The Continuing Professional Development workshops


The objective of the SUSTAIN network is to develop inquiry-based science education (IBSE)-oriented educators and teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD), classroom activities and resources for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

To reach this goal, the network will use and disseminate effective and well-tried methods of science teaching, in particular IBSE, a method that they have also already begun to link with citizenship, ethics and responsibility issues.

The SUSTAIN network is divided into three topic groups, each working on CPD contents and resources:  food, everyday objects and Energy,.


In the frame of this project and as the result of the work and exchanges between the Sustain partners, 3 European professional development sessions are organised from September 2015 to December 2015.



The objective of the workshop is to share ways how to present ideas of sustainability to our students so they become responsible about their everyday decisions and consequently about their lifestyle. The general framework for the topic FOOD in ESD leads students through ideas about composition (nutrition), producing (growing), distributing and consuming particular food (commodity) all interconnected with environment, society and economy empowering them with knowledge and skills, discussing their attitudes and values.

Download the program here.



- Everyday Objects




Everyday objects that we take from granted can be a source of accessible scientific inquiries for children. In the workshop we will explore how investigating the ways that familiar objects work can provide opportunities to develop both scientific understanding and inquiry skills. But objects also have life stories: investigating how they were made, and what will happen to them after we have finished using them engages children in the environmental, social and economic issues relating to sustainable development, and opportunities for cross-curricular activities. This workshop will involve both hands-on practical sessions, and an introduction to planning frameworks which can support teachers and teacher educators to develop their own programmes of work around appropriate objects.


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- Energy

Energy is essential to all our lives. However, global warming seems to be underway as a consequence of our pursuit to increase energy supply to meet the needs of development and population expansion. Concern about this has given risen to limitations on the use of fossil fuels, improved energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy systems. These initiatives have an important role to play in the interest of sustainability. Educational programmes starting in primary school can help raise awareness about these crucial issues. An understanding of the issues involved in: using non-renewable and renewable energy; and energy usage and conservation are important parts of scientific literacy for the future.

The Energy workshop will provide participants with opportunities to engage with hands- on practical workshops, group discussions and plenary sessions to develop their own personal understanding of energy, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, and different social, economic and environmental issues around sustainable energy.  The workshop will also provide opportunities to engage with and reflect on inquiry-based approaches to teaching about sustainable energy within a primary school context,  that have been developed as part of the SUSTAIN project.





Topic of the PD session





Total price (Organisation, accomodation and food) For more information

1: Food  

8 - 10 September 2015

Trnava, Slovakia

Around 285 €

2 : Everyday Objects

24 - 26 November 2015

Leicester, United Kingdom

Around 285 €

3 : Energy

8 - 10 December  2015

Dublin, Ireland

Around 285 €


These professional development sessions have been conceived taking into account the expertise of all Sustain partners and they cover all key aspects of IBSE and ESD. They will enable participants to exchange expertise on the topics and to converge towards common approaches and methodologies.




Each session is planned over 3 days, for fifty (50) participants from all E.U countries. The target group is mainly science teachers and teacher educators, project coordinators, etc.

Participants can be internal or external to the Sustain project. All sessions will be delivered in English. Participants must therefore be proficient in this language.


The main information on the venue, contents, registration modalities and contacts is available on the Sustain website <> (Activities section).

The costs of stay and transport will have to be covered by each participant. No other fee will be requested for registration.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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