What are the central challenges for science and society of the future?

By  By Sibel Erduran and Olga Ioannidou, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
10 January 2022

What key competencies will be needed for student to address these challenges? How can we integrate future-oriented skills into science education? 

Ideas and conversations sparked around those three questions at the first official meeting of Oxford Open Schooling Network (OOSN), on November the 3rd 2021. The event was hosted by Dr. Alison Cullinane and Dr. Olga Ioannidou and served as an introduction to FEDORA and the network’s aims and visions. Different stakeholders were invited to participate, including researchers in science education, scientists, secondary school teachers, professionals from informal learning spaces and science centres, and representatives of companies and charities. They meet and start working together to create a shared vision for science education and education in general and theorise possibilities for future orientations in science. The questions targeted participants’ views on future challenges, future skills, as well as ways of integrating these skills into science curricula.


After the interactive activity participants were encouraged to explain their views and discussed further needs, barriers and potential issues regarding the implementation of their ideas.

The network, that has been established and led by University of Oxford (which involves Professor Sibel Erduran, Dr Olga Ioannidou, Dr Alison Cullinane and Dr Liam Guilfoyle as the research team), its just at the beginning of its journey. The future steps includes a second meeting that will be held on January, production of teaching modules in February and completion of 1st implementation within June.

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FEDORA, Future-oriented Science Education to enhance Responsibility and Engagement in the society of acceleration and uncertainty, is a 3-year EU-funded project. It started in September 2020 and will deploy its activities until August 2023. It gathers 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries.
FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841
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