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
An outdoor classroom in the forest: new “marteloscope” educational site inaugurated in Ljubljana

An outdoor classroom in the forest: new “marteloscope” educational site inaugurated in Ljubljana

Apr 22, 2024
Šmarna gora, the highest hill in the city of Ljubljana, is now more than an iconic landscape monument and a destination for hikers. With the opening of the first “marteloscope” in central Slovenia, its slopes have been transformed into an outdoor classroom for school pupils thanks to an initiative of the EU-funded research and innovation project MULTIPLIERS.
Same trees, different perspectives: using a marteloscope to present forests in a new light

Same trees, different perspectives: using a marteloscope to present forests in a new light

Feb 22, 2024
What do you see when you look at a forest? The first, obvious answer could be “trees”, but the more nuanced reality is that forests have different meanings and values to different people. Trees provide important habitats to animals, such as cavities for bats to sleep in and branches for birds to build their nests …
MULTIPLIERS year-end event in Bonn

MULTIPLIERS year-end event in Bonn

Jan 24, 2024
We are excited to share highlights from our MULTIPLIERS year-end event that took place on December 5, 2023, at the University of Bonn. Among the attendees were the local Open Science Community as well as individuals from informal educational institutions, universities, museums, media, and policy makers. Annette Scheersoi, as the project coordinator, presented an overview …
Introducing the MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a treasure trove of teaching & learning resources on real-world challenges

Introducing the MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a treasure trove of teaching & learning resources on real-world challenges

Nov 6, 2023
The MULTIPLIERS project has just launched its new MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a platform hosting a wealth of teaching and learning resources for educators looking to address some of today’s most relevant real-world challenges, such as vaccination and biodiversity protection.
Spring Carousel – Celebrating Earth Day with a Charitable Touch

Spring Carousel – Celebrating Earth Day with a Charitable Touch

Jul 19, 2023
By Sara Močnik, Primary school Šmartno pod Šmarno goro On April 15, the 9th annual Spring Carousel took place at the Šmartno pod Šmarna Gora Elementary School in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Organized to raise contributions to the school fund, the event was dedicated to Earth Day this year. We aimed to find ways to bring environmental …
New video: a tour of the MULTIPLIERS Open Science Communities

New video: a tour of the MULTIPLIERS Open Science Communities

May 9, 2023
Watch our new video to get an impression of our first year of activities!