participatory session where the participants will have the opportunity to report on policy objectives and gaps they are facing on national level. The results will feed directly into the formulation of SALL’s roadmap.

  • Date and time: 30 September, 9.00-10.30 CEST
  • Location: Cisco Webex – the link will be provided by mail to the participants after their registration
  • Registration: Send an email to Francesco Mureddu – – with the subject heading “Schools as Living Labs. Only registered participants will have access to the meeting, free event.

Picture from NEMO/DigiDaan

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