Launching BIOTALENT - Creating Talent in Biodiversity
The start of September brings the start of a new project. CETAF has partnered up to set up the new BIOTALENT project in close collaboration with 4 other institutions from Belgium, Hungary, Portugal and Greece (Crete). Subtitled as 'Talent in biodiversity. Innovative education and new skills to increase engagement in science', it is part of the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 to promote 'Strategic Partnerships' that enhance cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices. The implementation of the programme will run for three years.
BIOTALENT aims to develop a blended learning model for adaptable modular training courses. This model would involve both learning online and through face-to-face education methods. As a way of implementing a more personalized approach to environmental education, the partnering institutions are committed to establishing an open-source virtual learning platform as a multilingual pilot project, and which will provide the e-content of the course. The learning programme is specifically targeted at practicing biology teachers and trainee teachers from secondary education and educators of educational services in science museums, botanical gardens, science centres and nature organisations.
BIOTALENT is a project organised by 5 collaborating partners, with the support of the ERASMUS+ programme of the European union:
- Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) - Coordinator
- Agrupamento de Escolas de Mangualde (AEM)-EduFor
- Hungarian Natural History Museum (HNHM)
- University of Crete (UOC) - Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC)
For more information on the project, go have a look at the new BIOTALENT website (soon available): biotalent.myspecies.info. During the CETAF 40 General Assembly Meeting in Madrid (18-19 October) further information will be provided and new developments will also be addressed in relation to the BIOTALENT initiative.