From the 21st until the 25th of November, 400 teachers gathered at CERN in Geneva for the first Science on Stage festival, an opportunity for European teachers to exchange successful and innovative teaching methods and materials. EFDA participated to the festival with two workshops on fusion, organised by Chris Warrick (UKAEA) and Mark Tiele Westra (FOM).

The goal of Science on Stage (which is the successor of Physics on Stage) is to strengthen the awareness and interest of young people in science and technology by increasing the attractiveness of science lessons through the promotion of exciting ideas. National Steering Committees select the best ideas and people from their respective countries, and the national winners present themselves on a large exhibition at the festival.

The EIROforum Teaching Science Award was awarded to a French school, for a project where 12-year old children build a box full of electronics and simple cameras, which was subsequently taken up by a weather balloon to take stunning photographs of the earth’s atmosphere from a height of 35 (!) kilometers.

The festival was organised by EIROforum, a collaboration between seven European intergovernmental research organisations (CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ILL and EFDA), that are responsible for large infrastructures and laboratories.