Network meetings

One of the regular activities of our network are meetings where PD Centre representatives get to know each other, exchange ideas and work together on issues of common concern. The meetings are organized by the University of Education Freiburg. Five meetings were held to date. Below you find more details on meetings’ discussions.

Latest meeting

Eight meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 2018
The meeting was organized and hosted by the Bulgarian Academy of Science, November 28-29.
During the fruitful meeting, in which 27 representatives of 15 STEM PD centres took part, constructive ideas for the future of the network were developed. The discussed plan included a drafting of new and innovative PD concepts dealing with timely topics such as supporting girls in taking up careers in STEM areas and other societal challenges connected to STEM subjects.

Moreover, members want to follow up on the idea of ensuring quality in STEM professional development, through different measures such as the establishment of quality standards, through peer assessment within the network or through a quality mark. These options are all based on the guidelines for PD quality and evaluation methods, which have been developed in the Erasmus+ funded project of the network STEM PD Net.

Previous meetings

Seventh meeting November 2017 in Madrid, Spain
The 7th network meeting was held in Madrid, November 27-29, hosted by the Spanish National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF), part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.


Sixth meeting May 2017 in Göteborg, Sweden

The sixth network meeting was held in Gothenburg, May 5-6 2017, lunch to lunch. The meeting was hosted by the Swedish National Centre for Mathematics Education (University of Gothenburg).


Fifth meeting November 2016 in Freiburg, Germany

The fifth network meeting took place in course of the conference ‘Educating the Educators II – International approaches to scaling up professional development in maths and science education’.


Fourth meeting June 2016 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
During the fourth meeting practice examples of PD courses in different countries were presented to give all centres the possibility to get to know different foci and approaches as well as to share practices and experiences.


Third meeting December 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria

The main mission of the third meeting was the continuation and stabilization of the network. Therefore, the meeting aimed on further concretizing objectives and aims as well as guidelines of the evolving network. In addition, possibilities of cooperation of the PD centres and ways to establish a European Network of PD centres were discussed.


Second meeting May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania

The second meeting of European Professional Development Centres in maths and science education, organised by the University of Education Freiburg, took place 6-7 May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Around 20 representatives of maths/science professional development centres and other organisations with similar aims like Ministries of Education from 12 European countries attended the meeting (see meeting schedule).


First meeting December 2014 in Essen, Germany

In course of the conference “Educating the educators – Conference on international approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education” (hosted by the European project mascil (mathematics and science for life!) coordinated at the University of Education Freiburg, and the DZLM (German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education, founded by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation) a meeting of European Professional Development centres involved in math and science education took place the first time. Aim of this meeting was to establish and support a European network of these centres.


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