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SALL roundtable: Rethinking Policies for Innovating European Science Education

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?

To open new roads to science education in Europe, the Lisbon Council and Ecsite 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" and invite stakeholders in education and policy makers across Europe to engage in a discussion about policies around innovating European school education systems.


  • 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 an interactive workshop 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
  • Regisration: Send an email to Francesco Mureddu - francesco.mureddu@lisboncouncil.net - with the subject heading "Schools as Living Labs."

Event is free, only registered participants will have access to the meeting.

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Schools as living labs

The SALL project aims to open-up schools to their local communities by transforming them in Living Labs. In this way, SALL proposes a new framework for schools across Europe to approach their science education programmes, in order to make STEM teaching more relevant, systemic and inclusive for their students, collaborating with their local ecosystems and research centres, and with the active support and involvement of science centres and museums in this process.