Themes

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Alarmed by biodiversity loss, scientists, nature conservationists and more and more policymakers have recently started highlighting the services that ecosystems provide, e.g. food, clean water and air, places for recreation and habitats for animals and plants.

In collaboration with a group of formal and informal educators, e.g. scientists and wildlife managers, students will not only learn about sustainable ecosystem management but also study different ecosystem services and their values for the wellbeing of societies. By using collaborative, problem-, and inquiry-based learning approaches in a first Open Science Community in Slovenia, they will be able to understand and appreciate the diversity of ecosystem services. Capitalising on the expertise of MULTIPLIERS’ partners, the students will learn that ecosystem services can be in competition with each other, and even if they can be balanced, there may still be possible trade-offs.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Slovenian pupils discover the importance of ecosystem services with new “natural sciences backpack”

Slovenian pupils discover the importance of ecosystem services with new “natural sciences backpack”

Jan 10, 2023
Ecosystem services encompass all functions of natural systems that humans benefit from, such as clean air and water, fertile soil, pollinating insects, protection from natural disasters, climate regulation and much more. Despite being essential to all life-support systems, ecosystem services are are often considered “free” and taken for granted. Studying ecosystem services makes their value …
Vaccination in discourse: How students in Bonn, Germany, learn to deal with this controversial issue

Vaccination in discourse: How students in Bonn, Germany, learn to deal with this controversial issue

Jan 3, 2023
After years of coping with a global pandemic, the topic of vaccination could not be more urgent to society and is at the centre of the first MULTIPLIERS thematic project in Germany. Since the establishment of local Open Science Communities (OSCs) began in November 2021, the group quickly grew into a network of schools and …
Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

Oct 20, 2022
What does the school of the future look like? The times when students were considered mere recipients of information are over. Still, schools haven’t fully transitioned yet into a model that strongly encourages student participation, agency and self-efficacy, preparing pupils to tackle real-world challenges. With a focus on science education and sustainability dilemmas, the MULTIPLIERS …
Multipliers Open Science Community gets active in Slovenia with outdoor lesson in the forest

Multipliers Open Science Community gets active in Slovenia with outdoor lesson in the forest

Jul 4, 2022
The Multipliers Open Science Community (OSC) in Slovenia is getting active! On 16 June, the project’s OSC partner Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) conducted a workshop at the Betnava Forest, in the city of Maribor, attended by 21 students of the gymnasium school II. gimnazija Maribor. Dr Urša Vilhar, from SFI’s Department of Forest Ecology, introduced …
What is Open Schooling? The MULTIPLIERS approach to build inclusive and long-lasting learning communities

What is Open Schooling? The MULTIPLIERS approach to build inclusive and long-lasting learning communities

Apr 19, 2022
Modern societies are facing a wide range of complex challenges, such as fighting climate change, protecting the environment, promoting healthy living and fighting pandemics such as COVID-19, among others. To successfully prepare for and address such challenges, citizens must actively engage in public dialogue on scientific issues and participate responsibly in science-informed decision making. Still, …
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