The Inspiring Science Conference 2016 took place in Athens at the premises of Ellinogermnaiki Agogi between 22nd -24th April 2016. Educators, scientists, future teachers, policy makers, outreach organisations and interested stakeholders participated in this three-days event of reflection and celebration of inspiring science teaching. The aim of the ISE Conference 2016 was to present and discuss results and best practices from ISE’s large scale implementations, as well as to provide an opportunity for researchers, teachers and policy makers to explore innovative approaches to science teaching, new technological applications in STEM, the role of Big Ideas in science teaching, and ultimately to offer a glimpse into the science classroom of the future. A special ceremony was organized for the winners of the ISE contest during the Athens Conference.
The Eratosthenes Experiment 2016, organised by Ellinogermaniki Agogi’s (EA) Research and Development Department as part of the Inspiring Science Education (ISE) project between 16th and 21st March 2016, received another tremendous response, as 1142 schools from all over the world participated in this celebration of science and education, calculating the circumference of the Earth by using eLearning educational tools and simple instruments. A cluster of 144 schools and institutions took part in the Eratosthenes Photo Contest, submitting pictures capturing the schools’ involvement in the experiment. The two winners in the Eratosthenes Experiment 2016 Photo Contest were Mr Petros Koutroulis from the Tragaia Senior High School in the Island of Naxos (Greece) and Ms Paola Castagnoli from theLiceo Scientifico Roiti in the city of Ferrara (Italy). They will receive scholarships to attend the Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2016.