Mind the gap - How to strengthen science learning & empower your students

Online Workshop for educators

Section: Technology and Knowledge

Date: 26. March 2021

The seminar is aimed at formal and non-formal educators and is freely available upon registration. It is organised by the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) as part of the SySTEM2020-Project.


When: Fr., 26. März 2021; 15:00 – 16:15 CET

Over the past three years we have investigated, in-depth, science learning attitudes of learners across Europe. The effects of the pandemic were also fed into this massive endeavour. Due to the pandemic traditional learning approaches were forced to rapidly evolve to overcome the challenges of distance-learning. This situation exacerbated existing and brought new inequalities to science learning creating a pressing need to focus on equity in science.

This interactive seminar will feature relevant findings of this comprehensive project called, SySTEM 2020 and highlight how formal educators can support equitable science learning practices in their communities.

Please register hear

Agenda | 15.00 – 16.15

  • Opening remarks (5 min)
  • Panel – Strengthening science learning attitudes through equity (45 min)
  • Flash workshop – The power of Zines (20 min)
  • Closing remarks (5 min)
  • Optional extras (30 min) | 16.15- 16.45More on Zines (10 min)Network with other participants (20 min)



Panel – Strengthening science learning attitudes through equity (45 min)

Panelists- Eva Durall, Vanessa Mignan Jenkins and Irina Vana.

The panelists will discuss the emotional, behavioural and cognitive aspects of science learning and explore the role of formal education in shaping learning attitudes of students. You will learn how you can help foster positive science identities in your classrooms and help your communities develop equitable resources.

Flash workshop-The power of ZINES (pronounced ‘zeens’)

(20 min)

Speaker & facilitator - Autumn Brown

You will learn how to use this fantastic tool which can be used to empower students. Zines nurture deep self-reflection and freedom of expression to explore science topics and have been found to be particularly useful in communities made of diverse cultures.

Session speakers, panelists and contributors


  • Autumn Brown (Science gallery Dublin, Ireland) – PhD researcher exploring how art, science, and society shape one another.
  • Eva Durall (Aalto, Finland) – Postdoctoral researcher exploring interactions between learning and ecology.
  • Sophie Perry (Science gallery Dublin, Ireland) – Research and learning coordinator.
  • Lisa M. Seebacher (ZSI Austria) - Interdisciplinary trained social scientist.
  • Vanessa Mignan Jenkins- Independent trainer and consultant with over a decade experience in science engagement.
  • Irina Vana (ZSI Austria) - Trained as sociologist and social historian.
  • Shweta Gaikwad (EMBL, Germany) – Ex-molecular biologist turned science educator.

Type: Event organised by other institutions

Organizer: European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences

Location: online

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