Science is one of the pillars of modern society, and as such, is deeply interwoven with global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. In schools, however, it is often presented to students in an abstract way, lacking practical context. To make science tangible and ‘cool’ (again), the MULTIPLIERS Horizon 2020 project will establish novel Open Science Communities (OSCs), expanding opportunities for science learning in collaboration with schools, universities, informal learning providers, museums, local associations, industry, civil society, policymakers and media across six European countries.
Initially, OSCs will be set up in Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. These communities will develop science projects with real-life challenges as starting points to be implemented in schools. Students will interact with a broad spectrum of science experts, jointly working on science-based solutions for societal and environmental issues. Via open community events and activities, they will then share their findings and experiences with their families and communities, acting as science multipliers.