Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU) is headquartered in Trondheim, with campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund. NTNU has eight faculties in addition to units such as the NTNU University Museum and the NTNU University Library. It has about 44170 students and 7761 full-time equivalent staff. NTNU has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and is the country’s premier institution for the education of engineers.
The university offers several programmes of professional study and a broad academic curriculum in the natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, humanities, medicine and health sciences, economics, finance and administration, as well as architecture and the arts. Research forms part of the activities through a variety of projects and programmes in addition to specialized centres. NTNU’s strategic commitment to three enabling technologies in 2011–2020 include biotechnology, ICT and nanotechnology. The RECITE project (Erasmus +) will contribute to NTNU’s strategic priority of sustainability for 2014-2023. ILU (Institute for Lærerutdanning/ Department for Teacher Education) was formed through the merger of teacher education departments at NTNU and the former HiST University College. It has over thirty active research projects or networks and more than 350 staff and 4000 students.
GrantXpert Consulting is a Cypriot-based SME, with a cumulative expertise of more than 25 years in European and National funding programmes. The team has a proven, core expertise in providing training and consulting services to local and EU organisations, and a track-record in implementing research work on entrepreneurial, business and other educational topics.
GrantXpert is also a leader at national level in the development of innovative educational programmes.
The team’s mission is to deliver solutions, stemming from multidisciplinary strategic partnership on an EU level, tackling new European societal, digital & green challenges. The overall vision, is to change and improve EU citizens’ life by implementing EU funded programmes, and maximising their overall impact.
Currently, our network of EU partners consists of more than 800 in all member states, enriched on a continuous basis. GrantXpert currently employs a team of 10 multidisciplinary professionals with a diverse research portfolio. Additionally, the team has a specialisation in the preparation of proposals & their successful implementation, with more than 25 years of combined experience.
GrantXpert has developed core research expertise in the following areas:
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European University Cyprus
European University Cyprus (EUC) was founded in 2007 and developed out of Cyprus College, which was established in 1961. Today, EUC operates five Schools, namely, the School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Law, with the mission to educate students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation. In 2020, EUC establish the Centre of Excellence in Research & Innovation in Social Sciences, the Arts and the Humanities, an interdisciplinary Research Centre at the European University Cyprus.
It promotes active collaboration between researchers, theorists, academics, practitioners and the public towards achieving interdisciplinary scientific excellence and promoting social change. Adopting an approach of Responsible Research, Sustainability, and Innovation, the Centre particularly aims at enabling the public’s participation in broadening the development of today’s knowledge-based society, through the public’s engagement with the Social Sciences, the Arts and the Humanities. The Centre has a current/running research funding of more than 1,000,000 Euros with more than 17 running research projects of the Centre. The Centre consists of 6 Multidisciplinary Research Units (MRUs) with an inter-disciplinary group of experts and researchers.
National Centre of Science and Technology
NEMO Science Museum is the largest science center in the Netherlands with about 665.000 visitors pre-COVID19. The educational department (Science Learning Center, SLC) of NEMO Science Museum is a center of expertise with regard to informal science learning. NEMO’s Science Learning Centre (SLC) has participated in many projects on a national and international (EU) level, like, STEMitUP, TINKERING, OSOS, SALL and Hypatia. NEMO was coordinator of the EU H2020 project Hypatia. The Science Learning Centre has a close collaboration with the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam. Together NEMO and the University conduct research on science learning in formal settings. For this purpose NEMO opened a research lab in the science centre, where science centre visitors are asked to participate in research and prototype activities.
The Science Learning Centre has extensive experience in teacher training and the development of (learning) activities. NEMO has its own Teachers’ Club with 2000 members and is regularly organising trainings for teachers both primary and secondary while also developing educational material and conducting outreach activities too. Furthermore NEMO has gained a lot of expertise in the field of gender and S&T education as well in several S&T methodologies such as Tinkering, Inquiry based learning and learning by design. Since 2018 NEMO invested in working with difficult to reach target groups and gained expertise in community learning and welcoming new groups such. NEMO welcomes every year students from the age group of 4 years old to university students and gained expertise in the development of educational material for these different age groups.
Ustanova Hiša eksperimentov
Ustanova Hiša eksperimentov (UHE) is a curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and active engagement empowering centre - some call it also the Science Centre. The idea of establishing such a centre started in 1994. UHE was established as a nonprofit foundation in 1996. Our temporary exhibitions around Slovenia resulted in a permanent collection on the premises by the Ljubljana municipality. UHE attracts yearly around 25.000 visitors. UHE is the place where the enjoyment of learning, promoting science, and humor intertwine. Visitors can interact with over 60 “hands-on” exhibits with all developed, designed, and built-in UHE.
They can explore each exhibit containing a written explanation that unobtrusively invites them to immerse deeply into science while experimenting. A new exhibit is constantly checked in its usage, improves weak points, and enhances its attractiveness. The statement “Learning is fun” describes our primary mission – the promotion of enjoyment in learning. We believe that learning by experimenting and testing yourself is the right way to obtain new knowledge and increase the desire to acquire even more knowledge. UHE is taking part in building a Knowledge-based society, a society open to exchange ideas, whether scientific discoveries, innovations in the industry, or personal insight. It is a society of curious and open-minded people who are not afraid to admit to some ignorance and try to find the answers to their questions. The free exchange of ideas between individuals makes society richer.
Kattem school is a public school in the city of Trondheim, the third biggest city in Norway. Kattem school is a primary school with 390 children and about 80 employees. Kattem school is in addition to being an ordinary school, a school with three groups for children who are refugees or stay in Norway as a child of working immigrants. These children stay in Kattem for one or two years, before they start at the school in their local community. Kattem school also has a small group with pupils who have special needs. These children have affiliation in their ordinary school class, but spends part of the day in this small group together with special educators and assistants.