The role of science education in tackling current societal problems, the EU's Europe 2020 strategy, cross-border collaboration, school curricula, assessment models, learning resource repositories, teacher training: these are some of the topics – a snapshot – of what was discussed at the Scientix European Conference, on 6-8 May 2011 in Brussels.
The theme recurring throughout the conference, however, was the paramount part teachers play in changing the landscape of science education. As Sir John Holman, the conference key-note speaker, put it: no education system can be better than the people in it.
We would like to thank the teachers and other stakeholders who attended the conference, keen to share their experience, present their projects and start new collaborations. The positive and committed attitude of all of them shows that we are moving in the right direction towards a truly European science education community.