Presentation of the VINČA INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR SCIENCES

The Institute Vinca (INN) is a governmental institution, member of the University of Belgrade, which carries out multidisciplinary R&D, a unique aggregation of knowledge, equipment and infrastructure concentrated on a single site. The variety of scientific and professional expertise and appropriate equipment enable the Institute to execute comprehensive projects, provide overall solutions and conduct extensive international cooperation.

For  this  proposal,  it  is  important to  stress  that  the VINČA Institute  of Nuclear  Sciences was the organizer  of five  «  South-East European Workshops for Hands-on Primary Science Education»  (<http://rukautestu.vin.bg.ac.rs/handson4>) and the “French-Serbian  Summer University  on Renewable   Energy  Sources  and the Environment,  Multidisciplinary   Approach“ (<http://energy-environment.vin.bg.ac.rs> aiming at the creation of a regional educative network in the South-East European countries.

The INN also participates in the promotion of science and technology in Serbian society, by supporting primary schools teachers with online and printed teaching materials , collaborative and interdisciplinary projects , free pedagogical kits for Primary Schools,E-Bulletins with instructions for teachers, science exhibits, a website and a website <http://rukautestu.vinca.rs>on which teachers can find many important resources for the work in classes.

 

Previous experience in European projects:

The VINČA Institute of Nuclear Sciences was the observer member in EU-FP6-Pollen, and a member of the EU-FP7-Fibonacci project consortium as Twin Centre 1.

 

Expertise in inquiry-based science education, Continuing professional development  for teachers and in the development of CPD courses:

Over the last five years, INN has completed workshops with about 3,000 pre-school and primary school teachers all over Serbia, based on the concept of simulating in-class activities.  The experimental problems encountered were resolved by applying the IBSE method. Working with children in groups up to six, using easily found material around us, INN developed the experimental protocol, formed hypotheses, carried out experiments, suggested conclusions and created posters. Last year, INN started to work more regularly with 5 material kits (electricity, water, air, colour, float and sink) which are distributed in each of the 15 “Centres in Serbia” in the frame of the Fibonacci project.

 

IBSE successfully  implemented   in a large number of CPD  sessions (with a large number of teachers):

INN conducted workshops all over Serbia with the help of 15 trainers in “Centres” and with collaborators at the Faculty for Teachers. Each workshop is attended by 30 to 60 participants.

 

Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development:

Stevan Jokic, the Institute Vinca coordinator, is also the organizer of three Summer University and co-editors of two Proceedings on several subjects: Renewable Energy Sources and Environment-Multidisciplinary, 2006, Water quality control and health. From concepts to action”, 2007, Municipal Waste Management, 2009.

Books published on Serbian language (translator and editor Stevan Jokic)  and/or present on the website:

1. Climate, my planet and me!

2. Living with sun

3. Appendix published in Educational weekly journal:

- energy and environment - sustainable development

   - about

4. Bulletin about sustainable development

The modules on water, waste, energy for schools are available on http://rukautestu.vin.bg.ac.rs/?Page_Id=2

 

Link with provider of informal science education (Science centres, museums…) involved in teacher CPD:

INN has started collaboration with providers of informal science education in Belgrade: Centres for promotion of science and Museum of science and technique.

 

Role of the organisation in the SUSTAIN Network:

The Institute Vinca will participate in one of three topic groups linking IBSE and ESD and collaborate with other CPD provider coordinators and teacher educators to develop teaching and training tools, European workshops and handbooks on the chosen topic.

The Institute Vinca will also co-organise, with the European coordination team, the first working seminar, which will be held in Serbia, to prepare and design the European workshops programmes and contents on the three chosen topics linking IBSE and ESD.

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